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SPIRIT Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Center for Counseling & Education October 2010 · Touching Lives · Healing Hearts
Live Well
According to a report from the Surgeon General, it is estimated that roughly 20% of the U.S. adult population is affected by mental disorders in any given year. Furthermore, about 20% of the U.S. adolescent population is affected by mental disorders as well — 5% to 9% of those children suffer from serious emotional disturbances. 
In honor of World Mental Health Day, we’re reminded of the importance of mental health promotion. First celebrated in 1992, this day raises public awareness about mental health issues across the globe and promotes open discussion of mental disorders as well as investment in treatment and prevention services. With 1/5 of the population suffering from mental disorders in the U.S. alone, it becomes evident just how critical this issue is to society.  

The World Health Organization affirms, “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Below are some facts on mental health you may not have known.

Facts on Global Mental Health:
1.	Roughly 1/2 of all mental disorders start before the age of 14.
2.	Mental disorders are one of the most treatable and prominent causes of suicide. 
3.	Low income countries have 0.05 psychiatrists per every 100,000 people.
4.	Depression is ranked as the leading cause of disability — globally.
5.	Roughly 800,000 people commit suicide each year — more than 1/2 are between the ages of 15 and 44.
6.	Occurrences of mental disorders tend to double after emergencies such as major disasters and war.
7.	Mental disorders can contribute to both unintentional and intentional injury.
8.	Often, stigma about mental disorders prevent people from seeking health in many countries. 
9.	Human rights violations of psychiatric patients are often reported in many countries.
10.	Most low- and middle- income countries only have one child psychiatrist for every 1 to 4 million people. 

Sources: Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General and the World Health Organization
News Around the Center

Last month, we celebrated our Pre-Gala Party at Valobra, Master Jewelers in Highland Village, as we unveiled an original bracelet donated by the jewelers to be sold at our upcoming gala. We welcomed current and past honorees, special friends and members of our Board of Directors at the party as we introduced the 2010 gala honorees including, Carol and Michael Linn, Rahul Mehta, Alice and Keith Mosing and Kids’ Meals, Inc.   
“The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.” 
~ Benjamin Disraeli  

Service Spotlight

Each month, Spirit will shine a spotlight on one of our services to reveal how Krist Samaritan Center is touching lives and healing hearts all across Houston.

New Partner in Ministry 
We’re proud to announce our recent partnership with Jones Memorial United Methodist Church of Pearland to offer a new counseling location — marking our 23rd counseling office in the Greater Houston Area. Therapist Rev. Aaron Simpson will provide counseling at the church on Monday evenings and appointments can be scheduled by calling the Center at 281.480.7554. 

Jones Memorial United Methodist Church
2504 Almeda-Genoa Road
Houston, Texas 77047

To learn more, visit www.samaritanhouston.org. To make an appointment, call 281.480.7554.

Mark Your Calendars!

A Samaritan Celebration 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010
River Oaks Country Club
Chairpersons: Diane and Brian Kingshill
2010 Honorees: 	Carol and Michael Linn
Rahul Mehta
Alice and Keith Mosing
Kids’ Meals, Inc.

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