The Community Lifeline Center of McKinney knows the lack of affordable, high-quality mental health care for Collin County, Texas, and America is a serious social problem. Too many of us are uninsured or underinsured. Worse, the stigma of accessing a counselor still exists, and seeking help for stress is confused with pathology. For these reasons, CLC is proud to launch its Mental Health Initiative, a program unique to Collin County. Providing a free counseling clinic, educational opportunities, and working to reduce the stigma of mental health care are the goals of CLC and its new counseling department.

The free counseling clinic is currently open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings to provide individual counseling and referral to appropriate social service agencies in the area. Community Lifeline Center aims to close the gap, providing care for those clients who don’t qualify for indigent care but for whom quality mental health counseling is out of reach. As clientele grows, the staff will add hours of service as well as group counseling regarding a variety of issues like their Meditation and Relaxation Skills class. The staff is also working closely with local military veterans and hosts auxiliary support groups as well.

The staff of counselors is also available to work on site for businesses and other social service agencies. Seminars tailored for your group include topics like conflict resolution, appropriate professional boundaries, communication skills, and burnout avoidance are available to be presented at your work site, church, or school. The Community Lifeline Center Counseling Department has four counselor students and interns providing services: Melissa Green, Jennifer Maclin, Kandice Roan, and Christina Voss, all of whom are supervised by a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and CLC’s Clinical Director, Eliska Counce.

In the future, Community Lifeline Center plans to build a partnership with other mental health providers throughout the county in order to organize a coalition whose mission is to join our staff in raising awareness of available mental health services, de-stigmatizing the use of these services, and provision of free or low costs services. Together and as a county, we can help identify individuals and groups who will benefit from this mental health initiative.

If more families put the emphasis on mental health as they do with physical health, America would have less obesity, drug addiction, stress-related health problems, depression, anxiety, and violence plaguing us. CLC is leading the charge in making that change. Together, we in Collin County can be the change we imagine in the world.