Family Connections’ program helps man improve social skills, self-esteem

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Rick came to FamilyConnections’ Outpatient Mental Health program for counseling following difficult transitions in his life.

Because Rick had learning and developmental issues, he spent most of his life living with his parents in the same house. His mother assisted him with daily tasks, and Rick did not have any friends or close acquaintances outside of his mother. He also did not get along well with his sister. However, Rick worked for a large company for decades and this gave him purpose.

A few years ago, Rick’s mother passed away. Soon after, his father also died. After losing both parents, Rick moved from the house he lived in all his life to an apartment by himself. His sister assisted him with daily tasks, however, they did not get along and continued to fight. Rick spent most of his time alone except when he went to work during the week — and this made him happy.

Unfortunately Rick’s work hours were cut to part time, and he felt lonelier than ever.

FamilyConnections’s Outpatient Mental Health program helps adults cope with life’s difficulties, such as medical illness or the loss of a loved one, through counseling.

The FamilyConnections clinician is helping Rick explore his relationships, and Rick is working to build new bonds within his family.

He has begun to identify and get involved in community organizations where he can connect with others. He also has learned and practiced social skills to increase his engagement while there. In addition, he has increased his work hours and found something to do every day to keep busy.

While still nervous when meeting new people and communicating his feelings, Rick feels more confident and sure of himself with FamilyConnections’ help.

GNHF will support counseling sessions and case management services to facilitate referrals for additional support services.

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