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SCHIZOPHRENIA AND RELATED DISORDERS ALLIANCE OF AMERICA

Rating: 4.75 stars   16 reviews 506

Nonprofit Issues:

Mental Health

Address:

PO Box 941222 Houston TX 77094 USA

Mission:

SARDAA promotes improvement in the lives of people with schizophrenia-related disorders and their families.

Target demographics:

People who suffer from schizophrenia or related disorders and their loved ones

Direct beneficiaries per year:

thousands of individuals living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia related disorders and their loved ones

Geographic areas served:

all states

Programs:

Schizophrenics Anonymous peer support group meetings and telephone conferences, Friends & Family Support group conference calls, educational presentations to community and professionals, advocacy, dedicated telephone line offering assistance to connect with other Mental Health services

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(240) 423-9432
www.sardaa.org

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Reviews for SCHIZOPHRENIA AND RELATED DISORDERS ALLIANCE OF AMERICA

Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Walk Houston has been partnering w/ SARDAA for 4 years. I am just amazed at the high level of commitment to their clients & to creating a #PositivePublicDialog on talking about mental illness. We need a lot more of this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been participating in SARDAA events for the past three years because I have several friends with related disorders. SARDAA is an amazing network of high intellect individuals who have overcome tremendous obstacles in their lives to be a productive part of society and an inspiration to others. There have been numerous testimonies from members about the effectiveness of SARDAA in saving their lives and changing it for the better. I wish there was a way to elevate awareness of the power of this group and the resources they have to share.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with this organization for one year and i am amazed at the number of individuals living with a schizophrenia related illness and their family members it has impacted. SARDAA offers a lifeline to hundreds of people throughout the US and I am excited to continue supporting this essential work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have done volunteer work in the past for mental health organizations, and this one is the one that stands out to me as a shining example of effectively reaching out to those with mental illness. I believe it does a world of good and deserves to be noticed and praised for its efforts.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have never seen a nonprofit with such great leadership, and I have volunteered for many nonprofits in my lifetime. Their hard work and passion is a daily inspiration and motivates me to do everything I can to support their mission. As the volunteer webmaster, social media manager, and newsletter editor, I feel honored and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference. I know this nonprofit will grow quickly and help many more people because of their excellent management. I am excited to be part of that.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

As someone with a family member struggling with schizophrenia, I find this organization to be very valuable. They offer a broad range of services and support groups for people impacted personally by mental illness, and for professionals helping those who suffer from schizophrenia. The volunteers and board members are incredibly experienced and dedicated individuals. I also haven't come across another group in this field that is international in its reach.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

A friend of mine has raved about how very well organized and supportive this group has been. It's international outreach is also particularly exceptional.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is so amazing! It helps people internationally deal with the aftermath of diagnosis of a mental illness. There is no other agency that I am aware of that has an international reach. It is quite compelling to hear the testimonies of people who have been helped. I attended their conference in Texas this year and was moved by the stories I heard, people I met, and commitment of their volunteer staff. Hats off to the spirit of the agency for remembering those so often disenfranchised.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This self help group for family and friends of those experiencing the symptoms of schizophrenia was led by a person with recovering schizophrenia. I simply served as a resource person to the group. Particpants called in anonmymously. One family member said "I called because I didn't know where else to turn to" and expressed frustration obtaining care for his wife. He was encouraged to advocate assertively with the physican care provider and other community resources . Information was given regarding the Self help group (Schizphrenia Anonomous (SA) for the wife. Calling back the following week, medications had been adjusted and the wife was joining the weekly telephone SA group. The group leader could share her own experiences, offering empahty and more importantly, hope.

This group was a valuable resource. More family and friends needed to know about the group to increase participation.

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

Feedback from the participants

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

Increase marketing to let others know of the group.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended the local SA support group (of which SARDAA is the non-profit host) almost weekly for the last seven years or so. I took some time away from therapy and the support I received from the members of SA was invaluable. Therapy is winding down for me again, but the stability of our group reassures me even in weeks when I'm having symptoms. Working for a drop-in as a Peer Support Specialist for ten years, I know a little bit about hope and recovery. SA provides both for me. It helps that the members are all peers, including our group leader who is a skilled facillitator. Even though I only talk to them once a week, I consider them to be friends. Sometimes my symptoms make leaving my apartment difficult, but SA always makes the effort worthwhile. I credit the group as a big part of my recovery and accomplishments.

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

I feel safe talking about my symptoms at SA and since other members have the same experience, it helps normalize my illness. We're not crazy or psychotic, we just have obstacles that normals can't understand. The group (and especially our leader,) also inspire me to write, something from which I derive great pleasure.

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

The blue book we use at SA helps give structure to the meetings. Our favorite part are the personal stories by SA members. It also helps people who are just starting out with SA to connect with us. But, there just not enough stories. AA has a big book filled with only stories from their members. I think SARDAA should put out something similar for SA. I know other SA members across the country would love to have their stories in print and it would give our group members another way to relate.

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Nicholas, Please send us stories so we can create the compilation and post them on our website and in the eNewsletter and then add them to the "Blue Book". Thank you for the work you do that is vitally important! Linda