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Corporate Competitiveness and Mental Health 

According to the 2009 – 2010 Global Competitiveness Report (GCR), a yearly report published by the World Economic Forum, the United States fell to fourth place as the most competitive economy in the world — a significant decline from our nation's previous first place ranking. Productivity growth is perhaps the single clearest indicator of a nation's economic health. This drop is an important reflection of the consequences America faces from lack of efficiency in the workplace. 

Lost productivity is often the result of mental health related issues. For example, the correlation between depression and decreased job efficiency was illustrated in the World Health Organization (WHO) Health and Work Performance Questionnaire. Researchers who analyzed employee responses to the questionnaire found that workers with depression reported the equivalent of 27 lost work days per year — nine of them because of sick days and another 18 reflecting lost productivity due to depression. This data is substantial, especially considering depression is one of several other mental health disorders with symptoms that typically go unnoticed and untreated in the workplace.

Studies suggest that costs spent on mental health care will represent a greater return on investment in the long run — not only in healthier employees, but also for the success of a company's financial health and the country's economic growth. 

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Sources: The New American Workplace by James O'Toole and Edward E. Lawler III and Harvard Mental Health Letter published by Harvard Medical School
Marking a Milestone

We would like to thank everyone who joined us for our 25 year anniversary worship service on August 28th. The ecumenical celebration recognized the Center's growth from a single office to more than 20 locations, bringing hope and guidance to more than 40,000 families and indirectly impacting countless others. We were honored to have speakers such as Rev. Gail Ford Smith (pictured below left), special guests such as Carole and Ronald Krist (pictured below middle) and Marsha and Jim Braniff (pictured below right), as well as several members of our Board of Directors, past and present.

Colorado Adventure

WIN A TRIP TO BEAUTIFUL VAIL, COLORADO

Picture yourself and family relaxing at a luxurious, 4 bedroom private home in Vail Valley. For 5 days and 4 nights, cuddle up by the fire or ski for hours atop beautiful, snow-capped mountains. Includes roundtrip airfare and use of a private car. Available for ski or summer seasons.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $100 each. Only 300 tickets will be sold. 
Purchase Tickets
[http://www.samaritanhouston.org/raffle?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=september]

Drawing to be held November 1, 2011, at Krist Samaritan Center's A Samaritan Celebration. Need not be present to win.

Don't Miss Out!

Tickets are going fast

A Samaritan Celebration 2011
Tuesday, November 1
River Oaks Country Club

2011 Honorees:
Ron Hall and Denver Moore, authors
Southwest Airlines, corporate champion
Margaret Alkek Williams, philanthropist 

Chairpersons:
Carole & Ronald Krist

To learn more or become a sponsor, 
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Donate To A Cause That Speaks To You

Any donations to Krist Samaritan Center may be designated toward the cause that resonates most in your heart. 

For example:
-A gift of $65 may be applied to sponsor one counseling session for a needy family. 
(Please consider a series of counseling sessions.)
-A gift of $100 may go toward scholarships for Congregational Care training.
-A gift of $250 may be used to underwrite psychological or educational testing for a low-income client.
-A gift of $500 may be designated to purchase new computers and software for technology upgrades, such as electronic medical records.

 Donate
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MindWorks Testing for Kids 

Did you know that approximately 33% of students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drop out of high school? They are also less likely to attend and graduate from college. 

Krist Samaritan Center's MindWorks Testing provides a safe and comfortable environment for psychological testing, as well as assessments to detect ADD, ADHD and other learning disabilities. 

Learn More
[http://www.samaritanhouston.org/mindworks/testing-information.html?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=september]

Source: U.S. News Health

We're Near You

Each month, Spirit shines a spotlight on one of our partnering congregations to demonstrate the reach of Krist Samaritan Center counseling locations across the Houston area.   

Located in Fort Bend County, Covenant Glen United Methodist Church offers a counseling office staffed by Ms. Leah McCoy.

Covenant Glen United Methodist Church
401 Present Street
Missouri City, Texas 77489
Counselor: Ms. Leah McCoy
To schedule an appointment or learn more, please call our main office at 281.480.7554. We'd love to hear from you. 

Find a Location Near You. 
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Did you see us in the Houston Business Journal?

The Center offers counseling, testing and consulting services to support workforce growth and enhance performance within diverse organizational systems and cultures.
Click Here 
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