Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for individuals and families living with mental illness, as well as community stakeholders and professionals.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) May 30, 2013
Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation, a nonprofit fundraising organization dedicated to improving and sustaining the quality of life for individuals and families living with mental illness by removing financial barriers to mental health services, is proud to announce expanded mental health support in South Florida. Staffed by mental health professionals, the foundation provides mental health screenings, care coordination, and linkage to mental health services. The group also provides financial assistance for treatment as well as community education workshops and seminars aimed at breaking down the barriers to mental health treatment.
Statistics show that one out of every four families includes a family member who is living with a mental illness. Just over half will seek treatment; one out of three who seek help will not be able to afford it. With sobering statistics like these, the need for intervention is evident. Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation strives to connect the people who need treatment with reputable mental health services by building a financial bridge between the two.
“Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States,” said Wendi Rabucha, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and CEO of Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation. “With the proper treatment, the majority of individuals stand a good chance of improving and sustaining their quality of life. By removing the stigma surrounding mental health through education and accessibility, we can come together to get help to the people who need it the most.”
As part of their comprehensive mental health services, the foundation will host a series of fundraising events, support groups, and educational seminars throughout the year. The next workshop, “Psychopharmacology: Moods, Myths, Medication, & Mental Health,” will take place on July 12th. Participants will expand their knowledge about the latest medications for mental health disorders and learn how to assess their effectiveness. The workshop will also explain how to communicate psychotropic medication information more effectively, along with improving client treatment outcomes and reducing the misunderstandings about mental disorders. The mental health services workshop costs $25 per person and runs from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with registration starting at 12:30 pm. Participants can register online.
“Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for individuals and families living with mental illness, as well as community stakeholders and professionals,” said Rabucha. “By offering these types of community education workshops, we hope to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.”
By partnering with a network of organizations and community mental health services such as local psychiatrists, mental health treatment centers, counselors, and licensed behavioral therapists, Guardian is able to bring low-cost and no-cost mental health services to individuals and families in South Florida.
Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance and education to individuals and families living with mental illness in order to improve and sustain their quality of life. Through a variety of community mental health centers and professionals, Guardian provides low-cost or no-cost mental health services, educational workshops and support groups for individuals and families. For more information please visit: https://www.guardianbehavioral.org.