What is CARE More?
CARE more is a non-profit community initiative created by CARE Counseling for the purpose of creating systemic change within the mental health community. CARE’s owners, John Hutchinson and Dr. Andrea Hutchinson, created CARE with the mission statement of: build a community to strengthen the community. Despite the needs, only one in three Black or African American adults who need mental health care receive it. There are reasons that members of the BIPOC community avoid seeking therapy. Reluctance to enlist the aid of a mental health professional can include a lack of representation. In Minnesota, 95% of mental health professionals are white; just over 2% are Black. Nationally it isn't much better sitting at 4%. With the goal of continuing to strengthen the mental health community through CARE more, the Hutchinson Family Endowment is donating $50,000 to a Twin Cities College to fund the cost of books for BIPOC students pursuing masters and doctoral programs in the Psychology Department. Through the CARE more initiative, more BIPOC students will succeed in Psychology programs and pursue careers in therapy, which will encourage more people of color to find help from clinicians who can truly understand their racial struggles.
Why Should You CARE?
Mental health affects all people from every walk of life, but some groups are disproportionately impacted by suicide due to the effects of discrimination across race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Of the 121 Americans that die by suicide each year, 93 are men. Additionally, people of color are less likely to receive needed mental health care than their white counterparts.
How Can You Help?
Know the warnings signs: Knowing the warning signs of someone struggling with their mental health can help prevent suicide. The following warning signs are predictors of suicidal behavior: increased alcohol and drug use, aggressive behavior, withdrawal from friends and family, dramatic mood swings, impulsive behavior, collecting pills or buying a weapon, giving away possessions, tying up loose ends such as paying off debts, saying goodbye to loved ones.
Help Available at CARE Counseling
If you are struggling with your mental health, reach out for help. CARE is an outpatient e-counseling mental health clinic whose clinicians work with children of all ages, adults, couples, and families. CARE Counseling offers same week availability and has many clinicians accepting new clients. All Major Minnesota Health Insurance Companies are accepted, including Medical Assistance, which covers 100% of outpatient mental health costs. To schedule an appointment, call 612.223.8898 or schedule online with our portal at www.care-clinics.com.