When you or a loved one lives with a mental illness, it’s important that you have access to resources that can help. The mental health resources found here can help you:
- Learn more about mental illness
- Connect to others experiencing mental illness
- Seek anxiety or depression help
- Help a child or adolescent cope with childhood grief
Find a mental health doctor at AHN
If you or a loved one lives with a mental illness, we can help. We have a wide range of providers with different experiences and specialties, including treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
Mental health organizations and other resources
The following websites provide depression help and other mental health resources. Whether you or a loved one has experienced depression, grief, or other mental health issues, there’s help available.
Mental health organizations and information
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
- American Psychiatric Association
- Healthy Place, America's Mental Health Channel
- Pediatric Neuropsychology, A Guide for Parents
- Clinical Neuropsychology, A Guide for Patients and Their Families
Resources for other mental health issues
- Anxiety Disorders Association
- Obsessive Compulsive Foundation
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Childhood grief support
Please note that these links are provided as a courtesy and do not signify Allegheny Health Network endorsement of the content, nor Allegheny Health Network responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided.
Patient education for mental health issues
It’s important that you understand the mental illness you or your loved one is living with. If you are looking for more information about a psychiatric disorder, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, we can direct you to helpful resources. The following list of books provides helpful information about a variety of mental health issues.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) offers resources and support for people who live with or care for someone who lives with ADHD.
Rapoport, Judith L. The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing. New York: Plume, reissued 1990. One of the first books to bring obsessive-compulsive disorder to the public's attention. Fourteen-year-old Charles would take showers for three hours or more each day, and then take another two hours to get dressed. His true story is one of many in this book, which provides information about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of OCD.
What are the different types of behavioral health professionals?
When you find the right mental health professional for you, you can start to regain control of your life. Here are the types of mental health professionals that can diagnose and treat you:
A psychiatrist is a doctor who can diagnose, treat, and prevent mental illness. They may prescribe medication to help with mental or emotional disorders.
A psychologist provides counseling to help treat a range of problems, such as depression or relationship problems related to mental illness.
Psychiatric nurses specialize in mental health. They can perform some psychiatric therapies.
Certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP)
A CRNP who specializes in mental health can administer medications to help with mental illness.
Psychotherapists provide psychotherapy, or talk therapy, to help improve our mental health and emotional well-being. Psychotherapists can provide help for mood disorders, such as depression or anxiety. They can also help people living with mental illness cope with problems related to their illness, such as addiction or relationship difficulties.
Mental health counselor
A mental health counselor can provide counseling to patients who need help with addiction, stress, relationships, or other issues.
Social workers are public employees who are dedicated to helping people solve problems in their lives. In the mental health field, social workers may address addiction or connect patients to housing or employment opportunities.
Coping with childhood grief
The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, is a safe place where children and families can find support from others who have experienced childhood grief.
The Caring Place is a free service for grieving families from throughout the community. The program provides peer support, where children come to know that they are not alone in their experiences and feelings. They and their families get support and encouragement from each other, facilitated by trained adult volunteers.
In addition to peer support groups, the Caring Place supports schools and other professionals in the community who work with children by providing:
- Educational programs
- Consultation services
- Additional resources
The Caring Place continually works to raise awareness of the needs of grieving children and how to respond to those needs.
Learn more about The Highmark Caring Place.