observation of mental health month, the Providence Kodiak Island
has been hosting open house gatherings on Wednesdays.
counseling center director is Melanie Nelson who was a guest on KMXT's Talk of
-- (Mental Health 1 "So often in ...substance abuse
Nelson said that there are times
and situations where mental health counseling can make a positive difference in
-- (Mental Health 2 "There's some situations ...a
lot of folks.")
Nelson said that coping with mental
health or addiction problems is a life-long journey that can't be solved
quickly with instant cures but many kinds of help are available.
-- (Mental Health 3 "Learning to live
... be done quickly.")
She described a new program the
center started offering this year which is called "family focused service." It
involves home visits and activities with a clinician. Nelson said that the
program is still taking shape but so far it's been pretty successful.
-- (Mental Health 4 "especially for kiddos ... call me
This month the counseling center
is hosting weekly brown bag lunch gatherings to highlight the services they
offer. The final one will be next Wednesday at noon. The center is located near
the high school.