Drinking for the Cause. Through hard work and community collaboration, board members and staff of Psychology For All hosted their Summer Fundraiser event on May 10, 2018. Held at Three Spirits Brewery with food provided by Two Chicks and a Truck, over $400 was raised through the generous contributions of more than 30 guests who participated in the event and the raffle.
Top raffle items ranged from a set of beer glasses for four, a $25 gift card to Three Spirits Brewery, to Charlotte Knights baseball tickets for four and many more spectacular items.
Special volunteer, Amanda McGough, assisted with the event. Her platform on suicide prevention awareness aligns with the mission and goals of the services provided by Psychology For All.
The amount raised will be used to help fund the cost of psychotherapy for individuals who currently face financial and cultural barriers that prevent their access to mental health services. All proceeds will go to support the PFA mission of removing these common challenges and make long lasting, positive impact at the individual, family, and community level.
Since its inception in 2015, Psychology For All has been increasing the access to psychological services and information by providing financial assistance and help those unable to afford psychological care, and by creating and distributing information regarding psychological issues to the public.
Thank you to all the generous donors for making this year’s PFA Summer Fundraiser a success!
We are excited to announce that Psychology For All has launched its pilot program with Smith Family Wellness Center as of May 2018! PFA chose the Smith Family Wellness Center because it shares the same vision as PFA. Let’s all join together in providing holistically for those in need in our city and in prioritizing mental healthcare.You may be asking why a pilot program and what will it entail. Well, the answer it pretty simple. As a startup non-profit with an eager heart to start serving the community, we wanted to partner with an organization to run our program on a small scale and make sure any kinks were ironed out before we open our doors to the community at large. We desire to be good stewards of not only the financial gifts of our generous donors, but of the clinicians that are giving their time and the applicants that are in need of service.
“MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION. IT’S THE FINAL TABOO AND IT NEEDS TO BE FACED AND DEALT WITH.” - ADAM ANT, ENGLISH SINGER AND MUSICIAN
Although everyone desires a well-balanced and productive life, many in our community are unable to live balanced lives due to mental illness. Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., costing $100 billion per year. It can disrupt a person's thinking or daily functioning, and can affect one's mood and ability to have healthy relationships in the work setting or in personal life. Mental illnesses can affect individuals of any age, any race, any religion, or any socioeconomic status.
Recent reports from Mental Health America of Central Carolinas show that mental illnesses impact about one in every four adults in America every year. In 2017, Mecklenburg County’s Community Health Assessment found that approximately 17% of adults in our community reported being diagnosed with depression, making mental health the number one public health issue ranked by Charlotte Mecklenburg residents. Sadly, while early diagnosis and treatment are critical to achieving wellness, two-thirds of those adults will not receive the services they need. Some of the common roadblocks individuals face when trying to gain access to psychological services include financial and cultural barriers. The costs to our society for untreated mental illness are found, not only in economic terms, but also in the volume of disability cases, high unemployment figures, homelessness, needless incarcerations and the most tragic costs: homicides and suicides.
Psychology For All was founded to address these hurdles that prevent adequate access to mental health care. Our mission is to help open the door to emotional well-being by breaking down the common barriers the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community faces when accessing the psychotherapeutic services they need.