WHO IS MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOUNDER, JUDITH CARRINGTON?
Sharing this new-found knowledge through numerous articles, workshops and presentations, she became aware that most families don’t know they have “rights” to help themselves. She convinced the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH)1 to publish the first pamphlet describing in-hospital privilages for families to get information, education and most importantly, “to be involved with a collaborative treatment process to the greatest extent possible, "When families join the mental health care team, everyone benefits!” 2
To obtain benefits and services, navigate the mental health system and learn how to live with a painful and complex situation, it became clear that families needed first-hand, practical information written for and by other families. As recognized expert, initiator and principal writer, with input from forty families, Judith Carrington created the self-help “Family Survival Handbook,” now available statewide.
It has the endorsement, editorial support, sponsorship and distribution from NAMI New York State, the Family Institute for Education, Practice and Research and NYSOMH. NYSOMH also provided legal, printing and distribution support.
In response to families seeking her out for coping strategies, Judith Carrington formed a family peer support coaching practice, Mental Health Resources. Many family members came to learn strategies to help themselves toward building an independent life for their loved one while keeping the focus on themselves. Locally, nationally and internationally, in person or by telephone with email follow-ups, Judith Carrington provides a value-added supplemental support for mental health providers.
1. NYSOMH the state agency that runs the psychiatric hospitals and oversees the 2500 agencies that constitute our mental health system