Counseling Center Offers Free Mental Health Help

LAS VEGAS -- Fewer people filed for unemployment benefits last week, but many people are still having a tough time coping with the recession. A new counseling center has opened to help anyone who's suffering.

Nevada's record unemployment has led more people into the arms of mental health counselors. But there are very few clinics that offer clinical services for free. The new one inside the Henderson University of Phoenix campus near US-95 and Auto Show Drive does.

The new counseling center will provide 8,400 appointments for free this year. Licensed counselors, along with graduate counseling students will man the center six days a week. This is a training and studying opportunity for them and a free service for the public.

Suicide rates and depression cases are up, and many blame unemployment. But one of the counselors says the recession has helped people get over their fears.

"We definitely see there's less stigma associated with receiving counseling services than there has in the past. Being in the field for 15 years, we definitely would see people walking in and looking around, where now they don't care just walk in, and they're like 'I'm in need of service,'" said Michelle McGuire with the University of Phoenix.

The counseling skills center is open to the public by appointment for behavioral health issues like managing stress, relationship issues, grief, loss and general anxiety. Marriage and family therapy services are also available. It is open six days a week, free of charge. No insurance is required.

They do ask you call to make an appointment and their number is 352-0401.


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