Care and Counseling announces ‘Breakfasts with Amy’ series

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Care and Counseling is a nonprofit mental health provider that has been serving the St. Louis region for over 50 years. The organization works to address the barriers of stigma, lack of insurance and inability to pay, ensuring that all who seek services can receive them.

On Tuesday, the organization announced their 2019 ‘Breakfast with Amy’ discussion series with Amy Bertschausen, executive director of Care and Counseling.

Bertschausen received her Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School located in Chicago, Il., and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College located in Bethany, WV.

Rev. Amy Bertschausen (CARE AND COUNSELING)
Before taking on the role as executive director for Care and Counseling, Bertschausen served as executive director at Samaritan Center of Fox Valley in Appleton, Wi. She also served as a pastor of congregations as well as chaplain and consultant.

Bertschausen shared that she enjoys taking an active role in the communities that she serves.

According to Care and Counseling, “[Bertschausen’s] extensive background in mental health allows her to create partnerships to bring mental health services to those in need and the underserved.”

Bertschausen works to provide important mental health education to the community through presentations such as the ‘Breakfast with Amy’ series.

Care and Counseling’s 2019 public discussion breakfasts are scheduled to be held on Friday mornings from 9:30 am-10:30 am at the organization’s main office (12141 Ladue Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63141). The breakfasts will be covering a variety of topics relevant to the mental health issues facing today’s society.

The ‘Breakfast with Amy’ series topics are as follows:

March 8th: Do depression and anxiety play a role in opioid addiction?
Depression, anxiety, and substance use impact each other, and one condition can often make the other worse. Many individuals living with depression and/or anxiety reach for opioids as a way to lift their spirits or to numb painful thoughts. Understanding dual diagnoses and how mental health influences drug use and vice versa is an important first step in getting our friends and family the help they need.

May 17th: How to nurture your child’s mental health
As parents, we want our kids to be happy and healthy. But no matter how hard we try, we can’t guarantee their future. What we can do, however, is help them build a strong foundation for lifelong mental health. Join us to learn more.

August 16th: What to say when you don’t know what to say
There are times when words fail us. What do you say to parents who have lost their child? To a friend entering the final stages of cancer? To your neighbor when she tells you she’s getting a divorce because her husband has had a girlfriend for years? Words seem too trivial, so “not enough” at times. So, what do you say? Join the discussion.

October 11th: The connection between spiritual and emotional well-being
It is human to have emotions. It is also human to wonder about the spiritual side of life and the world. Sometimes the emotional and spiritual in our lives are well balanced but sometimes we can’t be sure. Join Amy as she explores the relationship of spirituality and emotion.

While breakfast for the series is complementary at each event, Care and Counseling requests that RSVPs be made. To reserve a set visit online or call 314-336-1082.

Every year, Care and Counseling gives back over $1.4 million in unreimbursed services to the great St. Louis region. The agency is able to do so because of the support from donations. Key supporters of the agency include World Wide Technology; Steward Family Foundation; Centene; Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust; Episcopal Diocese; Ladue Chapel; Garden View Care Center and other corporations, organizations and private individuals.

More information about the Care and Counseling organization can be found online.