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Mental Illness Resources

Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses.   http://www.activeminds.org/

The AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders. http://www.aacap.org/

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy representing the professional interests of more than 23,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. www.aamft.org

American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP) Advocates for quality psychiatric care in community settings. The mission of the AACP is to encourage, equip, and empower community and public psychiatrists to develop and implement policies and high-quality practices that promote individual, family and community resilience and recovery.  http://www.communitypsychiatry.org/

The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. www.counseling.org.

American Counselors Mental Health Association The mission of the AMHCA is "To enhance the profession of mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development." www.amhca.org

The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized worldwide. Over 35,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. www.psych.org

American Psychological Association. Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. www.apa.org

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) is psychotherapy based on modifying everyday thoughts and behviors. In CBT, the therapist and client work together to determine the goals for therapy, and how long to continue therapy. http://www.abct.org/Home/

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health ACAMH is a multi-discipinary membership association and valuable resource for those engaged in child and adolescent mental health and its associated specialities.   http://www.acamh.org.uk/

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is the world’s leading adult ADHD organization. Our mission is to provide information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) lead better lives. http://www.add.org/

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families.   http://www.chadd.org/

The Clinical Social Work Association is the leading organization ensuring the efficacy, stability and viability of clinical social work. Through our clinical offerings, legislative advocacy and practice related alerts, we keep clinical social workers well informed and prepared to make a difference in our client’s lives.  http://www.clinicalsocialworkassociation.org/ 

ClinicalTrials.gov ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals. http://clinicaltrials.gov/

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides information and available resources including support groups for depression and bipolar disorder. www.dbsalliance.org

Families for Depression Awareness This is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families recognize and cope with depressive disorders. The organization provides education, outreach, and advocacy to support families and friends. Families for Depression Awareness is made up of families who have lost a family member to suicide or have watched a loved one suffer with depression. www.familyaware.org

Freedom From Fear is a national not-for-profit mental health advocacy association founded in 1984 by Mary Guardino. Ms. Guardino founded FFF as an outgrowth of her own personal experiences of suffering with anxiety and depressive illnesses for more than 25 years. The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depressive and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support. http://www.freedomfromfear.org/

The Glendon Association is an organization whose mission is to save lives and enhance mental health by addressing the social problems of suicide, child abuse, violence, and troubled interpersonal relationships. They conduct research and share what they know through various workshops, publications, and educational documentaries. www.glendon.org

HealingWell.com is about living and healing well with chronic illness and features a thriving support community, blog, and resources to help you cope with the daily struggles chonic illness presents. Our goal is simple....to help you on your way to "healing well". We offer health resources and a supportive community to help you take control of your illness and start the healing process. HealingWell.com features community support forums and chat, blogs, articles, news, videos, a monthly newsletter, and resources on a wide range of health conditions. http://www.healingwell.com/

The International Association of Counselors and Therapists is a premier association for holistic practitioners that provides a forum where members may exchange ideas, information, techniques and methodologies. http://www.iact.org/

Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others.  The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to:Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; Support research into the cause of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families; Advocate and lobby for the OCD community. http://www.ocfoundation.org/

Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association). MHA is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. www.nmha.org  

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. www.nami.org.

National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. The NACBT is the leading organization dedicated exclusively to supporting, promoting, teaching, and developing cognitive-behavioral therapy and those who practice it. www.nacbt.org.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 145,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.  http://www.socialworkers.org/

The National Council is the unifying voice of America’s behavioral health organizations. Together with our 1,950 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 8 million adults and children with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to providing comprehensive, quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and inclusion in all aspects of community life.  The National Council advocates for public policies in mental and behavioral health that ensure that people who are ill can access comprehensive healthcare services. And we offer state-of-the-science education and practice improvement resources so that services are efficient and effective. http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.  http://www.nih.gov/

National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) Outreach Partnership Program. The Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide initiative of the NIMH’s Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison (OCRPL) with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Program partners with national and state organizations to strengthen the public health impact of research by disseminating the latest scientific findings; informing the public about mental disorders, alcoholism, and drug addiction; and reducing the associated stigma and discrimination. The Program strives to increase public awareness about the important role of basic and clinical research in transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses and addiction disorders, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. The Program also provides NIMH with the opportunity to engage community organizations in a dialogue to help develop a national research agenda to improve America’s mental health. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/index.shtml 

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse connects people to self-help and advocacy resources and offer expertise to and about peer-run groups and organizations that serve people who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses. www.mhselfhelp.org

The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health is a private non-profit charitable organization, a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to promoting quality mental health services through policy development initiatives, training, technical assistance, research, data collection, best practice development, and anti-stigma and anti-discrimination campaigns. http://www.nrchmh.org/

The National Resource Center on ADHD the nation's clearinghouse for science-based information about all aspects of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). http://www.help4adhd.org/

New Directions Delaware, Inc. New Directions is a support group for people with depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression) and for their families and friends. They are located in Wilmington, Delaware, and their members come from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. www.newdirectionsdelaware.org.

No Kidding, Me Too! Removing the Stigma from Mental Illness.  No Kidding, Me Too! is an organization whose purpose is to remove the stigma attached to brain dis-ease through education and the breaking down of societal barriers. Their goal is to empower those with brain dis-ease to admit their illness, seek treatment, and become even greater members of society. www.nkm2.org.

Project Atlas of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse is designed to collect, compile and disseminate data on mental health and neurology resources in the world. The primary objective of the project is to raise public and professional awareness of the inadequacies of existing resources and services and the large inequities in their distribution at national and global level. The information is also useful in planning for enhancement of resources.
This website presents updated information from the project Atlas; at this time, subprojects on Mental Health and Neurology are included. The website allows users to find and display global, regional and country data, as well as to compare countries and WHO regions and prepare tables, charts and maps for downloading.  http://apps.who.int/globalatlas/default.asp

Psych Central is the Internet's largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network. Since 1995, it has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 160 support groups to consumers. We are today's modern voice for mental health information and advocacy and have the broadest online reach and recognition of any mental health network online today, touching the lives of over 1.5 million people around the world every month. http://psychcentral.com/

Schizophrenia.com is a member of The Internet Mental Health Initiative, a project of the Tides Center, and a leading non-profit web community dedicated to providing high quality information, support and education to the family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been impacted by schizophrenia. http://www.schizophrenia.com/index.html

Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) is dedicated to promoting the improvement of mental health by providing the public with education, screening, and treatment resources. http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/

Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration store web site for publications on mental illness and related topics http://store.samhsa.gov/home

The University of Michigan Depression Center The mission of the University of Michigan Depression Center is to detect depression and bipolar disorders earlier, treat more effectively, prevent recurrences and progression, counteract stigma, and improve public policy. http://www.depressioncenter.org/

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health Services mission is to maintain and improve the health and well-being of Veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education, and research. http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/

The World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders (WFSAD) is the only global grassroots organization dedicated to lightening the burden of schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses for sufferers and their families.  http://www.world-schizophrenia.org/

World Psychiatric Association The WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies aimed to increase knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill.  http://www.wpanet.org/


04/23/2013 at 3:01 PM
Peggy Harnisch
Thanks for such a comprehensive list of helpful websites for all age groups and covering so many areas of need.
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