A message from Executive Director, Amy Bloch, LISW:
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and conversations are needed more than ever. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (2020), one in five Iowans experienced some form of mental illness; less than half received treatment. These were already shocking statistics from before the year-long pandemic and public health actions of social distancing and business closures, which resulted in feelings of stress, anxiety and loneliness. The US Census Bureau (2021) states that over 48% of adults and children are now reporting symptoms of depression and anxiety, which will only increase the need for mental health services in a system that is already overwhelmed. The button below will take you to an infographic about common barriers to care and our agency’s response. What is most special to me however, is our focus on reaching those in need. Catholic Charities serves those most vulnerable with nowhere else to turn for help and healing. We bring Christ’s compassion to our communities by caring for the mind and the soul, bringing dignity to the lives of those who are suffering.