Safe Schools/Healthy Students
In 1999, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Justice created the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Initiative, which since then has helped create safe, secure school environments across the country. According to the initiative's website, SS/HS "supports school and community partnerships by encouraging integrated systems that promote students' mental health, enhance their academic achievement, prevent violence and substance use, and create safe and respectful school climates." Their community partnership model seeks to foster and support relationships between and among State and local government agencies, communities, and schools. These relationships in turn help with implementation of programs and policies to achieve SS/HS goals. Visit their Youth and School Violence Prevention Resources page at http://sshs.samhsa.gov/initiative/resources.aspx for violence prevention resources on subtopics including cultural competence, data, evidence-based programs and interventions, mental health services, and substance abuse.
National Organization on Disability
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a non-profit organization working to promote social inclusion for all people with any type of disability, regardless of condition or circumstances, to be able to fully participate in and become contributing members of society. They work with employers, schools, the military, service providers, researchers, and disability advocates to help promote best practices for employment and treatment models and they conduct research and provide consulting services.
The Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment
The Center for Dignity, Recovery & Empowerment is a project of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, in partnership with the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The Center works to advance effective mental health practices and supports by developing and disseminating information on best practices that are culturally relevant and seek to reduce prejudicial attitudes towards people with mental health conditions. The core programs of the project include the Resource Development Program and the Promising Practices Program. These programs are supported by three teams, which focus on the following areas: research, evaluation, and program development; training, technical assistance, and consultation; and outreach and communication. Resources include a registry of California-based programs, a variety of program improvement toolkits, and materials on educating and combating prejudiced attitudes.
Caring Clergy Project
Sponsored by the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness, this project seeks to educate faith community leaders about mental health problems and provide them resources to support them in helping their community members who may be in crisis. This includes information on starting spirituality support groups, recognizing signs of crises and how to appropriately respond, and also referring individuals to appropriate mental health services within their communities.
Interfaith Network on Mental Illness
The Interfaith Network on Mental Illness (INMI) seeks to educate and support religious leaders of all denominations to help them to become able to identify potential mental health issues and reach out to members of their congregation who may be experiencing mental health problems. INMI recognizes that faith often plays an important role in the process of recovery and wants to ensure that religious communities are welcoming of individuals with mental health challenges and can provide inclusive and supportive communities for them.
The Danya Institute
The Danya Institute is a nonprofit organization working to promote evidence-based practices and healthcare delivery improvements by providing training, leadership development, and technical assistance to mental health service providers, consumers, and other associated stakeholders. Resources include trainings on an array of clinical topics, such as treating individuals with co-occurring disorders and helping children who have experienced trauma, as well as discussions on topics such as how mobile technology and applications can be used as treatment and recovery tools, and how to engage community stakeholders to address gaps in the healthcare system.
National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery works to ensure that consumer/survivors have a major voice in the development and implementation of healthcare, mental health, and social policies at the State and national levels, which in turn empowers people to recover and lead a full life in the community. One of their most popular projects is Emotional CPR, which is a course that teaches people how they can assist individuals experiencing an emotional crisis and help give them a sense of hope in their recovery.
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.
This Web site was created by high school students for high school students. People dealing with mental health issues share their stories and experiences, which appear at the site alongside general information about the conditions these people experience, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders.
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.
Don't Be Sidelined
The Don't Be Sidelined campaign seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues throughout Nebraska. Led by The Kim Foundation and through the support and joint efforts of other organizations such as the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, National Alliance on Mental Illness Nebraska, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha, the Don't Be Sidelined campaign has been active in raising awareness and educating individuals. The campaign ran a radio ad throughout the football and basketball seasons about mental health, encouraging individuals to seek support. They have also done a print ad and exhibit where mental health information was provided. The campaign Web site highlights the commonness of mental health problems and how they have the potential to impact anyone's life. It also provides basic information on different types of mental disorders and guidance on how to find support for a mental disorder.
The Empowerment Network
The Empowerment Network is a collaborative effort of Omaha, NE residents, community organizations, faith communities, government agencies, and other local groups and organizations working to improve their community. The focus of this network is to address disparities that exist within key systems such as employment, education, health, media, and other key community components that impact the quality of life for individuals and families in the Omaha region. The Network identifies gaps that are not served, identifies partners that can fill the need, and then encourages or initiates collaborations to promote progress.
