Family/Individual Support Services
Descriptions of the many support groups offered by NAMI Orange and Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
- Mental Health Services in Orange County
Numerous services including emergency, hospitals, outpatient clinics, jail clinic, day treatment, residential, case management, vocational, special programs, peer advocacy, recreation, social clubs, etc.
- More Orange County Resources
- 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.
- 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 Understanding the Basics-NYS Department of Health). Specific wishes or limitations may be added to the optional section 4 in the NYS Health Care Proxy.
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 eductional 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
- 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 Blogs (NEW) are resources for people who are interested in mental health. NAMI features the latest research, stories of recovery, ways to end stigma and strategies for living well.
- 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.
- 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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