Mental and Emotional Wellness Resources (MEW), a new collection at the Albert Wisner Public Library, One McFarland Drive, Warwick. 845-986-1047.
Rosemary Cooper, Library Director, reports that they have gathered in one place (the lower level) a special collection of materials pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness - and equally important -- to strategies to promote and sustain mental and emotional wellness. The collection will provide information, support those on the journey from diagnosis to recovery, and emphasize wellness and helpful coping strategies to meet life's challenges -- with the ultimate goal of increasing mental health awareness and reducing the stigma often associated with mental illness.
Included are books on specific mental health disorders, inspiring and enlightening biographies and autobiographies, and fiction titles, all of which address the impact of mental illness on people's lives. Documentary and feature films, as well as free informative pamphlets and periodicals round out the collection. Digital resources also provide a variety of resources, including links to hotlines, to local, state and national mental health organizations, to advocacy and educational resources and a sampling of the materials on mental health disorders in the book and DVD collection at the Albert Wiser Public Library.)
Symbolized by the Green Ribbon, this collection was funded by a generous grant from The Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation and is dedicated to all who struggle with mental illness and the people who love and care for them.
- Family Survival Handbook
An excellent source for families-
Included in the downloadable Family Survival Kit is a 54-page Family Survival Handbook, a collection of first-hand, practical information families spearheaded on how to work with mental health professionals, navigate the mental health system, and communicate with their loved one, as well as take care of themselves.
CIRCLE OF CARE: A GUIDEBOOK FOR MENTAL HEALTH CAREGIVERS
National Alliance for Caregiving
The Circle of Care guidebook emerged from the national study on mental health caregiving, On Pins & Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness. This study was conducted with the assistance of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America and released in February 2016. It was the first national survey of mental health caregivers conducted in the United States: it identified numerous challenges faced by these caregivers.
Circle of Care is designed to guide unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care for someone with a mental health condition. The fact sheets are intended to assist these caregivers with finding help for the specific challenges identified in the On Pins & Needles study.
As the National Alliance for Caregiving continues to work to support caregivers, they welcome your feedback and ideas on this work and others. It is their mission to advance family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy so that families across the spectrum of health and long-term care can have an improved quality of life.
National Alliance for Caregiving
- Healthy Orange
offers a wealth of health-related information and resources to promote healthy lifestyles
- HARP (Health and Recovery Plan)
- NYS Health Care Proxy
People with mental health conditions and those who are involved in their care (family, friends, healthcare providers, etc.) should work together to promote the increased use of this powerful instrument. The Proxy Law covers decisions to consent or refuse to consent to any treatment, service or procedure to diagnose or treat an individual's physical or mental condition. (Excerpt from
- OnTrackNY is an innovative treatment program for adolescents and young adults (ages 16-30) who have had unusual thoughts and behaviors, or who have started hearing or seeing things that others don’t. OnTrackNY helps people achieve their goals for school, work, and relationships.
Teens and young adults who live with mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works.
The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. OK2TALK hopes this is the first step towards getting help and feeling better.
*NAMI is one of the founding partners of OK2TALK.
- NAMI Videos on YouTube
- You Are Not Alone (YANA)
another NAMI website that is for folks who would like to tell their story to help inspire hope and break down stigma
- NAMI Blogs (NEW)
are excellent resources for people who are interested in mental health. NAMI features stories of recovery and hope, ways to end stigma, the latest research topics and strategies for living well. Exciting new content is added every month. The most popular blogs are consolidated into the NAMINow digital newsletter and emailed to registered member users on the last Wednesday of each month. Be sure to first register on the NAMI.org website and then subscribe to NAMINow. You may also subscribe to several other newsletters:
CIT in Action, E-News and Statehouse Spotlight
For details how to subscribe, click here
- NAMI: Ask the Expert (NEW)
Archived sessions on many interesting topics including use of Ketamine for Depression, DBT, Opioids, Bipolar Disorder, Understanding Self-Harm
when a person does not acknowledge his/her mental health condition. Click above link to go to NAMI website and then click on link I am not Sick, I Don't Need Help
- NAMI recommended BOOKS/DVDs/Downloadable Materials
- SAMHSA "Store" NEW
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
An incredible resource for free downloadable materials (a few shipped items might incur a shipping charge). Check out the various clickable tabs or just enter your particular interest in the search bar.
- Treatment Advocacy Center
The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating legal and other barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness. The organization promotes laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
ParityTrack is a national non-profit organization founded and led by the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, the lead sponsor of the Federal Parity Law, in January 2014. The website tracks parity legislative, regulatory, and legal activities in all 50 states and at the federal level to monitor implementation throughout the country.
- Mental Illness Policy
Website (founder DJ Jaffe) has multiple links covering many subjects on medical and legal issues including:
- Criminal Justice
- Family Perspectives
- Consumer Perspectives
- Coping Tips
- Best Books
- Myths,Opposition and Impediments to Reform
- National and State Legal Issues
- Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)
- Timeless Editorials and Op-Ed
- NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
161 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, New York 12054
Information & Referral: 1-800-624-4143
- Munchausen by Proxy or Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (FDIA)
FDIA is the DSM-5 psychiatric disorder that describes individuals who persistently falsify illness in another even when there is little or nothing tangible for them to gain from the behavior. It is a compulsive behavior associated with a high degree of denial, akin to that of substance abuse behavior or an eating disorder. Factitious is from a Latin term which means "artificial".
This link takes you to the web site of Cleveland Clinic for a description of FDIA, including symptoms and treatment.
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