Suffering from any mental illness can feel not only debilitating, but also isolating. The TMS Center of the Lehigh Valley provides an alternative treatment to those suffering from depression, but we also want to let everyone know who’s struggling throughout the Lehigh Valley with various mental illnesses that help is available. Whether you’re in need of access to psychiatric services and medication support or are looking for an organization that can help provide support groups, share information with friends and family, or you simply want to make a friend, resources are available to you throughout the Lehigh Valley.
National Alliance on Mental Illness has a chapter right here in the Lehigh Valley that provides support for a variety of mental illnesses including clinical depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, and others. NAMI LV is a great resource that can help you develop better coping skills and a better understanding of mental health issues.
Take advantage of their free programs including education programs, support programs, and programs for schools. Their website also includes a variety of great resources for veterans, victims of domestic violence, those in need of housing, and those recovering from alcohol and substance abuse.
Haven House also provides mental health services to residents of Lehigh County and Northampton County. They provide outpatient services, psychiatric rehabilitation, and offer a wellness recovery team. From 2018-2019, they served over 1,700 clients. To take advantage of their services, fill out their contact form.
Haven House helps those in need by providing psychiatric services, medication management, therapy, on-site and mobile psychiatric rehabilitation services, wellness recovery, support and therapy groups. Their wellness recovery team specializes in caring for adults aged 18 years and older with a serious and persistent mental illness that is co-occurring with chronic physical illness and/or substance abuse.
Haven House’s psychiatric rehabilitation services are available to those 18 and up who suffer from severe and or chronic mental illness. They focus on the five domains of psychiatric rehabilitation: living, learning, socializing, self-maintenance and working. Their skills based program allows individuals to work on their strengths while also being focused on recovery and improving their sense of well-being.
American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Eastern PA
The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, also known as the AFSP, also has a division in the Lehigh Valley. This organization does not directly provide mental health or crisis services, but they do advocate for suicide prevention by spreading awareness, educating the community, and fundraising.
They promote innovative prevention programs, provide resources to find support groups for those suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts, raise funds for suicide research and programs, as well as educate the public about risk factors and warning signs to look out for. This is a great resource for both, those suffering from suicidal thoughts as well as those who have lost someone due to suicide. The ASFP prides itself on bringing together people from all backgrounds who want to work together for the common goal of preventing suicide in their communities. Members include families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, educators, clergy, students, and community/business leaders.
Compeer of the Lehigh Valley
Compeer is another organization that does not provide direct mental health services, but instead has a beautiful take on the bond of friendship. Compeer is an internationally established and award winning organization that focuses on community outreach by creating friendships through a mentor program. Through this program, individuals who are receiving mental health services are paired with a community volunteer they share similar interests with and they spend an hour a week connecting however they choose such as going for a walk or grabbing coffee. Compeer Lehigh Valley has friendship programs for adults experiencing mental illness, veterans, as well as youth experiencing chronic or long-term mental illness.
If you or someone you love is contemplating suicide please call 1-800-273-8255. No matter your struggle, help is always available.