SANE Australia was founded in 1986 with the mission to improve the lives of those affected by mental health issues. Through advocacy campaigns and innovative programs they work to educate individuals, families, friends, providers, and the general public about mental health. Projects include the Mind + Body Initiative, which highlights the importance of physical health to mental health; the Suicide Prevention Project; Mindful Employer; and the Signs campaign, which brings attention to early warning signs that someone may be in need of help.
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
This national nonprofit association works to eliminate the negative effects of parental alcohol and drug use on children and families by raising awareness through public education and advocating for prevention initiatives at national, State, and local levels. Some of their resources include educational materials for clergy, health care providers, teachers, social workers, and children themselves.
The Amistad Community
This community was started by families of adults with mental health problems to create a place where they could spend their free time and interact with others. It has evolved over the years to become a peer support and recovery center that promotes health and mutual support to show that recovery is real.
Via Hope Texas Mental Health Resource
This mental health resource center offers training, technical assistance, and consultation to peers, their families, youth, and mental healthcare providers in Texas. They seek to bring a peer voice to the field of recovery by providing family partner and peer specialist trainings and certifications as well as engagement and advocacy opportunities. They also run a recovery institute, which helps organizations develop recovery-based practices.
The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care
Established in 2011, this foundation highlights existing and new innovative research and programs, raises support for research and programs, and sponsors symposia. All of its efforts are aimed at creating new standards of care that focus on recovery and wellness. The foundation works to bring together and create dialogue among researchers, philanthropists, advocates, providers, peers, families, and community members who are seeking to redefine how we approach mental health issues.
Family Outreach & Response
Based in Canada, this organization provides recovery-oriented educational and support services to families in which a member has lived experience of a mental health challenge. These services help families reflect on their experiences and better understand those of their loved ones with mental health issues. The philosophy behind their practice emphasizes that recovery is possible and that one can overcome periods of distress with the correct tools and information, and the support of family and peers. They believe families can be an important source of support; that individuals should be in control of their personal recovery journey; and that the service provider's role is to help support that individual's personal decisions in an educated, respectful, and culturally competent manner.
MentalHealth.gov is a Web site created to serve as a hub of U.S. Government information on mental health and substance use conditions. The site is intended for people seeking help with mental health and substance use problems, their loved ones, schools, communities, and other groups. For people seeking help, it features information on participating in treatment decisions, finding a peer group, and developing a recovery plan. It also includes information for educators and others who work with children and youth on taking an approach to mental health promotion based on strengths and resilience. The site offers tools for starting a conversation in your community about mental health issues. Also available are videotaped stories about recovery.
Families Healing Together
Families Healing Together provides online interactive education on mental health and mental health disorders for people with psychiatric diagnoses and their families. The education is designed to help families and individuals transform the experience of emotional distress and psychosis through strengths-based education, hope-building strategies, compassionate communication skills, and wellness and recovery tools. The organization offers a course called Recovering Our Families, an 8-week fully facilitated mental health recovery course that provides relationship-centered education, group support, recovery exercises and reflections, and multimedia resources in a password-protected online healing community. Families Healing Together is a collaboration of three organizations: Mother Bear: Families for Mental Health, Toronto-based Family Outreach and Response, and Practice Recovery.
Mother Bear: Families for Mental Health
Mother Bear is a family-led national network dedicated to supporting individual and family mental health recovery and well-being. Mother Bear's Web site offers interactive, facilitated family recovery education, discussion forums, family recovery stories, videos, blogs, news, and trauma-informed recovery resources and wellness tools. Mother Bear also offers a toll-free Family Hope Line, 855 I HOPE 4 U (446-7348), to provide compassionate listening, encouragement, and help with finding recovery resources. Mother Bear welcomes and encourages the participation of individuals with lived experience, family members, and recovery-oriented providers as co-learners on a shared recovery journey.
Association for Children's Mental Health
The focus of the Association for Children's Mental Health (ACMH) is to support parents and families of children with mental health problems in Michigan through their dedicated work in systems reform, the support they provide in helping families identify mental health services for their children, and through their partnership with the Department of Community Health, Family Independence Agency, and other entities. The ACMH offers a variety of publications and resources through their Web site, information on local events, and a page dedicated to military family support.
Association for Applied Sport Psychology
The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) is an international professional organization that promotes the science and practice of sport and exercise psychology. The AASP works to provide services to athletes, coaches, teams, and parents and to educate people about the psychological side to sports. Some common psychological skills addressed are anxiety/energy management, attention/concentration control, self-talk, and communication.
