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Help for Northeast Florida Women and Girls

Staying mentally healthy is about maintaining your optimal health for a lifetime. Northeast Florida has a wide range of supports for women and girls seeking to improve their lives.

First, are you concerned that you might have a mental health problem? Try out mental health screening tools here.

Are you, or a loved one, living with mental health problem? Read about the landscape of mental health treatments below.

Supports and treatments

Psychotherapy

Many find psychotherapy paired with medication is the most effective way to recover and manage symptoms. A trained mental health professional and client explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to promote recovery.

Medication

Symptoms of mental illness can be managed when paired with individual and/or group therapy, ensuring most women and girls recover from mental illness. Although medication does not cure mental illness, it is helpful for a strong recovery.

Hospitalization

If mental illness is acute and you, or a loved one, requires extra help, hospital admission might be necessary. While in the hospital, a more accurate diagnosis and medication adjustments are possible.

Support groups

Peers who have the same experiences with mental illness are often powerful guides in recovery. These meetings might be led by a professional or organized by peers and family members. Meetings are for sharing experiences in a regular and consistent pattern, building healthy social connections over time.

Complementary and alternative medicine

Practices not typically associated with standard care are emerging. Research shows evidence of healing when using meditation, mind-body practices such as yoga, as well as herbs and supplements.

Have more questions? Read more about mental health treatment and supports…

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I go to find therapy focused on women and girls?

During the recovery process, it can help to keep in mind the different types of treatment and therapy available. The nature of the mental health condition or symptoms and the person who has them is important. For example, a woman who has been sexually abused as a child will benefit from a therapist who specializes in sexual abuse. Use this Provider Directory:

  • Select from the “Specialty” list.
  • Find the specialty that comes closest to what you are looking for
  • Hit “Search.”
Where can I go to find a support group?

Northeast Florida organizations offer support groups to women and girls, their families and friends. Some support groups are peer-led, while others may be led by a mental health professional. A full list of mental health support groups in Northeast Florida is here.

What other mental health supports are available for Northeast Florida girls and women?

Various organizations help women and girls facing specific challenges. Services, therapy, support, and housing are available as appropriate.

Foster mothers and grandmothers of children with emotional and/or behavioral challengesThe Federation of Families of Northeast Florida offers technical assistance, education and advocacy to families.

Girls in juvenile justice systemSee the Girl at the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center advances the rights of girls and young women in the justice and child protective systems.

VeteransNortheast Florida Women Veterans operates a resource center for women who have served on active duty, National Guard or Reserves and their children.

Lesbian, bisexual and transgender adolescents and teensJASMYN provides safe space, social opportunities, case management, school supports, and operates a drop-in center for LGBT youth ages 13-23.

Survivors of relationship violenceHubbard House (Jacksonville), Betty Griffin House (St. Johns County), Quigley House (Clay County) help to families experiencing domestic violence.

Low-income women – When a woman does not have enough health insurance to cover sufficient individual therapy, the Women’s Center of Jacksonville offers low-cost counseling.

Survivors of Rape – The Rape Recovery Team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the 24 Hour Rape Crisis Hotline at 904.721.7273.

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