Addressing the Pressing Issue of Access to Mental Health Options

At the Fountain Hill Center, we are proud to be part of West Michigan’s efforts to change the conversation about mental health. We want to be sure that people have access to help when they need help and that stigma doesn’t keep folks from seeking treatment when it’s available to them.  Our fundraising efforts support projects and programs that answer these needs. Since its inception, the Fountain Hill Center for Counseling and Consultation has worked closely with stakeholders in the community to discover community needs and to innovate community solutions. This year we are working on several outreach programs through our Low Income Outreach fund. Learn more about these programs and how you can donate to support mental health options in your community below.

Emergency Outreach

When unexpected circumstances cause our clients to be unable to continue therapy for financial reasons, we try to support them through these transitions through our emergency outreach fund. Donations to this fund allow clients to continue receiving the counseling they need as they get their lives back on track.

Low Income, Rural Outreach at The Fountain Hill Center—Lakeshore Office

The Fountain Hill Center—Lakeshore Office provides counseling services in Oceana County, where more than 90% of our services are offered at free or significantly reduced costs. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s, Kid’s Count Data, Oceana County has Michigan’s 5th highest rate of child poverty, with about 1/3 of the county’s children living below the federal poverty level.  This fund allows us to continue to turn the tides in Oceana County by supporting the enrichment of children and families through increasing their mental health awareness and options.

Positive Discipline

Through this program, we are offering parents, schools and institutions the educational tools they need to understand children’s emotional and behavioral patterns in order to effectively posit responses and achieve sustainable, healthy solutions to problems. We are currently pursuing efforts to expand this educational service to low income families and schools/institutions that service at risk and impoverished child and adolescent populations. This program parents, educators and children’s professionals metrics for assessing behavioral issues, tools for creating sustainable solutions to address behavioral and emotional problems in children, and for training staff to implement standards.

Altogether Boys

In partnership with City High Middle School and The Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan, The Fountain Hill Center for Counseling and Consultation is developing and piloting a boys’ middle school counseling program similar to other programs currently offered to girls in the area. The eight week course gives boys the opportunity to address issues with masculinity, peer pressure, relationships, mental wellness and violence. We are currently pursuing efforts to expand this program to low performing GRPS schools and low income community schools. This program improves overall learning and self-esteem, provides participants with cultural awareness related to men and masculinities,  and increases the likelihood that boys involved in the program will seek support when they need it.

Art Therapy Outreach

Recent studies have shown that having access to Art Therapy as an adjunct therapeutic modality creates high success rates for victims of trauma and abuse. Art Therapy Outreach will allow low income individuals whose insurance will not cover this therapy access to this treatment. This outreach program particularly targets pregnant women and mothers who are or have been victims of domestic violence and those individuals suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. This program will help individuals develop the coping skills necessary to maintain stable employment, develop healthy parenting skills and become symptom free.