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10 March, 2019.

We’re Here to Build a (Mentally) Healthy Community

By: Michael Countryman, Executive Director, The Family Counseling Center


It seems as though in this day and age when we discuss our health, our minds automatically go to our physical health. We think of eating right, exercising, staying active and going for regular check-ups. But how often do you check in with yourself and evaluate your mental well-being? How often do you check in with your friends? Your family?

If someone asks how you’re feeling, you automatically assume they want to know if you’ve caught that cold that’s been going around lately or how you feel after yesterday’s workout. What if you responded with how you were really feeling that day? Are you down? Are you stressed? Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of your kids activities and the big presentation you have to give tomorrow?

Did you know that 60% of adults with mental illness did not receive mental health services last year?


Talk about it.
Normalize it.
Remove the stigma from mental health discussion.


As we continue to grow and respond to the community’s needs, we promise to never deviate from the cornerstone of our mission, superior care. We promise to continue the efforts to make mental health a discussed subject and to help you make it a part of your every day care routine.

We have come a long way from our humble beginnings at The First Congregational Church in Gloversville, where a dedicated few recognized the need for accessible mental health services and made it their mission to help the troubled youth in our community. At that time, their vision was to volunteer until their services would no longer be needed. Little did they know, after over 40 years, nearly 100 employees, and 28 locations later, these caring individuals would be laying the foundation for what would become The Family Counseling Center.

As we start this new chapter of The Family Counseling Center’s journey, please remember that we are always here should you need help. Please do not hesitate to reach out and thank you for entrusting us with your care and the great responsibility of building a healthy community.