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The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County funds services for Portage County residents through its network of agencies. Services help families, adults, teens and children with mental illness, depression, addictions, in crisis and at risk for suicide.

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155 East Main St.
Kent OHIO 44240

P: 330-673-1756
F: 330-673-1330

 

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For 24 HR help in a crisis call:

Addiction: 330-678-3006

Mental Health: 330-296-3555

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Mental Health Services

In Crisis
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

Children's Advantage

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

Family & Community Services

Counseling and psychiatry for adults and in-home therapy for families.
330.677.4124 • 143 Gougler Ave., Kent, OH

Additional Resources

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.

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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.

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness Portage County

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

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.

Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

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

  • Suicidal thinking

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.