Relief Resources is a non-profit organization that provides multiple services to individuals suffering from mental health disorders. Relief is geared specifically towards members of the Jewish community who are dealing with these overwhelming issues.
The Jewish community has unique needs and is therefore faced with many challenges in obtaining quality mental health care. Since cultural issues may affect treatment, it is important for a caregiver to be knowledgeable and sensitive to a patient's cultural needs.
Our mission is to provide access to the resources available, and to partner individuals with the best mental health professional appropriate to their specific need. This is accomplished through Relief's flagship program - its' Referral Service- as well as other services. We maintain an extensive database of qualified mental health providers with comprehensive information regarding, range of specialty, location, therapeutic technique, and insurance participation. This service has proven to be a valuable resource for the Jewish Community, and thousands of callers have successfully found the help they need.
Relief promotes awareness of mental health issues amongst the community as well. Relief publishes and distributes informational brochures about a number of conditions including depression and anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and eating disorders. These useful guides help patients and families recognize symptoms and offer encouragement in seeking help.
In addition, seminars are conducted for school principals, teachers, clergy and others to ensure that those in the religious and educational systems recognize problems and are equipped to take appropriate measures. Community education plays the important role of removing the stigma often associated with mental illness.
Relief has initiated a special Eating Disorder Helpline for individuals suffering from eating disorders, where trained specialists effectively encourage callers who do suffer from this syndrome to seek appropriate treatment.
In its relatively short existence, Relief has earned a reputation of excellence and has gained the acclaim of mental heath professionals, clergy, and laymen alike. Encouraged by our success in America, we have recently opened a branch in Israel at the request of community leaders there.
Referrals - Relief has established a formidable nationwide network of specialists and maintains close contact with leading mental health professionals. Referral counselors assess the needs of each individual and recommend an appropriate provider based on location, specialty, and therapeutic technique.
Follow up - Relief follows up with patients and their families to assure the efficacy of their therapy. We determine that clients are comfortable with the treatment, and that the family as a whole is smoothly progressing towards stability.
Information - Relief provides informative guides on a variety of mental illnesses. The pamphlets help familiarize families with symptoms, treatment options and instructions on how to deal with emergency situations. Also addressed are issues that uniquely affect families in the Jewish community.
Education - Relief presents informative seminars on mental disorders for educators, religious leaders and the general public. The focus of these classes is to increase awareness of mental illness and its symptoms. This will help to prevent crisis situations, as warning signs are detected at an early stage.
Liaison - Relief assumes the additional role of liaison between the mental health provider, the patient, family members and clergy. This facilitates greater communication and helps avoid misunderstandings based on cultural gaps.
Relief addresses a wide range of disorders, including: