When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start way before Stage 4. We begin with prevention. This is what we should be doing when people have serious mental illnesses. When they first begin to experience symptoms such as loss of sleep, feeling tired for no reason, feeling low or anxious, or hearing voices, we should act. These early symptoms might not ever become serious. It typically takes ten years from the time they first appear until someone gets a correct diagnosis and proper treatment. By ignoring the symptoms, we lose ten years in which we could intervene in order to change people’s lives for the better. We offer choices and support for recovery including clinical services, drugs, peer support, counseling, family support and other therapies to help manage thoughts and emotions.

Intervening as early as possible preserves education, employment, social supports, housing and brain power! Our providers are conscious to the relationship between mental health and body health. We understand that fifty percent of all adults will struggle with a mental health problem at some point in their life. For those that feel ambivalence about addressing concerns with a provider, Mental Health America has provided a tool to help. Visit the website and fill out the worksheet Your Mind and Your Body: Talking to Your Doctor About Mental Health.

Our services are provided at no charge to the underserved. The clinic welcomes everyone and if we are unable to serve you we will do our best to help you find resources.