Armenian Mental Health and Mental Illness Resources
NAMIGlendale recognizes that we have a special obligation to engage with the Armenian speaking community. Our service area includes Glendale and Hollywood, twin hubs of the largest center of the Armenian diaspora. Armenians and Armenian-Americans represents the largest ethnic population in the City of Glendale itself. We believe that language and culture should never be a barrier to getting adequate care for mental health problems or serious mental illnesses.
NAMI Family Support Group in Armenian
Conducted in Armenian by culturally sensitive native speakers, our Armenian Family Support group use the same program model that we use in our groups conducted in English and Spanish. This support group meets monthly on the last Thursday of the month from 6-7:30 pm, at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center, 1540 E. Colorado Boulevard, CA 91205. There is no fee or membership requirement and no preregistration needed. Please try and come on time as we have lots to talk about.
AAMHA DIRECTORY OF MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS is available here: https://www.aamhawest.org/directory/ .
AAMHA provides support to individuals, agencies and organizations that offer mental health services to the Armenian American community, promotes utilization of mental health services for those who need it, and strongly advocates for mental health in the Armenian community. To find out more about AAMHA and their services please visit their website https://www.aamhawest.org/.
Armenian Autism Outreach Program (AAOP)
“AAOP’s goal is to raise awareness about autism in the Armenian-American community in Greater Los Angeles by informing parents, teachers & administrators about what autism is & how it is diagnosed, best practices in autism education, treatment & resources….Our mission is to support the efforts of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); to empower them in self-advocacy by way of education, camaraderie and support; and to educate the Armenian Community for a full and meaningful integration of all individuals” — from the AAOP website.
Social Services staff participate in on-going meetings with public agencies and other social service providers to collaborate and better determine the changing needs of the community. The ARS Child, Youth & Family Guidance Center is housed in the Glendale headquarters. Those social services clients requiring mental health services due to stresses, anxiety or adjustment issues, can seek help at the Guidance Center. Financial support is provided through federal, county, and local grants, private foundations and individuals. The main office in Glendale and its auxiliary centers in Hollywood and Pasadena have provided 41 thousand to 54 thousand client services annually. 517 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202. (818) 500-1343.
The Glendale Center offers a range of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services, with linguistic expertise in Spanish and Armenian, two commonly spoken languages in the community.
ARMUNITY helps individuals and families in the Armenian community of Los Angeles find and receive quality mental health care. Made possible through a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Armunity is developing integrated community healthcare to better serve Armenians in Glendale and surrounding areas.