Mental Health

The separate yet often overlapping issues of poverty and reduced mental health outcomes keeps many families from reaching a more stable economic status. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, adults and children from families in poverty have the highest rates of mental illness. Similar studies pinpoint that mental illness can be aggravated and even brought on by poverty. For this reason, Friendly Center’s family support and emergency service programs make enhancing clients’ emotional wellness and reducing the burden of their mental health needs a priority.The combination of Friendly Center’s wraparound services and intensive case management offers multiple onsite opportunities for staff to interact with families and evaluate their mental health needs. In turn, families that come to Friendly Center can receive support, resources, and the ability to turn crisis into a goal-driven plan to end the cycle of generational poverty in their own families.