HOLYOKE — MiraVista Behavioral Health Center has welcomed another mental-health nonprofit, one that is part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), to its Holyoke facility. NAMI Western Massachusetts, an affiliate of NAMI Massachusetts, recently relocated from office space in Agawam to MiraVista’s Main Street campus. Earlier this month, MiraVista announced that No More Silence Massachusetts, a nonprofit that offers support to anyone affected by suicide loss, moved its support groups to the behavioral health center’s location in Holyoke.
“We are very pleased to welcome another agency that provides resources to individuals challenged by mental-health conditions and their loved ones and has been doing so for decades,” said Kimberely Lee, MiraVista’s chief of Creative Strategy and Development. “We see every day in our psychiatric and substance-use services how access to treatment and support can successfully help those in recovery, as well as their families and friends.”
NAMI is considered the nation’s largest grassroots mental-health organization dedicated to improving the lives of the millions of Americans affected by mental-health conditions. Its origins date to 1979, and it has some 600 local affiliates and 49 state organizations.
NAMI Western Massachusetts is one of 21 affiliates in Massachusetts. It serves Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties with support groups for family, caregivers, and friends of those living with mental illness, as well as those with mental-health challenges, most of which can be accessed remotely. Newer support groups include those for the Spanish-speaking community and, in partnership with Shiloh SDA Church, for Black and Brown communities.
NAMI Western Massachusetts also maintains a library whose resources include, but are not limited to, literature about mental illness and treatments.
MiraVista Behavioral Health Center recently marked its second anniversary. It provides inpatient psychiatric treatment for adults and adolescents and a broad continuum of outpatient substance-use recovery services, including an Opioid Treatment Program which now offers same-day, walk-in admissions with transportation to and from appointments.