October 10th is World Mental Health Day and its objective is to raise awareness and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.
This is especially important as we look across the communities of New Mexico after the pandemic, which has made access to mental and behavioral health more burdensome for many who need it the most.
Our state is once again ranked 50th in the nation for child welfare and we at All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center know all too well what resources are needed – yet often missing – for families to raise themselves from poverty and trauma, and to be able to provide a safe environment for their children.
As we look at the data for mental well-being, a sad picture is drawn for the present state of New Mexico’s children. All Faiths holds a valuable piece of our collective future because we use a holistic approach to work with families – engaging not only the child, but also their caretaker in therapy and case management services. This family wellness approach builds on the strengths of the family as a unit and enables them to rise to meet their challenges, emerging stronger and ready to become self-supporting and self-sufficient.
Our approach is unique and essential because it empowers both child and parent – setting them on a path of healing and recovery from trauma.
Innovative ideas don’t come with built-in reimbursements, and each year, we must raise $1,000,000 to support this program alone. Your support has direct impact on our ability to offer comprehensive services and this is where you and all our supporters have been indispensable, responding to this great need – to ensure that our clients, over 2500 of them each year, continue to have access to this program. We couldn’t do it without you.
As World Mental Health Day approaches, I would like to thank you all for doing your part to make certain that our communities aren’t forced to go without the services they so desperately need.
Krisztina Krisztina Udvardi, Chief Executive Officer