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RESOURCES FOR CONCERNED FAMILY MEMBERS
WebMD has a list of mental health warning signs.
The Mayo Clinic offers signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for.
Mental Health America offers a fact sheet to help family members whose loved ones may be facing mental health problems.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers lots of great resources.
2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-remember phone number that connects people with important services in their local communities.
RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS
American Psychiatric Association’s Partnership for Workplace Mental Health has a wealth of resources for employers.
Mental Health America offers workplace wellness information for both employees and employers.
MHA also offers specific tips for issues related to workplace bullying.
The Center for Reintegration has information designed to help people with mental illness find meaningful work and education, all to help move them towards independent living.
LAW ENFORCEMENT RESOURCES
Interactions between law enforcement and individuals with mental health challenges have led to tragedy. Following the death of a young man who had mental illness at the hands of a police officer in Memphis, Tennessee, the community there came together to develop an award-winning model of jail diversion and community policing that has saved lives and helped individuals receive treatment rather than incarceration.
We at Mental Health Partnerships were leaders in the advocacy initiative that resulted in the Philadelphia Police Department’s adoption of the Crisis Intervention Team model, which has since been adopted in communities around the country.
UNDERSTANDING AND COMBATING HOMELESSNESS
- A fact sheet provided by the National Coalition for the Homeless provides statistics on the incidence of mental illness among homeless people: between 20% and 25% of individuals who are homeless have serious mental illnesses, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In addition, half of those who are homeless and have mental illnesses also have substance use disorders.
- Housing First is a program model where people first receive housing and then are connected with treatment and supports. It has been shown to be effective in helping break the cycle of homelessness.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a collection of resources for communities seeking to reduce homelessness.
INFORMATION ABOUT COMMUNITY INTEGRATION
Mental Health Partnerships is a partner in the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion, which is devoted to promoting community integration for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Visit their website for more information and resources.