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Resources for Family & Friends

You are Not Alone

When someone you care about begins exhibiting concerning behavioral changes, it can be confusing and stressful. You may not know where to turn or may feel you don’t have the right skills to help, even with those people closest to you. Here are some helpful links to organizations that offer family support. Not all may be relevant for all family members.

Family Resources

HeadsUp Animated “What is Psychosis Video”

A simple, short educational video to use and share.

"What is Psychosis?" Video

HeadsUp Animated Video “What is Coordinated Specialty Care?”

A brief educational video from HeadsUp about Coordinated Specialty Care which is the type of care someone receives at a Pennsylvania First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Center.  It is available for use to help spread information about psychosis to those who may need support.

What is Coordinated Specialty Care?

HeadsUp Early Psychosis Family Pamphlet

A guide for caregivers who may be supporting someone experiencing early psychosis

Family Pamphlet

Navigating a Mental Health Crisis Insert

Navigating a Crisis Insert

NAMI Keystone

“NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is a 501(c)(3) grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and families affected by mental illness through recovery-focused support, education, and advocacy.”

 

NAMI Keystone

Schizophrenia and Psychosis Action Alliance

“A Global Impact Organization Moving Individuals, Families, and Policies Forward to Improve and Save Lives; leading a movement to improve care, support, and equity for the millions of people living with these conditions.”

Schizophrenia and Psychosis Action Alliance

RAISE Resources for Patients and Families

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) list of resources to assist in increasing understanding of diagnoses, symptoms, treatment options, and strategies for living with psychosis.

RAISE Resources for Patients and Families

Voice Collective

“A UK-wide, London-based project that supports children and young people up to 25 years old who hear voices, see visions, have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs. Offers support for parents/families, and training for youth workers, social workers, mental health professionals and other supporters.  Funded by BBC Children In Need and the John Lyon’s Charity.”

Voice Collective

Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA)

EASA provides information and support to young people experiencing symptoms of psychosis for the first time.

EASA

Living Well with Schizophrenia

“This is a channel dedicated to increasing knowledge around schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and mental illness. These videos are intended to be a resource for people with the diagnosis, their loved ones, and for people who just want to learn more about the illness.”

Living Well with Schizophrenia

Families for Depression Awareness

“Helps families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides. Offers education, training, and support to unite families and help them heal while coping with mood disorders.”

Families for Depression Awareness

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

“Offers peer-based, wellness-oriented support and empowering services and resources available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, their chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.”

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Minding your Mind

“Dedicated to ending stigma and destructive behaviors associated with mental health issues, moving away from a crisis-based response to prevention through education. We use the power of storytelling to provide evidence-based education on mental health challenges to our audiences. Our inspiring programs create safe communication spaces to discuss signs and symptoms often associated with mental health challenges and how to address them.”

Minding your Mind

A Sibling’s Guide to Psychosis

A guide intended to provide information and support to teens and young adults who have a sibling experiencing psychosis.

Sibling's Guide to Psychosis

Caregiver Action Network

“Working with family members of people affected by mental health concerns, offering a Blueprint – a guide for families of a loved one with mental health issues.”

Caregiver Action Network

Emotions Anonymous

“The EA membership is composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic statuses, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally”

Emotions Anonymous

PFLAG

“PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With nearly 400 chapters and 250,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.”

PFLAG

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

“The leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues. Serving customers across the United States and around the world for more than 35 years, JAN provides free one-on-one practical guidance and technical assistance on job accommodation solutions, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities.”

Job Accommodation Network