After a dental hygienist from Connecticut rammed her car into a White House barricade earlier this month and joined a growing list of bizarre attacks by those suffering from mental illness, people have become increasingly aware of the need for access to mental health services.
“It’s really the instability of the world that’s shaking up people that used to have been able to keep soldiering on,” Maria Droste Counseling Services Executive Director Betsy Selman Babinecz tells Msgr. Kevin Sullivan during this recent episode on JustLove.
For decades, Maria Droste Counseling Services, an affiliate of Catholic Charities, has provided thousands of clients from the New York metropolitan area with affordable mental health care, Ms. Babinecz says.
Sponsored by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, the agency is named for Maria Droste (1863-1899), a Good Shepherd Sister known for her ability to console those who came to her in pain. Services are provided to individuals (adolescents and adults), couples, and groups experiencing a range of social/emotional stresses due to troubled personal or family experiences, impoverishment or unemployment.
“More and more people are coming in just feeling on edge, keyed up, and not quite sure where their lives are going,” Ms. Babinecz says. “Everybody is walking around with some kind of brokenness.”
Dr. Kenneth Pargament, Psychology professor at Bowling Green State University, joins the conversation, defining what constitutes a mental illness and why its repercussions can affect all of us.
Listen and learn more in this recent episode of JustLove on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.
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