Local help available for mental illness

By Hilary Lane

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Local social workers say if you or anyone you know is showing any signs of mental illness, it is important to get help.

Some red flags include someone who is self isolating and withdrawn, has trouble dealing with others in social situations and becomes angry or agitated easily

More serious behaviors in children include bed wetting, cruelty to animals, and fire setting.

Experts say the best thing to do is to call a primary care physician or a mental health professional.

A quick "Google" search will turn up dozens of psychologists and psychiatrists in the general area.

There are also many community health organizations locally that can help no matter what your financial status is.

"Most agencies will work with you on your insurance because that is an issue that seems to frighten people away," said Linda Zelows, LCSW-R at Mental Health Connections in Utica.

Mental Health Connections, the Oneida County Mental Health Department, and the Center for Family Life and Recovery are just a few examples of organizations that offer services for low income community members.

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