Mental Health Organizations/Agencies:
NAMI-NYS, our state organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), our national organization
NAMI Twitter: @NAMICommunicate
NAMI Twitter: @NAMIAdvocacy
NAMI Policy Twitter: @namipolicywonk
Ron Honberg, NAMI National Director of Policy and Legal Affairs
NAMI Videos on YouTube
NAMI Blogs are resources for people who are interested in mental health. Our national organization features the latest research, stories of recovery, ways to end stigma and strategies for living well.
NAMI-sponsored or NAMI websites offering social media interactions:
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.
- You Are Not Alone (YANA)
another NAMI website that is for folks who would like to read others stories or tell their story to help inspire hope and break down stigma
Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
845-342-2400 (Extensions are now four digits beginning with 1)
Mental Health America is MHA's national organization
Mental Health America FaceBook
Access: Supports for Living (previously known as Occupations, Inc.)
this agency's new name as of January 1, 2015
provides many services to Orange County residents
- coordinated care
- behavioral health, including quick response team, counseling
- intellectual and developmental disabilities
- living and working in the community, including housing and employment
Independent Living, Inc.
441 E. Main Street 5 Washington Terrace
Middletown, NY Newburgh, NY
Excerpts from their website
Independent Living, Inc. is a consumer-directed, cross-disability advocacy and service organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities living in Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Counties.
Independent Living offers mental health services at Newburgh, Middletown and Monticello, NY locations aimed at helping people with psychiatric disabilities, including those at continuing risk of homelessness, to overcome stigma, connect with needed supports, build constructive relationships with peers, advocate on their own behalf, define and pursue their personal journeys to wellness, and make the transition from system dependence to independence.
Mental health service programs include:
Transition (“Bridger”) and Diversion Services
Forensic Connections Program
Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc.
Its mission is to enrich and empower the lives of individuals with severe psychiatric disabilities and substance use disorders by providing services and opportunities for meaningful emotional, social, vocational and educational growth.
Orange County Government Website
Click on Departments tab, then Mental Health
Department of Mental Health
Darcie Miller, Commissioner of Social Services and Mental Health (845)291-2601
Orange County NY System of Care
"pathway to care" for children and youth with serious
mental health needs and their families
Angela Turk 845-291-2610
New York State Office of Mental Health
promotes the mental health and well-being of all New Yorkers
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation
National Institute of Mental Health
is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to mental health research
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