Did you know? 


of mental illness presents by age 14 and


of mental illness presents by age 24

But early care makes a difference!

If you suspect you or your child have a mental health issue, don’t delay in seeking treatment.

Mental health challenges can look like:

  • irritability
  • feeling anxious
  • mood changes
  • feeling sad or depressed
  • being overwhelmed
  • withdrawing socially from friends and family
  • difficulty concentrating
  • lacking motivation
  • disorganization in memory, thoughts or behavior
  • misusing alcohol/drugs
  • sleep difficulties
  • declining hygiene
  • changes in eating habits
  • uneasiness around others
  • lack of self-worth
  • self-harm
  • changes in thinking or perceptions

Certain experiences such as hearing or seeing things that are not there, holding persistent unusual beliefs or having excessive suspiciousness or paranoia may be signs of a more serious mental health condition called psychosis. While this experience can be scary, psychosis is treatable, and early treatment supports the best possible recovery. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of psychosis, it’s important to seek treatment right away.

How to start treatment at Oaklawn:

To begin treatment at Oaklawn, come to an Open Access clinic during one of the days and times listed below. You do not need an appointment or to call ahead for these walk-in clinics. This initial visit will focus on new client paperwork, completing a clinical assessment with one of our therapists and creating a plan for future treatment. The process takes about two hours.

Note that while each treatment plan is customized to your unique needs, Oaklawn operates on a Group First model of treatment. This means most clients will begin services in group therapy. Groups use the same evidence-based practices as individual therapy, with the added benefit of peer support. Some clients may attend group for only a few sessions as they prepare for deeper work in individual therapy, and some clients may continue in group therapy as their primary mode of treatment.

Open Access clinics are held:

South Bend – 415 E. Madison St. & Elkhart – 2600 Oakland Ave.

  • Monday – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 12-6 p.m.
  • Thursday – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Friday – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Goshen – 330 Lakeview Drive

  • Monday – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 2-6 p.m.
  • Thursday – 12-4 p.m.
  • Friday – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

We speak English and Spanish and have access to interpreters for Spanish and other languages.

For  more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Contact Us

Elkhart County Access
Center 24/7

South Bend Access
Center 24/7

Mishawaka Campus


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