Getting Help for Your Family Member
- According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated one in four individuals over the age of 18 experiences a “diagnosable mental disorder” in a given year.http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/statistics/index.shtml.
- And, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately one in every five children and adolescents experiences a mental disorder at any given time.http://www.nmha.org/go/information/get-info/children-s-mental-health/children-s-mental-health-statistics
- How do you know if your family member needs help with a mental health challenge? Check out the links below: http://www.webmd.com/depression/mental-health-warning-signs, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mental-illness/DS01104/DSECTION=symptoms
- Mental Health America offers a fact sheet to help family members whose loved ones may be facing mental health problems: http://www.nmha.org/go/information/get-info/mi-and-the-family/recognizing-warning-signs-and-how-to-cope
- Another resource for family members is NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness):http://www.nami.org/.
- Child And Adolescent Coping Skills interactive site...
If you have a family member in Southeastern Pennsylvania who needs help, you can contact the Information and Referral Department of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP). They can provide you with information about mental health services in the five-county Southeastern Pennsylvania region, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The Information and Referral Director can be reached at 267-507-3843 or firstname.lastname@example.org; the Information and Referral Project Coordinator can be reached at 267-507-3843 or email@example.com. Both can be called toll-free at 800-688-4226, ext. 3843.
If you are calling from outside of Southeastern Pennsylvania, click on the link below, which will help you find services in your area:
Are you in Southeastern Pennsylvania and are seeking mental health supports other than professional services? The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania operates approximately 50 such services, many of which are peer-to-peer: that is, delivered by individuals who are themselves in recovery from mental health challenges. These alternative services, which are an adjunct to professional services, promote recovery and community integration.
The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania also operates the Training and Education Center (TEC), which provides training and education programs in a culturally competent manner to family members and service providers to help them facilitate recovery in themselves and their loved ones or clients. For information about TEC, click on the following link: http://www.mhasp.org/about-tec/
If you are outside of Southeastern Pennsylvania and are seeking mental health supports other than professional services, contact MHASP’s National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse http://www.mhselfhelp.org – a mental health consumer-run national technical assistance center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, at 800-553-4539 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or click on the Clearinghouse’s Consumer-run Services Directory: http://www.cdsdirectory.org. If the directory does not provide information about alternative services in your area, contact the Clearinghouse directly and its Technical Assistance Coordinator will help you.
If you need help or have questions, call or e-mail:
- Information and Referral Director at 267-507-3843