If you are in need of county case management services, call Lancaster County Behavioral Health and Development Services (BH/DS) at (717) 393-0421.

For additional information and resources regarding other local mental health services, contact Mental Health America Lancaster County at (717) 397-7461.

MHA also offers a free community lending library featuring books on a variety of mental health topics. Stop by our office to check out a book or browse our selection of titles online here.

For statistics and information about mental health, please check out this infographic created by Bradley University’s Online Master of Arts in Counseling Program: Mental Health Infographic

External Resources:

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Online Mental Health Counseling Degrees
This guide helps students understand the degree and provides education about counseling careers. It also explains the different options in obtaining a mental health counseling degree, along with an in-depth interview in the field, as well as degree information, career and salary information.

College Affordability Guide
Government-collected data is analyzed on 5,000+ colleges and universities in the US to find the ones that are both financially accessible for low-income students and have a track record of positive student outcomes. Their methodology is based on the idea that paying income-appropriate tuition, completing one’s studies, and being able to pay back one’s loans are the key factors of a worthwhile college experience.

Public Health Degrees
Public Health Degrees is dedicated to researching educational opportunities within public health to help make the decision to get your degree, go back to get your degree, or further your education with a master’s or doctoral degree in public health.

MPH Program Guide for 2017 and Beyond
MPH Program is the best guide for finding a Master of Public Health degree. When looking for an MPH program, make 100% sure it is accredited. The top accrediting board for MPH programs is the CEPH, or the Council on Education for Public Health.

Online Tutoring for Disabilities

The Best Scholarship Search Platforms of 2017

HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES

Positive Health Wellness
Whether you’re seeking healthy eating options, belly fat problems, trying to stick to a diet, struggling with eating healthy when you go out or dealing with the stress and depression which comes with losing weight Positive Health Wellness is always there to help you out.

10 Proven Benefits of Yoga for Your Kids
Yoga is an excellent way to borrow “my time,” and feel loved, alive, and free from technology invasion. As they say, logout, shutdown, and do yoga. Interestingly enough, a growing number of kids are embracing yoga in their lives.”

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Mental Health America (National Affiliate)
MHALC is the local affiliate of nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. 

Minority Mental Health (Mental Health America)
Mental health information for minority groups such as: Black and African America Communities; Latino/Hispanic Communities; Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities; Native America Communities; and LGBTQ Communities.

MentalHealth.gov
MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov aims to educate and guide the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, local communities.

The Sanctuary Model
The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture.

Fostering Resilience with Kenneth Ginsburg
Dr. Ginsburg’s work focuses on working with children to help them live up to core values and essential goodness, teaching resilience and confidence to help them thrive.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
A national leader in suicide prevention and awareness headquartered in New York. AFSP funds research, creates educational programs, advocates for public policy, and supports survivors of suicide loss.

College Guide For Students With Psychiatric Disabilities
BestColleges.com published a resource for high school seniors going to college and currently enrolled college students who struggle with mental illness. According to the website, this research was done by “examining instructional strategies, course accommodations, and other campus services designed to serve this population.”

Suicide Prevention in College
Affordable Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. This valuable resource guide on emergency assistance will help educate those to be able to learn the warning signs and prevention of suicide in college students.

Understanding Suicide Prevention
Read about the facts, signs, risk factors, and other resources that can help with understanding suicide prevention. Published by BestColleges.com.

OPEN MINDS
The mission of OPEN MINDS is to provide health and human service payers and provider organizations–and the organizations that serve them–with the market and management knowledge needed to improve their organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Moms’ Mental Health Matters
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Launched this new initiative to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the baby is born. Provided are free resources in English and Spanish, including an action plan, posters and a conversation starter postcard.

Recall Report
Recall Report is a leading online recall aggregator with emphasis on mental health and prescription drugs. Their dedicated and robust health section provides detailed information for various demographics, including men, women, seniors, children, students, veterans, homeless and more. They extensively cover a wide range of health conditions, including important topics like addiction, recovery and rehabilitation.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Chat (free and confidential)
* Or call 1-800-273-TALK(8255)

ADDICTION RESOURCES

AddictionGuide
Addiction affects people from all walks of life; friends, family, children, etc. Addiction Guide has the available resources and information where you can learn how to help someone you know, or a loved one, struggling with an addiction. Recovering can take years, depending on the individual. 

“Nobody intends to develop an addiction, but every time a drug is abused the dependence grows.”

