A new nonprofit in Houghton is looking to help connect people with the mental health professionals they need.

Unite Mental Health and Wellness opened earlier this year. It is located at the former College Avenue Vision Clinic building.

Co-founders Angela Price and Beth Shannon have known each other since childhood. They come to the mental health area from different backgrounds. Price, who was most recently the chief financial officer at Finlandia University, worked as an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers before opening her own consulting firm. There, she worked with health care companies and helped analyze their systems to find where improvements could be made.

Shannon has worked in the mental health field, and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. On a more personal level, she was motivated by her experience navigating the mental health system on behalf of family. Shannon recalled traveling to facilities eight hours away, where the provider wanted her to stay for six weeks while the family member got treatment.

“It’s the person that knows what the experience should be and a person who works on systems,” Price said. “We’re completely different in our skill sets, but it works perfectly for what we’re trying to do.”

Unite seeks to walk people through an often frustrating path to finding the right mental health services.

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