If you’re in crisis or you need immediate help
Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

You can also call The Lake County Crisis Hotline at: 440-953-8255

For a list of ADAMHS providers click here.

If you’d like some guidance, please consider calling our Compass Line.

Mental Illness

  • Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning.
  • People are typically not born with a mental illness, but genetic predispositions/family history are often factors.
  • Mental illnesses are treatable.
  • Life expectancy for someone with a mental illness can be up to 25 years shorter than for someone without – often due to untreated physical conditions.
  • One-in-four adults will experience mental illness Mental illness is more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.
  • Two of three Ohioans say they’re impacted by a friend or family member with an addiction or mental illness.

The Most Common Mental Illnesses Include:


  • Very common and very treatable.
  • When untreated, characterized by sadness, fatigue, poor concentration, sleep problems,, unintended weight loss/gain, excessive guilt and sometimes thoughts of suicide.

Bipolar Disorder

  • Characterized by unusual and dramatic shifts in mood, energy and the ability to think clearly. Very high highs, and very low lows.
  • Affects more than 10 million Americans
  • Affects men and women equally
  • Can start any time in life, but more than half of all cases begin between ages 15-25

Anxiety Disorders

  • The most common mental illnesses in America. Affects around 20 percent of the population.
  • If untreated, anxiety disorders can be severely impairing.
  • Can cause people to feel excessively frightened, distressed, or uneasy during situations in which most of us would not.


  • Impacts a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others
  • When untreated, may cause unusual, inappropriate and sometimes unpredictable and disorganized behavior
  • Behaviors often caused by the delusions and hallucinations that are symptoms of schizophrenia.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Often described as “a disease of doubt”. People with OCD are unable to distinguish between what is possible, what is probable, and what is unlikely to happen.
  • Strikes people of all social and ethnic groups and both males and females.
  • Symptoms typically begin during childhood, the teenage years, or young adulthood.
  • Genetics: If you, your parent or a sibling have OCD, there’s close to a 25 percent chance that another of your immediate family will have it.

Abuse & Addiction

Alcohol, Opiates, Heroin, Marijuana and Other Drugs

  • The United States consumes 50% of the world’s illicit cocaine, 80% of the world’s opioid pain pills, and 99% of the world’s Vicodin. Yet the U.S. represents only 4.6% of the world’s population.
  • Accidental drug overdoses are now responsible for more deaths than auto accidents.
  • Nine of the ten largest pharmaceutical companies now spend more on marketing than on R&D.
  • Only about 10% of people with substance abuse disorders receive treatment.