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Total loan: $7,500

Candice

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Crown Point, IN, United States / Personal Use

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A loan helped us re-open The Wellness Haven; a therapeutic social space, buy equipment, and purchase inventory.


Candice's story

I remember in 2018 being the superhero for everybody else and advocating my butt off for my clients, while knowingly and unknowingly my mental health was taking a toll! Despite what I sensed, I sat in a Mental Health First Aid Training to gain more knowledge on how to work with my clients who lived with mental health challenges and substance use disorders; but in reality, it only magnified everything that I had been hiding for over 11 years! I was a high-performing woman with high functioning anxiety, depression, and unresolved trauma from my past and was afraid to get help because I thought telling people I was struggling with a mental illness would discredit my professional credibility as a therapist in training. But the truth is, I was of no good to anyone if I kept trying to hide my condition when I needed to get help! With God as my guide, my husband as my support, I took a step back from my career, and embraced the recovery journey! My journey to recovery had a purpose bigger than I could understand. This was an eye-opening season for me and became a stepping stone into greater heights and deeper depths. Taking a leave from my career and embracing recovery was important. Through my personal experience, God gave me the strategy to walk in healing and improve my mental well-being and wanted me to help others do the same. This journey led me to develop handmade aromatherapy products to assist with daily stress, anxiety, and depression-related symptoms and further creating self-care workbooks, e-courses, workshops, and training to meet the needs of society and address the nationwide mental health crisis, through the ministry of healing. Hence, SCM Healing Essentials was born.