Since June of 2016 Orlando United Counseling has offered free counseling services to Pulse-affected community members as our community works towards healing from tragedy. In the span of 6 months the program has educated helped over 200 in our community through individual, group counseling, and education on trauma and recovery.
In the past 6 years over 1,500 volunteers have dedicated their time to help the community through the Mental Health Association of Central Florida. Many have gone on to become mental health advocates and providers.
Here is a testimonial from one of our volunteers Amanda Matioli:
After being with MHACF and helping the community for about a year, there was a period of time in which I was the one who was in need of help. At that moment, the only people I knew that would be understanding and unconditionally caring was the MHACF family. I have never felt more accepted and appreciated anywhere else, and that is why this has become more than an internship to me. This is a place in which I have made lifelong friendships, and somewhere that I consider home.
We offer a free Mental Health Connections program for individuals seeking information for themselves, family, or friends. Every year the Mental Health Connections Program helps over 2,500 families find mental health resources in their time of need. Since the program’s inception it has helped over 15,000 individuals take crucial steps towards recovery and wellness that allow them to be healthy, productive members of our community.
Reflections is a peer-driven recovery community working together in wellness. Our Refection’s team has trained 300+ people since the program’s inception January 1st 2015. These individuals go on to share what they’ve learned with their family, friends, and community – creating a ripple effect of wellness. Since 2015, each year, the Reflections team has brought together hundreds in the community for a local art event aimed at promoting mental health and wellness.
Every year, approximately 600 individuals who have no friends or family members to support them, are involuntarily placed in a local behavioral hospital
The law requires that every person involuntarily hospitalized are required to have an advocate on their behalf; our Guardian Advocate Program facilitates the appointment of volunteers to those deemed unable to make informed decisions. Every year approximately 600 individuals, who have no friends or family members to support them, are involuntarily placed into our local behavioral hospitals. We recruit, train, and place volunteers with these individuals in their time of crisis to ensure they receive the best level of care possible. In addition, the Guardian Advocate Program educates family members of those in need about their loved ones rights during times of crisis.
The Outlook Clinic is for patients who are indigent and uninsured, that have co-morbid medical conditions. We have seen over 1,240 patients within the last 5 years. Out of those patients 90% have stabilized or improved from receiving services from our clinic. We have seen patients at their very lowest get back on their feet and many find themselves able to renter the workforce to provide for themselves and their family. With a combination of therapy and medication management patients are able to return to a life of productivity and hopefulness. With the help of the Outlook Clinic hospital visits have decreased and graduates from the program have been able to successfully provide for themselves and their community.
At the Mental Health Association of Central Florida we commit to supporting our community. Every year we dedicate our time and effort to being active at local events aimed at improving and promoting mental health wellness.
Orange You Happy is our anti-suicide campaign aimed at changing the conversation from one of illness to one of wellness. Monthly during the citrus season we set out to spread smiles and awareness for just an hour. We offer strangers and orange and wish them a happy day! Our intention is to make the conversation about mental health a positive one. Since 2014 we have made contact with over 5,000 members of community each year.