AddictionCenter – Pennsylvania
AddictionCenter.com is a professional web guide that connects individuals struggling with addiction to treatment options. Over 20 million people in the United States have some sort of addiction, and an estimated one hundred people die from drug overdoses daily. Their goal is to provide families and communities with helpful information on substance abuse, addiction and recovery options.

Addiction Resource
Addiction Resource was created to help people struggling with substance abuse and to provide support to their loved ones. their goal is to make helpful and verifiable information available on substance abuse and addiction rehab and recovery as well as direct you to the best sources of help, including The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

No matter your age, background or occupation, addiction can become a problem to anyone in our communities. A straight-A student decides to try club drugs. A housewife enjoys a glass of wine on Friday nights. A business owner wants to share his best marijuana vaporizer with his friends after a long day. Addiction can begin innocently, and quickly overpower the best of people. Learn more about the different types of drug rehab programs, the differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment and find out more about rehabs in your area using our local rehabs locator.

Recovery Village
Recovery Village is an organization dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse and co-occuring disorders. It is their philosophy that all individuals with the desire and ability to seek treatment are provided with the highest quality care for an affordable cost. They also currently have locations in several states across the country.

Lumiere Healing Centers
Lumiere Healing Centers works with individuals and their loved ones throughout the treatment process utilizing evidenced-based addiction treatment to provide the latest techniques to help in the recovery process. They use a strength based approach to treatment to focus on positive strategies and to assist in making positive, lasting changes in the individual’s life.

DrugRehab
Their mission is to inform families and patients about the resources and tools to overcome addiction and live a lifelong recovery. Addiction is caused by a variety of factors, and mental health is common among people with substance abuse problems. 

Nearly six out of 10 addicts also suffer from a mental disorder such as ADHD, PTSD or schizophrenia. People who are addicted to drugs are twice as likely to suffer from a mood or anxiety disorder and vice versa, and roughly three quarters of addicts in rehab treatment also suffer from some sort of mental disorder. Furthermore, many drugs of abuse have qualities that can mimic the symptoms of mental illness and withdrawal side effects that are often diagnosed as mental illness.”

Here are some links to check out if you or someone you know is struggling: DepressionADHDPTSD

Webmd.com – Substance Abuse and Addiction
WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information. This particular resource includes: substance abuse causes and symptoms, when to seek help and where to go, the next steps, etc.

Elite Rehab Placement
Elite Rehab Placement is a no-cost, full service, drug and alcohol rehab assistance provider. Their mission is to help you, or a loved one, to find the right addiction treatment center for your specific needs. They work with several of the top rehab centers in the country and are able to deal with both them ,and your insurance provider on your behalf, to make sure that you’re placed in the best facility for your specific situation.

ADDICTION ARTICLES

Signs of Addiction and Drug Use

Tough Truths You Should Know About Addiction, Depression

Dual Diagnosis: The Relationship Between Anxiety and Addiction, and Overcoming Anxiety in Recovery

You Draw it: Just How Bad is the Drug Overdoes Epidemic?

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone and Should Protect Their Brains

Is Your Home an Accomplice for Your Rebellious Teen?

Are You Using Alcohol as a Crutch?

Home After Rehab: The Guide to Finding the Right

 

Community Recommended Resources

Our community has been doing a great job of engaging with us and recommending resources. This section is thanks to all of those who contact us hoping to help others.

Depression Resources

Students against depression
This is a worksheet that this organization developed that helps screen for depression.

Exercise and Recovery Resources

Help Guide
This article does a good job explaining how exercise can help you in your road to recovery.

The Benefits to mental health yoga has
This is a comprehensive guide that outlines why yoga is so helpful. Please take some time and read this website.

Exercise and Mental Health
Amazing website that goes into a lot of detail about exercise and mental health. Worth checking out.

Bipolar Resources

Depression and Bipolar support Alliance
This website is dedicated to helping you understand your diagnosis and what to do with that information.

Kid and Adolescent Resources for Parents

Everyday Health
Kids can have mental health problems too. It is not just adults. Please be wary of these warning signs.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

PsychAlive
A guide on how to take care of yourself if you ever feel suicidal. 

Disease and Mental Health

Cerebral Palsy
This website is a fantastic guide. Ranging from dealing with a cerebral palsy diagnosis to associated problems that some will experience. 

Mesothelioma
Just like the website directly above this website does a great job of looking at the mental health of a patient. As well as the physical health of the patient.