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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

You Are Not Alone

At Samaritan, the number of calls for help we receive has been dramatically increasing for the past two years. In fact, between 2010 and 2011 our number of sessions has risen by 29%. Issues such as financial struggles, growing demands in both the home and workplace and other stressors are taking their toll on people from all walks of life. We continue to see numerous people suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, marital and family crises and many other issues as well.

There are people, however, who are reluctant to call a counselor for a variety of reasons, such as feeling scared, embarrassed or believing that their situation is hopeless. If you are one of those people or know someone who needs help, consider the following facts:

You are not alone and you do NOT need to suffer in silence.

Suffering from a mental health problem is NOT a sign of weakness. Did you know that Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt all suffered from depression?

Professional counseling works. If you desire to work at getting better, you will.

God made us body, mind and spirit. It is important—and makes sense—to seek health and wellness in each of these areas.

In closing, here are your to-dos: 1) Don’t wait for a major crisis to occur before seeking help; 2) Tune into 101.5 WORD FM on Thursday, July 12th at 5 p.m. to learn more.