Domestic violence

Unfortunately families still struggle and deal w3ith domestic violence. Unfortunately it is still prevalent and sometimes untreated. Children and victims suffer tremendously and sometimes never get the help they need. Sometimes they don’t even recognize what is happening. Kaila McCarthy, associate marriage and family therapist does a great job to explain, recognize and maybe educate to help those struggling with domestic violence.


Suicide Cont…


The Out of the Darkness Walk for the River Region is on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Auburn University – Montgomery campus from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The walk committee is busy planning activities including a raffle, music, kid-friendly games and more!

Registration is free.  Click the button below and make plans to walk with us to fight suicide on October 27!



It is so dangerous emotionally and socially to keep suicide such a taboo topic. Kym Klass, a member of the Center’s Board wrote this inspiring and powerful piece about suicide and how close she experienced it in her life. Open the conversation, it can save lives. It can also provide support to those that live it so closely.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Auburn University Montgomery is having the River Region “Out of Darkness” community Walk October 27, 2019. Join us and help create awareness and support.

Register HERE


If you look for the meaning of the word “adolescent” you will find it is an adjective and describes “in the process of developing from a child into an adult” (google). How important is this? The process in which children move from dependence, to independence, to self-reliant, and self-monitoring. To learning to make decisions for themselves. What better to make “healthy” decisions.

The origin is late Middle English (as a noun): via French from Latin adolescent- ‘coming to maturity’, from adolescere, from ad- ‘to’ + alescere ‘grow, grow up’, from alere ‘nourish’ (google dictionary). The adjective dates from the late 18th century. The important part in this origin is “NURISH”.

The Office of Population Affairs describes just this, the important aspect of nourishment in the adolescent developmental stage. They focused a bulletin on teen health. They recommend a healthy and balanced diet, water intake and physical activity. This is imperative especially regarding school performance. And in the mental health community we would agree it would also impact mood and mental health.

Choose health!

“Two are better than one…”

Learn how the community is a big factor in helping individuals with their mental health. Avery Berry, an Associate Licensed Counselor of the Center, shares how important is the “support system” in everyone’s life. Specifically for someone in pain to find their community or to be there for someone can make a huge difference.

Suicide in The Black Community

Tarmen Siaway, PhD, LPC has been a great addition to our Center. Read the following article he wrote in the River Region’s Journey magazine in July. Braking the stigma and asking for help can save lives.

The Samaritan Counseling Center is here for your and/or your loved ones. Share this article and help someone.

Make an appointment HERE