Summit Fundraising Letter
I will get straight to the point: We need your support to continue saving lives! These are unprecedented circumstances and we can only face these enormous challenges together.
As I write this from my desk at home, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has now surpassed 100,000+ deaths in the U.S. and 2,000 deaths in Georgia alone. Calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are up 1,000% since March! It is critical that we focus on protecting the mental wellbeing of our community. The impact of this pandemic is widespread and will be long lasting with a significant potential for increased incidence of mental illness and suicide.
Collectively, the trauma of the pandemic has and will continue to impact the mental wellbeing of individuals, families and our entire community as we are already seeing a rise in:
- Substance Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Child Abuse
Will you join us today and help the Summit Counseling Center respond to the mental and emotional distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic in our community?
According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders.
- A broad body of research links social isolation and loneliness to poor mental health; and recent data shows that significantly higher shares of people who were sheltering in place (47%) reported negative mental health effects resulting from worry or stress related to coronavirus than among those not sheltering in place (37%). Negative mental health effects due to social isolation may be particularly pronounced among older adults and households with adolescents, as these groups are already at risk for depression or suicidal ideation.
- Research shows that job loss is associated with increased depression, anxiety, distress, and low self-esteem and may lead to higher rates of substance use disorder and suicide. Recent polling data shows that more than half of the people who lost income or employment reported negative mental health impacts from worry or stress over coronavirus; and lower income people report higher rates of major negative mental health impacts compared to higher income people.
For over 30 years, through the generosity and support of our donors, Summit Counseling Center has been here for our community.
- We were there helping individuals and families after 9/11.
- We were there for our clients during the great recession.
- We have been there in response to the suicide crisis plaguing adolescents and adults.
- We have been there for those being impacted by the opioid epidemic.
During this time of uncertainty, you can help provide hope and healing to those that need it most.
Your support will allow us to continue:
- Treating individuals and families who have experienced grief and trauma due to the loss of loved ones (friends, co-workers and/or family members) to this invisible killer.
- Working with front-line emergency medical responders and essential workers who are experiencing anxiety and trauma due to COVID-19 related response and work situations.
- Helping students deal with the rise in anxiety and depression due to being displaced from their school environment and peer relationships.
- Responding to a surge in marital unrest and domestic violence cases.
- Reaching out to our community non-profits and local businesses that are on the frontline, providing free workshops and resources to help their staff deal with empathy burnout and compassion fatigue.
- Following all recommended precautions from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization to keep our clients and staff safe.
With your support, Summit Counseling Center can and will continue to meet the mental and emotional needs of our community.
Your urgently needed contribution will help Summit Counseling Center address the 2-fold impact that the coronavirus is having on the sustainability and viability of our organization.
- The critical need for mental health services and resources that has been exasperated by COVID-19.
- The unsurmountable financial support needed for families whose income has been dramatically affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.
Your gift of any size will allow our team to provide hope and healing to those who need it the most.
During this unprecedented crisis, we hope that you will prayerfully consider supporting Summit Counseling Center as we strive to meet the mental health needs of our community. We are all in this together. If you are able to help, please join with us by making a charitable gift donation of $25, $50, $100, $250 or an amount that is meaningful to you.