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Jerry Waggoner, M. Div., M. Ed., LPC

Jerry Waggoner, M. Div., M. Ed., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

First Baptist Church of Hillsboro, 10545 Highway 21, Hillsboro, Missouri 63050 | (636) 633-1980

Jerry offers counsel based on things he practices in his own life and marriage and has found to be effective, that are Biblically SOUND and that are consistent with reliable research findings. He seeks never simple to apply a Christian veneer to secular thinking.

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Located about 20 miles south of St. Louis, the city of Festus, MO offers an abundance of recreational activities for families. The Jefferson County Family YMCA is located in the city of Festus and offers an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a gymnasium and fitness classes for adults, children and teenagers. The town also offers 10 public tennis courts, two golf courses and two public handball and racquetball courts for the community's enjoyment. For young children, the Festus Library offers a story time for preschoolers and first to third graders every Thursday morning. In the summertime, the library offers summer reading programs for local children, concluding with an ice cream sundae party in August. Teenagers can gather at Sunset Park, located between No. 5th St. and W. Main St. for tennis, basketball, baseball or sand volleyball. Teenagers and older children can also practice their skateboarding skills in the skateboard park at Jokerst Memorial Park.1

Mental Health in Festus

Individuals in the Festus area that live with depression or bipolar disorder have dozens of support groups available to them. These groups, facilitated by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, are open to individuals as well as families. Meetings are offered on a weekly basis and present an opportunity to share one's experiences with mental illness and garner strength from the experiences of others who face similar difficulties. Call 314-652-6100 to obtain information about meeting times and locations.2

The Disability Resource Association offers many resources for individuals who have a developmental disability. Their Independent Living Skills Training program helps disabled individuals develop skills that improve their ability to function on a daily basis. Mentors help consumers devise a strategic plan to achieve their goals and realize their highest level of functioning. Consumers learn how to access local resources, maintain their household, and create monthly budgets. Mental health services are also provided, including self-advocacy training, stress management, and improving communication skills. To learn more, call 636-931-7696.3

Covenant House is a local charity dedicated to providing assistance to children who are homeless. In addition to offering shelter, the charity focuses on meeting the educational, social, and mental health needs of youth. Stabilization programs help kids get on the path to self-sufficiency while teaching them valuable life and social skills. Educational and recreational activities further promote independence and good decision-making skills. After-care services ensure that children who have mental health difficulties receive the services they need after leaving Covenant House. Call 314-533-2241 for additional information.4

Current Initiatives

In order to address the growing mental health needs of local schoolchildren, the Saint Louis Mental Health Board has implemented the Healthy Kids Connection Project. The primary mission of the project is to identify common childhood mental illnesses and provide appropriate care for children in St. Louis-area elementary schools. The Mental Health Board has also undertaken the Juvenile Justice Initiative to ensure children who are incarcerated or otherwise detained have access to quality behavioral health care services. For further details about these initiatives, call 314-535-6964.5


References

1. City of Festus. (2017). Jokerst Memorial Park. Retrieved from http://www.cityoffestus.org/parks/Locations/Jokerst-Memorial-Park
2. St. Louis Empowerment Center. (2017). Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups. Retrieved from http://www.dbsaempowerment.org/?page_id=20
3. Disability Resource Association. (2017). Independent Living Skills Training. Retrieved from http://www.disabilityresourceassociation.org/what_we_do/title/independent-living-skills-training
4. Covenant House. (2017). Helping Homeless Kids in St. Louis. Retrieved from http://www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-charity/missouri
5. Saint Louis Mental Health Board. (2017). Children's Services Fund Initiatives. Retrieved from http://www.stlmhb.com/community-investments/who-we-fund/childrens-services-fund/childrens-services-fund-initiatives/

Festus is located in Jefferson County, Missouri. It has a land area of 5.70 square miles and a water area of 0.00 square miles.  The population of Festus is 12,065 people with 4,745 households and a median annual income of $45,686. .


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Some budgeting needed

While counseling can certainly be an expense for individuals and families in Festus, with proper budgeting, it is entirely do-able and the risk/reward is worth it. For some families, it may be difficult to sustain a commitment to therapy without proper insurance coverage. If this is you, ask your therapist about low cost options as practitoners in and around Festus may have flexibility or sliding scales. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Festus public health department.