Fall 2014

Creating a Promising Future for the Individuals and Families We Serve
Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 5-11

Wednesday, October 8- Cuisine for a Cause Southern Hemisphere Wine Dinner @ Zins Restaurant 6 PM-Close
In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness week, Zins is hosting a four course dinner with wine pairings to benefit Horizons Mental Health Counseling Services. Menu and Reservations

Thursday, October 9- National Depression Screening Day @ Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library 10 AM to 6 PM 
During Mental Illness Awareness Week, Horizons will join organizations and colleges throughout the country to offer free, anonymous mental health screenings in an effort to educate members of the public on the symptoms of depression and point them to local resources where they can get help. Look for Horizons' table in the main library lobby. Additional screenings will be done at Horizons' main office (819 5th Street SE) from 9-6 PM.
Mike Zochert
Mental Health Counseling Intern

Mike Zochert is a graduate student in the Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Northern Iowa. He will be completing his MA degree in Mental Health Counseling in May 2015. He has over seven years experience within the mental health field, working with adolescents and adults. Mike aligns himself with an interdisciplinary approach to counseling, using techniques but not limited to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Narrative Therapy. Mike values the mind and body connection as it relates to our overall wellness and being. 

Mike began working with Horizons in September and will continue through April 2015
Depression: The Blue Funk

Written by: Jennifer Becker, LMHC

Have you heard of the "blue funk"? Maybe you, or someone you know, appears to be "down" a lot, spending less time with others, feels as if they're going through the motions, and seems tired much of th greyscale-thinking-girl.jpg e time. You may think, "They're just in a funk right now." The "blue funk" is better known as depression, and it is a reality for 1 in 4 adults in the United States. It is estimated that depression costs America's workplaces 30-50 billion dollars in lost productivity each year.
10-15 years ago, depression was a taboo topic that would not have been talked about. Now that depression's media time has increased, it's time we all learn to recognize some of the major symptoms without the hype to keep ourselves and those around us aware of this very common disorder. Some symptoms of depression include:
  • Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, for at least 2-weeks
  • Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in activities
  • Changes in appetite, sleeping patterns, or level of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive, inappropriate guilt
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
  • Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), and/or suicidal ideation/suicide attempts
For more information on depression, Horizons, A Family Service Alliance, offers courses in Mental Health First Aid to the public in order to provide education about depression symptoms (among other disorders and their symptoms) and appropriate interventions. Think about it, the "blue funk" is not something we want sticking around!
Karl's Corner

"The first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Did you know that one in four American adults and one in five children will experience mental illness this year? Mental health is important to everyone, and it's time that we break the stigma associated with receiving treatment for mental illness. 

Horizons Mental Health Counseling provides family and child counseling, group therapy, and individual and couple counseling. We conduct psychological assessments, substance abuse assessments, and offer play therapy.  Horizons offers services on a sliding-scale fee basis, and we never turn away clients due to inability to pay. We are one of the few agencies in the area that accepts Medicaid with no cap and take all types of insurance.

Please consider sharing our free depression screening event with someone, or attending our fundraiser at Zins.  Any monetary amount helps us provide mental health services to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it.

Thank you very much for your support in giving help and hope to underserved populations."

-Karl Cassell, President/CEO
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Horizons is pleased to be your company's Employee Assistance Provider. This program is available to you at no cost and provides effective problem resolutions resulting in decreased distress and increased function for employees. In addition, it helps enhance productivity while decreasing benefit costs for employers and employees alike.

To find the Help and Hope you're looking for, call Horizons today at (319) 398-3943 or 1-877-653-3123.  Or email:  Jennifer Lee.

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