October: A Month of Awareness


Happy October! The Counseling Ministry wants to bring awareness to World Mental Health Day which is observed on October 10 every year. World Mental Health Day is designed to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world, and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The Counseling Ministry recognizes that for many Black communities, discussing mental health can be a difficult subject. This stigma can act as a deterrent from people seeking mental health care when they need it. In many Black communities in the U.S., the church, plays a central role as a meeting place and source of strength. However, when a person is experiencing challenges with their mental health, it is essential for them to receive quality and culturally competent care.  While we are praying and trusting God to see us through life’s challenges He also has given the grace to professionals who know how to support individuals or families dealing with mental health conditions. Faith and spirituality can help in the recovery process and be a part of a treatment plan.

The Counseling Ministry hopes that you will prioritize not only your physical health but also your mental health because your mental health matters!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Throughout the month of October is a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims. Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture, and status. Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. During the pandemic domestic violence cases are rapidly increasing so please take a stand, speak out, and support those who are survivors of domestic violence. 

Domestic violence is associated with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance abuse in the general population.  Domestic Violence can occur in many different forms of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, and economic). Exposure to domestic violence has a significant impact on children’s mental health. Domestic violence can cause physical and emotional harm to children and young people in the following ways: ongoing anxiety and depression, emotional distress, eating, and sleeping disturbances.

Where, and Who Can I Turn to for Support?

If you need assistance or want to talk to someone about domestic violence, call 1-866-331-9474 to speak with a trained peer advocate.

  • Crisis lines: The National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799 Safe or 7233 / 1800 787 3224
  • Wake County Domestic Violence Crisis Line – 919 828 7740
  • Johnston County Crisis Hotline – 919-631-5478
  • Durham Crisis Center – 919-403-6562
  • Wake County Domestic Violence Unit – 919-792-4100.
  • Interact, 919-828-7740 | 866-291-0855 toll-free | https://interactofwake.org/


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