Mental Health & Counseling

What Is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems
  • Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.

Early Warning Signs

Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can?t get out of your head
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
  • Learn more about specific mental health problems and where to find help.

Mental Health and Wellness

Positive mental health allows people to:

  • Realize their full potential
  • Cope with the stresses of life
  • Work productively
  • Make meaningful contributions to their communities

Ways to maintain positive mental health include:

  • Getting professional help if you need it
  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing coping skills
  • Learn More About Mental Health

The importance of prevention and wellness
What communities can do to promote wellness
The importance of mental health and wellness for individuals with mental health problems

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CPACS Cosmo Health Center provides culturally and linguistically competent mental health and alcohol & drug/substance abuse counseling services for adults on an individual or group level.
The following services are available: Counseling: Depression, Anxiety, Panic attack, Teen ages Counseling, Anger Managements, Domestic Violence


Family Counseling

The Healthy Families Program provides refugees the information and tools they need to maintain cohesive and stable families and communities in their new country. The program focuses on practical guidance and relationship skills including:

  •  Communication / Conflict resolution / Problem solving / Money management
  •  Decision marking / Anger management
  •  Improving self-esteem /Parenting /Issues /Cultural education


Family ViolenceReferral to FVIP is appropriate when the court determines that a person has or her committed, or is likely to commit, an act of family violence against his partner. This program strives to bolster a violence free community in conjunction with the battered women’s movement. CPACS’s FVIP educates men or Women to stop committing violence toward their spouses, children, friends, and other people around them.



The Pan Asian Women’s Empowerment and Resources (PAWER)program’s mission is to eliminate violence against women by creating comprehensive services to educate, outreach and effectively empower immigrant and refugee women, families and communities.
Services are survivor-centered, address the family unit and link to long-term solutions.
Victim services include, but are not limited to, emergency assistance, counseling, information and referrals, employment services, legal advocacy, criminal justice advocacy, and personal advocacy.


 DUI offenders on the State of Georgia are required ad a condition of license reinstatement, to enroll in and complete the Georgia DUI Intervention Program. The program involves three steps:

  • 20-hour Risk Reduction Program at an approved DUI School.
  • Clinical Evaluation performed by a state-certified clinical evaluator
  • Treatment(if recommended by your clinical evaluator) by a state-certified treatment provider



CPACS is dedicated to educating the public about and preventing substance abuse. Culturally and linguistically competent alcohol/substance abuse education is available.


CPACS aims to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure by reaching out to various Asian American communities.
The following services are available:

  • Tobacco cessation awareness workshops
  • Tobacco cessation group counseling (in Korean only), individual counseling (all languages)
  • Tobacco education materials and outreach events in multiple Asian languages
  • Tobacco control leadership training

CPACS works closely with Asian youth groups, empowering them to restrain from tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. Our youth have led numerous activities including the development of a children’s tobacco prevention coloring book, an environmental scan of the cities of Doraville and Chamblee, and Project EXHALE. Project EXHALE was designed by CPACS’s Community Action for Teens (CAT) leadership group to promote tobacco awareness.