CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) – Opening a mental health facility wasn’t always apart of the owner of Still Waters Mental Health Services plans.
“The original plan was to take over my dad’s insurance agency,” said Brad Shaw.
Shaw went from business school to nursing school.
After graduating from Lock Haven University he worked as a registered nurse for 10 years.
But according to Shaw, God had other plans, which led him to open his own mental health care practice.
“Where I’m at right now is exactly where I feel I was called to be,” said Shaw.
According to Shaw, he had always felt drawn to mental health as he deals with mental illness first hand.
“I personally suffer from anxiety disorder so I feel like I can really relate to my patients,” said Shaw.
The mission for his facility is to reduce the stigmas that surround mental illness in the community.
He thinks the pandemic has already had a strong hand in doing just that.
“I think its probably causing a lot of people to recognize that mental illnesses is not fake, it’s very real,” said Shaw.
According to Shaw this region has a lot of unmet mental health needs, and he calls it an honor to be able to serve the community.