NFL Life Line
The NFL Life Line is a confidential and secure resource available 24/7 for current and former National Football League (NFL) players, coaches, staff, and family members to call. It provides individuals in crisis with support from trained counselors who help them address personal and emotional challenges. The NFL Life Line Web site includes brief videos of encouragement from current and former NFL players, crisis resources, and a section that outlines various signs and symptoms that indicate when additional support is needed. Through contributions from other agencies such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the NFL Life Line has worked to reduce emotional distress, suicide ideation, and many of the specific issues experienced by many through a career in professional football.
Make the Connection
The Make the Connection Web site was developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as part of a public awareness campaign designed to help veterans and their families learn about mental health and substance use disorders, recovery and resilience, and available resources. The Web site includes powerful testimonials and personal stories from veterans.
Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
The Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy (MHSRP) seeks to improve services and peoples' understanding of mental disorders. MHSRP includes consumers, providers, family members, and others directly impacted by mental disorders in their training and research programs. Each of their projects highlight key issues such as housing, crisis management, and the unique needs of women and those from diverse cultures, all while promoting recovery and community participation for people with mental disorders.
The ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) works to better the lives of children through direct service, research and education. The CTA helps translate scientific findings related to child development and the human brain into practical terms. Their work has had great influence on therapy programs, child protection, and educational systems.
National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)
The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) was established with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in partnership with the National Alliance of Multi-ethnic Behavioral Health Associations. NNED is dedicated to promoting equality for behavioral health services for individuals, families, and communities. It aims to promote policies, practices, standards, and research to eliminate behavioral health disparities through the development of a diverse national network of racial, ethnic, cultural, and sexual minority communities and organizations. NNED works with network members to share community-based knowledge of and training in multicultural and community-based practices, encourage collaboration, and research and design best practices.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), established by Congress in 2000 and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, works to improve both quality of care and access to services for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma or been exposed to traumatic events. NCTSN serves as a resource for evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and education for various groups including parents, professionals, military families, and educators. The NCTSN Web site also includes detailed information on the different types of trauma and a broad range of other resources including research materials, information on available trainings, and information on treatment options.
Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership)
This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-funded organization provides technical assistance to help communities build systems of care. The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) assists communities in developing and implementing a broad range of community- and strength-based services to improve outcomes for children with behavioral health problems and their families. Resources provided include consultation, communities of practice, and a newsletter. In addition, this organization provides access to content specialists with experience in a variety of areas including child welfare, cultural and linguistic competence, and mental health and substance abuse.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
The goal of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Response website is to increase awareness and understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as experiences of abuse, domestic violence, or neglect and to facilitate all-inclusive responses to these kinds of experiences throughout the lifespan to prevent ACEs and their negative outcomes. Adverse Childhood Experiences Response site provides links to additional information, articles, and presentations on ACE related studies and supports.
National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) is a family-run parent support and advocacy organization that helps parents and families deal with their child's emotional and behavioral health issues. FFCMH provides national advocacy for the rights of youth and families, technical assistance to other family-run organizations, and a number of resources geared toward educating and supporting families.
SAMHSA Services in Supportive Housing
SAMHSA's Services in Supportive Housing (SSH) enhances supportive housing for individuals in need by facilitating communication between the federal government and providers of supportive housing, providing an environment for housing providers to meet and exchange knowledge. This SSH initiative develops products for distribution thoughout the homeless services field while also ensuring the involvement of consumers. A list of current grantees and a description of their programs is included on this Web site.
SAMHSA's Homelessness Resource Center
SAMHSA's Homelessness Resource Center aims to improve the lives of individuals impacted by homelessness who have behavioral health conditions and histories of trauma. This online center includes a training section to help provider agencies enhance services and a library with information on various topics including affordable housing, families, and treatment. Some of the key goals of this center are to support plans to end homelessness; to coordinate ProviderWeb activities with other Federal efforts; and to increase awareness, knowledge of resources, and ability to help.
Families for Depression Awareness
Families for Depression Awareness is an organization dedicated to informing and supporting the family members of people experiencing depressive disorders in order to help them support their loved ones. The organization's website provides resources about depression; profiles of families that have experienced a depressive disorder; a newsletter and podcast series; and other tools and links.
Defense Centers of Excellence For Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE)
Defense Centers of Excellence For Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury partners with the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and a national network of military and civilian agencies, community leaders, advocacy groups, clinical experts, and academic institutions to establish best practices and quality standards for the treatment of PH and TBI. DCoE assesses, validates, oversees and facilitates prevention, resilience, identification, treatment, outreach, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs for psychological health (PH) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) to ensure the Department of Defense meets the needs of the nation's military communities, warriors and families. DCoE is the open front door of the Department of Defense for warriors and their families needing help with PH and TBI issues, promoting the resilience, recovery and reintegration of warriors and their families.
