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Counseling Awareness Month

Counseling Awareness Month

It’s Counseling Awareness Month, and you may not realize all the different areas of your life where counseling might be able to help you.

What you probably think of when you think of counseling is mental health therapy, which can help you handle anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship issues.

Mental Health Counseling


Career counseling can help you with your job search, whether you’re a college student, job searching, or just a professional looking to set new goals and develop your skills.

Career Counseling and Planning


Child and adolescent counselors help kids work through life changes and stresses from school, family, or peer relationships, like divorce or bullying.

Counseling for Children


Grief counselors can help you deal with loss, like deaths, terminal illness, divorces, or other bereavements. They can help you work through these emotions in a safe and healing space.

School counselors help students in their personal and academic development. They can help them pursue academic goals like college or give students support with any issues they’re experiencing.

School Counseling for Students


Rehab counseling helps people with disabilities work through their issues and implement solutions, which could mean helping with job development or developing goals based on their situation and abilities.

Rehab Counseling & Disabilities


Substance abuse counselors help people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction set recovery plans and goals and work through the stages of recovery.

Substance Abuse Counseling and Recovery


If you’re a Health Alliance member, you can search for therapists and counselors covered by your plan.

How to Honor Veterans

Long View: Honor and Comfort a Veteran

My mother is a quilter. If anyone reading this knows a quilter or happens to be one yourself, you know that this is more a way of life than a hobby. 

Every important occasion in our family merits a quilt. Getting married? Quilt. Having a baby? Quilt. When you fly and look down on Midwestern corn and bean fields, what do you see? Mom sees potential quilt patterns.

Lately, barns have her very excited, because farmers (and the quilters in their lives) have started hanging pretty quilt patterns from their haylofts. When my youngest son was about 2, he would announce any cows, goats, or chickens he saw on a country drive. Now, I can count on my mom yelling out a barn quilt with the same childlike excitement. Mom would quilt for world peace if the United Nations asked her.

November is an important month in our country, because it’s the month we celebrate Veterans Day. How do you recognize Veterans Day? Of course, my mom would say, “I’ve got a quilt for that!”

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is an organization that seeks out and honors veterans by making and giving them handmade quilts. Their foundation’s motto is “Quilting to Honor and Comfort.” I like that. Here is a group of people with a passion for sewing something with their own 2 hands to make someone else feel better. To date, Quilts of Valor has given away over 165,000 quilts.

Let’s go back to the question, how do you recognize Veterans Day? Or better yet, do you recognize veterans? We live in a time in our nation’s history when veterans can look very different from one another.

Our nation’s veterans are handsome 90-year-old WWII veterans, hardworking and stoic Korean War veterans, proud but quiet Vietnam veterans, or even 25-year-old grandsons and granddaughters . 

The men and women who served our country have done so in my name, in your name. How can you recognize them today? How can you tell them that you see them and understand what they mean to our country? 

We can’t all make quilts. But we can buy cups of coffee. We can shake hands, or if appropriate, give a hug. We can all say thank you.   

Here are some organizations that reach out to veterans. See if you can find one in your community, and offer whatever special skill you might have to their cause. If you bake, bake. If you woodwork, woodwork.

Share yourself with a veteran so they know you care. It’s the very least any of us can do to honor and comfort the heroes around us.


Lora Felger is a community and broker liaison at Health Alliance. She is the mother of 2 terrific boys, a world traveler, and a major Iowa State Cyclones fan.