Did You Know the Presbyterian Counseling Center (PCC) started over 37 years ago in our community by First Presbyterian Church of Daytona Beach in Volusia County and now has counseling services in Flagler and Seminole Counties, too. PCC provides counseling services at ten locations, eight of which are in Volusia County, including an office at Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church. As PCC continues to grow and meet the needs of the community, we strive to provide affordable, quality, and relevant behavioral health services to individuals, children, couples, families, and groups.

Everyone should have the support needed to feel safe, secure, and thrive. As our world continues to become more sophisticated and fast-paced, we are seeing an increasing number of individuals sharing concerns about feeling stressed, vulnerable, and traumatized. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We want to take advantage of this month to highlight the importance of starting conversations around our mental wellness and encourage anyone who may be struggling or experiencing a mental health condition; we are here.

Of course, understanding the risk factors for a mental health condition can be more difficult when it’s your own mental health. Take time to ask yourself about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to see if this is part of a pattern that may be caused by a mental health condition. Here are some questions to get you started:

• Have things that used to feel easy started feeling difficult?
• Does the idea of doing daily tasks like making your bed now feel really, really hard? • Have you lost interest in activities and hobbies you used to enjoy?
• Do you feel irritated, possibly to the point of lashing out at people you care about?

If you are concerned about your mental health, there are several options available. You are not alone – help is out there, and recovery is possible. It may be hard to talk about your concerns, but simply acknowledging to yourself that you’re struggling is a really big step. Taking a screening at mhascreening.org can help you to better understand what you are experiencing and get helpful resources. After that, consider talking to someone you trust about your results, and seek out a professional to find the support you need. If you are aware that your mental wellness and health need attention, PCC is here to help and is ready to receive your call at 386-258-1618.