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> Change Is Possible
> Overcoming Stigmas
> Guess Who
FCS Trivia 
What was our Executive Director's first position at FCS?
  a Janitor     b Receptionist
  c Billing      d Therapist
We'd like to formally introduce our executive director, ERIC WARD!
Eric is a counselor and administrator with more than 25 years of experience in behavioral healthcare. He and his wife Kelly have 3 daughters (he claims he's "surrounded"). In his free time, Eric enjoys cooking and woodworking and is truly amazed he still has all his fingers. 

 
  FROM ERIC WARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 
 
"I don't tell people this, but I see someone for depression."
 
I hear some variation of this remark at least once a week in my job. And every time someone I meet "admits" that they struggle with emotional problems, I hear in their voice the anxiety about being perceived as weak or somehow deficient. And I cringe. 

I cringe because we're still remarkably unwilling to acknowledge the mental health crisis our nation is experiencing, with skyrocketing youth suicide rates and episode after episode of mass violence. We're starting to see changes - on the federal, state, and local levels. But like most change, it doesn't really matter until it becomes personal. 

Part of what we're hoping you walk away with after reading this newsletter is the understanding that mental health already IS personal to you. If not you, someone you know is seeking help. Or wants and needs to. We also hope that you'll keep our information handy and share it with people who you think might need to reach out to us for help. 

I hope you'll share this information as readily as you do other aspects of your life. 

Change is possible.
About 1 in 5 adults in America experience an emotional or behavioral problem in their lifetime.
But can you guess who it is? 
The stigma surrounding emotional issues often leads people to feel ashamed and hopeless, which prevents them from reaching out for help. That's exactly what held Chrissy back for years. After suffering trauma at a young age and being told not to talk about it, she began to deal with her emotional responses by intentionally hurting herself. Self-harming behavior is unfortunately a common - although often hidden - coping behavior for those who survive trauma. People who self-harm are also at much higher risk for suicide. Chrissy will tell you that she didn't seek help until it was almost too late. 

Thankfully, Chrissy was referred to FCS and first walked through our doors in 2012. She began to see Mary, one of our counselors, and started the challenging journey of recovering her mental and emotional health. She had regular sessions with Mary and joined one of FCS's group treatment programs. Slowly but surely, Chrissy learned how to manage those negative coping skills to get through the difficult days that still sometimes make an appearance. 

With every successful day Chrissy became more confident and gained the motivation and ability to pursue her goals. In 2013, she graduated from North Central College with high honors and a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She continues to see Mary, and readily admits that she still struggles at times "like most people." Yet she finds meaning in using her experiences to help others.

 
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ADULT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAM
MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT SCREENING

When should I get help? Knowing when to seek professional help can be challenging. Less than 50 percent of people struggling with their mental health will seek and receive professional services. Taking a quick and anonymous screening can help you gain a better understanding of your mental health and some steps you can take to improve it!
 
CLICK HERE TO TAKE AN ANONYMOUS MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING
QUICK TIP: BREATHING
When you become stressed your breaths will naturally become shorter. The easiest way to relieve some of that stress is by taking at least three deep relaxing breaths. Watch this video, control your breathing, and release your stress.

 
WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT CONTROLLED BREATHING
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