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Don’t be Ashamed to Share Your Voice… Google ‘increase in mental health issues due to covid’ and a seemingly endless list from numerous sources appears.  Experts agree that COVID-19 is certainly complicating mental illnesses and addictions.  In a recent WUFT article, Alan Paulin, LCSW, a senior vice president at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare stated, “people are under pressure,” he noted that some people […] Read More
#MeridianByYourSide – Resource Guide Information About COVID-19 Alachua County COVID-19 Community Resource Portal Home Care Instructions for COVID-19 Patients World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Advice for the Public   How to Safely Un-bag Groceries and Other Purchases Don’t touch your face: Tips from a habit reversal therapist Mental Health or Substance Use – Crisis/Emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days […] Read More
May is Mental Health Month Meridian, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and fellow mental health providers recognize May as “Mental Health Awareness Month.” Each May, mental health providers, professionals, and advocates around the nation come together to raise awareness for mental health. This year, we are sharing mental health “Fast Facts” provided by Mental Health America (MHA). The […] Read More
Partnership connects people to the help they need Gainesville Sun by: Aida Mallard Meridian Behavioral Healthcare’s Co-Responder program in partnership with the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office works to provide community-based solutions for citizens suffering with mental illness or substance abuse disorders who may often find themselves involved with the justice system. The main goal of the program is […] Read More
Meridian Healthcare and GPD program helps mentally ill residents stay out of jail system WCJB TV20 News by: Camille Syed GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Hundreds of residents battling mental illness or substance abuse have received treatment and advice from officers, instead of jail time, thanks to the Gainesville Police Department(GPD) and Meridian Healthcare co-respondents program. Corporal Shelley Postle has been working with the team since it began in 2018 […] Read More
Co-responder program leads to fewer arrests and more treatment for mental health CBS 4 News: by Taniqua Pennix Gainesville, Fla — Meridian’s Co-Responder program is a partnership between law enforcement and mental health specialists. The Vice President of Meridian Healthcare’s Diversion and Recovery services, Jeremiah Alberico, said the program began in 2018 with the Gainesville Police Department and expanded their outreach to Alachua County in 2020. A […] Read More
Meridian has received a $4 million Federal Grant that designates us as a Certified Community Behavioral Healthcare Center (CCBHC) This grant recognizes and supports the critical need for comprehensive and coordinated healthcare for those effected by mental health and substance use disorders Gainesville, Fla. – Meridian Behavioral Healthcare has been awarded a $4 million grant over two years from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand and improve community healthcare […] Read More
Meridian’s Co-Responder Program Proves to be Vital in Providing Community-Solutions for Citizens Experiencing Mental Illness The Co-Responder Program Enters Its Fourth Year and Continues Its Partnership with the Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Gainesville, Fla. – Meridian’s Co-Responder program was established in 2018, in partnership with the Gainesville Police Department (GPD), to provide community-based solutions for citizens suffering with mental illness or substance use disorders, who often […] Read More
Meridian Now Offering On-Demand Care 24/7 Through Meridian Care Connection This increased availability has been crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic and services can now be accessed not only in-person, but, virtually via Telehealth Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is continuing to enhance access to much-needed services to our clients by offering on-demand, 24/7 access to mental healthcare counselors. One year into the global pandemic, Meridian has […] Read More
Alachua County Officials Explore Repurposing Former High Springs Church For New Community Resource Center WUFT News: by Haleigh Donahue A new community outreach and resource center may be on the horizon for residents of northwestern Alachua County. The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is exploring the idea of purchasing the former Fellowship Baptist Church in High Springs to serve as the location for a new community resource center. […] Read More
Help is available, coping with mental health during the pandemic CBS 4 News: by Taniqua Pennix Gainesville, Fla — According to the CDC nearly 40% of US adults reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse during the pandemic. Gainesville resident, Philip Floor, said like many people, he spent the last year isolated and feeling lonely. “In the beginning parts of the pandemic, it was […] Read More
silhouette photo of family Self-Harm Warning Signs and Symptoms As with any other illness, many mental health disorders have identifiable signs and symptoms. These can help you to detect an issue with yourself or a loved one. Self-harm, although not a mental illness, is an unhealthy way to cope with emotions. It can be difficult for parents to recognize that their child is self-harming, […] Read More

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