“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” -John 10:10

Mental Health affects all of us… our emotions, thoughts and attitudes; our energy, productivity and overall health. It is also often shrouded in shame– conversations can be uncomfortable.

We want to bring light to this prevalent but surmountable issue. Here at Catholic Charities, we are dedicated to serving the poor in spirit in our diocese with Catholic-based counseling. We offer these services to clients regardless of what they can pay and regardless of their faith.

Dr. Michael Horne, Director of Clinical Services, shares the top five things for you to know about Mental Health and about our Family Services Counseling program.

A client who received counseling from Catholic Charities' Fredericksburg office said, “I’m finally able to be the father my children deserve. I’m not sure where I’d be today if I hadn’t come to Catholic Charities for help. I think this place saved my life.”

A client who received counseling from Catholic Charities’ Fredericksburg office said, “I’m finally able to be the father my children deserve. I’m not sure where I’d be today if I hadn’t come to Catholic Charities for help. I think this place saved my life.”

Mental Health Awareness

(sources below)

  1. 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year.
  2. 1 in 10 American children have a mental health condition that is significant enough to severely disrupt their ability to perform at school, form healthy friendships, and participate in family life.
  3. 50 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life; half of those will develop conditions by the age of 14.
  4. Symptoms and warning signs of depression include: too much sleeping or trouble sleeping; racing thoughts or problems focusing; changes in appetite; isolating yourself from others and things you previously enjoyed; irritability and having a short temper.
  5. Across the country, state funding for mental health services has been cut by $4.35 billion dollars since 2009.

Family Services Counseling

  1. We provide treatment grounded in the teaching of the Catholic Church about the dignity of the person, to clients regardless of what they can pay and regardless of their faith
  2. Elsewhere, counseling ranges from $75 – $200 per session and treatments may not be faith-based. However, some of our clients pay as little as $5 per session.
  3. Our clinical psychologists, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers and marriage and family therapists help with a variety of issues including marital issues, mood disorders, anxiety attacks, and traumatic experiences, such as sexual abuse or past abortions.
  4. Limited financial resources and distance from a counselor are two of the biggest reasons people do not seek counseling. To mitigate those factors, we charge on a sliding scale and have counselors in 11 locations across the diocese.
  5. In the past 9 months, our 29 clinicians provided 10,273 sessions to 1,030 clients.

To learn more about our Catholic-based counseling or to find a counselor near you, please call (703) 224-1630 or (540) 371-1124.

 

Sources:
1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality
2. National Alliance on Mental Illness 
3. Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication; Ronald C. Kessler, et al
4. www.mentalhealthamerica.net
5. National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

 

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