National Wellness Institute
The National Wellness Institute, Inc. (NWI) provides wellness professionals with current health promotion and wellness- related resources and services for professional growth. Some of the continuing education and professional development programs provided through the NWI include monthly webinars, NWI certifications, and current wellness news in the form of press releases, newsfeeds, and podcasts.
Global Alliance for Arts and Health
This nonprofit corporation works to highlight the beneficial role that the arts can play in the healing process. They encourage the incorporation of artistic approaches within healthcare facilities and provide resources to professions in the healthcare and art fields. There are a number of online resources, including some for starting a program that supports arts in health care, an artist registry, and listings of arts and healthcare education programs worldwide.
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) works to increase the clinical, scientific, and societal understanding of the impact of trauma and dissociation. They work to meet this goal through a variety of educational activities including conferences, trainings, and the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.
Brandon Marshall's Project Borderline
Professional NFL football player, Brandon Marshall, struggled with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and has learned how to manage his mental disorders effectively through intensive treatment therapy. After deciding to go public about his BPD, he created a foundation to help others achieve recovery the way he has. The focus of Project Borderline has been to raise awareness and educate people about BPD, recovery, and mental health resources, and to counter the negative and harmful attitudes and beliefs that many have about mental disorders.
The Herren Project
The Herren Project is a foundation created by Chris Herren, a former National Basketball Association basketball player, to help people and families working to address substance use disorders. Herren's own lived experience with a substance use disorder and working to recover and refocus his life has helped motivate him to educate others who are at risk and those individuals who are starting their recovery journeys. The Herren Project sponsors various youth-focused speaking engagements, educational forums, scholarships for basketball training, and help for people seeking assistance in recovery.
This University of Tennessee-Knoxville program is for student-athletes. It provides nutritional information and educational information on eating disorders and other mental health issues experienced by young women. Team ENHANCE also provides various services that promote students' well-being such as support groups, individual and family therapy, and referral to treatment as needed. Student-athletes are able to seek support through this program from expert professionals while confidentiality is strictly maintained. This university-based program can serve as a model for other universities interested in developing programs to meet the mental health needs of student-athletes.
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.
Grassroots Empowerment Project, Inc. (GEP)
The Grassroots Empowerment Project is a statewide, consumer-run nonprofit organization in Wisconsin that provides information and assistance to 12 consumer-run organizations across its State and to individuals promoting recovery. Their services include hosting an annual educational consumer conference, offering an online newsletter, providing education and technical assistance, and training consumers/survivors who want to become peer specialists.
The National Association of ADA Coordinators
The National Association of ADA Coordinators is a nonprofit organization that educates public and private entities on all aspects of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Association works with key Government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Education, to plan conferences focused on the ADA. They also provide trainings to both public and private sector organizations on topics including reasonable accommodation development and ADA attitudinal awareness to increase understanding and compliance and reduce the need for litigation.
Mental Health Peer Connection
Mental Health Peer Connection is an agency made up of individuals in recovery who have a mental and/or substance use disorder. They work to provide support and empower others in recovery through peer mentoring and counseling, teaching independent living skills, and providing information and referral.
UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Dispariities (CRHD)
The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities looks to meet the needs of underserved communities and improve people's access to treatment of mental disorders in the primary care setting. The Center works to address inequalities that exist in the current health system through conducting program research and community outreach to build awareness, and educating and sharing information with others.
Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Better Futures
Better Futures, a research project of the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, strives to help youth with mental disorders who are in foster care develop essential skills to help them prepare and plan for college or for other postsecondary school vocational training. Youth participants receive peer support, information on local resources, and contact with foster care alumni.
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.
Project Return Peer Support Network
This peer-run network encourages wellness, self-determination, and personal growth for individuals with mental disorders through a broad range of programs and services. The Community Integration Program helps individuals successfully transition back to their community following hospitalization.The warm line and self-help groups offer support to individuals with mental disorders. The Project Return Peer Support Network provides social opportunities and opportunities for educational and community-oriented involvement.
Center on Adherence and Self-Determination
The Center on Adherence and Self-Determination (CASD) conducts research and circulates information about innovative research methods and interventions aimed at promoting self-determination and service participation for individuals with mental disorders working toward recovery. The CASD values research leading to products that inform advocates. The organization also values traditional and non-traditional supports for people in recovery, and the training and mentoring of researchers pursuing research on related topics.
