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When we launched our Campus Expansion project in 2021, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our community. Because of your generosity, we were able to raise enough money to build The McCausland Education Center, aptly named in honor of beloved Lifecycle clients and generous donors, the McCausland Family.
Located right next door to our main building in Bryn Mawr, the brand new education and training center will allow us to expand our offerings of classes, workshops, support groups, and specialized trainings for clients, clinicians, and the community at large. We are on track to add the finishing touches to this new space by the end of this year, and are planning to resume in-person classes this winter.
Our classroom isn’t the only thing getting a reboot next year. We are excited to announce our plans to add a mental health practitioner to the Lifecycle care team. Spurred on by the pandemic, the need for mental health services skyrocketed in recent years. Access to mental health services however has become more limited, especially for folks in the postpartum period.
Finding help can be difficult and many new parents are not sure where to turn. It can also be hard to identify a condition you may not know exists. According to MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health, a collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Massachuset’s General Hospital, 85% of pregnant individuals experience some type of mood disturbance, more commonly known as the postpartum blues. However, 10 to 15% will develop more significant symptoms of depression and anxiety.
In June, we partnered with Team Delaware County to host Climb Out of the Darkness, an international fundraiser to raise awareness for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Now, with the help of a grant from The Foundation for Delaware County, we are excited to share that we are currently in the process of hiring a licensed mental health practitioner who will be assisting clients from our Bryn Mawr office.
This addition to our team will help support our mission of providing holistic care to our clients that supports the entire individual. Our sincere hope is to make mental health services easily accessible to our clientele and the local community.