Charlie became a client at Family & Community Services of Somerset County (FCSSC) eight months ago as an extremely depressed fifteen year old. He was struggling with suicidal thoughts, peer pressure, and isolation from his social group. He felt invisible at school and alone in dealing with this burden. The services he received from FCSSC have improved his self-confidence and taught him how to process his emotions in a positive and productive way. Now, a sophomore in high school, Charlie is active in extracurricular activities and living the life he was meant to lead. Many of our clients have a similar story.
Approximately 20% of youths, ages 13 to 18, experience severe mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Sadly, 60% of adults and youths with a mental illness receive no mental health services. The Today Show just reported that by 2020, it expects depression to soar making it the second leading cause of disability. You can help prevent this by donating to FCSSC, which provides a crucial lifeline of support and treatment for individuals in need.
The mission of Family & Community Services of Somerset County is simple. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities, by providing mental health and addiction treatment and services. We counsel, guide, and provide tools to people in our community who need to strengthen their foundation of wellness. We also coordinate with local agencies to ensure that our clients have continued support and success in all aspects of their lives.
Here’s what some of our clients have had to say:
- “My counselor was very professional and knowledgeable. He made it very comfortable to open up and talk about my situation.”
- “My children improved significantly. It was very helpful.”
- “I felt like I had nowhere to turn until I received help from your services and it has changed my life.”
In this season of giving, we ask that you remember FCSSC. The number of children, adults, and families on our waiting list continues to grow. Remember, we need to unite for life.
Thank you from our family to yours. We wish you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season.
Richard Schumann, MBA