In last month’s newsletter, we challenged you to consider adopting a virtue, a quote to live by or an overarching theme for your year. Doing so can impact your outlook on life. This type of soul work and intentionality in our thoughts and goals can encourage a much more positive attitude and enrich our lives in meaningful ways. (Read last month’s article here.)
As our Counseling and Wellness Center team met and discussed this idea over multiple meetings, several words and thoughts kept popping up:
Connection. Community. Unity. Hope.
We collectively dug deep and for 2021, our Counseling and Wellness Center team will be: Pursuing connection and community in an effort to promote unity and foster hope.
This past year has left many of us feeling alone, anxious, isolated and uncertain of what lies ahead. Social distancing, for better or for worse, promoted social isolation and if we aren’t aware and intentional, we can get stuck there. The human mind and psyche were created for connection and this past season of isolation has been quite polarizing for most.
In 2020, the need has been so great for individuals in search of connection and support, that our Counseling & Wellness Center saw:
- 40% increase in clinical care
- 80% increase in medication management,
- 150% increase in new clients and
- 83% increase in scholarship-assisted sessions!
With the vaccine rollout and effectiveness of safety protocols, there is SO much hope on the horizon! We are FINALLY coming out of a season of isolation and into a season of connection! As we expectantly look into the future, take heart.
You were made for connection and community!
What does that statement mean to you? What thoughts and feelings does that phrase evoke in your heart and mind?
If it’s not one of hope, that is OK!
We can lean on each other when we don’t have the capacity to see the good and the hope for better times ahead. THIS is the beauty of connection and community: we can borrow the perspective and hope of others until we can find our way back to our own.
Being connected and having a sense of belonging and community helps us to be our truest, healthiest and most positive self. Having the support of another when we are struggling helps us feel safe and extending connection, hope and help to others give our lives meaning and purpose.
This is the commitment of CCPC’s Counseling and Wellness Center to you, our team and our community: We will actively pursue connection and community in an effort to promote unity and foster hope.
We hope you’ll join us on this mission!