If you are in need of Mental Health care this is not the place to go. Not all group attendees are treated w/ respect and dignity. I know I haven't been treated w/ respect and dignity here. The Executive Director and the 'hierarchy' (peer specialists, group leaders, etc.) coloborate as to whether they like you there as a member in need of being involved in their groups even when you have not done anything to deserve that certain kind of treatment. It's kinda of clicky, especially if you have an issue that arises... that needs to be addressed.
My observations have been the following:
It is the Executive Director and staff against the "nut" member and it definitely isn't HIPAA protected. I overheard the Executive Director speaking carelessly about other members and their health diagnosis' when they were not present in an open area. Also, I was in a group w/ the Executive Director and some of her "peeps" and they were carrying on with a joke and cackling during a PROCOVERY group session which had NOTHING to do w/ the topic.
A new visitor came in and was distracted by the laughing and asked what was the joke was and why were they disrupting the group. The Executive Director and some of the staff got upset w/ the non "peep" and said some things to undermine how that individual felt and the Executive Director angerily stated that they were free to laugh and carry on as they were even while the group was being disrupted and that they should not be questioning what they were laughing about or expect an apology. When the non "peep" said they were offended about the laughing interruption during session, the Executive Director stormed out of the room saying didn't see the need to apologize and was later found outside having a cigarette. I saw and even was aware of how that individual felt seeing them left feeling shocked and uncomfortable w/ the feeling that they were made to feel unwelcome dealt and dealt w/ unprofessionally In a group that they probably really needed to participate in.
Individuals are coming to this 'organization' to get support for whatever life issue they find themselves in and SURPRISED w/ the possibility of being DISRESPECTED. Basically, the staff of this organization are so comfortable in their positions and they think they are 'ENTITLED' to make the rules up as they go and treat people any way they wish.
They are employed there, treating people unprofessionally, and recieving government dollars and donations without any feeling that they might be usurped from their positions. PLEASE RETHINK DONATING TO THIS PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I joined the Self Help Center several years ago and I have never regretted it. I began as a consumer but quickly found myself volunteering as well. The programs and services they offer are second to none.
I have been a member for about 14 years. My recovery has been greatly affectly affected by it. We even go on social outings.
The Self Help Center at 8301 Crest Industrial Dr. in St. Louis, MO 63123 is a wonderful not for profit organization giving support to people with brain disorders through education and group meetings. They also have a food pantry to help supplement the members to stretch their money for living.
The activities of the center are tremendous for the participants, and they help with acceptance of life on life’s terms. I feel the members are empowered in so many ways to improve their lives.
The Self Help Center does soooo much on its limited budget. Any help they could get would be greatly appreciated, and it would enable them to do so much more for members of society that get over looked much of the time.
The Self Help Center has been a wonderful resource for our family. Our adult daughter, who has a brain disorder, has a place to go during the day. She has met new friends there and found acceptance.
The educational programs and training have been extraordinary. Recently, she has taken the courses and tested to become a Certified Peer Specialist.
The staff at the Center go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome. It is a tragedy that budget constraints have limited the available hours of operation each week.
I would definitely recommend the Self Help Center to others who suffer from mental illness. I am someone who has multiple mental problems and, this place is very welcoming it provides a place to come to be social, safe, and to get support no matter what you are going through. There are also a lot of beneficial educational support classes to go to. I learned that I am not alone in this and that there is a road to recovery. The Self Help Center reaches out to staff, family members, members and nurses in the community to make mental illness more aware to the public. If your in the neighborhood stop by and visit us, we would love to meet you!
I have been in the field of education for over 30 years. I have dealt with many individuals having signifigant problems in their lives and became a school Counselor to many of them. The Self Help Center offers anyone in need the same assistance. I have seen the impact on several lives and wholly endorse their programs. I often can't believe the services they offer free of charge. If any group would choose to endorse or to fund Self Help Center (SHC) they would be totally in the right!
Self Help Center is a boat that helps us go up and down the journey of life. The atmosphere is warm and loving and caring. It let's people know they are not alone.