May marks the start of Mental Health month. But at C4, we see the desperate need for mental health, substance use and relationship counseling all year round. COVID 19 has only intensified the needs we’ve seen in the community. Within a week of quarantine, we were forced to admit a patient who was about to attempt suicide because they needed to be hospitalized but were afraid to go without gloves and a mask. Not only were able were we able to keep this patient from committing suicide, they are now attending regular counseling sessions. This taught us that the inability to purchase face masks can be life threatening, so the next week we purchased 200 face masks for that community. A person cannot focus in counseling if their basic needs are not met. Food insecurity can be another form of psychological distress that prohibits individuals from counseling, so we provided 423 people with up to 8 weeks’ worth of groceries. Last year we donated over $135,000 in scholarships for counseling services and this year alone we have already reached a giving total of $103,000. We don’t say this to brag or boast, but rather to let you know that we need your help. The surge of counseling needs coupled with the large amount of people with financial and insurance barriers are unprecedented. C4 has launched a nonprofit extension called ChristLink that partners with the community to provide the choice of counseling that is Christ-centered for individuals that are on Medicaid, Medicare, uninsured or underinsured. Will you join us on this journey by donating to ChristLink?