The Women's Summit on Mental Health

The Cause

For twenty-five years, the Summit Counseling Center has been providing counseling services to north metro Atlanta communities. Through individual and group therapy, the Summit provides hope and healing to individuals, couples, and families experiencing adverse life circumstances and mental health issues. In fiscal year 2014-15, our therapists provided support through over 9,000 clinical hours. Over forty-percent of those visits had a portion of the fee subsidized with over $248,000 in reduced fees provided to individuals and families within our communities.


The Impact of Mental Illness

  1. Twenty percent of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition.
  2. Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and seventy-five percent by age 24. The average delay between onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
  3. Approximately fifty percent of students age 14 and older with a mental illness will drop out of school.
  4. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24. 90% of those who die by suicide had an underlying mental illness.
  5. Our Community: During the past school year Northeast and Northwest Fulton County high school students self-identified:
    • 3183 students don’t know an adult at school that they can talk with if they need help.
    • 1086 seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months.
    • 515 students attempted suicide in the past 12 months.

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. – 43.7 million, or 18.6% – experiences mental illness in a given year. Our communities in North Fulton County are not immune from these staggering statistics. People of every race, age, religion or economic status are affected. Whether we are aware of it or not, we all know someone who is living with some form of mental illness.

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