Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year, but many don’t seek help because of the stigma and cost.
The Family Services Center offers affordable mental health services, to those who can’t afford it and they need your help to keep their services going.
One in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. The Family Services Center in Huntsville, is a non-profit that offers affordable, professional mental health services to those least able to pay.
“Covering a broad spectrum of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, ADHD, maritial conflict, so we kind of run the gamut with anything that’s going on with somebody,” said Kim Crawford with Family Services Center.
The center says so many people don’t seek professional help, because they don’t have insurance or money to pay for counseling, and they’re also ashamed of the stigma.
“People are labeled crazy, that attitude of ‘suck it up’ or don’t talk about it outside the family, things like that. It’s sad that people don’t get help because they don’t want other people to know that they’re going to see a therapist or counselor,” Crawford siad.
The Family Services Center is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year, to break that stigma as well as support its efforts to keep providing low cost services for people suffering from mental issues.
“It is a 100 mile bike ride and there’s a registration fee. You know we have rest stops along the way, we get sponsors for the rest stops. We’ve got a ‘make your own ice cream sundae bar’ for all the riders at the end. So we look for sponsors for all the rest stops and things like that,” she said.
The bike ride fundraiser is happening on Saturday, May 4th, departing out of Elkmont High School.
If you would like to register, volunteer or become a sponsor, feel free to contact Kim Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-551-1610.