Hayden Hurst Family Foundation Makes $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge to The Summit Counseling Center

Cathy Hurst, vice president of the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation, presented a $10,000 check to The Summit Counseling Center to support their school-based mental health partnership with Fulton County Schools.

“This program is in alignment with the Foundation’s focus on funding programs for children and adolescents which help them identify, manage, and express emotions constructively,” said Hurst. “Now more than ever we recognize the need for mental health services in our schools. The opportunity to support this program and double the impact through a matching gift challenge is a win-win.”

To learn more about The Summit’s current matching campaign and how you can help us meet our $200,000 goal, visit our website at summitcounseling.org/donate.

The reality is that young people are experiencing mental health challenges at increasingly alarming rates. Data prior to the pandemic showed one in six U.S. youth aged 6-17 experiencing a mental health disorder each year and suicide as the second leading cause of death among people ages 10-34.

“Since the start of the pandemic, we have continued to see a rise in the number of children and adolescents experiencing signs of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation,” said David Smith, executive director at The Summit. “Through our partnership with Fulton County Schools, we are able to identify those high-risk students and provide counseling services onsite, at the school in a timely manner.”

“We are very grateful for this support from the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation as it will remove barriers to accessing individual and group therapy for our students served by Summit Counseling Center at our schools.” said Chelsea Montgomery, executive director of Student Supports at Fulton County Schools. “It is exciting when we can leverage community support into our already existing partnerships to efficiently and effectively meet the complex needs of our students,” To learn more about the on-site mental health partnerships at Fulton County Schools, visit https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/24166.

About Summit Counseling Center

Since 1990, The Summit Counseling Center has been a trusted community partner; bringing hope, healing, and restoration to children, teens, adults, couples, and families. Through their partnerships with local community organizations, The Summit serves North Atlanta at 32 locations, including 27 local public and private schools where there is a therapist onsite. To learn more about The Summit Counseling Center, their school counseling services, and how they support communities, visit www.summitcounseling.org or contact Cathy Murphy, Director of Community Outreach at cmurphy@summitcounsling.org.


Photo 1 (l-r): Cathy Murphy, Cathy Hurst, Chelsea Montgomery, Katha Stuart, Chris Matthews


Photo 2: Cathy Hurst signing check


Photo 3 (l-r): Chelsea Montgomery, Cathy Murphy, Cathy Hurst, Katha Stuart, Chris Matthews


Photo 4(l-r): Chelsea Montgomery, Katha Stuart, Cathy Hurst, Cathy Murphy, Chris Matthews


Cathy Hurst, Vice President of the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation
Katha Stuart, Fulton County Schools Board Member
Dr. Chris Matthews, Assistant Superintendent Student Services
Chelsea Montgomery, Executive Director Office of Student Supports
Cathy Murphy, Director of Community Outreach, Summit Counseling Center