Jan 02

Family and Community Services of Somerset County celebra 60 años de excelencia

FCSSC aspira a recaudar $60.000 para el año 2020

Bound Brook, NJ – 2 de enero, 2020 –  Family & Community Services of Somerset County (FCSSC) es calificada 501 c (3), una agencia comunitaria sin fines de lucro. Dicha agencia se destaca por su función en contribuir servicios económicos y profesionales de salud mental y adicciones para la familia, niños, adolescentes y adultos necesitados durante los últimos 60 años.  Fundada en el año 1960, FCSSC (según sus siglas en ingles), ofrece servicios de apoyo para abordar cada una de las transiciones y dificultades  de la vida. 

FCSSC tiene como misión propia ofrecer servicios eficaces y económicos de salud mental y contra el abuso de drogas. Dichos servicios se ofrecen a un costo económico basados en una escala de pago graduada, e incluyen terapia individual, para familias y para parejas, como también terapia en grupo en inglés y español, un programa para abordar la violencia doméstica y recientemente  se agregó uno específicamente para veteranos de las fuerzas armadas.

“Family & Community Services of Somerset County ofrece servicios esenciales para los residentes de la comunidad que de otra manera no tendrían donde recurrir para recibir la atención que necesitan”, según Richard Schumann, director ejecutivo de la agencia. “Aunque somos una organización pequeña, hemos tenido un impacto favorable y continuamos teniéndolo, en la salud mental  y en el abuso de drogas de la comunidad.  El año pasado ofrecimos 8.700 horas de servicios en salud mental y abuso de drogas para más de 780 clientes. 

Para poder continuar sirviendo a la comunidad de Somerset y sus alrededores por 60 años más FCSSC busca recaudar $60.000 en el transcurso del año en homenaje al aniversario de la agencia.  Entre los eventos planificados están, una noche de comedia en el teatro Villagers, bingo con premio de carteras, un día de golf en el club Royce Brook, una carrera de 5K en el parque Duke Island y también nuestra campaña navideña para recaudar fondos.  

Según, Lori Manduley, presidenta de la junta de la agencia, “La salud mental y el abuso de drogas que siguen sin atención son unos de los problemas más grandes que enfrenta el país. Son la raíz de muchas otras  dificultades y problemas. Ser voluntaria y poder contribuir hacia esta agencia magnifica me hace sentir que formo parte de la solución”. Manduley fue instalada recientemente come presidenta de la junta de FCSSC. 

Para informarse sobre la agencia y los eventos planeados visite a la página http://fcssomerset.org

Apr 02

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

The 2019 theme, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow,” is designed to draw attention to the pervasive impact that alcohol, alcoholism and alcohol-related problems have on young people, their friends, families and communities — and to highlight the reality that help is available and recovery is possible.

  • excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year
  • more than 1.6 million young people report driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year
  • young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21
  • drinking by persons under the age of 21 is linked to 189,000 emergency room visits

ALCOHOL-FREE WEEKEND TO BE OBSERVED APRIL 5-7, 2019

Alcohol-Free Weekend, traditionally observed during Alcohol Awareness Month in April, is scheduled for April 5-7, 2019.

Alcohol Awareness Month, founded and sponsored by Facing Addiction with NCADD since 1987, is a national grassroots effort observed by communities throughout the United States to support prevention, research, education, intervention, treatment and recovery from alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.

During Alcohol-Free Weekend (April 5-7, 2019), Facing Addiction with NCADD and Family & Community Services of Somerset County ask parents and other adults to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages for a 72-hour period to demonstrate that alcohol isn’t necessary to have a good time. If participants find it difficult to go without alcohol during this period, they are urged to call 732-356-1082 for information about alcoholism.

Family & Community Services of Somerset County (FCSSC) offers mental health, addictions, and other community-based services to those who live and work in Somerset County and other surrounding communities. We specialize in providing support, guidance, and counseling to individuals and families in need.  If you think you need help, please call 732-356-1082. 

Jul 05

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Jun 08

But they always seemed so happy

Suicide is becoming a far too common theme in the headlines these days. Depression, like so many other illnesses, does not care about the size of your bank account or how much success you have in your chosen profession. The struggle with depression for so many people is very real and death by suicide is on the rise.

Suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016, according to research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%.
More than half of those who died by suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC.

“These findings are disturbing. Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the US right now, and it’s one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem — and something that is all around us,” Schuchat said. The other two top 10 causes of death that are on the rise are Alzheimer’s disease and drug overdoses, she noted.
In 2016 alone, about 45,000 lives were lost to suicide.
“Our data show that the problem is getting worse,” Schuchat said.

