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North Texas Giving Day

FALL 2020

Thrive Counseling was founded on the belief that everyone was created to thrive in life and relationships.  Everyone has a positive contribution to make to our community, and we all miss out when trauma or abuse prevents some of our neighbors from living a healthy life.  

Did you know that Texas ranks LAST in access to mental health care?  There are many Texans going without the care and support they need.

Through our partnerships, we provide counseling services for survivors of sex trafficking and their families, formerly incarcerated women and their children, and survivors of sexual exploitation. We are dedicated to providing counseling services for anyone in need and therefore offer a sliding scale to make counseling affordable no matter your financial position.

You can make a difference!  September 23, 2021 is North Texas Giving Day. Please help Thrive stand in the gap for our neighbors in need by making a donation here.
  • A gift of $50 reduces the cost of therapy so we can provide high quality counseling for individuals in need.
  • A gift of $100 provides counseling and support services for an individual in need of therapy.
  • A gift of $250 goes towards ensuring our staff members stay current on trauma treatment training and certifications.
  • A gift of $500 provides 1 month of counseling and support services for 1 survivor of exploitation or abuse.
  • A gift of $1,000 provides 1 month of counseling and support services for a formerly incarcerated woman and her children.
You can donate more than dollars!  Please check out the volunteer section of our North Texas Giving Day page or just contact us for more information about donating your time and talent.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

There has been a 31% increase in the rate of suicide in the United States since 1999.  Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 10 -34.  

What puts someone at risk for suicide? There is a significant connection between past trauma, abuse, and suicide.  This is especially true of neglect, emotional abuse and sexual abuse that occurs in childhood.  Childhood abuse is also linked to increased rates of substance abuse and mental health disorders, which then increases suicide risk.  Sadly, there is still a significant stigma attached to suicide, but often the trajectory of suicidal risk began long before an individual had any ability to choose or change the circumstances putting them at risk.  However, everyone has a choice to make right now.  You can choose compassion for those in your life impacted by suicide.  You can also choose support. Don’t go it alone! There are effective treatments available if trauma is part of your past or if you sometimes think about taking your own life.  

Other warning signs and risk factors for suicide include:
•    Increased alcohol and drug use
•    Withdrawal from friends, family and community
•    Dramatic mood swings
•    Impulsive, reckless, or aggressive behavior
•    Saying things like, “I wish I wasn’t here” or “Nothing matters”
•    Intoxication: more than 1 in 3 people who die from suicide are under the  influence of alcohol at the time of death.
•    A serious or chronic medical illness
•    Prolonged stress
•    A family history of suicide

What should I do if I see some of these signs? 
•    Talk about it.  Do not be afraid to bring up this subject or ask direct questions like, “Do you have a plan to hurt yourself?”
•    Share your concern, but do not yell at or argue with the person.
•    Ask if you can help.  “Can I help you contact your psychiatrist?” or  “Can I let your spouse, parent, etc. know?”
•    If possible, remove immediate access to guns, stockpiles of pills, knives, or other means of harm. 
•    Seek help from a health care provider or call 911.
"...Be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here’s what you do: Say nothing evil or hurtful; Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth. God looks on all this with approval..."
I Peter 3:9 The Message

Thank you for your support!

Stacie Silvas
Thrive Executive Director

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