National Military Family Association
National Military Family Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 by a group of military wives who wanted to ensure that their widowed friends were properly taken care of. Today the National Military Family Association is an organization that continues to provide its support by advocating and representing the needs of military families and empowering husbands, wives, and children to understand and access their benefits.
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that provides tangible support for the severely wounded service members and helps them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally. Wounded Warrior Project aims to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and provide unique, direct programs and services.
Coalition for Iraq + Afghanistan Veterans
This national non-partisan partnership of organizations is committed to working with and on behalf of all military veterans, families, survivors, and providers to strengthen the existing system of care and support for all those affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS)
TAPS provides ongoing emotional help, hope, and healing to all who grieve the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of relationship to the deceased, geography, and circumstance of the death. TAPS provides a national network of peer-based emotional support, casualty case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
VVA is an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, creating a new identity for this generation of veterans, and changing public perception of Vietnam veterans. The Veterans Health Council, a program of VVA, serves as an information source for Vietnam veterans and veterans of more recent wars; it aims to ensure that veterans and their families are aware of health issues and available military benefits, to educate providers and educational institutions about health issues associated with military service, and to support veterans' healthcare initiatives.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
IAVA is the country's first and largest nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans and their families. IAVA is dedicated to educating the public about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; advocating on behalf of those who have served; and fostering a community for troops, veterans, and their families.
Time to Change
Time to Change is England's most ambitious program to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. With 35 projects led by Mind and Rethink, the program is backed by international evidence on what works and has at its heart people with direct experience with mental health problems.
Strength of Us
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) developed this social networking site, described as an online community that empowers young adults through resource sharing and peer support and builds connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities that define the transitional years of life.
This nonprofit organization works to increase the ability of Australian society to prevent and respond effectively to depression.
Founded in 1879, Together is the United Kingdom's longest serving mental health charity. The organization focuses on supporting people in their recovery from serious mental health problems.
Real Warriors Campaign
The Real Warriors Campaign is a program of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. It promotes the reintegration of returning service members with their families and communities.
Institute for Community Inclusion
Established in 1967, the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston works to promote the rights of all individuals who have disabilities to be fully involved in their communities. This social justice work is accomplished through partnerships with various stakeholders, including individuals, their families, and their communities.
Bring Change 2 Mind
Bring Change 2 Mind is a nationwide campaign to eradicate inaccurate perceptions about and discrimination toward people with mental health problems. Its founders include Glenn Close, The Balanced Mind Foundation, Fountain House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of the International Mental Health Research Organization. Part of the impetus for the campaign came from Closes volunteer work at Fountain House, work she did to learn more about the mental health problems her sister and nephew have experienced. Bring Change 2 Mind aims to provide people who have misconceptions about mental health problems with quick and easy access to information that helps them better understand these problems. It also aims to offer support to people with mental health problems and their friends and loved ones.
The Fountain Gallery
The Fountain Gallery is a nonprofit cooperative run by and for artists living with mental illnesses. It works to change common misconceptions about people living with mental illnesses by publicly exhibiting the works of their talented artists and by providing a safe and secure place for self-expression.
Open Minds, Open Doors
Open Minds Open Doors is the latest social inclusion campaign of the Wisconsin United for Mental Health (WUMH) statewide coalition. Launched in May 2007, the campaign consists of a series of radio public service announcements in which listeners are asked to support the statements on the WUMH Web site. Listeners can sign their name to show support for people with mental health issues and their beliefs that these individuals should be treated with respect as contributing members of the community.
With an OPEN mind
With an OPEN mind is a public education program in the Thunder Bay region of Canada. It aims to reduce myths and misconceptions surrounding mental illness through the shaping of public attitudes so that people with mental illnesses have an improved sense of acceptance, purpose, and freedom in their communities.
Dare to Dream
Dare to Dream is an initiative started in Canada in 2005 by the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO (the Centre). This program helps Ontario youth (18 years of age and under) become more aware of mental health.
In Our Own Voice
In Our Own Voice, a program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a unique informational outreach program, that offers insight into the recovery that is possible for people with severe mental illnesses. The program aims "to meet the need for consumer-run education initiatives, to set a standard for quality education about mental illness from those who have been there, to offer genuine work opportunities for consumers, to encourage self-confidence and self-esteem in presenters, and to focus on recovery and the message of hope."
Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family
Nothing To Hide: Mental Illness in the Family is a touring photo and text exhibit that was developed by the Family Diversity Project, a nonprofit educational organization based in Amherst, MA. The exhibit, which debuted in 1999?2000, presents a collection of museum-quality photographs and the text of interviews that tell poignant stories of courageous individuals and their families whose lives are affected by mental health problems. The exhibit also is available in book form, featuring portraits and stories of 44 families who defy the prejudice so often held against individuals with mental health challenges by speaking candidly about their lives.
