Staying Mentally Fit in Cleveland

To close out Mental Health Month, Cleveland Vibes has partnered with Rita Abdallah to bring you a list of mental health resources you can access here in Cleveland. We believe wholeheartedly that in order to thrive in Cleveland, we must prioritize our mental health and not be afraid to take action – reaching out for help when necessary. To those struggling: we support you and hope to help make Cleveland a place where you never have to be ashamed for the hidden weight you carry each day. We see you and we are with you.

Does hope reign supreme in Cleveland? Absolutely.

Cleveland has a great range of mental health resources to help you and your loved ones. Whether you’re experiencing mental health challenges, caring for someone with mental illness or want to stay mentally fit, here are 10 great resources to explore in our hope-forward city.

ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County. If you’re unsure about your mental health status, the ADAMHS Board can walk you through a brief online screening process that is anonymous and confidential. Aside from this handy tool, the ADAMHS Board’s website has a ton of resources on addiction, the Opioid Epidemic, gambling and the Cuyahoga County Prescription Drug Drop-off Program. By the way, here’s a link to find a drop-off site near you,  www.rxdrugdropbox.org.

Center for Evidence-Based Treatment. A group of mental health professionals focused on research to create therapeutic successes. They specialize in treating stress management, body Image and self-esteem, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders and combination disorders.

Cornerstone of Hope. From preschool-aged children to adults, Cornerstone of Hope assists grieving families by guiding them through the bereavement process.

Courage to Caregivers. In its second year, Courage to Caregivers has made a big impact on the Cleveland community. Solely focused on mental health caregivers, this organization loves to empower people through One-to-One Support, Breathing and Meditation classes and Support Groups co-facilitated by both a counselor or social worker as well as a trained peer specialists.

FrontLine Service. No one wants to find themselves in the middle of a mental health crisis. When that unfortunate moment happens, turn to FrontLine Service for help. Their 24/7 Crisis Hotline 216.623.6888 and live chat with emotional support for anyone who is depressed, despairing, thinking about suicide or in need of shelter.

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. A safe and caring place for LGBT, this organization has specific health and wellness programs for youth, adults, seniors and veterans.

NAMI Greater Cleveland. NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness. They offer a variety of resources like support groups, wellness courses and multicultural outreach program for individuals with mental illness and their families members.

Neighborhood Family Practice. For existing patients, NFP’s behavioral health team offers talk therapy services for existing pediatric, adolescent and adult patients. Psychiatry services (which use medication to help treat people) are available as well. NFP provides discounts to eligible patients.

The Gathering Place. Managing a chronic illness like cancer can take a big emotional toll. The Gathering Place, a Cleveland landmark for over 20 years, has been great resource that addresses the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of individuals and families currently coping with the impact of cancer in their lives.  

The Nord Center. For Lorain County residents, Nord provides much needed mental health and behavioral services including outpatient counseling; sexual assault / rape crisis services; drug and alcohol addiction; dual diagnosis (substance abuse and mental illness); psychiatry and medication management; employment and vocational services; supportive housing as well as homelessness prevention. They also offer culturally-specific services to bilingual and African-American consumers.

Okay, so these next two resources are not Cleveland-specific… they are useful if you want to find a professional for private appointments and/or learn more about mental health:

Psychology Today. This website contains a wealth of information on mental health including a really sophisticated search engine to find a therapist based on your preferences. You can scroll through profiles of professionals to see if they accept your insurance type. It’s important you find someone who is the right fit for you. Don’t hesitate to ask a potential therapist for a free consult before scheduling an appointment.

TedTalks. For those of you getting started on your mental wellness journey or want to learn more on how to help someone challenged by mental issues, there is a series of TEDTalks (or educational videos) devoted to these topics.

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Rita Abdallah, LISW-S, LCSW-C, ACSW is a national speaker, intuitive, blogger, and award-winning wellness coach. She is an authority on the topics of happiness, cancer survivorship, work-life balance, self-care, and conquering stress. Say hello to Rita on Instagram or visit her website www.ritaabdallah.com.

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