Resources for Family and Friends

You're not alone!

"Families are the shadow mental health system in America, unheralded and unsung..." ~ Dr. Joyce Burland

We understand the challenges faced by family members and friends who have a loved one with mental illness.  They must learn to support someone they no longer know and understand an illness they know little about. In this way, family members are often relied upon to be caregivers, researchers, navigators and advocates for their loved one. We recognize the value of family members in the treatment process. Here are some useful resources to help guide you.

Understanding Mental Illness

Whether your loved one is experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD or other mental illness, it helps to understand what mental illness is all about.

About Mental Illness

Community Resources for Families

Family Hope
An online resource for those who are providing support to a loved one or friend who has mental illness.

MentalHealth.org
One-stop access to mental health information

Maine Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Support groups, discussion groups, a Family-to-Family course, peer education, advocacy and more

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Fact sheets on a variety of mental health topics

Consumer Council System of Maine
A Voice for Consumers of Mental Health Services

Parents Med Guide

National Institute of Mental Health
Helpful Publications from NIMH

Treatment Advocacy Center
Dedicated to eliminating barriers to the effective treatment of mental illness

National Association of School Psychologists
Resources for Families on Home, School, Behavior, Anxiety, Mental Health, etc.

Bipolar Disorder Magazine

How Do I Request a Record?

If you are helping a loved one and need to request records from us, we want to make it easy.

Record Requests

Employment Support and Family Education with the Lunder Family Alliance

The Lunder Family Alliance at Spring Harbor Hospital is a unique program aimed at the needs of young adult patients. The program includes Support for Families and education to help prepare a family member to support a loved one upon discharge to the home.

 

 

What to expect when visiting Spring Harbor Hospital

Visiting a loved one at Spring Harbor Hospital

Our helpful staff will make you and your loved one feel welcome. You may have questions about what to bring and what to expect upon entering the hospital.

Please use this link to learn more.

 

Current Research

As part of the Center for Psychiatric Research at Maine Medical Center, many of our doctors conduct groundbreaking research. If you're curious about the most recent research in mental health topics, the Center is a great resource.

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