World Mental Health Day

October 10th is World Mental Health Day!

World Mental Health Day was started by the World Health Organization (WHO) to bring greater awareness to mental health issues around the world. Despite the progress that has been made to reduce the stigma of mental illness, many people still feel ostracized and singled out within their families and communities. Most of us know someone, or are someone, who struggles with some form of mental health issue. Sometimes it is hard to know what to do, or how to support those that we love and care about. If you are ever in doubt it can be helpful to take some time and reflect on your own feelings, how they impact your day and your relationships, and to cultivate some empathy for yourself as well as others.

How common is mental illness?

  • 1 in 5 (or 43.8 million) adults experience mental illness in a given year.
  • 1 in 25 (or 10 million) adults experience a serious mental illness.
  • 1 in 100 (or 2.4 million) live with schizophrenia.
  • 2.6% (or 6.1 million) of Americans have bipolar disorder.
  • 6.9% (or 16 million) suffer from severe depression.
  • 18.1% (or 42 million) live with an anxiety disorder.
  • 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness.

And yet:

  • Only 41% of adults with a mental health condition received help and less than 50% of children 8-15 received mental health services.
  • Only 36.9% of those suffering from anxiety receive treatment.
  • Less than 20% of Americans with moderate depressive symptoms sought help from a medical professional.
  • And 4% of young adults with self-reported mental health needs forego care.
Statistics compiled from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH).

To learn more check out some of the links below…



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Georgetown: Opening May 1st!

Counseling Services of Greater Boston is pleased to announce CSGB Georgetown will be opening on Monday, May 1, 2017!   Counseling Services of Greater Boston will be located on the second floor of 64 Central Street in Georgetown.  We are currently taking referrals!  If you or a loved one on the North Shore is interested in a session, please call our intake line at (781) 328-1904 x100.

We are thrilled to work with the warm community of Georgetown and its surrounding communities. For further information, please feel free to contact Amanda Bruce, LMHC, at (781) 328-1904 x103.

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Coming Soon – CSGB Georgetown!

cropped-blackCSGB-300x300.pngCounseling Services of Greater Boston is pleased to announce that a second location will be opening this Spring in Georgetown, MA!  Amanda Bruce, LMHC, will be the primary clinician at this site.  For more details, stay tuned.  Counseling Services of Greater Boston is honored to be opening a second site in this beautiful community.

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Clinician Spotlight: March

IMG_20160827_184549Meet Deborah Williams, LMHC!  Deborah is a licensed clinician that works with adolescents, children, adults, and families. Her approach is cognitive behavior therapy and practicing mindfulness. She specializes in working with adolescent girls; she aims to help build a strong sense of identity, and gives them the tools to work through conflict.  She also sees children and families, and helps them both to communicate more positively with each other.

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Eating Disorder Awareness Week

NEDAIt’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week, and Massachusetts has some great, informative events happening to further education about eating disorders and eating disorder recovery.  Are you in recovery, or know someone who is?  Check out some of the links below to see what is available.

Eating Disorder Recovery Twitter Chat – Click on this link to connect to various Twitter chats hosted by Eating Disorder Hope.

Build Body Confidence in Your Child – Check out this event’s Facebook page for more information.

More to Love Yoga Workshop – Take a look at this workshop that is geared towards assisting women of all sizes to accept their bodies.

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CSGB: Recipients of the 2016 MLK Service Award

csgb2016Please join me in congratulating Counseling Services of Greater Boston; they are the 2016 recipients of the Wakefield, MA MLK Service Award!  Each year, the Wakefield Human Rights Commission selects one business, nonprofit or community group that they believe contributes to the community positively.

Come see CSGB’s Amanda Bruce speak about CSGB’s role in the community at the MLK Unity Celebration at the Galvin Middle School on January 16th, 2017 at 10am.

We at CSGB thank you for letting us have the honor of serving your community!


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Nominate CSGB!

phontoThe Wakefield Human Rights Commission is now taking nominations for the MLK Service Award! We encourage you to nominate Counseling Services of Greater Boston as we continue to be honored by serving the Wakefield Community in our fourth year of operation.  CSGB prides itself on offering  compassionate mental health counseling to all through a progressive approach.

Nominate us here!

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Happy 4th Anniversary!

csgb2016Counseling Services of Greater Boston opened our Wakefield, MA offices in October, 2012, which means it is officially CSGB’s fourth anniversary!  We are grateful for the opportunities we have had to support the North Shore community, and look forward to the upcoming years of service.  Thank you for your support of us!

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Out of the Darkness Walk

Walking in 2015.

Out of the Darkness Walk 2015

On Saturday, September 24th, Counseling Services will be participating in Wakefield’s “Out of the Darkness” walk, for the second year in a row.  Out of the Darkness walks happen around the country, and raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.  When you donate money or time to this organization you are providing for increased research and education about suicide, and for increased support for those affected by suicide loss.  There is still time to get involved!  Please visit the organization’s website here to join us.

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Dan Harris on Hacking Your Brain

Have you ever been skeptical of the effect of meditation on the brain?  If so, check out Dan Harris’s video on how the brain benefits from meditation – and how you might even grow some grey matter back.

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