Counseling for All

Each year, one in five Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder. Whether you see it or not, you certainly know someone with a mental illness—a friend, relative, neighbor, co-worker, or even someone in your immediate family. Here are a few of their stories.* 

Meet Robert

Robert felt hopeless in the face of these daunting challenges. “It was a big blow to who I am,” he said. “I became more and more depressed and my health got worse.”

In the midst of his depression, Robert struggled to be even a shadow of the husband and father he had been before. Although trying to be supportive, his wife Susan was struggling too. Robert’s angry outbursts were taking a toll on the entire family. Their teenage son and daughter found any excuse to be away from home, and Susan worried about what they might be doing to cope with their own emotional pain. Everyone felt the fear and stress of the loss of Robert’s income.

Robert had never been to counseling, believing that he should be able to handle his own problems without help. At the urging of a friend, however, Robert realized he needed some help – for his own sake and for his family.

When he finally reached out to YFC, Robert was connected with a caring therapist. Over the course of 5 months and 22 sessions, Robert made great progress. Susan and their kids joined him for a few of his sessions, and the experience brought the family closer together.

“YFC has been nothing but good for me,” Robert says. “I have one of the best counselors.” He adds that YFC gave him the tools to deal with depression, to “sit down and think about it, instead of yelling at my family or going to the bars to drink.” Robert has a new job now, and although his health issues haven’t gone away, he is taking better care of himself to manage his symptoms. Robert and his family are back on track!

 

Names and details have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.

Meet Henry

Eight-year-old Henry was typically a happy boy who liked to raise his hand to answer questions in class, and play dodge ball with his friends on the playground. Half way through the school year, however, Henry became withdrawn, often sitting by himself and showing little interest in recess or other activities he had previously enjoyed. Henry’s parents had also noticed changes in his behavior that coincided with their separation several months earlier.  

At the school social worker’s suggestion, Henry’s mother called YFC and made an appointment for Henry. After several counseling sessions, which included conversations with both parents, Henry’s therapist uncovered which aspects of the divorce were confusing and upsetting to him. Using games, art, and other forms of play therapy, she was able to help him understand and feel better about his new family situation. Henry’s therapist also encouraged his parents to use common language and develop consistent routines for Henry at both of his homes.

By the end of the year, the school social worker reported that Henry “seems like his old self.” His parents have noticed that he no longer cries when he shifts between his two homes, is more active, and plays with friends from both neighborhoods. Henry has even been able to share what he likes about having two homes. 

 

Names and details have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.

Meet Molly

Molly was a high-performing student in her junior year of high school. She had a nice group of friends, worked hard to earn excellent grades, and participated in several school activities. To her friends and family, Molly seemed to have everything going for her. What her parents didn’t see, however, and what Molly herself didn’t realize until she began counseling, was the overwhelming pressure she felt to get into a top-ranked college. Molly had turned to cutting herself as a way to cope with the stress of trying to be perfect.

When Molly came to YFC, her therapist helped her explore the idea of authentic and sustainable success. Over the course of several months, they worked together to come up with healthy coping strategies and ways for Molly to find more balance in her life. With support from her therapist and parents, Molly was able to prioritize her activities and create a daily schedule she enjoys. She continues to work hard toward her goals, but now understands that taking care of her physical and emotional health is an essential part of her overall success. 

 

Names and details have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.

Over half of the people who experience mental illness do not receive adequate help. Untreated mental illness has consequences for the individuals, their families, and their communities.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, untreated mental illness costs at least $193 billion a year nationwide in lost earnings alone.

When you support YFC, you directly impact the problem of untreated mental illness in our community. Money you contribute or help to raise directly subsidizes counseling treatment for those who would otherwise go without.

Thanks to you, an adolescent will learn to better manage her ADHD; a man will receive grief support after losing his wife; a boy will begin to heal from the pain that has caused him to act out and bully others.

In short, your contribution will connect a person in pain with the services they need to thrive.

Please support YFC’s mission today!