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Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Mental Health Centers, Mental Health

Target demographics: children, adults and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 91,500 men, women and children.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles and Orange Counties

Programs: outpatient mental health services, residential treatment programs, suicide prevention services and school-based counseling services.

Community Stories

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

A great organization with a heart. Very professional and efficient. Its CEO is first class. The board of directors are dedicated to its vision of making a difference. It is a pleasure being involved with the organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch is a great organization. Staff is knowledgeable, and caring. They are an important resource in the communities they serve. They serve the community with dignity, and grace. I feel honored to have been a recipient of their services, and it has had a profound impact on my life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of receiving services by this organization for my family members when they were going through a life transition. The staff are all amazing and work very hard to make sure all your needs are meet. You would not be disappointed if you needed any services through Didi Hirsch MHS.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is top notch! They provide essential services which are most desperately needed in the community to individuals who are in most need of them. The staff is passionate about their work and care about each individual they serve.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services provides invaluable professional help to the Los Angeles community especially to those who would not otherwise have access to have mental health and substance abuse services. With 11 centers they additionally provide counseling to children and families in over 100 schools. Their residential facility for mothers and their children offer a return to normal and productive life. Their suicide prevention and wellness programs are known as centers of excellence and they offer suicide and crisis center hotlines that are among the best and busiest in the nation. The professional staff is dedicated, educated and caring.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services provide an array of incredible services in the Southern California area.
One of the biggest service they provide is their work in Suicide Prevention and bereavement groups. They run an amazing crisis hot line that is available to many people when they are contemplating suicide or when they're in a dark place. If someone has lost a fellow employee, friend or family member to suicide they are connected with other people that have struggled with the same loss. Without their services there would be a huge void in our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

With a broad spectrum of mental health services, including dual-diagnosis live-in, day activity and therapy, school-based counseling, short-term transitional housing, and suicide crisis (including 24/7 bilingual hot line), and a record of more than seventy years of service to the community, DHMHS stands tall in the field of mental health services.
The gold standard for suicide prevention and support services nation wide, the crisis center is one of a kind.
A combination of state-of-the-art services and caring, dedicated staff make DHMHS the leader in providing mental health treatment to under served populations in Los Angeles.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Not only does DHMHS provide a continuum of services in the mental health and behavioral health area for children and adults, its suicide crisis line is available 24/7 in multiple languages and in text. In addition to services that other agencies provide, DHMHS provides unique services in serveral areas such as short term interim housing for mentally ill and dual diagnosed persons and a year long living facility for women with mental illness problems where they get treatment, job training and where their children (if below school age) can live with them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch, with more than 70 years of experience in mental health and behavioral support, transforms lives. Truly. Especially where stigma and poverty exist. The breadth of services: 11 facilities; out reach to schools; 24/7suicide prevention; survivor support; consulting for teens and families; job training; training programs for advanced degrees. Didi Hirsch is a platform for how we should support our communities and neighbors.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch is one of the finest nonprofit agencies in Southern California. I served on the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles for nine years and we always rated Didi Hirsch at the top of our list and, as a result, we allocated United Way funds to Didi Hirsch at the highest levels. After leaving United Way's board I joined Didi Hirsch's board and have served for thirteen years. They are making a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch has wonderful staff that work hard to help those throughout the community. The programs are stellar and have saved hundreds of lives, including my own. It's very fortunate to have a place like this to come to whenever we need support or even someone to talk too.

5 stars for Didi Hirsch!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch lives up to their spectacular reputation! The organization supports thousands of individuals in our community along with providing the best quality of care to all clients.

