"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.
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.
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.
Dr. Matthew Siegel, Maine Behavioral Healthcare Vice President of Medical Affairs, Autism and Developmental Disorders Service and clinical researcher, is a first author of a new national practice guideline on the psychiatric care of children with Intellectual Disability.