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SPIRIT | March 2011 | Touching Lives + Healing Hearts
Seeking Help for Mental Illness 

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 1 in 8 returning soldiers from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). What’s more, less than half of those who reported symptoms of PTSD sought help. Why? Because of the perceived stigma associated with seeking help for mental illness. 

Not exclusive to soldiers, countless individuals fear how employers, family members, friends and coworkers will perceive them after discovering they’re either suffering from or seeking help for a mental health issue. Based on the common misconception that mental illness is associated with personal weakness, unfortunately, negative judgment often surrounds the suffering individual resulting in failure to seek treatment.  

The consequences of this stigma can be extremely devastating. Some harmful effects include:
•	Refusal to seek treatment
•	Rejection by close family and friends
•	Problems in work or school
•	Subjection to physical violence or harassment
•	Inadequate mental health insurance coverage  

In more recent years, progress has been made to break the stigma associated with mental health disorders. However, there’s still much that needs to be done. Bringing this issue to the forefront can help struggling individuals seek the help they need.
Mental Health in the Workplace

U.S. employers lose billions in productivity each year due to mental health issues. Untreated mental illness often results in performance-related problems, including absenteeism, decreased productivity, errors on the job and workplace accidents. In addition, productivity is also lost due to ineffective management, miscommunication and employee conflict. Krist Samaritan Center can be your partner in maximizing the performance of business units, management teams and individual employees through MindWorks Testing, management consulting and employee development and counseling for individuals and groups
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“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

~World Health Organization 
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For March

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s an interesting fact on the Irish holiday. 

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place here in the United States, not in Ireland. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City in celebration on March 17, 1762.

Source: www.history.com
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Supporting Mental Health

We recently received a $20,000 commitment from the Permanent Endowment Fund of Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church. 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. 
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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 FM 1960 in the Champions Area, John Wesley United Methodist Church offers a counseling location staffed by Ms. Ava Porterfield. 

John Wesley United Methodist Church 
5830 Bermuda Dunes Dr.
Houston, Texas 77069
Counselor: Ms. Ava Porterfield

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://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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Touching Lives · Healing Hearts
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