Not to mention being the pioneers in the field of Suicide prevention! The Suicide prevention crisis line provides support to those in crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additionally, they are one of three crisis lines who provide emotional support to those who have been affected by a natural or man made disaster for the Disaster Distress Helpline!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After my father's suicide, Didi Hirsch had so much support to offer. From counseling to group meetings to monthly meetings, I was able to receive support, education, and resources to get me through the most difficult time of my life. 3 1/2 years later, I still look to Didi Hirsch for support and am so thankful for the love, care and hope that their organization has provided to me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's an awesome place to gain experience and learn from others already established in the field. Great environment and supportive staff.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

After losing a son to suicide, I joined a Survivors after Suicide group to help work out the terrible conflicts and burdens left behind. From that experience, which I found so very helpful, my interest in Didi Hirsch grew and led to being considered for and joining the Board of Directors. For over ten years I have found my involvement to increase and my ability to help he agency grow as well. The organization threw me a lifeline and now, I hope to help usher it always into a stronger and stronger position to help those who need mental health services who would otherwise not be able to afford the vital care needed. Everyday I'm grateful to Didi Hirsch and the good work it can and does achieve.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Survivor of Suicide Attempt and Survivor of Suicide Programs are extraordinary! The are not many Mental Health Providers that have programming around survivor of suicide, as well as attempters

Donor

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services does incredibly important work. It provides outpatient mental health care to children and adults throughout Los Angeles. It has crisis residential programs for mentally ill adults discharged from hospitals with nowhere else to go. It has a world-renowned Suicide Prevention Center that takes calls from around the U.S. and has cutting-edge programs to help people who have attempted or lost someone to suicide. I'm proud to be a donor for an organization that does such good work for the neediest, most vulnerable members of our community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have volunteered or worked for this agency for more than six years and am more passionate than ever about the quality of care clients receive here everyday. Didi Hirsch truly lives up to its mission statement of providing quality mental health care to people in communities where poverty or stigma limit access. The programs are excellent and get tremendous results. The mental health professionals, staffers, employment coaches, medical personnel, housing specialists and others are top-notch even by for-profit sector standards. Didi Hirsch's Suicide Prevention Center is nationally renowned for its training, outreach and suicide prevention services. Didi Hirsch is all about erasing the stigma and transforming lives. And it succeeds at every level.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch has many wonderful and amazing programs. One of them is Via Avanta a Non Profit residential treatment program that provides substance abuse treatment to single, pregnant and parenting women ages eighteen and older in a safe, comforting, supportive, drug free environment. Via Avanta is a long term program where women can stay up to one year. The women also Receive Mental Health Services on site with Licensed Professional.

Children up to the age of five can live at the residence while their mothers are in treatment. The children attend childcare and participate in developmentally beneficial activities while their mothers are in group. The program offers Child/Parent Therapy with a licensed professional

Mothers attend parenting classes. Learn job skills, and participate in substance abuse groups. Via Avanta offers individual and group chemical dependency counseling, HIV testing, Parenting, Mommy & Me, and interactive parenting classes. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12-step programs, Domestic violence, Vocational assistance. Assistance with court, parole, probation and custody obligations. Child Care assistance and Recreational alternatives and aftercare support.


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch has gone above and beyond any expectations I could have had in terms of providing a variety of services and support to a dynamic range of individuals and families with skilled and caring professionals. Didi Hirsch is a pioneer and leader in providing mental health care and services to the masses, regardless of race, income, religion, or culture.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services saves lives through the exceptional mental health, substance use and suicide prevention services they offer. They are collaborative, accessible, and innovative, but most importantly they really care and go the extra mile for clients and/or families to provide hope and a quality of care that is unmatched.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Didi Hirsch is a first class mental health services organization that brings hope and dignity to everyone they serve and touch. I have been a volunteer for the Suicide Prevention Center (SPC) for the past year and I have been so impressed with the caliber and passion of the people that work and volunteer at the center. This organization helps to save and improve the lives of people every day. We all have times in our lives where we need a helping hand to pick us up, a compassionate shoulder to cry on or someone to point us in the right direction and help us help ourselves. Didi Hirsch does this and so much more. Take a breath and before you judge someone, think of what pain and suffering they may be dealing with. Be strong. Be kind. Care.