Community Needs : Family Support Services, Mental Health
Many people who struggle with mental illness have their first episode in their teens. The negative impacts are not limited to the young person. The entire family is affected by stigma, isolation, and feelings of hopelessness and despair. In response to requests from families and other agencies, the Mental Wellness Center will set up peer-to-peer support groups to help mothers and family members deal with the social and clinical obstacles they face in their first few months of living with mental illness. Mental Wellness Center will model the new support groups on its established family programs and expects to serve 125-150 clients in the first year. This grant pays for a one-year staff position to develop the program, recruit and train volunteers, and conduct marketing and community outreach. After the first year, the program will be run by volunteers and will be self-sustaining.