Grief Counseling

A Day of Free Counseling In Honor of African American Mental Health Month

Source: CDC, 2016. Health United States, 2015

Source: CDC, 2016. Health United States, 2015

Although at Silver Linings we consider mental health as one of the greatest assets an individual can have, services to help folks obtain it may not be readily available to every segment of our population. Ideally, focusing on on prevention, early identification and intervention with integrated care is the best course of treatment but if mental health is considered a sigma, seeking help may not even be a considered option. Mental health problems are not segmented to just one population, but sometimes African Americans can experience more severe symptoms and mental health conditions due to a variety of variables. 

As reported by the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) website and the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Common mental health disorders among African Americans include:

African Americans are may also be more likely to experience certain factors that increase the risk for developing a mental health condition. In recognition of African American Mental Health Month, Silver Lining Counseling is offering a day of free counseling services. On Saturday, July 30, 2016 counseling session are available from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The session are 30 minutes in duration and are offered free of charge to everyone, but require participants to schedule an appointment. To schedule your free appointment please email us at or call 863-370-9502

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Dealing With Sudden and Traumatic Loss

traumatic |adjective| - emotionally disturbing or distressing. relating to or causing psychological trauma. relating to or denoting physical injury.

Sudden and traumatic loss is one of the most difficult types of grief to work through. It is very important that the survivor surrounds themselves with positive emotion and physical support as they work through their grief. 

Tips To Help You - 

  • Try to eat healthy - foods loaded with sugar or salt can cause mood swings during an already emotionally charged time. 
  • Try to get plenty of rest - rest when you can even if it is only for short periods of time. Resting will help keep fatigue from adding to the emotionally trying time.
  • Seek professional help if needed - friends and family can be an important support team and sounding board to help talk through the emotions you are feeling. A licensed grief counselor can also provide coping strategies and help you work through the grieving process.

It is normal to feel some guilt (or what some refer to as survivor's guilt) that your are still here and your loved one was taken. These emotions are normal but should not become all-consuming or overwhelming. As our nation is coping with the horrific events of last weekend's brutal attack in Orlando, FL, it is important to remember our hearts and thoughts are with the victims and their families as we grieve for their loss and offer our prayers and support.