Resources for Family and Friends
You're not alone!
"Families are the shadow mental health system in America, unheralded and unsung..." ~ Dr. Joyce Burland
We understand the challenges faced by family members and friends who have a loved one with mental illness. They must learn to support someone they no longer know and understand an illness they know little about. In this way, family members are often relied upon to be caregivers, researchers, navigators and advocates for their loved one. We recognize the value of family members in the treatment process. Here are some useful resources to help guide you.
An online resource for those who are providing support to a loved one or friend who has mental illness.
One-stop access to mental health information
Maine Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Support groups, discussion groups, a Family-to-Family course, peer education, advocacy and more
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Fact sheets on a variety of mental health topics
Consumer Council System of Maine
A Voice for Consumers of Mental Health Services
National Institute of Mental Health
Helpful Publications from NIMH
Treatment Advocacy Center
Dedicated to eliminating barriers to the effective treatment of mental illness
National Association of School Psychologists
Resources for Families on Home, School, Behavior, Anxiety, Mental Health, etc.
The Lunder Family Alliance at Spring Harbor Hospital is a unique program aimed at the needs of young adult patients. The program includes Support for Families and education to help prepare a family member to support a loved one upon discharge to the home.
Visiting a loved one at Spring Harbor Hospital
Our helpful staff will make you and your loved one feel welcome. You may have questions about what to bring and what to expect upon entering the hospital.
Please use this link to learn more.