Warning signs
According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, some of the warning signs of suicide are:
• Talking about wanting to die. About 50%-75% of people who attempt suicide tell someone about it first.
• Finding ways to kill themselves, like hoarding medicine or buying a gun.
• Insomnia
• Losing interest in things and becoming withdrawn from family and friends.

What to do
If you know someone who is thinking about suicide, you should not leave them by themselves. Also, remove anything that might be harmful to the person, such as guns, according to NIH.
“Try to get your loved one to seek immediate help from his or her doctor or the nearest hospital emergency room, or call 911,” NIH says on its website.
You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Feb 15

Tragic events in the news – What do we tell the children?

In light of the recent events in Florida, it seemed appropriate to repost these words that were written only a few months ago after the Las Vegas shooting.  

Dear Friends,

I woke up Monday morning to the devastating news out of Las Vegas. As a kindergarten teacher, I knew I needed to prepare myself for questions from my students. A parent asked me, “how can I explain this to my child?”

In my experience, it’s best for parents to be honest with their children, in an age-appropriate manner, of course. Television and radio are just a few ways that children might hear about troubling world events- they will also overhear people talking about it in public, from other students, and from other family members. When parents are proactive and purposeful in discussing current events and hard topics, this limits the spread of misinformation (which may be even more distressing than reality). Additionally, parents should emphasize that it is always a good idea to talk about how you’re feeling. When we provide opportunities for open dialogue, it helps children feel safe, mentally and physically.

In terms of events like what happened in Las Vegas, the goal is to make your children feel safe. Focus on a few important things: 1) the danger is gone, because the police took care of it, and 2) look for the helpers. If you’re ever in a scary situation, look for ‘helpers’ like police (or call 911), teachers, and trusted adults.

Books are a wonderful resource for parents to start a meaningful, age-appropriate conversation. It gives children an opportunity to process, ask questions, and share their emotions in a safe environment.

– “Flood” by Alvaro Villa is a picture book which depicts a family preparing to evacuate their home before a flood, and then returning to rebuild. This book gives an opportunity to talk about natural disasters; also, how listening to adults, following the plan, and sticking together helps us make it through a big challenge.

– “A Terrible Thing Happened” by Margaret Holmes and Sasha Mudlaff does not describe a particular ‘bad thing,’ but talks about how fear and anxiety may make our body feel sick.This can help children verbalize how they are feeling physically and emotionally.

– “Jenny is Scared: When Sad Things Happen in the World” by Carol Shuman is recommended by the American Psychological Association. It describes the confusion that children feel when they hear about bad things on the TV/radio but don’t understand what happened. It tackles a lot of normal childhood anxieties, as well as larger, more disruptive events like acts of mass violence or natural disaster.

Finally, for the adults… in case nobody told you, it’s okay to feel scared or hopeless. These are hard times, and being strong for others is a heavy burden to carry. Remind yourself to “look for the helpers,” like Mr. Rogers told us to do. Mental health clinicians at SANE recommend the “Three C’s:” control what you can (making dinner, being kind to a stranger, what you put on TV), connect (with loved ones, professionals, your child’s teacher), and comfort (meditate, go for a run, take a bubble bath).

If you are overwhelmed or need further resources, please call us here at Family and Community Services, or reach out to your doctor or counselor. We are here for you.

With best wishes,

Mary Cole

Board Member – Family & Community Services of Somerset County

Feb 09

Domestic Violence Groups Offered in Both English and Spanish

• More than one in three women and more than one in four men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
• 74 percent of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner (spouse, common-law spouse, ex-spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend). Of these, 96 percent were women killed by their intimate partners.
• One in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
• Interpersonal violence is the leading cause of female homicides and injury-related deaths during pregnancy.
• The percentage of women who consider their mental health to be poor is almost three times higher among women with a history of violence than among those without.
• Women with disabilities have a 40 percent greater risk of intimate partner violence, especially severe violence, than women without disabilities.
Source: American Psychological Association

Though many people believe the term “batterer” implies physical abuse, domestic abuse/violence is more than just physical abuse. Many couples are either unable to identify or are in denial when the abuse is about “control”. Control is one of the most destructive forms of abuse and is the reason that so many abusive situations end in murder/suicide.

By gathering and using appropriate accountability measures and self-awareness tools, abusive partners can eventually have healthy, respectful relationships if they accept responsibility for their actions, identify and challenge the belief systems which contributed to their unhealthy behaviors and learn healthy, non-violent ways to interact with their partners.

