HopeWay strives to be seen as an educational leader and advocate in our community to increase understanding, awareness and acceptance of the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
Charlotte Organizations and Local Mental Health Support Groups
The following list is provided for our clients who may need additional services for continuum of care and/or for family members who need information and support.
AA Meetings in Charlotte, NC
Al-Anon and Alateen help friends and families of alcoholics.
Collegiate recovery is support for students in recovery from addiction seeking a degree in higher education. The Associate of Recovery in Higher Education is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs, communities, the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them. ARHE provides the education, resources, and community connection needed to help change the trajectory of recovering student's lives.
Started as a town initiative and led by citizens, Davidson Lifeline to address a devastating number of suicides and attempted suicides. The community, in partnership with CHS, CMS, MHA and others, banned together to try to eliminate barriers to mental health services. They offer education, events, and resources.
Hope After Suicide Loss
A peer facilitated support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide. Davidson LifeLine’s Jaletta Desmond was trained by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) as a peer facilitator. The Davidson group meets the second Thursday of every month throughout the year. A second group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Open to anyone (18+) who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. Contact Jaletta for registration and details at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text (980) 689-0136. No cost.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
EAPs are an employer-sponsored service designed to assist employees with personal or family problems, including mental health, substance abuse, various addictions, marital problems, emotional problems, or financial or legal concerns. EAP services are usually made available to both the employee and their spouse, children, and non-marital partner living in the same household. This article, by the American Psychiatric Association, gives a good overview of EAPs.
IDEA is a law that ensures eligible children with disabilities have the intervention and services necessary to be successful. For students who are preparing to go off to college, this article on the U.S. Department of Education website may be helpful.
Since 1933, MHA has been the voice of hope for persons affected by mental illness. Though the organization's name has changed over the years and coverage has widened to include Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties, our focus of advocacy and education has not altered. They have a mental health provider directory, workshops, and programs.
NAMI's mission is to protect the dignity of and improve the quality of life for individuals and their families living with the effects of severe and persistent mental health conditions through advocacy, education, and support. They have support groups, education, and a lot of resources such as a suggested reading list.
Founded in 1987, PFLAG Charlotte is an official chapter of PFLAG National - a national organization of parents, families, friends and allies united with LGBTQ people to advance equality and to promote a world that is safe and inclusive for LGBTQ family members and friends.
PRN was started in 2006 in Charlotte, NC as Mecklenburg's promise to embrace all people and create opportunities for wellness, healing, and transformation. PRN is a peer-run organization that employs people in recovery to partner with individuals, families, communities, and organizations to advance recovery from emotional distress, mental health and substance use challenges.
SSA provides assistance to people with disabilities and the benefits they may be entitled to.
Teen Health Connection is a healthcare practice that provides medical and mental health education services for adolescents ages 11 to 22. They are a medical home that offers comprehensive, integrated healthcare services delivered by a multidisciplinary team of adolescent specialists in a safe, family-centered environment.
This organization provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services to people with disabilities.
Have you, or someone you love, ever thought about suicide? Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Click HERE to read more about suicide prevention from HopeWay's Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Tom Gettelman.
Suicide can affect all of us and we encourage you to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of someone in need. Ask questions. Talk about it. Reach out and get help.
Here are some additional suicide prevention resources you may find helpful:
World Mental Health Day 2020
October 10, 2020 is World Mental Health Day.
In 2019, the theme was young people and mental health in a changing world. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that only 17% of the US population is functioning at optimal mental health.
- "How to Know When You Need a Mental Health Day"
- "8 Signs You Need to Take a Mental-Health Day Right Now"
- "World Mental Health Day: Lifestyle Changes to Boost Your Mood"
- And although this article is a year old, the content is still very relevant. "World Mental Health Day 2017: Illness in the Workplace is More Common Than You Might Think"
What's in the news?
It has been a very eventful year. And for many, very stressful. The American Psychological Association posted an article titled, "How to talk to children about difficult news." At the conclusion, there are additional resources that can help parents, teachers, and others who are working with children through a crisis.
- The Mighty recognizes 10 individuals who made an impact in the mental health community. "Help us Choose The Mighty's Mental Health Heroes of 2018". Or go directly to the form. Submissions close Dec 20th.
- "Beyond Awareness: Student-led Innovation in Campus Mental Health." This report showcases student-led programs that are filling gaps in traditional mental health services and supports on campuses across the country.
- "When College Students Feel Suicidal" - mental health professionals discuss the challenges that colleges face making the decision to send students home on a medical leave.
- "The Big Myth About Teenage Anxiety"
- "Getting Honest About Mental Health in The World of Tech Startups"
- "Mental Health Crisis for Grad Students"
- "The Stress Sweet Spot"
- "The Largest Health Disparity we don't Talk About"
- "Kids' Suicide-Related Hospital Visits Rise Sharply"
- "Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden"
- "Major depression on the rise among everyone, new data shows"
- "The top 10 mental health apps"
- "Depression & Anxiety: Millions of Teens Don't Get Help"
- "Suicides in Teen Girls Hit 40-Year High."
Social Media and Mental Health:
- "Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences"
- "Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built"
- "Kids at Risk: Too Much Time in Front of Screens?"
- "10 Reasons Why Today's Teenagers are so Anxious"
- "Facebook rolls out AI to detect suicidal posts before they're reported". To see the Facebook Help Center, click HERE.
- "Can Texting Save Lives?"
Celebrities Talking about Mental Health:
- "Lady Gaga opens up about mental health"
- "Taraji Henson Launches Foundation to Raise Awareness for Mental Health Issues in the Black Community"
- "Tyson Fury opens up on mental health struggles: 'I lost the urge to live'"
- "Kate Spade New York Advocating for Mental Health Awareness in a Truly Impactful Way"
- "Princess Kate launches mental health program for schools: 'My own commitment is to the youngest and most vulnerable'". Click HERE to go to the website.
- "Kevin Love discloses bouts with panic attacks and mental health: 'This is an everyone thing'". To read his letter, click HERE.
- "New campaign hopes to help young people struggling with mental health", here is the YouTube link to the Child Mind Institute and #MyYoungerSelf, and here is the link to the Child Mind Institute
- "Mariah Carey Opens Up About Bipolar Disorder"
- "Dwayne Johnson reveals battle with depression, mother's suicide attempt"
- "'You do contemplate suicide' - Michael Phelps opens up about his battle with depression." And here is a recent article from the Charlotte Observer.
- "LeAnn Rimes opens up about how meditation changed her 'whole outlook on life'" For other 10% Happier podcasts with Dan Harris, click HERE.
suicide costs the U.S. $69 billion annually
(American Foundation for
of college students reported feeling so depressed, it was difficult to function
(American College Health Association)
suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
(American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)