Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Faulk Center for Counseling will observe Mental Health Awareness Month with a Butterfly Release and networking event on Thursday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. For 45 years, the Faulk Center for Counseling has provided free and low-cost mental health counseling to thousands in the community. Early detection and treatment of mental health problems is essential to an individual’s overall health and well-being. Like the transformation of a butterfly representing change, rebirth and renewal, individuals who seek help from the Faulk Center for Counseling learn to think differently, feel healthier and live happier. Proceeds from this event will provide free and low-cost mental health counseling to those less fortunate in our community. Florida ranks 49th among the 50 states in per capita mental health funding; yet, one in four adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans−will experience mental illness in a given year. The need for affordable mental health care is critical in our state. With early intervention and treatment for mental health issues at places like the Faulk Center, our society could greatly impact and decrease these alarming statistics:  50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 15 and 75% by age 24.  1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness (e.g. mood disorder, behavior/conduct disorder, anxiety disorder).  Suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24.  Approximately 50% of students age 14 and older with a mental illness drop out of high school. Mental health deserves the same attention as other debilitating illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. It should be a right, not a privilege. Event Details Location: Faulk Center for Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Road Date: Thursday, May 9, 5:30 p.m. Cost: No cost to attend. Donations are appreciated. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ali Rubin at 561-483-5300. About the Faulk Center for Counseling: The Faulk Center for Counseling, formerly the Center for Group Counseling, provides free and low-cost individual, family, and group counseling to the community. We offer programs for adults, children, seniors, families and couples at our facility in Boca Raton, Fl and at outreach locations throughout Palm Beach County. Clinical services are provided through a unique partnership among graduate students pursuing doctoral and Master’s degrees in a mental health field and volunteer mental health professionals. All graduate students and volunteers are trained and supervised by our licensed clinical staff. We provide a warm, accepting environment where everyone has the capacity to grow. No one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.