Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley has been innovating to meet mental health needs for 48 years. In 2018 we will serve 550 kids and 850 adults with life-changing counseling that connects mind and spirit. More than 500 of them come to us in financial need. We also work to prevent teen suicide and school violence by giving more than 13,000 K-12 students access to a free mental health check-up right at school each year. The Wellness Screen program meets kids where they are every day, gives them a safe place to be heard, then connects more than 400 students per year with vital — even life-saving — mental health care and support. Together with our eleven partner school systems, we care for the Kids in Crisis covered by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin for the past three years. Samaritan Counseling Center equips faith leaders as “first responders” in mental health. The Mental Health Ministry Initiative gives professional and volunteer faith leaders tools to identify mental health concerns, refer those in pain for care, and give them ongoing support in their faith community. The access to mental health care and education that we provide is not possible without philanthropic investment.