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SPIRIT | February 2011 | Touching Lives + Healing Hearts
Mental Health and the Workplace 

In a recent study representative of Americans ages 15 to 54, 18% of employed individuals reported they suffered from a mental health disorder. Unfortunately, the majority of those employees do not seek treatment — especially given the current state of the economy — due to fear of being stigmatized or jeopardizing their career. 

Additionally, research indicates depression and anxiety are among the top-five most costly health conditions to companies. Taking lost productivity into account through things like absenteeism, mental health issues in the workplace can greatly affect a company’s success.

Businesses can benefit from investing in the mental health of their employees. For example, when depression is properly treated, companies can:
•	Reduce job-related accidents
•	Increase hours worked 
•	Decrease absenteeism 
•	Heighten productivity 
•	Lessen employee turnover

By recognizing the problem of untreated mental health in the workplace and taking action to provide employees with adequate help, companies can not only improve their employees’ health but the financial health of their business. 

Sources: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine & Harvard Mental Health Letter
*they want “We’re Near You” section to come before “News Around the Center”*

News Around the Center 

Krist Samaritan Center’s Dr. Ted Smith, Coordinator of Congregational Care and Theological Consultant, is teaching a series of courses on delivering pastoral care during crisis situations for a group of pastors from Bolivia. The international pastors traveled to Galveston for the kickoff of the program in January. In June, Dr. Smith will travel to Bolivia to work with the pastors in the context of their local congregations. Dedicated to helping pastors become more skilled in offering spiritual and emotional support to their parishioners, 
Dr. Smith has a true heart for what he does. 
“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.” 

~World Mental Health Organization 

Heart to Heart

In honor of Valentine’s Day earlier this month, here’s an interesting fact on couple’s counseling. 

Based on averaged scores of martial satisfaction, 65% of couples report significant improvement in their marriage after attending couple’s therapy. 

Source: Friedlander, M. (1997) The scientific basis of couples and family therapy research. Allyn and Bacon: Boston.

Supporting Mental Health

We recently received a $50,000 grant from the Baylor/Methodist Community Health Fund. Their confidence in us is truly reflected by this gift and we’ll work to be good stewards of the funds they have graciously entrusted to us. 

We’re Near You. 

Each month, Spirit will shine a spotlight on one of our partnering congregations to show how Krist Samaritan Center offers counseling locations all across the Houston area.   

Conveniently located right off the 610 Loop in Bellaire, Faith Lutheran Church offers a counseling location staffed by Dr. Robert Breckbill. 

Faith Lutheran Church
4600 Bellaire Blvd.
Bellaire, Texas 77401
Counselor: Dr. Robert Breckbill

To schedule an appointment, please call our main office at 281.480.7554. We’d love to hear from you. 

Find a Location near you [http://www.samaritanhouston.org/facilities/locations.html]
At Krist Samaritan Center, our services include:
•	Counseling 
•	Psychological testing
•	Psychiatric consultation
•	Training for clergy and mental health professionals
•	Lay ministry programs 

For more information, call our main office at 281.480.7554 or visit our website. Click here. [http://www.samaritanhouston.org/donation.html]

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