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CCSEM’s Kirsti Reeve Discusses How to Help Those with Anxiety and Depression

America is at the “lowest point we can remember” regarding stress and its negative effects on mental health, according to a 2017 study by the American Psychological Association.

Kirsti Reeve, Clinical Supervisor and Therapist for Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM), discussed this sobering fact and other mental health issues to a capacity crowd at the 2018 winter gathering of the Christian Service Coordinators Association at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit on February 21. Reeve’s presentation was entitled: “Anxiety and Depression: What to Know, How to Help.”

“I’m glad you all came out to have this very important conversation about these issues and how to deal with them,” she told her listeners.

In addition to working for CCSEM, Reeve is an adjunct professor at Oakland University, teaching those who want to specialize in child and adolescent counseling. According to Reeve, stress and its corresponding mental health issues have especially affected young people in the United States. Statistics show more than half of adult mental illness begins before the age of 14, and over 40 percent of those age 13-17 have experienced a behavioral health problem in their life by the time they reach seventh grade.

Reeve presented current scientific understanding of adolescent brain development, as well as how young people are affected by disorders like anxiety and depression, which can lead to additional problems like self-injuring behavior, addiction, and even suicide. She discussed ways to spot various kinds of mental illness, and suggested how to assist those with symptoms.

“When in doubt, refer for treatment,” she told the audience. Reeve explained research shows medication is not the only way to treat such issues, but is most effective when combined with therapy.

Having worked for CCSEM for 10 years, Reeve said she is very proud of the services offered by Catholic Charities Behavioral Health ministry. She would confidently refer her friends or family to the program.

CCSEM Behavioral Health ministries are available at seven locations in southeast Michigan, staffed by licensed, master’s level therapists. CCSEM counseling services are state licensed and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CCSEM offers family and individual counseling, addiction counseling, and psychiatric care as needed. Most insurance is accepted, and a sliding fee scale is available to eligible clients. (Click here to find out more about CCSEM’s Behavioral Health Counseling ministry.)

Some Statistics:

*Causes of Stress in the US

  • Worried about the Future of the Country 63 percent
  • Report Stress at Work 62 percent
  • Report Financial Stress 61 percent
  • Concerned about Social Divisiveness in the US 59 percent

*APA Stress in America™ 2017 survey. Full report at

Mental Illness Disorder Statistics 

  • Depression is the leading cause of disability in the US for those ages 15-44. [i]
  • Eleven percent of teens will experience a depressive episode in any given year.[ii]
  • About 20 percent will experience depression before they reach adulthood.[iii]
  • Thirty percent of teens with depression will also develop a substance abuse problem.[iv]
  • Recent studies show up to 1/3 of high schoolers have deliberately self-injured at least once.[v]
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for adults, and the third leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24.[vi]
  • Suicide is the only cause of death whose rates are increasing.[vii]
  • For every completed suicide, there are 25 attempts.[viii]




[i] Anxiety and Depression Association of America

[ii] National Institute of Mental Health:


[iii] National Alliance on Mental Illness:


[iv] Anxiety and Depression Association of America


[v] National Alliance on Mental Illness:


[vi] Ibid

[vii] American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:


[viii] Ibid

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