Project Description

Mental Health America of Eastern Carolina believes we should treat mental health and substance use like we treat physical health disorders,  before they get to stage 4. MHAEC offers programs and services to help prevent mental health conditions, identify mental health conditions early, intervene with evidence based practices, integrate behavioral health care with physical care, and achieve recovery for citizens across Eastern Carolina. Find out more about our programs below.

Education for Community Providers

In addition to our annual conference, MHAEC hosts regional summits, workshops, and trainings for community doctors, therapists, case managers, nurses, educators, members of the clergy and faith based communities, and social workers.

CONFERENCES AND EDUCATION SUMMITS

These yearly events will help providers stay on top of the evolving landscape in mental health and substance use, and provide a forum for providers to share with their peers on how to best address these various challenges and more.  Exposing providers to new and innovating ways of thinking.  These events also give providers continuing education credits.

PHYSICIAN GUIDES

The purpose of the physician’s guide is to provide a reference regarding mental health and substance abuse to physicians in the community. It addresses any information that would be useful for physicians to have and provides other useful resources for them as well.

In order to support best practices in mental health and addictions services accurate an up-to-date information is required by family physicians who are frequently involved in assessment, support, and treatment of the issues.  Additionally, clinicians need to be able to direct affected individuals and families to credible and accurate sources of information geared to supporting self-management activities, in particular, such information is needed in regards to depression, anxiety disorder, early psychosis, and substance abuse use disorder. In view of the large burden of disease associated with these issues.

COLLABORATIVE BREAKFASTS

The MHAEC monthly breakfast meetings are held to allow providers network, promote programs their organization, and discuss different resources that can be found in the community to help give better care to our patients in the community.  It also allows MHAEC the opportunity to stay connected through advocacy, education and communication of the latest information in the mental health and substance abuse resources and screening processes available.

Community Outreach Programs

MHAEC hosts community events, and works to promote information and outreach throughout Eastern Carolina. The focus of our community outreach is awareness, engagement and education of community members.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Mental Health America of Eastern Carolina hosts a multitude of community events promoting wellness and recovery. A full list of upcoming events can be found on our events page here.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Support groups are a vital part of both recovery and healing, for patients and caregivers alike. The support group list located on MHAEC’s website serves as a convenient resource to community members who are looking to join a particular support group. The location, date, time, and meeting type are all included to provide as much information to prospective group members as possible.

Members with the same struggles can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered, and to create a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others’ experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks.  A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy.

Peer Navigation Services

In addition to having peers throughout the region, helping persons access care, MHAEC also hosts peer credentialing, training, and is a testing site for the MHA National Peer Support Specialist designation.

The peer navigator program for Mental Health America of Eastern Carolina is put in place to help keep patients out of hospitals, jails and emergency departments. These navigators form bonds to help the patient’s overall wellness that goes beyond referral to an office. The peer navigator can also help patients access more opportunities than just treatment, such as support groups, housing, shelter, food resources, legal support, travel resources, connecting to jobs, travel resources, medication assistance, therapy, etc.

For more information, or to make a referral to the Peer Navigator Program, please use the form below.

Criminal Justice Intervention

The intersection of mental health and incarceration effects so many of those dear to our heart. MHAEC works with local law enforcement agencies to promote diversion, treatment, and support for those facing mental health concerns and who are also criminally justice involved.

PEER NAVIGATION SERVICES

The peer navigator program for Mental Health America of Eastern Carolina is put in place to help keep patients out of hospitals, jails and emergency departments.  These navigators form bonds to help the patient’s overall wellness that goes beyond referral to an office.  The peer navigator can also help patients access more opportunities than just treatment, such as support groups, housing, shelter, food resources, legal support, travel resources, connecting to jobs, travel resources, medication assistance, therapy, etc.

DETENTION CENTER SUPPORT

MHAEC partners with the Pitt County Criminal Justice System to help reduce the number of individuals with mental illness being incarcerated.  The Stepping Up Initiative has been put in effect to help these individuals when they exit the jail system, helping them return into the general public and seek treatment, obtaining and sustaining jobs, or continuing education to prevent them from returning back into the jail system.  The goal of this initiative is to prevent repeated visits to the jail system of individuals suffering from mental illness.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR THOSE IN NEED

Community resources are designed for those in need of mental health and wellness to improve awareness of mental health issues, intellectual disability, crisis and substance use and to increase access to mental health services.  MHAEC makes referrals to local providers offering individual, group, and couples therapy, psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring, psychological assessment, and making referrals to program and other various community resources when appropriate.  MHAEC partners with service agencies and individuals providing such resources as counseling services for individuals, couples or families experiencing a variety of difficulties and concerns in their lives, including anxiety, depression, child developmental or behavioral problems, job-related stress, family conflict or crisis and illness to live a healthy lifestyle.

Educational Materials

Getting information into the hands of community members is important at MHAEC. We offer a variety of print and digital materials for distribution. Additionally, we co-brand products for a small fee for organizations looking to offer similar supports in the community.

PUBLIC POLICY STATEMENT

MHAEC is working hard on behalf of the public to educate policymakers about mental health illnesses and substance use and the need to create more and better treatments, support research, and improve policies related to reimbursement for mental health care. Our efforts include collaborating with vitally important advocacy groups and our committees and boards consist of some of the most vocal and influential advocates for change.

MHAEC is successfully using our position to create more effective public education and awareness through honored and trusted media outlets, community voices, advocacy resources and screenings. We are increasing our presence on the worldwide web and in popular social networking programs to reach a broader audience. Our goal is to help shape future public policy to better support individuals affected by mental health illnesses and substance use.

EDUCATION MATERIALS 

Rack Cards

Rack cards are to be used collectively to provide basic information on various mental health topics, such as underage drinking or eating disorders, to youth in Eastern NC schools. Each card has a brief overview regarding the topic of that card and some contain additional information such as “how we can prevent binge drinking”.  By use of these cards we can generate and target a general understanding of the specific health topic a youth is seeking and guide them to screening tools and chat centers.

Mental Health by the Numbers

Mental health by the numbers is an infographic representing the prevalence and impact of various mental health concerns in North Carolina. The purpose of the infographic is to inform others of information they might have not previously known about; a visual presentation of information in the form of a chart, graph, or other image accompanied by minimal text, intended to give an easily understood overview, often of a complex subject, such as the various mental health conditions. We anticipate by use of these infographics it increases awareness in the community.

Online Screening Tools

Since its inception in May 2014, MHA has collected over 1.5 Million screens. Today, MHA collects around 3,000 screenings daily. After completing their screening, individuals receive immediate results, education, resources and linkage to local offices.

 

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