Mental Health Services
Mental Health Providers
Coleman Professional Services
Mental health & addiction services for all ages including 24/7 crisis intervention and stabilization, counseling, psychiatry, case management, supportive and permanent housing, adult daycare, employment, jail liaison and diversion services.
330.673.1347 • 5982 Rhodes Rd., Kent OH
24 HR PHONE 330.296.3555
Mental health services to children and families including counseling, psychiatry, case management, in-home treatment, school-based consultation, and early childhood interventions.
330.296.5552 • 520 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, OH
Counseling and psychiatry for adults and in-home therapy for families.
330.677.4124 • 143 Gougler Ave., Kent, OH
Akron Area Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Akron General Medical Center, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron 330.344.6475
BeST Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center
Promotes recovery and works to improve the lives of people with schizophrenia.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America is a leader in mental health support, recovery and advocacy.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
National organization of persons with mental illness, their families, friends and community activists who work toward improving the lives of the mentally ill.
Meet on the Second and Fourth Thursdays of the month. For more info, call the Mental Health & Recovery Board at 330.673.1756, ext. 201
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
Provides statewide leadership for alcohol and other drug addiction prevention and treatment services.
Signs & Symptoms of Mental Health Issues
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.
Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.
A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at work or in relationships. In most cases, mental illness symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and counseling (psychotherapy).
Signs and symptoms of mental illness can vary, depending on the particular disorder, circumstances and other factors. Mental illness symptoms can affect emotions, thoughts and behaviors.
Examples of Signs and Symptoms Include:
Feeling sad or down
Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
Excessive fears or worries
Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
Withdrawal from friends and activities
Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
Extreme feelings of guilt
Alcohol or drug abuse
Major changes in eating habits
Sex drive changes
Excessive anger, hostility or violence
Sometimes symptoms of a mental health disorder appear as physical problems, such as abdominal pain, back pain, headache, or other unexplained aches and pains.
Is it mental illness?
In general, signs and symptoms may indicate a mental illness when they make you miserable and interfere with your ability to function in your daily life. You may have trouble coping with stress, anger or other emotions. Or you may find it difficult to handle family, work or school responsibilities, or have serious legal or financial problems.
With some types of mental illness, though, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, you may not realize the extent of your problems — instead, it may be family members or friends who first become aware that you have a mental illness.
When to see a doctor
If you have any signs or symptoms of a mental illness, see your doctor, mental health provider or other health professional. Most mental illnesses don't improve on their own, and if untreated, a mental illness may get worse over time and cause serious problems.
Helping a loved one
If your loved one shows signs of mental illness, have an open and honest discussion with him or her about your concerns. You may not be able to force someone to seek professional care, but you can offer encouragement and support. You can also help your loved one find a qualified doctor or mental health provider and make an appointment. You may even be able to go along to the appointment.
If your loved one has harmed himself or herself, or is seriously considering doing so, take the person to the hospital, or call 911 for emergency help.