Mental Health

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The UCC MENTAL HEALTH NETWORK'S MISSION is to reduce stigma and facilitate inclusion of people with mental health conditions and their families into the life, leadership and work of the church;  Check out this link: mhn-ucc.org   

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NAMI News You Can Use newsletter May 12, 2021 here.

 

Local Resources:  See NAMI Greater North Shore affiliate here  https://namigreaternorthshore.org/ 

NAMI MASS Resources:  Call the COMPASS line 1-800-370-9085 or  https://namimass.org/

"HUGE Mental Health News for Massachusetts"

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is introducing a Roadmap for Behavioral Health Reform to ensure Massachusetts residents can get the right help when and where they need it.  

 

The Roadmap is a multi-year blueprint, based on listening sessions and feedback from nearly 700 individuals, families, providers and other stakeholders who identified the need for expanded access to treatment, more effective treatment, and improved health equity.  A critical component is to create a "front door" to treatment via a new, centralized service for people or loved ones to call or text in order to connect to mental health and addiction treatment, circumventing the current tendency to call 911/police/hospital ED.  Read more here

NAMI Family Support Group for Parents of Adolescents: Teen to Adult Parent Support Group (TTAPS) for parents/caregivers of adolescents and transitional age youth struggling with emotional and mental health difficulties. Meets online on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm. Contact the facilitators at: ttapsgroup@gmail.com. See the flyer for more information here.

Common Signs of a Mental Health Conditionhere.

 

To navigate a mental health crisis:  call Emergency Mental Health Services 978-744-1585

24/7  365 days/year located at:  Suite 2150, Shetland Park Bldg. 2, 35 Congress St. Salem, MA.  The EMHS avoids the 'trauma' of a 911 police and ambulance call if there is no imminent danger of physical harm. 

In case of a scrape with the law related to a mental health condition, check out: Road Map Through the Criminal Justice System for people with mental health symptoms in Massachusetts here 

 

"Check out the NAMI's "Ask the Expert" for webinar information information on a variety of topics here

 

Check out In Our Own Voice webinars to learn about personal experiences coping with a mental health condition here.

 

Great Mental Health Webinar Library view here.

 

MGH Boston has many mental health patient and family resources view here.

 

Free MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID  training for 'non-professionals' here.

See Cambridge Health Alliance page here for other Boston area resources.

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From MA DHHS and DMH:  HandholdMA.org, a website for families concerned about their child's mental health here.

Links to information on mental health and social media: Dr. Lisa Coyne webinar here;  "Screenagers" here; "The Social Dilemma" documentary here. 
 

Discrimination and Racism in the History of Mental Health Care blog here.   

This information is attributed by the social justice committee of the Board of Mission and Outreach and/or regarding any questions, contact Jackie Cassiday at socialjustice@topsfieldchurch.org