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People talk openly about financial and economic problems, but there is little open discussion about the toll financial hardship can take on a person's health.

Financial stress is a leading cause of depression and other significant health issues, both mental and physical.

The toll financial stress takes on a person often is not outwardly visible and can silently intensify.

If you are suffering, or if you know someone who is suffering, there are people who can help.

Community Resources: Statewide

United Way

The Heart of Florida United Way provides help to people in need through its Community Resource Line. Crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. They also provide referrals to health and human resources throughout Central Florida.

Dial 211 or 407-839-HELP (4357)

www.hfuw.org or www.hfuw.org/United_Way_2-1-1.php

Florida Employee Assistance Program

The Florida Employee Assistance Program provides confidential, professional, free counseling to state employees and their family members. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

Dial 1-800-860-2058

www.myflorida.com/myeap or floridaeap.com/default.html

Federal Employee Assistance Programs

All Federal agencies provide Employee Assistance Programs. The programs are cost-free to Federal employees and are designed to help employees effectively address and overcome problems. Basic EAP services include free, voluntary, short-term counseling and referral for various issues affecting employee mental and emotional well-being.

For a point of contact for your agency's EAP, check your agency's intranet or internet website, or contact your human resources office.

For general information, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's website at:

http://www.opm.gov/Employment_and_Benefits/worklife/

SAMHSA'S National Mental Health Information Center

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ("SAMHA") provides a Mental Health Services Locator from which the public can access comprehensive information about mental health services and resources by clicking on a State or U.S. Territory from the map at:

http://www.samhsa.gov/

Community Resources: Central Florida

Many of these resources provide services for free or low cost.

Central Florida:

Mental Health Association of Central Florida
407-898-0110
www.mhacf.org

Brevard County
Circles of Care
321-722-5200
www.circlesofcare.org

Crisis Services of Brevard - The 211 Helpline
321-632-6688 or 211
www.211brevard.org

United Way
352-787-7530 or 211
www.uwls.org

Orange County
Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare
407-875-3700
www.lakesidecares.org

United Way
321-632-6688 or 211
www.211brevard.org

Osceola County
Park Place Behavioral Health Care
407-846-0023
www.ppbh.org

United Way
321-632-6688 or 211
www.211brevard.org

Seminole County
Seminole Behavioral Healthcare
407-831-2411
www.seminolecares.org

United Way
321-632-6688 or 211
www.211brevard.org

Fort Myers and Surrounding Areas

Charlotte County
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care
941-575-0222 - crisis line
941-639-8300 - main phone number
www.cbhcfl.org
- Accepts Medicaid and Medicare patients, has sliding scale fee arrangement for uninsured clients; they also do referrals to other local resources that provide free services.

Collier County
National Alliance on Mental Illness
239-434-6726
www.namicollier.org
- Provides free referrals for people seeking counseling
- Also covers Glades and Hendry counties

Desoto County
Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
Adult Comprehensive Community Support Team
863-993-2911
www.coastalbh.org
- Only takes Medicaid patients, no out of pocket cost for Medicaid patients
- No religious affiliation/funding
- Also covers Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties

Glades County
National Alliance on Mental Illness
239-434-6726
www.namiflorida.org
- Provides free referrals for people seeking counseling

Hendry County
National Alliance on Mental Illness
239-434-6726
www.namiflorida.org
- Provides free referrals for people seeking counseling

Lee County
National Alliance on Mental Illness
239-337-9024
www.namilee.org
- No direct counseling provided, but provides referrals and structured support groups and classes
- All referrals, classes, and groups are free

Jacksonville and Surrounding Areas:

Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee, and Union Counties
Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
352-374-5600 or 1-800-330-5615
www.mbhci.org

Citrus, Marion, and Sumter Counties
The Centers
352-726-7155
www.thecenters.us

Volusia County
Mental Health Association of East Central Florida
386-252-5785 or 386-255-4491
www.mhavolusia.org

St. Johns County
Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare (SMABHC)
904-209-6200
www.smabehavioral.org

Clay Behavioral Health Center, Inc.
904-291-5561
www.ccbhc.org

Tampa and Surrounding Areas:

Hillsborough County
Boley Centers
727-821-4819
www.boleycenters.org

Northside Mental Health Center
813-977-8700
www.northsidemhc.org

Manatee County
Boley Centers
727-821-4819
www.boleycenters.org

Pasco County
P.E.M.H.S.
727-499-2348
www.pemhs.org

Northside Mental Health Center
813-977-8700
www.northsidemhc.org

Pinellas County
Boley Centers
727-821-4819
www.boleycenters.org

P.E.M.H.S.
727-499-2348
www.pemhs.org

Suncoast Center
727-327-7656
www.suncoastcenter.org

Polk County
Northside Mental Health Center
813-977-8700
www.northsidemhc.org

Sarasota County
Boley Centers
727-821-4819
www.boleycenters.org

Veterans and Their Families

The Office of Mental Health Services of the Department of Veterans Affairs provides mental health services for veterans and their families. Their website provides a wealth of information:

www.mentalhealth.va.gov


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