Living and Thriving with a Mental Illness

DSC_0060-crop

The following is Mary Anne’s personal experience of living with a mental health diagnosis and actively working on recovery. She is one of three Hawaii Certified Peer Specialists on staff at Helping Hands Hawaii. *************************** When I was younger, I felt different from other children. As early as pre-school, I felt intense sadness but didn’t […]

Community Partners Discuss Ways to Provide Treatment as Alternative to Jail

jaildiversion

Earlier this week, Hawaii News Now aired a story about the inter-agency collaborative work being done to look at how we can all better assist the high percentage of low-level offenders who end up in jail while struggling with mental illness and/or addiction. Collaboration between nonprofit organizations as well as bodies of government, law enforcement […]

Mental Health Month Resources

MHM 2016

May is Mental Health Month and an opportunity to openly address mental health issues and stigmas, gather resources, support those struggling with mental health challenges and recognize the important role of caregivers. The majority of individuals experiencing mental health symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and other mental illnesses, struggle in silence. They often […]