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April is Counseling Awareness Month

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The American Counseling Association uses the month of April as Counseling Awareness Month. Professional counselors do a lot of positive work for member of the public and their local communities. Counselor provide various services to the general public ranging from helping high risk teens to assisting communities with discrimination issues.

The American Counseling Association (ACA) uses the month of April to acknowledge their 55,000 members and the positive effects that they have on their communities. Professional counselors assist from the young to the old in various settings ranging from schools and colleges to non-profit organizations to rehabilitation centers.

Within ACA, there are 20 divisions. These divisions enhance professional identity and are organized around specific interest and practice areas, such as marriage and family counseling; rehabilitation counseling; school counseling; LGBT counseling; and college counseling. The divisions provide professional strength and satisfy the diverse needs of the counseling community. Counselors helps individuals, couples, and families from all cultures and ethnicities. Counselors assist with mental health issues to assisting with social justice advocacy. With the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, the need for counselors is greater than ever.

Here are some statistics given by the American Counseling Association:

• On average, 100 Americans die by suicide each day (Mentalhealth.gov)
• Nationally, 42.5 million adults aged 18 or older experience a mental illness in the past year (SAMHSA)
• 22 veterans kill themselves every day (Department of Veterans Affairs)
• All Marketplace insurance plans are required to cover mental health and substance abuse services as an essential health benefit (healthcare.gov)
• Nearly half of LGBT youth say they do not “fit in” in their community (Human Rights Campaign)
• The Bureau of Labor Statistics has employment statistics for mental health counselors
• U.S. News & World Report recently ranked mental health counseling in its “The 100 Best Jobs” list.

Remember to take the time to thank a counselor for everything they do.

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