Volunteer opportunities in the mental health field exist in many other hospitals and service organizations in the county:
- Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 544-8488. Membership of this group consists mainly of friends and relatives of mentally ill people who have banded together to offer emotional and educational support to each other and to work for legislative change. Volunteer office workers and individuals to assist at parties for psychiatric patients at several Orange and Los Angeles County facilities are needed.
- Mental Health Assn., 547-7559. A number of public education programs for all ages are administered; support groups for manic depressive and schizophrenic outpatients meet all around the county through the association's Project Return; a visitation program for elderly people uses individual volunteers; patients' rights advocates act in the interests of psychiatric patients who are being held involuntarily.
- Hoag Memorial Hospital, 645-8600, Extension 2264. Volunteers are used throughout the hospital, including the psychiatric program. Within the psychiatric unit, volunteers mostly work with patients in group activities such as baking and game-playing, although occasional one-to-one encounters occur.