Every year, thousands of people struggling with mental health, eating disorders, and addictions come to Rogers Behavioral Health to receive life-saving treatment. Family involvement in the treatment process helps to facilitate positive outcomes for patients.
Luckily, thanks to our continuous growth with new clinics springing up across the state and nation, more patients can receive treatment and more families are able to be involved with their loved one’s treatment. But what if you and your loved one were separated by hundreds of miles? This is exactly what prompted Kathleen Schoenrock to begin participating in Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation’s annual “Give for a Better Day” Holiday Gift Drive.
“Two years ago, my daughter was a patient at Rogers EDC. I only live 80 miles away from Rogers, so I was able to see her every weekend. I met many other patients from much farther away that couldn’t see their families.”
One of the difficulties amidst mental health treatment can be the separation from the family and loved ones and, in the last two years, the COVID-19 virus and efforts to reduce the spread of the virus has exacerbated this stressor.
Patients at Rogers, especially in residential and inpatient treatment, can often experience anxiety and stress during the holidays while they are going through treatment and apart from their family and friends. While the gifts the Holiday Drive provides cannot replace the feeling of being surrounded by your loved ones over the holidays, these gifts can bring comfort to our patients and go a long way in brightening their spirits during a difficult time.
Kathleen continues, “My daughter was discharged two days before Christmas. Every year I think about those who are still at Rogers and can’t go home for the holidays.” Each year, Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation is able to provide gifts for the holidays to approximately 800 patients across the state, thanks to generous donors like Kathleen, who keep the spirit of the holidays alive while keeping in mind that some need extra support this time of year.