Counselors hope donations can feed community mental health needs

Counselors hope donations can feed community mental health needs

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 / 08:50 PM CDT
/ Updated: Apr 7, 2021 / 05:12 PM CDT Some experts say many people may be facing increased mental health issues because of the pandemic.

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Some experts say many people may be facing increased mental health issues because of the pandemic. Christ Counseling Ministry has a team of licensed professionals who have been offering christ-centered counseling since 1991 to children and adults alike.

“I came in really not knowing what I needed and that was really freeing to just kind of talk to someone about what was going on with my mental health struggle, anxiety,” Castelli said. “We can handle any area of counseling needed, addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, people struggling with family issues,” Executive Director Ellen Bourgeois said.

Malorie Castelli understands first hand the effectiveness of the work done at Christ Counseling Ministry having used the services herself as a teenager. Christ Counseling Ministry has seen a significant increase in services needed hence an increase in fee assistance needs and that’s where residents’ donations come in handy.

Bourgeois and Castelli said many people are in need of their service now more than ever, but not everyone needing these services has been able to afford them. “I believe everybody needs counseling no matter what,” Castelli said.

“We have to raise a lot of money each year to run this place,” Castelli said. About $400,000 to be exact. “We have seen the results of the pandemic, there’s been a lot of talks that there’s just been a mental health epidemic that has followed the pandemic,” Bourgeois said. “People really struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues and we’ve seen that since June of 2020.”

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