Crisis and Information
• Suicide Help 24 hours 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
For those who are experiencing emotional distress or a suicidal crisis or are concerned about someone who is.
Orange Person Chatham (OPC) Mental Health Center 24 Hour Crisis Line, 800-233-6834 OPC S.T.A.R. Call Center 919-913-4100 or Toll Free 1-800-233-6834 S.T.A.R. provides Screening, Triage, Access, & Referral for consumers who meet criteria for state-funded services.
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Screening, Triage, Referral and Crisis Numbers For All Counties By Local Management Entity (LME) in NC
NAMI Orange Helpline, 919-929-7822
Information, support and referral. Staffed by experienced volunteers who are knowledgeable about local resources.
NAMI NC Helpline 1-800-451-9682 (NC only) Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm. Email anytime firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides mental health related support and information about NC resources.
Support and Treatment
NAMI Orange County's Family Support Group is a structured, interactive support group open to family members and friends of adults who have a mental illness. Meetings are held from 7:00-8:30pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month (except for holidays) in the Ashe Room at the Seymour Center located at 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. Please contact Kay at email@example.com or 919-402-1630 for further information or to sign up if you are interested in attending this group. Check the NAMI Orange calendar for the next scheduled meeting. There is no charge to attend this group.
NAMI Connection Support Group is a recovery support group program for adults living with mental illness which provides a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope and offers a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness. Follows a flexible structure without an educational format and does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies. All groups are confidential - participants can share as much or as little personal information as they wish. Support groups are open to all adults with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. Participants should feel welcome to drop by and share feelings, difficulties, or successes. Connections meets from 3:30-5:00pm every fourth Wednesday of the month at Freedom House located at 104 New Stateside Drive,Chapel Hill. Check the NAMI Orange calendar for the next scheduled meeting. There is no charge to attend this group. For further info, contact Edward at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-942-4540.
Recovery International, 919-886-7768 www.recovery-inc.org
Free meetings in Carrboro, Friday at 10:30 a.m. Meetings cover methods for managing anger, reducing stress, controlling depression and anxieties.
Bipolar/Depression Support Group meets every Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at Binkley Baptist Church. The group starts gathering at 7:00pm and the meeting starts at 7:30pm. Richard is the facilitator and can be reached at email@example.com or (919) 533-9510. There is no charge to attend this group
NAMI Durham Family Support Group Meetings are held 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays each month at Watts St. Baptist Church in Durham. DIRECTIONS: Watts St. Baptist Church is located at 800 Watts Street, the corner of Watts St. and Urban Ave. near the Duke East Campus. For more info call Violet 919-490-5236. Orange County residents are welcome to attend this group.
NAMI Wake County Family Support Group Meeting Click here for info
Family-To-Family classes are a powerful educational and supportive tool to help families dealing with mental illnesses. There is no cost for the class. Family-To-Family is a vitally empowering program of education and support for people whose family members have serious and persistent mental illness. The course is sponsored locally by NAMI Orange and Durham. The series consists of twelve weekly classes. Each class lasts two and a half hours. Call early to sign up for the next available class. Class size is limited to 25, and classes tend to fill up!