Active Minds started as a student-run program in 2001 at the University of Pennsylvania to get students on campus talking about mental health issues. It has since grown into a nationwide nonprofit, with more than 400 college chapters, and its recognition in the field continues to grow. Active Minds works to educate students and communities about the realities of mental illness while promoting acceptance of peers with current or past experience of mental health issues and encouraging help-seeking and help-offering behaviors.
The Kids on the Block, Inc.
The Kids on the Block (KOB) is an educational puppet theatre company that researches, develops and performs live programs addressing a wide range of topics, including childrens mental health.
Family to Family Education Program
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.
National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, promotes and helps to develop consumer-run self-help groups across the country. Technical assistance and materials are available on such topics as organizing groups, fundraising, leadership development, incorporating, public relations, advocacy, and networking
Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health
The Research and Training Center for Children?s Mental Health works to strengthen the empirical foundation for effective systems of care, and improve services for children with serious emotional or behavioral disorders and their families.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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. AACAP provides an array of information and resources for parents, teachers, and other caregivers.
New York University Child Study Center
The New York University Child Study Center is dedicated to increasing awareness of mental health problems in children and adolescents and improving research to advance prevention, identification, and treatment of these problems. The centers Web site offers a variety of articles and information on mental health problems in children and teens, including ways to identify these problems and treatment options.
The Carter Center
The Carter Center focuses on mental health policy through several goals. First, it aims to increase worldwide public awareness of mental health issues. It also does work to support development of public policy to promote social inclusion and the best possible quality of life for people with mental health and substance use problems. Additionally, the center works to make mental health care as high in quality and accessible as other health care, and to reduce inaccurate perceptions of people with lived experience of mental health and substance use problems.
Fountain House is a nationally recognized center for research on recovery for people with mental health conditions. It is a key training base for the worldwide replication of Fountain House's pioneering clubhouse model, in which people living with mental health conditions take part in a working community, contributing to activities which at Fountain House range from cooking to record-keeping to employment to research. Fountain House is an influential voice in continuing efforts—local, statewide, and national—to promote the rights of people with mental health problems and to battle the barriers, inaccurate perceptions, and discrimination they face.
National Mental Health Information Center
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health for users of mental health services, their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media. It has an array of publications available to the public at no-cost.
Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign
The campaign helps families, educators, health care providers, and young people recognize mental health problems and seek or recommend appropriate services. It also strives to reduce the misperceptions and exclusion associated with mental health problems and people with lived experience of these problems.
Mental Health Ministries
Mental Health Ministries (MHM) is an ecumenical program through the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church. A faith-based educational outreach program, MHM markets its resources through its Web site. MHM provides high-quality media and print resources to educate clergy and other people of faith in order to decrease negative attitudes, misconceptions, and stereotypes associated with mental health problems in faith communities.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a nationwide peer-led organization that provides education on depression and bipolar disorder, training of peer specialists, more than 700 peer support groups across the United States, and information for the media and general public. Through its Web site, DBSA offers overviews of depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder; educational podcasts and videos; information about treatment options; and links to screening and wellness tools. It also provides information to help people register for peer specialist training. The organization hosts an annual conference and publishes several free email newsletters.
National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country?s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 240 affiliates nationwide, they represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation - everyday and in times of crisis.
National Empowerment Center
The National Empowerment Center is a Technical Assistance Center run by mental health consumers/survivors. It provides information and referrals to consumer/survivor resources nationwide and offers technical assistance to individuals and groups involved in consumer empowerment activities. The Center distributes recovery-related publications and sponsors education and training activities.
Wisconsin United for Mental Health
Wisconsin United for Mental Health is a coalition of State, nonprofit, advocacy, and consumer mental health organizations formed in 2002. The coalition actively promotes mental health awareness and eliminates barriers to recovery through statewide activities and events including Webcasts, trainings, presentations for the public, and the support of local legislator and media briefing activities.
Project Relate, an advertising and public service campaign serving Nebraska, was launched on April 7, 2004. Developed through the cooperative efforts of Nebraska mental health service providers, advocacy groups, and nonprofit organizations, the campaign aims to increase awareness and improve public perceptions of people with mental illnesses with their message ?You are not alone.? In addition to addressing negative misconceptions and providing mental health education, Project Relate operates a clearinghouse of mental health resources for the entire State.
Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence (BTS) is an educational program to increase awareness of mental health problems and eradicate inaccurate perceptions of these problems and people who experience them. Lesson plans for upper elementary, middle, and high school classrooms educate students about the facts and myths of mental health issues, teach social inclusion, and promote early treatment. BTS identifies the causes and signs of mental health problems and what people can do to help others who are experiencing these issues.