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After a very challenging two years of living with a pandemic, Christian Health is taking stock of the vital mental health services that we provide for our community. The need is compelling; none of us have ever experienced a public health crisis of this magnitude.

“Every single member of our community – our family, friends, and neighbors – are coping with unique personal challenges as a result of the pandemic. Quarantine, social isolation, unique work and school situations, burnout, parenting and relationship challenges, substance use disorders – no one has moved through this global pandemic unscathed.”

Alexis Totaro, MSN, RN, WHNP-c, CARN-AP,
Christian Health Vice President/Administrator of Mental Health Services

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition. These conditions are very real, very common, and more prevalent due to the pandemic. Diagnosis, treatment options, social support, education, and training are more important than ever.

Since the pandemic began, the demand for our LiveWell Counseling services has dramatically increased. We are annually providing more than 44,000 virtual client visits for mental health counseling. Our successful transition in early 2020 to virtual visits ensured no gaps for those in our care. LiveWell clinicians continue to report improved patient outcomes and greater patient satisfaction with telehealth. The need for these services continues to rise and is becoming even more complex.

Christian Health’s deep roots and faithful commitment to quality mental health dates back to our founding in 1911, and we have never wavered. We continue to promote and foster the mental health and well-being of all those entrusted to our care. We did not falter during the pandemic.

Christian Health offers mental health services to people of all ages in a supportive and compassionate environment through three programs:

•LiveWell Counseling, A Christian Health Service
• Gracepoint Partial-hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program, A Christian Health
• Ramapo Ridge Behavioral Health, a Christian Health Hospital

“It is vital to invest in successful organizations that have the resources and holistic expertise to address the mental health needs of people in our community. It is our responsibility to support each other as we rebuild our collective well-being.”

Aijazali Nanjiani, MD, President, Christian Health Medical Staff

Now more than ever, your support is greatly needed and will make a significant impact as we rise together through these unprecedented times. Your generosity will enable us to:

• expand to meet the increased demand for mental health services;
• provide greater access to mental health care through our full continuum of services;
• enhance mental health training and resources for our staff;
• elevate awareness and education around mental health for members of the community;
• increase support for our Good Samaritan Fund, established more than 25 years ago, which supports our commitment to never turn anyone away because of an inability to pay.

Over the years, Christian Health has hosted Mental Health First Aid Training programs, supported local Stigma-Free initiatives, and held mental health conferences for professional continuing education. These important initiatives, coupled with our continuum of inpatient and outpatient mental health services, have helped so many people, and we can do more!

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift or pledge to Christian Health’s 2022 Annual Fund.

Thank you for your gifts, pledges, and prayers.

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