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Access to Mental Health Services

VIDA Wellness is able to cover some of its mental health services in full for some in the community. It’s Licensed Mental Health Counselor Sergio Arena offers serval types of therapy including therapy for children. 

CONCORD — Through recent grants, VIDA Wellness is able to offer free mental health services to many in the community. 

VIDA received grants from Mental Health America, Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) and the City of Concord. Some of these funds were given through the American Rescue Plan 2021.

Co-Founder Yuly Rodriguez said the counseling staff at VIDA have seen an increase in need for mental health services during the pandemic. 

“We understand that due to the pandemic, and even before that, there was always an issue to accessing mental health services,” she said. 

According to a CDC report from June 2020, 31% of adult survey respondents reported anxiety or depression symptoms, 26% reported stress-related symptoms and about 13% reported struggling with substance abuse. Overall, there was an increase in adults reporting anxiety, depression or stress symptoms compared to reports from 2019. 

When VIDA opened during the pandemic, it offered a sliding scale for people to be able to afford mental health services, but Rodriguez said more people are in need of services but can’t pay. 

“The pandemic really brought the beneath to the surface. Anxiety and depression is something that many Americans suffer from,” she explained. “But I think that losing their jobs at an alarming rate, having a fear and anxiety for their wellbeing and safety made folks realize that this is something that they could not put in the backburner. But at the same time people were losing their employment which can mean their access to medical care.”

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