Our trained staff are certified instructors in the RESPECT program and are here to help support those individuals currently identified as a “batterer” in his or her journey to shed the label of a “batterer” and engage in healthy and respectful relationships. Please call 732-356-1082 or email rschumann@fcssomerset.org for more details.

Dec 19

Job Opportunity – Bilingual Therapist – Fee For Service

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides direct clinical services to clients under scheduled supervision.
  • Work with clients with mental health and/or addiction related issues.
  • Performs comprehensive assessments to obtain sufficient information to complete Family & Community Services of Somerset County’s (FCSSC) intake and establish treatment goals.
  • Maintains accurate and current client records and completes agency documentation as required.
  • Supports agency policies and procedures.
  • Prepares written reports for and makes referrals to other community agencies and resources as appropriate.
  • Attends necessary continuing education courses to obtain or maintain certifications and licenses.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Must be bilingual – Spanish
  • LCSW, LMFT, or LPC required
  • Experience working with families and children
  • Must be able to work evening hours

Job Type: Part-time

Click here and apply at Indeed

Dec 18

Be a hero today

Be a hero and donate to Family & Community Services of Somerset County

The Holiday Blues

The holiday blues are a real phenomenon, but they are likely to have different effects than you might think. While the data are limited, there is some evidence about the causes and consequences of the holiday blues.

One survey by the American Psychological Association uncovered some interesting data about the holiday blues:

  • While the majority of people in the survey reported feelings of happiness, love, and high spirits over the holidays, those emotions were often accompanied by feelings of fatigue, stress, irritability, bloating, and sadness.
  • Thirty-eight percent of people surveyed said their stress level increased during the holiday season. Participants listed the top stressors: lack of time, lack of money, commercialism, the pressures of gift-giving, and family gatherings.
  • Surprisingly, 56 percent of respondents reported they experienced the most amount of stress at work. Only 29 percent experienced greater amounts of stress at home.

Another poll of more than 1,000 adults by the Principal Financial Group — a global investment company — found that 53 percent of people experience financial stress due to holiday spending, despite the fact more than half set budgets for their holiday spending.

A donation to Family & Community Services of Somerset County helps ensure that help will be available to those who need assistance but may not be able to afford the help he or she so desperately needs.

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpts from Psychology Today Online December 7, 2018 were used

 

Nov 28

Giving Tuesday

 

Today I Will Be A Hero

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”  –Fred Rogers (Spoken in 1994, quoted in his obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

During the summer of 2017, we witnessed, and were quite possibly impacted by, the incredible destruction that took place in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and California.  In response to the events that caused that destruction, we saw people help each other without regard to political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, or immigration status. We saw people come together with one goal – to save the lives of other people.

As a country, we are at our best in a time of crisis and we become heroes.  So why wait until a major crisis to become a hero?  Become a hero today!

Depression, anxiety, family conflict, and substance abuse are but a few of the daily crises many friends, family, and neighbors face each and every day.  Since 1960, Family & Community Services of Somerset County (FCSSC) has provided professional outpatient mental health and addiction services to many folks who might not otherwise be able to afford treatment.

Like so many nonprofit organizations, FCSSC needs heroes like you to allow us to remain in the community and continue to help others.  A small gift from you can make a big impact on others.  Please take a few moments and consider sending a donation to FCSSC.

Please donate now #GIVING TUESDAY

Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season,

Richard W. Schumann

Executive Director                                                           

“Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.”   –Gerard Way

Oct 10

World Mental Health Day – October 10, 2017

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health.  The theme of World Mental Health Day 2017 is “Mental health in the workplace”.

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, and 260 million suffer from anxiety disorders—many of whom live with both conditions. A study by the World Health Organization found that such disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year.

Here’s a deeper look at how mental health issues affect Americans:

  • 1 in 5 (or 43.8 million) adults experience mental illness in a given year.
  • 1 in 25 (or 10 million) adults experience a serious mental illness.
  • 1 in 100 (or 2.4 million) live with schizophrenia.
  • 2.6% (or 6.1 million) of Americans have bipolar disorder.
  • 6.9% (or 16 million) suffer from severe depression.
  • 18.1% (or 42 million) live with an anxiety disorder.
  • 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness.

And yet:

  • Only 41% of adults with a mental health condition received help and less than 50% of children 8-15 received mental health services.
  • Only 36.9% of those suffering from anxiety receive treatment.
  • Less than 20% of Americans with moderate depressive symptoms sought help from a medical professional.
  • And 4% of young adults with self-reported mental health needs forego care.

We can help.

Call us at 732-356-1082

Statistics compiled from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH).