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About Mental Illness

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

What is Recovery?

Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.

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IN CASE OF A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY: CALL 911

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS:

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  1-800-273-TALK (8255)


FOR A NON-LIFE-THREATENING BUT URGENT MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS:

Call the Pierce County Crisis Line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 800-576-7764

Crisis Text Line: crisistextline.org – text 741741 (mobile fees waived)

LGBTQ Trevor Project Support Center: 1-866-488-7386
www.thetrevorproject.org

Call the NAMI Helpline at

1-800-273-8255

Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741

According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) is court-ordered treatment (including medication) for individuals with severe mental illness who meet strict legal criteria, e.g., they have a history of medication noncompliance. Typically, violation of the court-ordered conditions can result in the individual being hospitalized for further treatment.

Forty-four states permit the use of assisted outpatient treatment (AOT), also called outpatient commitment. The six states that do not have assisted outpatient treatment statutes are Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Nevada and Tennessee.

A substantial body of research conducted in diverse jurisdictions over more than two decades establishes the effectiveness of assisted outpatient treatment in improving treatment outcomes for its target population. Specifically, the research demonstrates that AOT reduces the risks of hospitalization, arrest, incarceration, crime, victimization, and violence. AOT also increases treatment adherence and eases the strain placed on family members or other primary caregivers.

Learn more at the Treatment Advocacy Center.

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