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Reaching out in the "Age of Loneliness"

Did you know that 25% of the adult population struggles with a mental illness in any given year?

One-quarter of the adult population is equal to the number of people diagnosed with cancer, those living with heart disease, people infected with HIV and AIDS, and those with diabetes- all combined. (Troubled Minds, by Amy Simpson, p. 11)

Imagine being alone while going through a time of mental illness. If you did not have a supportive community of friends and family or if you felt ashamed for the struggles you faced and simply did not tell anyone what you were experiencing. In a 2015 TedTalk on Mental Health First Aid, Guy Winch presented research that showed that loneliness has an impact on physical health. His research showed that loneliness can have just as much of a negative impact on health as smoking!

A research article written in 2012 examined the effects of mental illness on congregations found a similar trend. “Congregations can also do something that professionals cannot; provide the friendship and simple presence that helps to inoculate these struggling families from the illness of isolation.” (Rogers, Stanford, Garland; 2012).

At CentrePointe, we value healthy relationships.

We know that relationships are important to maintaining mental, emotional health. We also believe that congregations and communities can be part of the solution for those that feel isolated and forgotten. Take the opportunity today to reach out to someone who you think might be feeling alone and say a simple hello.

Kim Cook, LCSW-C
Executive Director

 


About 43 million people had a diagnosable mental disorder within the past year. For nearly 10 million, the condition was serious enough to affect their day-to-day functioning.

The demand for mental health services is growing nationally, and for the first time in years, comprehensive mental health legislation is gaining momentum in Congress. Sounds encouraging, doesn’t it? More people who need help will be able to receive the care they need.

However, there is a shortage of mental health counselors and therapists in much of the country and people are having a hard time finding the care they need.

More than half of U.S. counties have no mental health professionals and “don’t have any access whatsoever,” according to Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. For those who have access, fewer than half received treatment. The most widely cited reason for not seeking treatment was that—insurance or not—patients couldn’t afford it. Lack of accessibility and the high cost of treatment are obstacles the people in need of mental health counseling still face. Those factors can make it very hard for someone to find affordable mental healthcare close enough to their home or work to get reliable and consistent treatment.

CentrePointe Counseling is working hard to change these statistics and provide the care that people need.

CentrePointe Counseling, Inc. has over 20 locations and is adding new locations and counseling staff to better serve our communities. For even greater convenience, our counselors offer daytime, evening, weekday and weekend appointments. Our counselors are in-network providers with many insurance companies. This means that clients only pay co-pays and/or any deductible that applies at the time of service. When health insurance does not cover the cost, we offer other options such as sliding scales and scholarships to make counseling sessions affordable.

It is CentrePointe Counseling’s mission to be a place where hurting people can find the help and care they need. The availability and accessibility of professional counseling is one of our core values and we strive to live that out in our provision of services.

Reach out to us… we are here for you.

 


Help meet the needs of those in your community by donating to our scholarship fund. Your donation goes directly to helping people get the care and help they need to thrive.

Donations can also be made via check. Mail to: CentrePointe Counseling, Inc. | P.O. Box 339 | Ashton, MD 20861

 


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