New Year, New Month, Same Feelings

Submitted by WHMHRB on Mon, 01/17/2022 - 6:15pm
New Year, New Month, Same Feelings

Happy New Year! For some, the new year can be a time to refresh and reset. For many living with a mental illness, it can be a reminder that mental illness doesn’t go away with the start of a new day or a new year.

It is this time of year that we get the most questions about how to start finding help, how effective it is, and how to get it affordably. If you are asking one of these questions, let us help!


1. Does treatment work? Is it effective?

Yes, treatment works…people recover! In the past two decades, the recovery movement has blossomed, while treatment and support services for mental illness have improved significantly. Additionally, advancements in medications are continually improving the recovery rate of individuals with a mental illness. More and more people are receiving treatments that allow them to recover and lead healthy, successful, and independent lives. Some of the highest recovery rates include Bipolar Disorder (80%), Major Depression (70%), Panic Disorder (70%), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (70%), Schizophrenia (60%).

Research shows that the success rates for addiction treatment are equal to the success rates for other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. Approximately 40 – 60% of individuals who complete chemical dependency treatment and attend self-help groups (such as Alcoholics Anonymous) are likely to remain abstinent from alcohol or other drugs.


2. How do I seek help?

You started! That is step one! Reaching out to us at Mental Health & Recovery Board is a great first step. If you live in Wayne County, you can call us directly at 330-264-2527 or in Holmes County at 330-674-7552. We can personally talk through ideas and direct you to one or more of our five funded partner agencies that offer services such as therapy, support groups, treatment and prevention plans, education classes, in-home counseling, and more:


Catholic Charities:

NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness):


The Counseling Center:


3. How can I get affordable help? Are any services free?

Each one of our community partner agencies offer their programs and services at different rates but they all have one thing in common – making it affordable for you. Each agency operates on the following payment policy: “If we have proof of income or a lack of income, we can review whether you qualify for a sliding fee scale to see if the cost of services can be reduced. We have funding options to help cover services, such as the support we receive from our local Mental Health and Recovery Board.” In addition to this, all of the agencies accept a variety of insurance plans and policies, and some even offer services for free.


Wayne/Holmes Mental Health & Recovery Board

We aim to improve awareness of and access to mental health and addiction treatment and prevention services in Wayne & Holmes Counties. 

We provide leadership, support, and funding to community partners and agencies in the delivery of mental health and addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

Our agencies provide addiction treatment programs, mental health counseling, suicide prevention programming, and more! Experience you can trust.