Summit Counseling Center Opens Satellite Location at Johns Creek UMC
“The mission of the Summit is to provide professional, faith-sensitive counseling resources to people in need in north metro Atlanta. Opening a satellite on the Medlock Bridge corridor will allow us to broaden our reach and have greater impact within the communities we serve.” said Rev. David Smith, Summit Executive Director.
The Summit began as an outreach ministry of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church in 1990. Their main office is located on the Mount Pisgah UMC campus located at 2750 Old Alabama Road in Johns Creek. “We are grateful for the vision and support that MPUMC has provided the Summit over the past two decades and look forward to this opportunity through JCUMC to serve a greater a number of families in our community.” said Shawn Murphy, Summit Director of Community Relations.
Through a wide variety of counseling services, the Summit provides hope and healing to individuals and families experiencing adverse life circumstances and mental health issues. In 2013 the Summit’s therapists provided over 7,000 counseling sessions. While 60% of clients served paid a private out of pocket rate that could be submitted for insurance reimbursement, 40% of clients served received pro bono discounts and client assistance fund subsidies totaling over $217,000. These subsidies were made possible through local partnerships and donations to the Summit’s client assistance fund.
“JCUMC is excited about a partnership with Summit Counseling (Center). It is a project that has been several years in the making and a dream come true! Having quality counseling is vitally important and Summit offers first-rate counselors at affordable rates.” said Dr. D.B. Shelnutt, Jr., Senior Pastor. “I applaud everyone who has helped to make this happen and feel confident it will be a tremendous asset to the community.”
The Impact of Mental Illness
- Approximately twenty-percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is thirteen-percent.
- Mood disorders such as depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization for both youth and adults ages 18 to 44.
- Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. (more common than homicide) and the third leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24-years. More than ninety-percent of those who die by suicide had one or more mental disorders.
Everyone experiences stress, sadness, and anxiety from time to time – it’s part of life. If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or unable to do the things you once enjoyed, it may be time to assess your emotional health. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you love, take a few minutes to complete an anonymous self-assessment at http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/SUMMIT.
The Summit Counseling Center is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization that provides individual, family and group counseling services to the greater community of north metro Atlanta. Visit their website at www.SummitCounseling.org to learn more about the Summit, their staff, services, and upcoming events.