$25,000 Donation Secured for Dialectical Behavior Therapy
By: Lane Gauntt
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (March 22, 2022) In an effort to provide local mental healthcare providers with access to Dialectical Behavior Therapy training and address the growing needs of our community, the Walt and Suzanne Steiner Foundation agreed to match donations made to a local non-profit organization, Youth Emotional Support (YES) in the amount of $25,000, which Halifax Health has committed to raising through leveraging local partnerships.
Following the unexpected loss of their daughter, Port Orange Fire Department Division Chief of Operations, Joe Meeske and his wife, Rose Meeske, have become advocates for spreading awareness about mental health and working to expand the current offering of services in our community, for both children and adults. The Youth Emotional Support (YES) Foundation was born out of this commitment to getting other families the help they need and connecting them with the appropriate resources.
To address the growing need for mental health services in Volusia County, Halifax Health hosted a series of collaborative meetings that brought together community members, stakeholders and healthcare professionals and physicians, highlighting the importance of expanding local resources and identifying high risk groups.
Largely focused on an emerging modality, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, has been shown to effectively treat patients with a variety of diagnoses, including borderline personality disorder and suicidality by providing a structured step-by-step program that involves not just the patient, but their families as well, giving them the tools needed to live more fulfilling, hopeful and purposeful lives.