hhhWhile the state of Illinois fails to produce a budget, there have numerous cutbacks in psychological and psychiatric help.  There have been large layoffs at some of the State’s largest social service providers and closings of counseling service centers.  These centers were created to help people suffering from drug addiction, alcohol addiction and various disorders.  You can read the full article on how Illinois’s budget impasse is ‘destroying’ mental health here.

In oak forest, Bremen Youth Services is affected by the lack of a budget and no support from the local community.  Recently, Bremen Township ended their contract with Bremen Youth Services.  When Bremen Township ended their contract with Bremen Youth Services, Bremen Youth Services remaining funding came from the United Way, State and Federal Grants.  However, with a pending repeal to the Medicaid expansion and Illinois continuing a budget crisis, Bremen Youth Services needs all the help they can get.

The National Institute on mental Health Reports that 28.8 percent of adults suffer from Anxiety disorders.  That is over a quarter of the country suffering from Anxiety Problems.  The Demographics between men and women also indicate women are at a much larger risk for anxiety disorders than men; being 60% more likely to experience an anxiety order.

12.5 % of individuals suffer from specific phobias, including fear of animals, heights, darkness and other anxiety disorders.  But the problem is a lot of states are cutting their mental health budgets.

Which is why it is important to support organizations who help treat mental health problems.  Peter Francis Geraci and his wife, Holly B. Geraci are supporters of companies whose mission is to help people suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse problems.  Thresholds is one of the oldest and largest recovery services in the state of Illinois.  Mrs. Holly Geraci has selected Thresholds as the current Help Holly Help Challenge.  You can donate to Thresholds via her website, www.helphollyhelp.com.  All donations made, up to $10,000, will be matched dollar for dollar for the month of march.

You can view more Mental Health Statistics at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-anxiety-disorder-among-adults.shtml

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