The following was released on Thurs., Oct. 12, 2017 by Crosswinds and Lifeline Youth & Family Services:
[FORT WAYNE, IN] – Mark Terrell, CEO of Crosswinds and Lifeline Youth & Family Services received McMillen Health's Prevention Vitality Award on Wednesday.
This award recognizes exceptional ability to actively pursue preventive health measures for those they serve. By doing this, the prevention award recipient has helped others to have happier, longer and more productive lives.
Crosswinds, a non-profit organization that specializes in therapeutic counseling and coaching, is doing just that. Crosswinds’ approach centers around eliminating barriers for those struggling with mental health issues who want to receive help. One of the greatest barriers to getting help isn’t cost—it’s embarrassment. People who are struggling are often too embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help.
“One in four people in this country struggle with mental illness, but only a third of them seek help.” says Terrell. “We want to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues. If we can eliminate all the barriers preventing a family from getting help, we can reach them sooner, before a problem gets too big.”
Crosswinds provides their services in ways to create privacy, ease, comfort and even anonymity if necessary. “Families don’t have to go into an office and sit in a waiting room,” Terrell explains. “We go to them, in their home, where they are comfortable, and where our counselors can gather more information.”
This is Terrell’s first Vitality Award. The Vitality Awards honor businesses and individuals dedicated to creating a vital, healthy community in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. Businesses, professionals and volunteers working in the areas of healthcare, health education, wellness and prevention will be recognized for their efforts to make an impact in the community.