Guya Scopas Bethuel, SYRACUSE N.Y (NCC News) – From the National Veterans crisis line as a hotline respondent and suicidal veterans to the community handling mental health issues. Katherine Hyatt is the Founder of Branches of Growth, a mental health institution that helps those struggling with mental health issues cope.
With her husband, Hyatt founded Branches of Growth because she focus on mental health. “While I was working with the National Veterans, I never had the opportunity to follow up with my clients to establish how they were doing. Now I do at Branches of Growth,” said Hyatt.
Branches of Growth is located in North Syracuse and they enroll both seniors and children in their mental health programs including yoga classes. Enrollment fees range from $ 12 and $15. Insurance cards are also accepted. Branches of Growth also do referrals for their clients.
“A lot of the patients come here because they want to integrate yoga into their mental health treatment. They find a lot of help and understanding through the philosophy part of it and the breath work,” said Hyatt. She said medication is not always the answer to mental struggles. “Sometimes simple things such as yoga and the one on one therapy sessions are enough to help people manage their anxiety,” Hyatt believes.
Every Friday, Hyatt is training seniors at the Hazard library. She will also be working with the Suicide Prevention Walk team training yoga classes at Longbridge Park. The Suicide Prevention Walk takes place October 12.
Jean Kent, a senior who participated in the Yoga class on Friday at the Hazard Library, said it has been hard, but worthwhile. “I have trouble with balance, and this is important to try to deal with it,” said Kent.
Every day, people deal with loss, grief and other stress factors which calls for management.