By Tia Lynn Ivey
A new ministry donated $1,500 to Hope Springs Counseling, a mental health counseling facility in Madison. Spread Love Ministries, lead by Carrie Peters-Reid, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, and Reasha Daniels, owner of Pretty Girlz Fitness, orchestrated a Virtual 5K last weekend to raise money and awareness surrounding mental health issues and care.
The ministry decided to benefit a local mental health agency with the proceeds from the race. Reid and Daniels presented Sherie Hawkins, counselor and owner of Hope Springs in Madison, with a $1,500 check on Monday, Oct. 5. In the age of the coronavirus, it is not only people’s physical health at risk, but their mental health as well. Between economic hardships, shutdowns, quarantines and separation from loved ones while the world wrestles with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, depression and other mental health issues are on the rise.
“There is a great need for this, especially right now with everything going on in the world,” said Daniels. “We both have family members with mental health issues that couldn’t afford this kind of service. We want to see people in our community get the help they need.”
“It’s not Mental Health Month, but the need for mental health awareness is at an all time high,” said Reid.
Hawkins, who grew up in Madison, opened her first practice in Monroe, Ga. The Madison practice opened in January 2020. Hawkins practice specializes in psychotherapy and takes a holistic approach, addressing the “mind, body, and spirit” of each patient.
“We have a whole-person perspective here,” said Hawkins. “It has always been on my heart to serve locally. I grew up in Madison, so it has been an additional dream of mine to serve here. There is nothing like serving the community you grew up in.”
Reid and Daniels wanted to donate to a local mental health facility to see people in their own community gain access to mental health help.
“We can see the people we know get help right here in our town this way,” said Reid.
Reid was intent on practicing what she preaches in regards to mental health.
“I wouldn’t ask anyone to do something I wouldn’t do myself,” said Reid, who signed up for a counseling session with Hawkins and vouched for her services. “Her spirit is warm and inviting.”
Reid thanked all the sponsors who made this 5K race possible.
“Thank you to the sponsors: Madison Realty, Agape Occasions, LLC, Patricia Bishop Simmons, Coles Peters, Zion Covenant Fellowship Church, Jeremy‘s Wing Shack , Mandrell’s Shut Up and Race, Angela Peterson, The Junction Agency, Lucy Lord, Re/Max, and Sherry Terrell.”
Hope Springs is located at 216 North Main Street in Madison. To find out more, call: (678) 635-3136, or visit: www.hopespringscounseling.org.