To this end, mental health services exist on a continuum that ranges from outpatient treatment (office visit) to home-based treatment to inpatient treatment (hospitalization), all of which can be augmented by a variety of tools like psychological evaluations and psychotropic medication. But getting these services may require some know how. It can start a couple of ways, either by calling your local mental health center or consulting with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or pediatrician. There are some circumstances where a history of mental health ‘events’ may necessitate consultation with a dedicated court Magistrate in order for services to be rendered. Other resources that may be useful are The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and if you reside in the Northern Virginia area, you can contact Group Therapy Associates for a consultation.
It’s important to know that whether you’re the individual or a bystander, if you’re not sure, consult. Second, you’re not alone. Third, muster the strength to seek help and support. Fourth, if you’re not personally diagnosed, try not to judge those that are afflicted and exercise compassion. And lastly, mental illness is here, so early access, intervention and follow up is key.
Llouana Harper, LPC, NCC
Group Therapy Associates