MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF ESSEX COUNTY

Rating: 1 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 33 S Fullerton Ave Montclair NJ 07042 USA

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Rating: 1 stars  

I went to a depression group support meeting there. The director of one of the departments pressured me to go to what she said was a clinic with special facilities to treat my problem. I was already being treated by a psychiatrist but figured extra help couldn't hurt. It did! The place she sent me to was an ordinary ER. I wasn't even examined by a doctor, just two people who took down my history. On that basis a psychiatrist threatened to have me committed unless I checked into a hospital. The hospital did me no good at all but it all ended up costing me about$15,000 (and I don't have insurance). I learned later that a lot of these people get bounties for referring patients to a hospital.http://www.antipsychiatry.org/unjustif.htm
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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way it misled me, did me no good, and cost me thousands of dollars

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get professional people who don't lie to clients

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

How did you find this group?

Passed by on road

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To be extremely suspicious of people who say they want to help you, especially those in the mental health industry

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Rating: 1 stars  

Not a well-run organization. It's not run by people who are real professionals. They gave me very poor advice and did me more harm than good.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Advising and helping or treating people with depression

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Replace most of the staff with people who have some expertise in mental health. I would have the staff not make recommendations to clients unless they were sure what they were doing.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I was seeing a psychiatrist for depression and thought it might help to go to a group support meeting at this association. Then I talked to a couple of directors of the Association. It was obvious that they didn't have any expertise in dealing with depression. For example, the one woman didn't know that it takes several weeks for antidepressants to take effect. She told me to go to an ER some reason, even though I don't have insurance and that's very expensive. The advice they gave me was wrong and misleading. I don't know how this place chooses its staff, but from what I saw they were not competent to treat or even advise anyone.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My experience was in their treating depression, which, as I said, they didn't know how to do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would hire some professionals who were knowledgable of mental health issues and get rid of the people who give misleading advice.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

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Rating: 1 stars  

I went there for a peer group support meeting. The workers at the agency insisted on talking to me. It was a waste of time. None of them were really professionals. They told me things I already knew or things that I knew were untrue.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

treating people with depression.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

replace the people there now, who don't seem very knowledgeable, with professionals who know what they're doing.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I went there for a peer support meeting, but afterward the director (Ms Forster) called me in to her office. She gave me some very misleading advice and pressured me into going to a place where she said I'd get better help, even though I was seeing a psychiatrist and told her I did not have health insurance. It turned out to be just an ER, which cost me a small fortune and didn't help me at all. In fact, the cost compounded my problems with financial problems, since I'm on a very limited income.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The bad advice I got there

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

tell them to not advise patients, since they don't seem qualified to do so.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

How did you find this group?

The people I saw were not very qualified

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To mistrust the advice of people unless I first check out their qualifications

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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