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When your mental health is off, you want to get help to make it better. Fortunately, there are a wide range of treatments and supports available in Middle Tennessee. Unfortunately, they can sometimes be hard to find or pay for. At MHAMT we’re here to help and point you in the right direction for information and services related to mental health and wellness issues.

 

Free Screenings

These links to free screenings are anonymous. You may take these screenings to determine if more help is needed or to compare your progress since taking the previous screening:

Click HERE for our Main Screening Help Page

Additional Screening Tools:

Mental Health Screening Tools

Online Screening Locator

Dementia/Alzheimer’s Screening

 

 

 

Crisis Hotlines

If you or a loved one are in crisis and need immediate behavioral health services, please access these resources:

For life threatening emergencies, Dial 9-1-1

Mobile Crisis is available to come to you: http://tn.gov/mental/recovery/crisis_serv.shtml

Suicide Prevention LifeLine: 800-273-8255

 

What is mental illness?

A mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines.

There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Some of the more common disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal.

Mental health problems may be related to excessive stress due to a particular situation or series of events. As with cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental illnesses are often physical as well as emotional and psychological. Mental illnesses may be caused by a reaction to environmental stresses, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances, or a combination of these. With proper care and treatment many individuals learn to cope or recover from a mental illness or emotional disorder.

If you think you or someone you know may have a mental or emotional problem, it is important to remember there is hope and help. There are a number of support groups available as well as public programs to educate others on mental illness and how they can make a difference. You can also contact the Mental Health Assistance Center for additional help.

Recognizing the Warning Signs
Most people believe that mental disorders are rare and “happen to someone else.” In fact, mental disorders are common and widespread. An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year. Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness. It can be physically and emotionally trying, and can make us feel vulnerable to the opinions and judgments of others.

Accept Your Feelings
Despite the different symptoms and types of mental illnesses, many families who have a loved one with mental illness, share similar experiences. You may find yourself denying the warning signs, worrying what other people will think because of the stigma, or wondering what caused your loved one to become ill. Accept that these feelings are normal and common among families going through similar situations. Find out all you can about your loved one’s illness by reading and talking with mental health professionals. Share what you have learned with others.

Address Unusual Behavior
The outward signs of a mental illness are often behavioral. Individuals may be extremely quiet or withdrawn. Conversely, he or she may burst into tears or have outbursts of anger. Even after treatment has started, individuals with a mental illness can exhibit antisocial behaviors. When in public, these behaviors can be disruptive and difficult to accept.

The next time you and your family member visit your doctor or mental health professional, discuss these behaviors and develop a strategy for coping.

Seek Counseling
Therapy can be beneficial for both the individual with mental illness and other family members. A mental health professional can suggest ways to cope and better understand your loved one’s illness. When looking for a therapist, be patient and talk to a few professionals so you can choose the person that is right for you and your family. It may take time until you are comfortable, but in the long run you will be glad you sought help.

Establish a Support Network
Whenever possible, seek support from friends and family members. If you feel you cannot discuss your situation with friends or other family members, find a self-help or support group. These groups provide an opportunity for you to talk to other people who are experiencing the same type of problems. They can listen and offer valuable advice.

Taking Time Out
It is common for the person with the mental illness to become the focus of family life. When this happens, other members of the family may feel ignored or resentful. Some may find it difficult to pursue their own interests. If you are the caregiver, you need some time for yourself. Schedule time away to prevent becoming frustrated or angry. If you schedule time for yourself it will help you to keep things in perspective and you may have more patience and compassion for coping or helping your loved one. Only when you are physically and emotionally healthy can you help others.

Many families who have a loved one with mental illness share similar experiences.

It is important to remember that there is hope for recovery, and that with treatment many people with mental illness return to a productive and fulfilling life.

 

Resources

Call us at (615) 269-5355 for information on local hospitals, community mental health centers, physicians, and other providers. We are glad to help make a referral based on your needs.

Mental Health America (national organization)

Find a Middle Tennessee Therapist

Vanderbilt Disability Pathfinder – Tennessee Resources

Resources for Addictions (Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling): 1-800-889-9789

Dial 2-1-1 from your phone for United Way resources and assistance

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

National Alliance of the Mentally Ill

Tennessee Dept of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Tennessee Mental Health Consumers Association

Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Freedom from Fear

Kid Central (Tennessee)

National Institute on Mental Health

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

My Medicare Matters

www.mentalhealth.com

www.mhsource.com

Call us at (615) 269-5355 for information on local hospitals, community mental health centers, physicians, and other providers. We are glad to help make a referral based on your needs.

 

Support

Alzheimer’s Support Groups are available for caregivers of persons with dementia and for those recently diagnosed. These support groups are unique because they are led by a professional facilitator, or we have a listing of other volunteer-led support groups. Our staff-led group currently meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 10:00 -11:30am at Calvary United Methodist Church in Green Hills and at other various locations. Please call before attending: (615) 269-5355. Also call us about other Alzheimer’s support groups in Middle Tennessee at (615) 269-5355.

Survivors of Suicide (SOS) is a support group for those left behind after someone dies by suicide.  Many are grieving family members with unanswered questions.  Visit this TSPN page http://tspn.org/for-survivors and call TSPN at (615) 297-1077 for a listing of SOS groups.

Mental Health Support Groups are available through many other agencies and MHAMT friends.  Call us about ongoing classes and support groups at (615) 269-5355.

 

 

Find a Therapist/Counselor

Counseling or Outpatient Therapy is typically provided by a licensed counselor, social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, or similar behavioral health professional (see Mental Health 101 for a description of these professions).

If you have insurance, call the number on the back of your insurance card for a listing on nearby therapists who accept your insurance.

Give MHAMT a call at (615) 269-5355 and allow us the opportunity to help you find a therapist near you, or you can use this online directory to find a therapist in Middle Tennessee.

 

Working Effectively with Mental Health Interpreters

(Short Preview)

This video is a short preview of an hour long training to train interpreters and service providers on how to work with patients who don’t speak English. The idea was to create a “Ted” like talk to engage and help. Thanks for watching!

Features:
Tom Starling, Ed.D., President/CEO of MHAMT
Johannie Resto, Medical Interpreter Trainer
Khadra M Yusur, Community Navigator/CRIT Interpretation Coordinator
Donicé R. Kaufman, Outreach Specialist, Sprint Tennessee Relay Service