Heroes for Health: Chip Wood

This spotlight series is designed to profile members of the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health. Over the coming months, the series will feature individual Collaborative members, each of whom is integral to the group’s efforts to forge stronger connections and establish new approaches to strengthen the social and emotional development of our children.

This series is an opportunity to highlight and recognize the diverse individuals, services and resources available to the Racine community.

Who: Chip Wood, Executive Director at Family Service of Racine

Website: http://www.fsracine.org

Email: dir@fsracine.org

Phone: 262-634-2391

About Family Service of Racine: Family Service of Racine (FSR) is a non-profit, state-certified, outpatient mental health clinic located in Racine, Wisconsin. FSR offers counseling services for individuals, couples, families, and a number of groups on various relevant topics. The mission of Family Service of Racine is to strengthen and maintain the social and emotional well-being of individuals and families.

Words from Chip, a Hero for Health:

At Family Services of Racine, the real heroes are the therapists I work with each day. These dedicated and deeply experienced men and women have made a long-term commitment to help create positive outcomes for individuals and families who are dealing with significant and difficult challenges.

Availability and access to care is of paramount importance to us and is an issue the Collaborative is addressing. At Family Services of Racine, we recognize that, personally, it is a big step for someone to reach out for help, and we move quickly to pair individuals seeking support with one of our veteran therapists within a week of being contacted. Wait lists are not an option.

We have phenomenal doctors and practitioners throughout our community, yet too often the stigma surrounding mental health, along with preconceptions of what therapy involves, remain barriers to care. Too many parents do not have access to information that can help them determine what behaviors in their children warrant reaching out for help, the services available or where to access them. Enhancing public awareness about the resources available in our community is critical to reaching more individuals in need, as is dispelling any myths that surround our understanding about what treatment involves.

I’m honored to be among the many committed and motivated leaders who have come to the table as part of the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health. We’ll continue to seek answers to tough questions and move forward with a comprehensive plan that puts the interests and needs of Racine’s children and families at the center of our collective efforts.

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