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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Sioux City

Catholic Charities empowers & strengthens all individuals and families through charity, advocacy & mental health services that are inspired by Christ’s love and compassion.

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1601 Military Road
Sioux City, IA 51103
Last Updated: June 14, 2018

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About Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Sioux City

We offer a wide range of charity, advocacy and mental health services for the community. We provide counseling services for families, adults and children.  We also provide outreach services to those in need and advocacy by being a community partner.

 

Catholic Charities was officially incorporated as a non-profit, service agency in 1943.  The Catholic Women’s league of Sioux City, the Diocese of Sioux City, and the Sisters of Saint Francis were instrumental in making this happen.  Our agency is rooted in faith and service to all people.

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With your help, we go the extra mile to provide professional care to those most in need throughout our diocese.

Visit our website to learn about our services and how we are helping Siouxland!

If you or someone you know is suffering, don’t wait. Contact Catholic Charities and let one of our licensed counselors help so you can live a happier, healthier, and more productive life. 

Catholic Charities

1601 Military Road

Sioux City, IA

712-252-4547

What happens when a rubber ball is dropped? It bounces back! That is resilience.

Resilience is when people can adapt well to stress, tragedy, and negative events.

Every human including children and teenagers, encounter stress or adverse experiences.

But, not everyone bounces back as far and as quickly as others.

Children and teens need to feel safe & secure. Here are some tips for parents, educators, & others

who work with young people, to build resilience:

  • Let your child know they can come to you and talk about what is bothering them.
  • Encourage their efforts & small achievements.
  • Have realistic expectations of your child based on age, ability, and their own individual personality.
  • Give them positive messages that encourage them to overcome difficulties and setbacks.
  • Explore coping skills such as hobbies, activities, and friendships to manage stress.
  • Communicate that some situations in life can’t be changed or “fixed” but that they can build inner
  • strength to meet challenges to move beyond them, thrive, and keep a positive attitude about themselves.

If you or someone you know is suffering, don’t wait. Contact Catholic Charities and let one of our licensed counselors help so you can live a happier, healthier, and more productive life. 

Catholic Charities

1601 Military Road

Sioux City, IA

712-252-4547

6 easy steps to help someone struggling with mental health

By Shaina Ali | Mar. 02, 2018

Take a moment to consider all the people in your life: your coworkers, friends, family. At any given time, 1 in 5 of these individuals is living with a mental health condition. You may have noticed them struggling, but if you’re not a trained mental health professional, you may not have known how to help.

However, you can help. You can be supportive and encouraging during their mental health journey. Here are a few tips on supporting the mental health of those you love.

1) Educate Yourself

There are hundreds of mental health concerns; your job is not to become an expert in all of them. When you do notice potentially troublesome symptoms, it’s helpful to determine if those signs may indicate a mental illness. Familiarizing yourself with common symptoms can help you understand and convey your worries. You may also benefit from expanding your knowledge by taking a course or joining a support group of individuals who can relate to the hardships you and your loved one may be facing.

2) Remain Calm

Recognizing that a loved one might need help can be daunting, but try to remain calm—impulsively approaching the individual might make you seem insensitive or aggressive. Try to be mindful and patient. Take time to consider your loved one’s symptoms and your relationship before acting. Writing down how you feel and what you want to say may be useful to help you recognize and understand your thoughts and feelings, and help you slow down while connecting to your good intentions.

3) Be Respectful And Patient

Before talking to someone about their mental health, reflect on your intention to promote healing and keep that in mind. Ask how you can help in their recovery process and be cautious not to come off as controlling. While encouraging a person to seek help is okay, it is not appropriate to demand it of them. Let them know that if they ever wish to talk in the future, you’re available.

4) Listen

Give your loved one the gift of having someone who cares about their unique experience. Don’t bypass their narrative by making connections to others’ experiences. You might recognize a connection to your own experience, however, sharing your story prematurely may undermine their experience. You may be prepared with hotlines, books, or a list of community providers, and although these are excellent sources of support, it’s important to take time to thoroughly listen before giving advice. It’s a privilege to have someone share intimate details of their mental health. Be present and listen before moving forward.

5) Provide Support

One of the best ways to help is to simply ask how. It’s not helpful to try to be someone’s therapist, but you can still help. People don’t like being told what to do—asking how you can help empowers them to take charge of their recovery, while also letting them know you are a source of support.

6) Establish Boundaries

As you support your struggling loved one, it’s important to consider both your boundaries and theirs. When trying to help, you are susceptible to neglect yourself in the process; boundaries will help you maintain your self-care, while also empowering your loved one. Be sure you’re not working harder than they are at their own healing process.

As a caring person, you may grapple with wanting to encourage and support your loved one while wanting to honor their process and independence. Unfortunately, there are no foolproof guidelines for helping your loved one on their journey towards recovery. However, you can connect to your intentions, convey compassion and maintain your own self-care while empowering your loved one regardless of where they are in their healing journey.

If you or someone you know is suffering, don’t wait. Contact Catholic Charities and let one of our licensed counselors help so you can live a happier, healthier, and more productive life.

Catholic Charities

1601 Military Road

Sioux City, IA

712-252-4547

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