The Green Ribbon Society

The Green Ribbon Society: Become a Mental Health Leader

The Green Ribbon Society is a leadership giving circle designed to honor some of our most dedicated supporters. Individuals, businesses, or organizations that give $1200 or more annually (or only $100 per month) will automatically become members of The Green Ribbon Society, named after the international symbol for mental health awareness. A gift of $1200 covers the cost of a full six months of weekly therapy sessions for one of our clients.

Membership includes access to exclusive receptions where you can engage with community and business leaders that value innovative solutions to mental health, along with ASCC’s leadership and Board of Directors. You’ll be the first to know about exciting updates on our work and gain access to compelling social and educational events with our community partners and therapists. Members will be recognized in our Annual Report, email newsletters, and on our website. Your Green Ribbon Society membership will demonstrate your leadership in the mental health community and help ensure the longevity of our services for years to come.

If you would like to learn more about Green Ribbon Society membership, please reach out to Mary Waller, Development Director, at mary@allsoulscounseling.org, or 828-259-3369, ext. 109.

We are so thankful to the First Horizon Foundation for their sponsorship of The Green Ribbon Society!

Green Ribbon Society Reception at the Grand Bohemian Hotel

On Thursday, March 28th we held our second reception for The Green Ribbon Society at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Members of our Giving Circle mingled and enjoyed delicious refreshments and light bites provided by the Grand Bohemian Hotel. 

Members had the opportunity to hear from our featured speaker, Dr. Laura Jones, UNCA professor, researcher and author, who shared her thoughts on the challenges and opportunities surrounding adolescent and young adult mental health. She recalled the times of adolescence, “stretching from about the ages of 13-24 individuals in this life stage tend to be seen as emotional, moody, rebellious, impulsive, experimental, and just filled with attitude.” She explained that with so many changes that happen before the age of 24, this is a critical period of development during which 75 percent of mental health struggles arise. 

The social, environmental and political concerns along with changes in hormones, social pressures, sleep and diet, individualization and the effects of COVID 19 have all impacted the increase in mental health struggles among this age group. Dr. Jones explained, “So youth are now struggling with mental health at an unprecedented rate, but interestingly those 18-24, that late adolescent period, are struggling even higher than their teen peers, with 1 in 3 reporting mental health struggles. Upwards of 40% alone have experienced clinically significant levels of anxiety.” 

Dr. Jones was accompanied by two UNCA student-athlete representatives of the Athletics Mental Health Peer Ambassadors program, Justin Fleer and Kylie Cackobick, who shared their perspectives and experiences. The program has 20 student athletes which includes a representative from every single team who have volunteered to serve as representatives and an added layer of support for their peer athletes and the department. They help to break down the stigma, run workshops to build resiliency, support awareness programming at the university community levels, educate coaches and staff, and help their teammates get connected to sources of support. Dr. Jones shared, “They are an inspiration and are truly changing the face of mental health and athletics in the broader community.”

Thank you so much to Dr. Jones for her insights into youth and adolescent mental health and for all the amazing work being done through the Athletics Mental Health Peer Ambassadors program. 

We are so grateful to First Horizon Foundation for sponsoring The Green Ribbon Society! We look forward to hosting more Green Ribbon Society events in the near future, featuring speakers and activities focused on new developments in the mental health field.

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Inaugural Green Ribbon Society Reception

On Wednesday, August 24th we held our inaugural reception for The Green Ribbon Society, a leadership giving circle designed to engage and connect some of All Souls Counseling Center’s most dedicated supporters.

Momentum Gallery in downtown Asheville was gracious enough to host us in their beautiful two-level contemporary and modern art gallery. We had delicious appetizers provided by Equal Plates Project, an Asheville-based 501c3 that sources from small, local farmers in WNC and makes scratch-made meals to share with community members facing complex food access barriers.

We celebrated three long-standing supporters who were instrumental in helping All Souls Counseling Center grow to be the organization it is today. We are so thankful to our dear friends John Hickman, Rick Gloor, and Larry Thompson for their dedication and advocacy!

Members gathered around to hear our featured speaker, Elizabeth Likis-Werle, Ph.D, LCMHCS, who shared her thoughts on the intersection of trauma and grief/loss in modern society and how she sees this manifest in her counseling work with clients, including her work as a therapist at All Souls Counseling Center. Her message resonated with many people in the room who have experienced or know someone who has struggled with life transitions and loss during and post-pandemic.

We are so grateful to First Horizon Foundation for sponsoring The Green Ribbon Society this year!

Individuals, businesses, or organizations that give $1200 or more annually (or only $100 per month) automatically become members of The Green Ribbon Society, named after the international symbol for mental health awareness. A gift of $1200 covers the cost of a full six months of weekly therapy sessions for one of our clients. We look forward to hosting more Green Ribbon Society events in the near future, featuring speakers and activities focused on new developments in the mental health field.

Client Testimonials

[My counselor] brought so much light to our marital issues. He helped us work through years of built up negativity. With his guidance, we were able to find our love and compassion for each other again.

[My counselor’s] calm accepting demeanor helped me feel comfortable and safe in discussing anything. Her suggestions were pivotal and realistic in helping me deal more successfully with my anxiety.

My experience here at All Souls has been so life changing. The amount of compassion and dedication I feel here is so comforting. I wasn’t sure I would ever get my mind and life back but I did and I’m so grateful for this place, I love it!

I am so glad to have found All Souls. I would not have been able to receive therapy otherwise!

I'm so glad I found ASCC. I had been in therapy/counseling before, but it had become too expensive. It was important that I had a therapist and I have felt an improvement in my mental health.

[My counselor] is very likely saving my life. My gratitude has no measure. Thank you.

I have come for both individual as well as couples therapy and I love the level of care I receive here. So thankful to have found you guys.

I am so thankful for ASCC. [My counselor] has been amazing to work with...it's been so helpful to be able to utilize this service and the much needed support I've been searching for. 

ASCC has helped my partner and I have a better quality of life that we otherwise would not have been able to afford. Thank you.

I’ve noticed the changes in my personal life have gotten better and with the help of counseling I’m more happier and able to see growth.

I feel very safe talking with [my therapist]. She always listens to everything I need to say and responds with great empathy and understanding. She has helped me open up more and revisit things that I thought I had dealt with but in fact are still challenging my mental health more than I thought they were. We have been working very hard to get to the root of my problems instead of just fixing whats more visible on the surface.

[My counselor] has been a vital part of working my way out of a very difficult time in my life. She listened attentively, asked difficult questions that needed to be asked and with a sincere sense of compassion.

This place has been a literal life-saver. I have never felt more respected or understood by a counselor. Now that I’ve come here I can’t imagine what I’d do without this place.

My sessions with [my therapist] have really changed a lot for me. Eliza is always knowledgeable, nonjudgemental, unbiased, and thoroughly insightful. I have never been happier with a therapist.