Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) at Friends Hospital provides information, literature, training, programs and consultation for family members with a loved one who is mentally ill. Founded by a local mental health advocate, the FRC is staffed by trained individuals who share the experience of having a loved one with mental illness. The FRC provides literature, support and contact information for additional community resources.

Immediate Support

Trained staff familiar with mental illness will listen to you and assist in obtaining helpful information and/or appropriate resources and contacts.


The FRC offers information about serious mental illnesses and psychiatric disorders, psychiatric medications, support groups and resources in the community.

Video Showings

Videotapes can be viewed upon request at the FRC. They include dramatizations about mental illness in the family, documentary testimony about treatment options and much more.

Lending Library

The FRC library has books about depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Alzheimer’s. Books about medications and inspirational books are also included in the selection.

  • All services are free.
  • Only three articles will be mailed. You may visit the FRC to obtain additional articles.
  • Open noon – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon – 4 p.m. Friday.
  • Schedules are available at the front desk of the Scattergood Building.
  • Please call (215) 831-4894 for more information.