Mental illness is one of the most serious health problems our nation faces, affecting more than 20 percent of the population. Used to describe a group of disorders that cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating, mental illness encompasses a range of disorders which cause people to have difficulty coping with the normal demands of life. People of every age, race, sex, religion and socioeconomic status are affected by mental illness.

Unfortunately, persons with mental disabilities are often misunderstood and their suffering is compounded by guilt and embarrassment. Current research is helping us to understand that mental illness, like other diseases, has specific symptoms and treatments. By receiving proper treatment and emotional support, many individuals can learn to successfully manage their illness and lead enriched and rewarding lives.

People with mental illnesses still face great stigma and discrimination. The importance of mental health promotion is under recognized, and insurance providers often do not provide parity for mental health treatment. In the United States alone, mental illness is the second leading cause of disability, and mental disorders affect one in five Americans, according to the first-ever Surgeon General's report on mental health, released in December 1999.

Below are some links to various mental heath organizaions.

PIE On-Line
  CentraLink   Dr. Bob's Mental Health Links
Mental Health Source Mental Health Net Psychiatric Services Magazine
Dual Diagnosis Website Three Rivers Free-net The Association for Retarded Citizens
Dual Diagnosis Pages WPIC Montrose Training and Consultation
Recovery, Inc. 12 Step Cybercafe The Center for Behavioral Health
Learning Fundamentals Start-Rite, Inc. Amby's Pittsburgh Employment Links
   
 

The mission of Residential Care Services, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life for persons in mental health recovery by providing individualized community-based support while promoting dignity, health and wellness.

 

 

Providing Housing and Support Services for Persons with Special Needs.

Residential Care Services is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Private donations are accepted and used for activities and special needs of the individual.

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