Beating the Winter Blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to a change in seasons.  Although often referred to as the "winter blues," people can experience SAD any time of the year, though it is most often seen during the colder months, when we lose an hour of sunlight due to daylight savings.

What causes SAD?  According to Mental Health America, transitioning from bright, sunny days to bleak winter ones can cause a drop in our body's natural production of serotonin, melatonin and Vitamin D.  This disruption can lead to SAD symptoms such as lethargy, social withdrawal, depression, anxiety, and  difficulty concentrating or sleeping.  Less commonly, SAD can also be triggered by environmental changes, such as shifting from a first to a third workshift.

Celebrating a Milestone!

Just before Thanksgiving last year, Youth & Family Counseling (YFC) hit an important milestone. For the first time in our 57-year history, we delivered more than 10,000 counseling sessions! Since 2015, we have grown by 67% in our capacity to serve the children, teens, adults, couples and families of Lake County.  But this accomplishment didn’t happen by accident. 

Heartfelt Thanks to YFC's #GivingTuesday Donors!

#GivingTuesday 2019 was a big success for YFC and the clients we serve.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, not only did we meet our $10,000 financial goal, but together, we exceeded it by a substantial margin! 

What’s even better?  We met the matching grant challenge sponsored by the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County!  That means our $10,000 becomes $20,000!! Yippee!!

Thanks to all who supported our Giving Tuesday challenge and helped us open even more doors to mental healthcare for our friends and neighbors throughout Lake County. We couldn’t do what we do without YOU!

Is This Normal?

Ever wish you could talk to a therapist just to ask a few questions, or get some feedback or direction?

All of us face emotional challenges or worry about relationships at one time or another. Not everyone wants – or needs - to participate in ongoing counseling sessions, but talking to a trained therapist can provide direction, support and resources when you need a little extra help.

And that's exactly what YFC’s new CONSULT A THERAPIST program is designed to do. Schedule a 45-minute consultation with one of YFC’s licensed therapists to discuss: