SERVING YOUTH AND FAMILIES

At the Center for Mental Health, 93% of children and adolescents served came from households earning less than $10,000 annually. Thanks to philanthropy, many received free mental health screenings and therapy. Thousands more students learned how to recognize signs and symptoms of behavioral health problems and could access in-school counseling thanks to the expansion of the school-based mental health program.

One 12-year-old had been living in a van with his family. When they secured an apartment, he was too afraid to leave, fearing someone would steal his things. He missed three weeks of school. After he began working with an AMITA Health Alexian Brothers counselor, he started going to school again, received help with his basic needs and finally was able to focus on learning again.