Beverly, Knoxville, TN

Beverly, Knoxville, TN

I will always support the Mental Health Association because they saved my sister. For the families of those in crisis, the staff of the Mental Health Association is a crucial piece of the puzzle for finding help immediately.

My sister needed help desperatley. She has Bipolar Disorder and also had been abusing drugs for some time. She was finally ready to get help because she knew - we knew, if she did not she would wind up back in jail.

The Mental Health Association knew exactly what to do to help Brenda get on the road to recovery. They called the Crisis Stabilization Unit for us and got Brenda in to be stabilized and assessed. The Crisis Stabilization Unit or us and got Brenda off drugs and back into treatment for Bipolar Disorder. She is on the road to recovery and looking forward to rebuilding her life. She just moved into her own apartment and is so proud of this accomplishment.

But our story does not end there. Little did we know at the time, but the Crisis Stabilization Unit is almost brand new. We did not always have such a program. The Mental Health Association and other advocates lobbied hard to leverage funding to start Crisis Stabilization Units across Tennessee. I personally know how valuable the Crisis Stabilization Unit was for Brenda. I can only imagine the thousands of families helped by these programs across the state.

I will always support the Mental Health Association because they saved my sister. For the families of those in crisis, the staff of the Mental Health Association is a crucial piece of the puzzle for finding help immediately.