The NAMI Orange Family-to-Family course is offered twice a year (fall and spring) on 12 consecutive evenings (to be decided) and/or during the day on Sundays. To register for the next Orange County class or to get more information, call Gove Elder, 967-5403, For confidential inquiries via e-mail, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The NAMI Durham Family-to-Family course is offered twice a year (fall and spring) on 12 consecutive Thursday evenings. To register for the next Durham class or to get more information, call Violette at 919-490-5236. For confidential inquiries via e-mail, write to email@example.com
NAMI Basics is a new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. For more information or to register for this class, contact the NAMI North Carolina office at 919-788-0801 or 800-451-9682 and ask for Jennifer Rothman or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In Our Own Voice is a one-and-a-half hour interactive, multimedia presentation by consumers that offers hope and provides insight into the recovery now possible for people with mental illness. For more information about scheduling a presentation or training to be a presenter, contact Brenda Piper 1-800-451-9682 or email@example.com
Community Bereavement Services Support for those who have experienced a loss due to suicide. 919-644-6869
Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Loss Support Group For those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. Attendance is not required each month; you can attend as needed. There are no fees required. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month promptly at 6 p.m. at the United Church of Chapel Hill in the Parlor Room, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill. For more information about the group, please call Jodi Flick at 962-4988 or email jofl firstname.lastname@example.org. If you plan to attend, please email Judith at email@example.com or Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Care Access Project Heathy Carolinians and the Mental Health Association in Orange County, with funding from OPC LME, are developing a program to address the gap in care for individuals who fall between those who qualify for publicly funded services and the privately insured. The service will match people in need of counseling who would be otherwise unable to access it with counselors who agree to work on a pro bono basis with one client per year. A secondary service will be information and referral for those who do not meet eligibility criteria for the pro bono program. The program will serve individuals with low-to-moderate incomes who are ordinarily mentally healthy but have experienced, or are experiencing, a stressful event or circumstance, and who lack access to counseling due to financial barriers. A clinician at the Mental Health Association will provide clinical assessments and match those who qualify for the program with participating clinicians. Contact Mark Sullivan at email@example.com or 919-942-8083 for more information.
Club Nova promotes and provides opportunities for individuals with mental illness to lead meaningful and productive lives of their choice in the community. 103 D West Main Street, Carrboro, Phone: 919-968-6682
Mental Health America of the Triangle 919-942-8083 Programs include:
Family Advocacy Network - Support for parents and caregivers of children with emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges.
Community Backyard - Works collaboratively with professionals and families to fill gaps in mental health and substance abuse services for children and youth in Orange County.
Compeer - Brings trained volunteers and people living with mental illness together in one-to-one friendship.
Northside Community Garden - project seeks to enhance the sense of well being for individuals living with mental illness through creative activity, social interaction, and a heightened awareness of natural rhythms.
Caramore Community is a structured support program for adults with mental illness. Caramore exists for the purposes of promoting wellness, managing illness, and facilitating the skills needed to live and work in the community. 919-967-3401
STEP (Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program) Community Mental Health Clinic
(919) 942-7363 200 N. Greensboro St., Suite C-6B, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro, NC 27510
UNC Department of Psychiatry has created a Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, which incorporates resources from schools and departments across the University and expands collaborative relationships with existing community programs, including Club Nova and Caramore. The Clinic also expands training opportunities for graduate students from nursing, social work and psychology, who already receive training in the STEP clinic at UNC.
Freedom House Recovery Center
Provides crisis and outpatient services, community support, transitional living and halfway houses for people with addiction and mental illness. Call 919-942-2803 or go to http://www.freedomhouserecovery.org/
Community Resource Court The Orange County Community Resource Court (CRC), a cooperative effort by the Orange County judicial and mental health systems, helps to address the treatment needs of people with mental health issues who become involved with the criminal courts.
Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County FVPC is a domestic violence agency serving victims of family violence and relationship abuse, their families, and friends in Orange County, NC. Client services are free, confidential, and available in both English and Spanish. FVPC operates a 24-hour hotline and provides emotional support, crisis counseling, safety planning, support groups, emergency shelter placements, legal advocacy, and community referrals to all clients regardless of age, race, ethnicity, citizenship status, sexual orientation or identity, or mental illness. Call our 24-hour support hotline at (919) 929-7122 or toll-free (866) 929-7122.
Freedom House Recovery Center Provides crisis and outpatient services, community support, transitional living and halfway houses for people with addiction and mental illness. Call 919-942-2803 or browse to http://www.freedomhouserecovery.org/
XDS-Cross Disability Services Serves persons aged 17 and older with multiple disabilities of mental illness, developmental disabilities and/or substance abuse disorders. Multidisciplinary team provides a variety of services. Call 919-490-5503, browse to xdsinc.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness-National)
NAMI North Carolina
Healthy Carolinians of Orange County
2009 Mental Health Resource Directory
Teen Friendly Therapist Listing
Schizophrenia Research Forum
Mental Health Part D
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Federal Centers for Medicare/ Medicaid Services
NC Division of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities
Psychiatric Advance Directives http://pad.duhs.duke.edu/
PADs are legal instruments that may be used to document a competent person’s specific instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment, in preparation for the possibility that the person may lose capacity to give or withhold informed consent to treatment during acute episodes of psychiatric illness.
