The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania.
For more information, please contact:
4105 Derry Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111
OC87 Recovery Diaries is a website that continues the conversation about mental health and the challenges and triumphs of recovery.
Through mini documentaries, video diaries, articles and posts, they tell brave, honest and inspiring stories that embrace the drama of everyday life, and reveal the thoughts and passions of people living with mental health challenges.
Helena Marques went through a hardship after she lost her job. Originally from Perth Amboy, New Jersey she came to Scranton, Pennsylvania because of their resources for the homeless.
Facing mental health challenges from an early age, Helena turned to the Advocacy Alliance for help.
At the Recovery Center, Helena found assistance and hope. In addition to helping her find food and shelter, The Advocacy Alliance was able to expedite the waiting process and get Helena the counseling services she needed.
Watch the video below to hear Helena’s story in her own words.
In 1955, a new organization, founded in Lackawanna County, provided a voice for persons with mental illness. Since its humble beginnings, that organization, now known as The Advocacy Alliance, has expanded to serve persons with mental illness and persons with mental retardation in fifteen counties through Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania.
Take a few minutes to view “Voices of Hope”, an inspirational story that parallels changes in the way mental health and mental retardation services were delivered through the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s and the hope that accompanies the dawn of the 21st century.
The journey begins in the mid-1950s when persons with mental illness expected to be socially isolated and stigmatized, and continues to the 21st Century when due to the efforts of many, including The Advocacy Alliance, persons with mental illness and persons with mental retardation are living in communities participating in life decisions, and exercising their right to be heard.