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Over the years, we have developed a clear understanding that there is an inextricably intertwined relationship between our mental health and our physical health and well-being. When we experience a nightmare or anxiety, mental states associated with alterations of brain chemistry, we see physical effects like sweaty palms, dry mouth and a racing heart. These physical manifestations become more prominent with mental disorders such as depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or substance abuse disorders. It is easy to see how someone with a mental illness which leads to disturbances in appetite, sleep patterns, energy level, concentration, self-control and memory might also experience physical complaints like headaches, weight gain, slurred speech, or chronic pain.

At The CENTER, we focus on mental wellness, not just the treatment of these symptoms.  Mental health is defined by the Surgeon General’s report on Mental Health (1999) as “a state of successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and the ability to adapt to change and to cope with adversity.  Mental health is indispensable to personal well-being, family and interpersonal relationships, and contribution to community or society.”  As a part mental wellness, The CENTER recognizes the need to combine physical and spiritual factors with the mental symptoms to create a treatment plan toward recovery.

The Surgeon General says, “The fundamental components of effective service delivery include integrated community-based services, continuity of providers and treatments, family support services (including psychoeducation), and culturally sensitive services.”  To that end, The CENTER provides: treatment plans that incorporate family doctors and churches; a qualified staff of trained therapists and counselors who are dedicated to serving the Saint Joseph community with an average tenure of 13 years; a lending library with educational material for clients and their family/support networks; and financial aid for those that need services but couldn’t afford the full cost of treatment.

With proper treatment, the majority of people with mental illness can return to productive and engaging lives.

The CENTER, a Samaritan Center is a non-profit agency which receives funding from The United Way, The Community Development Block Grant and from individual donors.  To find out more information about how to donate to The CENTER,  call 816-364-4300 or email thecenter@thecenterlistens.org