Background Information on Fountain Gate and the Gardens Project
In response to the tremendous need for affordable mental health services in Cobb County and beyond, Fountain Gate Life & Wellness was founded in 2007 as a multi-faceted Christian organization dedicated to providing healing, encouragement, instruction, and outreach through counseling, retreats, education, and the arts. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Fountain Gate currently offers two primary programs of service- Fountain Gate Counseling Center and Fountain Gate Gardens.
According to the National Institute for Mental Health, approximately 26% of the U.S. adult population has a diagnosable mental health disorder. These numbers greatly increase among low-income families, with studies showing 32% of individuals with low incomes report issues with depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. Studies have also shown that welfare recipients suffer from clinical depression at four to seven times the rate of the general adult population. Cobb County statistics are consistent with these national numbers. According to the 2010 Cobb County Health Status Report, an estimated 26.2% of adults suffer from a mental disorder in a given year in Cobb County.
Despite these numbers, the poor are much less likely than others to utilize mental health services. Reasons for this can include the high costs associated with care, no / inadequate health insurance, limited local access to qualified service providers and the stigmas associated with mental health services. Fountain Gate staff address the need for quality, affordable mental health services by offering these services to the community at reduced "sliding scale" rates for qualifying clients, along with low-fee services by our Masters-level Clinical Interns.
Fountain Gate has served clients from 14 metro area counties, many of whom would not have been able to receive professional counseling elsewhere. Now Fountain Gate seeks to extend and expand upon its mission via Fountain Gate Gardens, which will promote healthy and balanced lifestyles and encourage individuals to live full and productive lives.
You can learn more about the services offered through Fountain Gate Counseling Center at our website, FountainGate.com.
Find us at 3007 Cherokee Street in historic downtown Kennesaw (next to Fountain Gate Counseling Center).