Published on March 01, 2019

Healing the mind

Programs help people cope with mental illness

sad womanIf you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health issue, you should know that Mercy Fitzgerald is ready to help.

We provide compassionate, comprehensive behavioral health and psychiatric services for many mental health illnesses, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

“Very simply, we help people with a mental illness reclaim their lives,” says Roger McBride, MS, RN, Director of Behavioral Health at Mercy Fitzgerald. And because mental illness has a ripple effect on families, “We help them, too, with support and guidance as their loved ones heal,” he says.

Here is a look at just some of the mental health services at Mercy Fitzgerald:

Help in a crisis. Mercy Fitzgerald is one of only two hospitals in Delaware County with a Crisis Response Center. It provides 24/7 care for anyone who needs immediate mental health help. An expert crisis team performs emergency evaluations and makes referrals for effective treatment. This team is also ready to help with involuntary mental health commitment. 

Intensive inpatient care. When a mental illness is severe enough to require hospitalization, individualized, intensive therapy is available and is provided by a team of experts, including board-certified psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and therapists. 

A peer engagement specialist—someone who has experienced a mental illness firsthand and is specially trained in helping others—is also available to support patients after discharge. 

Long-term support. The Community Care Program helps support area residents with severe and chronic mental illness with case management and peer coaching. “We match them with the community services they need to help prevent relapses,” Roger says. 

This vulnerable population receives special support to remain on the path to recovery, such as managing medications; continuing their follow-up care; and pursuing social, vocational and educational goals. 

“All of these services really change lives,” Roger says. “They are important resources for the community.”