Spring is around the corner, and in the spirit of new growth, the Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund (LEAF) would like to remind you of its newest mental health and wellness programs and give an outline of services currently being offered.
Last fall, LEAF introduced the Mental Wellness & Addiction Recovery Program (MWAR). Several services are offered under this umbrella title, including an ongoing Life Skills course, referral services, and individual counseling.
It is important to note that our program is for everyone, and not just those in crisis. This includes persons experienced with therapy, those wanting to improve the quality of their overall lives, and the just plain curious. Mental wellness is about growth and creating a meaningful life worth living. Both therapy and education can offer a significant outlet for guidance, goal setting, and navigating life transitions. And, for those with mental health concerns and specific needs, having local access to mental health services is an invaluable resource for the Lyons community. For these reasons, LEAF is proud to say that the new MWAR program has been successfully serving our community since last fall.
The Life Skills class is a dynamic, educational venue for learning about emotional regulation, interpersonal relationship skills, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. It is offered as a 12-week program, meeting each Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:45 pm. Classes are free of charge to persons in the greater Lyons area.
Class members of the pilot Life Skills program last fall gave admirable reviews of the program, all suggesting that more classes be offered. The newest course session began on February 27 and is ongoing. It is not too late to sign up. The first class was introductory in nature, and the second focused on distress tolerance skills. This Thursday, we will be addressing emotional intelligence and regulation. The class format includes a check in, practice of a mindfulness exercise, class instruction, practical application of skills learned, and a class discussion. Please send a confidential email to email@example.com to join us in this new growth opportunity.
Individual counseling under the MWAR program is open to LEAF participants and anyone in the Greater Lyons area who does not have physical access or reasonable financial means to participate in mental health services elsewhere. LEAF will bill Medicaid for those who have it, and help will be offered to assist in applying for insurance options for those who need it. All other participants will be asked to pay for services based on what they are able to afford. No one will be turned away for financial reasons, and help with referrals will be made if appropriate.
Every discussion–about services, financial options, and anything else–is strictly confidential and will not be shared. The email firstname.lastname@example.org goes directly to me, Cherie Maureaux, LEAF’s mental health therapist. Please visit the LEAF website at leaflyons.org for more information. Also feel free to email with questions, concerns, or suggestions. It is very important that we understand our community’s needs, so we can continue to create services together that are wanted and needed.
We are excited to see spring approach, and about the continued healthy growth of both our individual selves and community.