Mercy Street's P85 Support Group
P85 Group: Spiritual and community support for anyone living with mental illness. The name P85 comes from Psalm 85.10: Mercy and Love and Faithfulness meet in the street. Right Living and Peace embrace and kiss!

Who’s it for: Any person living with mental illness in any of its many and varied expressions. Any friend or family member who loves someone living with mental illness. All who have a desire to be supported in their spiritual journey, particularly as we journey through the challenges of our mental health.

When: Saturday nights, 7-8 p.m. following Mercy Street. Childcare provided for people attending Mercy Street – pick up children at 7:55.

Where: Fireside Room at Chapelwood UMC at 11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024

Facilitators: Betsy Hammer and Betsie McClimans know first hand what it’s like to live with mental illness. Betsie McClimans is Mercy Street’s director of community care. Betsie Hammer is a psychiatric nurse at Menninger Clinic and holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Contact Betsie@mercystreet.org for more information.  


Suicide Hotlines
Crisis Intervention Houston: 713-HOTLINE (468-5463)
Naitonal Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
www.samhsa.gov
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Green River Wellness
www.greenriverwellness.com
Services: Comprehensive Holistic Psychosocial Assessment, Intensive Reintegration Program, Prompt Outpatient Follow-up, Provider Collaboration, Case Management, Referrals, etc...

National Institute of Mental Health
www.nimh.nih.gov
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.  For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.

Mental Health America
www.mentalhealthamerica.net
Mental Health America, founded in 1909, is the nation’s leading community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.

American Psychological Association
www.apa.org
The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – Support Groups Houston
www.dbsahouston.org
All groups are 1.5 hours, free, and confidential. We hope you are able to find a group that meets your specific needs as they relate to depression or bipolar disorder.

Crisis Intervention Houston
www.crisishotline.org
Crisis Intervention of Houston, Inc. (CIH) is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization with the sole mission to help people in crisis. They operate free, confidential, anonymous hotlines, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as, numerous programs and services including Survivors of Suicide support groups, a teen internet chat service, teen texting program, a youth outreach program to prevent bullying and peer harassment, suicide prevention/intervention education and on-site crisis response teams.

Schizophrenia And Related Disorders Alliance Of America (SARDAA)
www.sardaa.org
Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America promotes improvement in the lives of people with schizophrenia-related illnesses and their families by providing support, hope, and awareness so that early diagnosis, treatment, and community services increase recovery.

Quotes On Mental Health and Mental Illness - Healthy Place
www.healthyplace.com
These quotes on mental health, quotes on mental illness are insightful and inspirational. The beautiful images for these mental health quotes provide an emotional backdrop. Feel free to share them on your website, blog, or social profile page.

Mental Health Channel
www.MentalHealthChannel.tv
It’s a channel like you’d see on cable, but on the web—created to raise awareness and help every viewer realize the benefits of improved mental health.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
www.nami.org
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

NAMI Houston
www.nami.org
NAMI Greater Houston

The Balanced Mind Parent Network – Family Support
www.thebalancedmind.org
The Balanced Mind Parent Network (BMPN), a program of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.


Support Groups
Tuesdays 7PM - Chapelwood UMC Fellowship Hall, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, 77024  - Depression Recovery
Saturdays, 7PM - Chapelwood UMC Fellowship Hall, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, 77024  - P85
1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7PM - Cypress Bible Church, 11711 Cypress N. Houston, Cypress, 77429
    Jane Easterwood...(281) 376-8735, janeeasterwood@aol.com
2nd Thursday, 7PM - Seven Acres Jewish Senior Services, 6200 N. Braeswood, Houston, 77074
    Margaret Gallagher...(713) 726-9320, margi1@att.net
1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7PM -  Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, 17503 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77058
    Patsy Crum...(281) 471-3123, patsy_crum@yahoo.com
1st & 3rd Sunday, 4PM - St. Peter's United Methodist, 70775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, 77450
    Pat or Leon Alderfer...(713) 467-3764, lpalderfer@comcast.net
2nd & 4th Sunday, 7PM - Pines Presbyterian Church, 12751 Kimberly, Houston, 77024 
    Vi Napolitano...(281) 893-2493, philnapolitano@yahoo.com
2nd & 4th Thursday, 7PM - St. Laurence Catholic Church, 3103 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479 
    Doris Osei...(281) 494-5193, dma2852@ymail.com
2nd Tuesday, 7PM -  St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St, Houston, TX 77004 
    Phil & Lesley Blackburn 832-367-4943, lesley.blackburn@invesco.com
1st Tuesday, 7PM - Tomball Community Center, 221 Market St., Tomball, 77375
    Lana Hand...(281) 376-5368, fehandjr@msn.com
2nd & 4th Sunday 3PM - Bridgepoint Bible Church 13277 Katy Freeway, Houston, 77007
    Pat or Leon Alderfer...(713) 467-3764, lpalderfer@comcast.net
segundo y cuarto martes 7PM - Comunidad Catolica St. Cecilia 11720 Joan of Arc, Houston, 77024 
    Dora Pozzi...(713) 772-5688, dcpozzi@central.uh.edu
3rd Thursday 9AM - Ninfa Laurenzo ECC 205 N. Delmar St., Houston, 77011
    Sergio Aguirre...(832) 265-8402, saguirre.nami_hou@yahoo.com
3rd Thursday 6PM - Iglesia Cristiana Verbo Divino 2107 Allen Genoa, Pasadena, 77502 
    Sergio Aguirre...(832) 265-8402, saguirre.nami_hou@yahoo.com
Every Thursday 7PM - First United Methodist Church, 800 East Main St., Humble, 77338
    Finis Hay...(281) 684-8322, finishay@yahoo.com
2nd & 4th Wednesday, 7PM West Houston Community Center, 725 Bateswood, Houston, 77079 
   Vi Napolitano...(281) 893-2493, philnapolitano@yahoo.com
Every Wednesday 6:30PM, New Testament Outreach Clarence, 9006 Scott Street, Houston, Texas 77004
    Ewing...(832)205-3768 / Anu Chatufale  (713) 562-7630


Mental Health Facts

One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans−experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.

Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent.

Approximately 1.1 percent of American adults— about 2.4 million people—live with schizophrenia.

Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults−6.1 million people−live with bipolar disorder.

Approximately 6.7 percent of American adults−about 14.8 million people−live with major depression.

Approximately 18.1 percent of American adults−about 42 million people−live with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias.

About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.8

Approximately 26 percent of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46 percent live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

Approximately 20 percent of state prisoners and 21 percent of local jail prisoners have “a recent history” of a mental health condition.

70 percent of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20 percent live with a severe mental illness.

Approximately 60 percent of adults, and almost one-half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no mental health services in the previous year.

African American and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about one-half the rate of whites in the past year and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.

One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by age 24.Despite effective treatment, there are long delays−sometimes decades−between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.

Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.

Mood disorders such as depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults ages 18 to 44.

Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions. Adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to treatable medical conditions.

Over 50 percent of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older who are served by special education drop out−the highest dropout rate of any disability group.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. (more common than homicide) and the third leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24 years. More than 90 percent of those who die by suicide had one or more mental disorders.

Although military members comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent 20 percent of suicides nationally. Each day, about 22 veterans die from suicide.25

More info here: http://www.nami.org/factsheets/mentalillness_factsheet.pdf