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Help For Charles: When Mental Illness Hits Home – Part II

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One of the biggest complaints from families coping with the mental illness of a child is there just are not enough resources.

Charles, 9, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and his mother has been struggling since his diagnosis to find adequate help for him.  What is frightening for her is Charles has tried to hurt himself several times, so as a mother she’s fears if she doesn’t find the right kind of help, she could lose her son.

In Part Two of her series “Help for Charles,” Carolyn Campbell takes a closer look at what’s available and how families can access it. Click below to hear the interview.

More resources and services are certainly needed for families coping with children and teens with mental and emotional illness.  But there is hope and help available for families.  The Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of  Harris County offers several crisis and support services for area families.   For crisis help, call the MHMRA HelpLine at 713-970-7000.  To find out what kind of help your family or child is eligible for contact the MHMRA Eligibility Center at 713-970-4444.   Another program to help families navigate all the resources available to them is the Community Resource Coordinating Group, contact them at  713-295-2500.   You can also find out more specific information about mental and emotional illness as well as various resources available by going to this link for the MHMRA website at: www.mhmraharris.org.

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