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WARNING SIGNS OF A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION

  • Excessive worrying or feeling sad for more than two weeks
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations)
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes.
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Inability to handle daily activities, problems and stress
  • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance

NAMI Westchester operates a helpline (914-592-5458) to provide resource and support to families of adults and adolescents over 14 years of age with a mental health condition. For families of children under the age 18 years of age contact Family Ties at 914-995-4238 or visit their website at www.familytieswestchester.org

We offer the NAMI Family to Family Education Program. This is a 12 week education program that helps families learn about mental health conditions, medications, how to deal with a crisis, communication, problem solving, self-care and recovery. As with all NAMI programs, this class is free. To register for the class please call (914) 592-5458. For more information on this program go to www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Family-to-Family

We offer several NAMI Support Groups. If you would like more information and to attend one of  NAMI Westchester’s support groups, please call (914) 592-5458.

To learn more about NAMI Support Groups go to www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Family-Support-Group

NAMI Homefront Education Program

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session online class for family, friends and significant others of military service members and veterans. The class helps families comprehend what the military service member/veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery. click here for more information and how to register for the online classes or go to: https://www.nami.org/homefront.

For a list of NAMI Westchester support group please contact our offices at 914-592-5458.

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If someone is in danger of harming themselves or others call: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: free, confidential 24-hour service accessible via the number 741741 

Crisis Prevention and Response Team: is available to assist with someone who is experiencing, or is at risk of, a psychological crisis, and requires mental health intervention. Call 914-925-5959 or visit their website: www.stvincentswestchester.org/outpatient-programs/crisis-prevention-and-response-team

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For information on mental health conditions: www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions

For more information on medication: www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Medication

For more information on treatments: www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Treatment

For health insurance information: www.heathcare.gov

How to find a therapist: www.networktherapy.com/directory/find_therapist.asp

How to find a psychiatrist: www.ucomparehealthcare.com/drs/psychiatrists/how_to_choose_a_psychiatrist.html

For information on Social Security benefits: www.ssa.gov

For County information on programs, services and housing contact Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health at 914-995-5220 or visit their website www.mentalhealth.westchestergov.com

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