Faith Communities and Mental Health
Home Training Courses at www.CareInAction.com
In-depth, interactive guidebooks walk you through practical information that can improve your capacity to care for your ill relative
Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare
Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
NC Mental Hope www.ncmentalhope.org
Links to many mental health related organizations, NC legislative issues, discussion groups, and support
Episcopal Mental Illness Network
Mental Health Ministries
Pathways to Promise
Patient Advocacy Foundation http://www.patientadvocate.org/
Patient Advocacy Foundation provides telephone counseling on medical bills and related financial issues. 1-800-532-5274
Recovering Your Mental Health
From the Center for Mental Health Services Consumer Affairs E-News, November 25, 2008
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a series of self-help guides entitled Recovering Your Mental Health. This series provides facts, strategies, and ideas that consumers/survivors have found helpful in exercising best practices in promoting wellness and preventing illness. The information in this series supports recovery in conjunction with health care treatment.
Recovering Your Mental Health - Speaking Out for Yourself: A Self-Help Guide
Inventory Code (SMA02-3719)
People with mental illnesses have the same rights as other people. These rights include being treated with dignity and respect, asking for what they need or desire, and making or participating in making decisions that affect them. Being a good self-advocate involves healthy self-esteem and a sense of personal responsibility. This booklet describes the step-by-step process of effective self-advocacy. View online
Recovering Your Mental Health - A Self-Help Guide
Inventory Code (SMA05-3504)
This publication identifies activities and strategies to help consumers manage their mental illnesses. Based on the extensively-reported day-to-day experiences of persons with psychiatric symptoms, and how they get well and stay well, the information enhances the nationwide focus on self-help for recovery from mental health problems.
Recovering Your Mental Health - Building Self-Esteem: A Self-Help Guide
Inventory Code (SMA05-3715)
This booklet affords insight into the development of self-esteem. The recommendations reflect the ideas of persons who recognized their own impaired self-esteem and took steps to improve their feelings about their own worth and dignity.
Recovering Your Mental Health - Making and Keeping Friends: A Self-Help Guide
Inventory Code (SMA05-3716)
Making new friends can be exciting or intimidating, depending on your personality and your circumstances, but ultimately it is rewarding. This booklet guides the process of engaging new people who may become friends—visiting gathering places, overcoming feeling of social reluctance or ambivalence, and approaching people for the first time.
Recovering Your Mental Health - Dealing with the Effects of Trauma: A Self-Help Guide
Inventory Code (SMA05-3717)
This booklet explores traumatic life experiences that may be causing some or all of the difficult symptoms that accompany distress. It provides guidance about how to relieve these symptoms, posing simple and safe actions that facilitate healing from the effects of trauma.
Recovering Your Mental Health - Developing a Recovery and Wellness Lifestyle: A Self-Help Guide
Inventory Code (SMA05-3718)
Many aspects of life—place of residence, friends, daily activities, etc.—contribute to a sense of well-being. People with mental illnesses may feel better when they make changes that support wellness choices. This booklet examines areas of life that may need to be changed and suggests possible changes that could be helpful.
Recovering Your Mental Health - Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery: A Self-Help Guide
Inventory Code (SMA05-3720)
The action plans for prevention and recovery described in this booklet were devised by people who experience emotional or psychiatric symptoms. They address the importance that structure can play when actively pursuing recovery. Suitable for use regarding any kind of health concern, the plans are simple, low-cost, and modifiable, and can be introduced over time according to the consumer’s readiness.
You can order these publications through the National Mental Health Information Center. Submit your order…
by fax to 240-221-4295
by mail to:
PO Box 42557
Washington, DC 20015
by phone at 1-800-789-2647
Monday through Friday
8:30 AM to 12:00 AM, EST
by e-mail to email@example.com
Download form online.