Mental Health Programs Strive to Aid Recovery and End the Stigma

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Phoenix House New York mental health services

There remains increased talk of depression and mental illness in the wake of Robin Williams’ untimely death. His tragedy leaves us with an opportunity to talk openly about depression, mental health, and support for those in need. More lives can be saved with this new awareness. Zelda Williams, Robin’s daughter, is urging others suffering from mental health problems to seek help. “Mental illness is often misunderstood and misrepresented, but that’s starting to change. Let’s end the stigma. Let’s stop the misconceptions & support those who need our help. Healing the whole starts with healing minds,” she wrote.

Julia Floyd-Ventura, Vice President, Director of Mental Health and Military Services Programs, and John Marino, Director of Mental Health Services/PROS of Phoenix House Brentwood Campus, work tirelessly to end the stigma, offering their clients a safe haven for recovery. Annually, our Mental Health Programs sponsor and participate in the New York National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk. They offered their thoughts on successful treatment and paying attention to warning signs of depression. “Depression is a disease, with nine out of ten families affected by a loved one with a mental health disorder,” Julia offered. “Family education is important as well to help others understand the severity of the affliction. Psychotropic medication doesn’t help on its own, interaction with a therapist is vital in treating co-occurring disorders.” Mood changes, sadness, listlessness, unkempt appearances, deteriorating personal habits and hygiene could be signs of decompensation or a cry for help.

In many instances, substance abuse and addiction go hand-in-hand with mental health issues, and Phoenix House Brentwood Campus‘ Mental Health Services Programs offer treatment designed specifically to meet this need. John discussed the issue of coping with depression and addiction within the family environment. “One of the most significant contributors to depression is addiction; over time, the client might feel unbearable pressure from family members, feel alienated, or suffer from low self-esteem. Residential treatment helps clients by taking them out of a bad environment and teaching them the skills to cope and recover with counseling and medication management. Successful treatment is tailored to the individual client, allowing them to work at their own pace.” Our programs also offer Family Education groups to help families understand the nature of addiction and learn their role in the recovery process. We offer both residential and outpatient programs for those in need. All programs use evidence-based practices delivered in safe, supportive settings that are licensed by the Office of Mental Health. Within our continuum of care, every client is treated with compassion, dignity, and respect. All services are delivered in a step-down fashion, diminishing in intensity as the client progresses through treatment.

Phoenix House Brentwood Campus‘ Brentwood Mental Health Community Residence Program provides restorative services to clients with mental health issues. We help clients return to the community capable of sustaining a healthy, independent lifestyle. Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS)/Foundation for Integrated Recovery Services and Treatment (FIRST) Program is a flexible, recovery-oriented outpatient mental health program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, most of whom also have substance abuse disorders. We offer a safe, supportive base in the community where clients can receive treatment services and engage in goal-oriented rehabilitation.

Find out more about the programs and services offered at Phoenix House, or call our toll-free number today: 1 888 671 9392.

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