Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month at First Annual I Matter 5K Walk/Run

I Matter Counseling & Empowerment Services wants you to know that “pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.” That, simply, you matter. 

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, individuals, families, organizations, and groups are invited to the First Annual I Matter Counseling & Empowerment Services 5K Walk/Run at West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive, Parma, Sunday, May 2, from 11:00 to 4:00. Registration information is listed below:

Registration: $20 donation (race admission only)

General Admission: $50 donation (race shirt, bracelet, mask, race admission)

Elite Admission: $100 donation (race shirt, bracelet, mask, jump rope, water bottle, race admission) 

Kids under 12: Free

To register, click here.

When I Matter Counseling & Empowerment Services (IMCES) opened their doors, they met the community’s need for compassionate, supportive mental health services for children and adults. Their community-based services provide care to individuals, groups, and families at two locations: Cleveland and Parma’s Rockside Medical Building.

With mental health services gaining long overdue traction, and the need for services becoming more prevalent and less stigmatized, providers offer a variety of care models to meet their clients where they are. For IMCES, wellness is at the core of their care, a holistic approach that teaches the value of healthy lifestyle choices alongside traditional therapies.   

To help her son cope through a traumatic family transition, Coretta—a Cleveland native and licensed social worker— knew that IMCES was equipped to help. “I work full time and I’m also a single mom. IMCES is dedicated to removing the barriers that prevent clients from receiving care,” Coretta explained.

IMCES’ comprehensive care prioritizes the roles of sleep, nutrition, and fitness in increasing brain function and focuses on healthy living practices for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Staff members lead a youth mentorship program, organize community outings to promote physical fitness and constructive activities, educate clients on purchasing and preparing nutritional meals, and help clients organize their affairs in a positive and healthy manner.

“Sometimes mental health is about needing a space to be able to deal and cope with everyday life and I Matter Counseling provides that environment,” said Coretta.

Welcoming and multiculturally competent, IMCES offers individual and group counseling, life coaching; Trauma Focused Therapy; and certified, evidence-based Functional Family Therapy, which connects families through engagement and motivation, behavior change, generalization, and community connections to support and maintain behavior changes. Additionally, case management services include parenting support, suicide prevention resources, and connections to Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services to address issues of abuse or neglect. With a mission to “teach how to build a relationship with one’s self, then others,” IMCES sees your value and what your unique self brings to the world. If you or someone you know is in need of mental health services and would like to learn more about I Matter Counseling & Empowerment Services, visit imattercounseling.com.

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