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Hope Xchange Nonprofit Launches Hope for Mentally Ill, A New Mental Health Advocacy Program to Help Those Struggling Receive Proper Treatment and Care
Post by Kristin Molinaro, Mental Health Advocacy Program Coordinator for Hope for Mentally Ill, a new program by Hope Xchange Nonprofit.
When you're struggling to cope with a mental illness, it's often difficult to also advocate for yourself in what is becoming an increasingly uncaring world full of road blocks and red tape.
In my work, I have seen many mental health clients face hurdles -- at times insurmountable -- when trying to receive vital services that would impact both their lives and recovery in truly meaningful ways.
Hope Xchange gets it. We hear you. But we're also here to tell you that you are not in this alone.
We have launched a new mental health advocacy program and we are here to help.
Hope for Mentally Ill provides free advocacy services to those in need to help ensure they get the services and treatment they deserve. We also hope our advocacy efforts will contribute to ending the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Who Can Request an Advocate? Anyone Who Needs Help Or, In Some Cases, Social Justice.
Our program offers assistance to anybody who needs it whether it be an individual who is struggling with a mental illness and the "system," a parent with a child who is not receiving proper care and treatment, or a family member who is trying to assist someone get whatever it is he or she needs to ensure mental wellness and, in some cases, social justice.
Why Did I Volunteer To Be The Mental Health Coordinator of Our New Program?
When Kerry Martin, CEO and Founder of Hope Xchange, asked if I would like to be the Coordinator for this program, overseeing the volunteer advocate team her staff had recruited, I didn't have to think twice.
My answer was immediately YES! I'm the mental health advocacy coordinator for a very important reason, one that ignited my passion for advocacy.
It happened shortly after witnessing my bipolar, gay, and chemically addicted mother lose her struggle with bipolar and chemical dependency at the young age of 46.
My mom was never once offered help in filling out hundreds of pages of documents that would shape her future. Instead, she was scrutinized and looked down upon by the very people who were supposed to offer her aid and compassion.
While it is too late to bring back my beautiful mother, knowing that I can advocate for just one person and help make a difference in his/her life makes working with Hope Xchange worth every minute.
We all need help at some point in our lives. We want to be there for you.
We're not experts. We are a volunteer team of mental health advocates who all care very deeply about mental wellness, social justice, and ending the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Our advocates play a vital role in helping those who suffer with mental illness, whether they need help navigating the confusing world of paperwork, hunting down resources, making appointments, or facing other challenges as they arise.
We also help our youth with the challenges they and their parents face, such as finding affordable doctors, counselors, and therapists, as well as finding resources for issues such as bullying.
Working together, the mental health advocacy team at Hope Xchange will do our best to help you in your time of need.
Request An Advocate Today
Hope Xchange has intelligent, compassionate, and knowledgeable people waiting to help and to fight for you and what you deserve.
As a team, we can advocate for your needs, whether it's applying for SSDI, Section 8 housing and other benefits, finding a psychiatrist and/or a new doctor, and much more.
For more information about our program, to request free advocacy assistance, or to join us as a volunteer on our mental health advocacy team, please visit Hope for Mentally Ill.
Anything is possible when we work together for a better future for you and for our children.
ABOUT KRISTIN MOLINARO, OUR AMAZING MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY COORDINATOR