Coordinating Centers of Excellence

Mental Health Resources for Families, Friends and Other Allies in Recovery

With the right treatment and support, people affected by mental illness can and do get better. Although new forms of therapy, medications, and community-based treatment services have enabled many individuals to lead full, independent lives, support from friends, family members, partners, sponsors, neighbors, CIT officers, clergy, educators, and other allies are essential to the recovery process. When knowledgeable and appropriately supported loved ones are involved in treatment and recovery, outcomes for all involved are improved, including reduced relapse and rehospitalization rates. (Cuipers, 1999; Dixon & Lehman, 1995; Dyck et al.,2000; Falloon et al. 1985; Jewell, McFarlane, Dixon & Miklowitz, 2005; McFarlane et al., 1995; Penn & Mueser, 1996)

The Coordinating Centers of Excellence are pleased to provide these resources for constituents to share with families, friends, and other allies in the recovery process.


Communicating with the Treatment Team

Tips for Family and Natural Supports of Individuals Affected by Schizophrenia

Current Health Information and Medications List

NEOMED Clozapine Assistance Service

Ohio Crisis Intervention Teams for Mental Health Crises

Schizophrenia The Myths, the Realities and How to Help

Suicide Prevention Resources


Courage to Caregivers is an Ohio-based nonprofit organization with a mission to provide hope, support, and courage to caregivers and loved ones of those living with mental illness that supports caregivers by providing one-to-one caregiver peer support, breathing meditation classes, support groups, and educational resources, including:


National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a free, confidential information service (in English or Spanish), open 24 hours/365 days, for individuals and family members facing mental health or substance use disorders. SAMHSA also provides an online Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
988 – 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources Connect with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat, speak to someone in Spanish, or access information for the deaf or hard of hearing.

Ohio CareLine
1-800-720-9616, 24/7 for free, confidential support

Text Lines
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
The Crisis Text Line is available to offer 24/7 support for any crisis.


Text HOPELINE to 741741

HOPELINE™, offered by the Center for Suicide Awareness. A free emotional support service providing hope, help, and support (via text) before situations rise to crisis level.


Mental Health America affiliates bring together mental health consumers, parents, advocates and service providers for collaboration and action to inform, support and enable mental wellness, and emphasize recovery from mental illness. Affiliates provide public education, information and referral, support groups, and other services to those confronting mental health problems and their loved ones. Find a Mental Health America affiliate in your community.

Mental Illness in the Family Series:


Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers and Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers – Spanish were developed based on a study conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving with the assistance of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America in 2015. The Circle of Care: Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers provides fact sheets on the following topics:

  • About Mental Health Caregiving – page 4
  • Economic Impact of Mental Health Caregiving – page 7
  • Finding the Right Provider – page 10
  • Communicating with Health Professionals – page 15
  • Getting an Accurate Diagnosis – page 20
  • Hospital Discharge Planning – page 24
  • Health Insurance – page 27
  • Community Services – page 30
  • Dealing with the Criminal Justice System – page 35
  • Planning for the Future – page 40
  • Confidentiality and Family Involvement – page 45
  • Taking Care of Yourself – page 49


Caregiver Health Self-Assessment Questionnaire helps caregivers review their situations, consider options and make decisions that will assist them with taking care of themselves within the context of caregiving responsibilities.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Find a NAMI affiliate in your community.

NAMI Family Support Groups

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session, evidence-based educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members with lived experience and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

Your Journey: Family Members and Caregivers

Identity and Cultural Dimensions

Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Learn and Find Help

First Episode Psychosis: Information for Individuals and Families

Get Help Early: Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis

Suicide Prevention

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is dedicated to saving lives by connecting every Ohioan to hope, help, and suicide prevention resources.

RELINK.ORG is a robust, searchable database that connects people in need to local resources that can help. cross a full continuum of care for


The Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides consultation, training, and resources to enhance suicide prevention efforts in states, Native settings, colleges and universities, health systems and other settings, and organizations that serve populations at risk for suicide.