Mental health and wellness event held in Donaldsonville

Staff reports

The Ascension Counseling Center hosted a recent “Getting To Know Our Community” mental health and wellness fair at the George R. Blum Community Center in Donaldsonville.

Members of the community were invited to attend and meet several social service organizations active in the Donaldsonville and surrounding community. Participating organizations provided important information regarding child advocacy as well as prevention, rehabilitation and treatment for mental, substance and health issues.

Participating agencies included Ascension Counseling Center, Child Advocacy Services, LaCHIP, Volunteer Ascension, Medical Management Options, Ascension Council on Aging, Ascension Parish Schools, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, 23rd Judicial District Court – Families in Need Services Division, Household of Faith and Healing Place Church.

The Ascension Counseling Center, which houses the Mental Health Services for Ascension Parish, has retained a consultant to facilitate a two- year Mental Health Wellness Campaign.

Ascension Parish CEO Cedric Grant informed those attending that the weekend event is only the start of the campaign.  He said, “following an assessment of the needs of the community, it became evident that our residents were not aware of the many services that are available to them.”

Ascension Counseling Center hopes to bridge that gap by facilitating community events such as the one held today and by the creation of a “Service Agency Directory” for referral purposes. The Directory will include a list of local agencies, contact information, services and fees.  Area social service representatives hope it will “help them connect residents to the services they need” says Tiffany Carter of Carter Creative Services.

Future programs will deal with expectant mothers, young adults, parents, and seniors. For more information contact Ascension Counseling Center at 621-5775 or visit their Web site at