New grief and mental health center in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Hospice Baton Rouge plans to open a new facility to provide support for those dealing with mental health issues and grieving for their loved ones.

Sometimes, during the most traumatic times in a person’s life, they may need a helping hand. Dawn Brumfield recognized her need for help when her husband fell and broke his hip. “Someone suggested we call the Baton Rouge Hospice. So I called, I had never dealt with a hospice before,” Brumfield says.

Brumfield’s husband, Wendel, spends more time in his wheelchair now, but she’s learned to handle tough situations and knows who to turn to when she needs help. “I have someone who helps me when I need it,” adds Brumfield.

Hospice of Baton Rouge wants to help more people like Brumfield, so they’re building a new facility called “The Retreat.” The center will act as a hub for grieving loved ones and provide mental health support during difficult times.

New grief and mental health center in Baton Rouge(WAFB)

“We have been caring for end-of-life and critically ill patients for nearly 40 years now in the community. After COVID, you know, the amount of grief, complicated grief, unresolved grief has increased a lot,” says Catherine Schendel, CEO of the Hospice du Grand Bâton Rouge Foundation.

The center would offer a variety of treatments such as counseling services, support groups, holistic therapies and other options for all ages.

“Often this grief, this mental health is viewed with a stigma. It’s seen as something we don’t want to talk about, which is buried. I think it’s important to have facilities like this where you can really encourage people, get them talking about it,” says Congressman Garret Graves.

Hospice Baton Rouge executives plan to begin building at Quarters Lake in 2023, aiming to open doors by 2024.

New grief and mental health center in Baton Rouge
New grief and mental health center in Baton Rouge(WAFB)

Hospice of Baton Rouge is looking for Counselors and Peer Support Specialists to run the facility, if you are interested you can visit Baton Rouge Hospice website

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