Think Cultural Health
The Think Cultural Health Web site seeks to enhance the quality of health care services to diverse populations by offering current resources and tools to promote cultural competency in health care. These resources include accredited online continuing education courses and professional guides and information.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project seeks to stop suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. They provide support to individuals in a variety of ways including 24/7 support through their crisis intervention lifeline, an online question-and-answer resource for youth with questions about sexual orientation and gender identity, and educational programs to establish supportive environments for individuals.
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.
The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)
The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) views local assets as the foundation for sustainable community development. ABCD works directly with community groups to support their efforts toward developing asset-based community projects. The organization works specifically with several broad types of community building: building community capacity; working with community members to conduct research and direct work with local students, faculty, and local organizations to further ABCD efforts; and developing publications and resources for professionals and scholars in the community.
Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center
The focus of the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center is to promote recovery and better the lives of individuals with schizophrenia. The BeST Center works to accomplish this by encouraging the use of evidence-based and promising practices among policy makers, mental health partners, and family members. Also, the BeST center offers training, evaluation, consultation, and education and outreach activities to help enhance local systems.
SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is an online registry which allows individuals to search for over 180 inteventions. The searchable interventions include those which support behavioral health promotion, prevention, and treatment. Also, in the Learning Center section of the NREPP website, two learning modules, research documents, and behavioral health screening and assessment tools are offered. It is the hope of NREPP to connect individuals with this intervention information so they can learn how to use them in their communities.
State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS)
The State Associates for Addiction Services (SAAS) seeks to ensure that individuals have full access to quality substance use treatment, prevention, and education throughouth the U.S. The SAAS also works to ensure the availability and to inform consumers and providers of these services through their National Advocacy Campaign, national conferences, E-Newsletter, and provider resources.
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.
Youth M.O.V.E. National
Youth M.O.V.E. is a coalition of youths, youth advocates, parents, and professionals who increase awareness of youth issues and encourage providers to involve youths in decisions about their care and treatment. The group has worked with SAMHSA to define "youth-guided system" and to provide grants to youth organizations that promote social inclusion for youth involved in behavioral health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare systems. The Youth M.O.V.E. website includes updates about the group, stories and artwork, and links to additional resources.
New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS)
NYAPRS is a coalition of behavioral health consumers and providers from across the State of New York. The organization advocates for the rights of people with behavioral health problems and spreads the message that recovery is possible for all consumers. NYAPRS peer services division connects consumers with peer groups and peer-run programs, though the coalition's holistic approach goes much further by influencing public policy, transforming services, assisting with community and economic development, and promoting cultural competence within systems of care.
The Transformation Center
The Transformation Center provides recovery-oriented peer-support services, trainings, and resources to help empower behavioral health consumers. Peer-support services include addiction recovery and development of wellness recovery action plans. The Center also offers certification for peer specialists and a leadership academy to help consumers be the voices for change in their communities.
Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS)
PEERS is a consumer-run, recovery-oriented organization that advocates for social inclusion and empowers mental health consumers. The organization provides wellness recovery trainings in Alameda County, California; operates a social inclusion campaign; distributes the PEERS Pulse newsletter; and links to other resources and organizations related to social inclusion and wellness recovery.
Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
Founded in 1991 by consumers of State services for mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network promotes recovery through advocacy, education, employment, empowerment, peer support, and self-help. It also hosts one of the largest statewide annual consumer conventions in the Nation.
Institute for Recovery & Community Integration
The Institute works to increase communities' understanding of mental health recovery, peer support, and community integration as the catalyst for transforming individual lives, communities, and all levels of behavioral health systems in a culturally competent manner. It offers workshops on recovery, on-site recovery education groups, wellness recovery action plan (WRAP) groups, WRAP facilitator training, a peer specialist certificate program, and technical assistance to agencies, service providers, and municipalities.
Mental Health First Aid USA
Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour public education program operated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. The course leads to certification for Mental Health First Aiders and educates the public about behavioral (mental and substance use) health problems in order to ensure public understanding and allow the public to appropriately respond to behavioral health problems.
The Queensland Alliance, a Non Government Organization (NGO) which supports over 240 community organizations working in mental health in Queensland, Australia advocates for community services that promote mental health and well being. Their goals are social inclusion and community well-being; a mental health system focused on people's recovery in their own homes and communities; and easy access to information and strategies that promote mental health. The Queensland Alliance recently launched an $8.5M four-year initiative to reduce negative stereotypes about mental illness and negative perceptions of people with mental health problems.
Rethink is the leading national mental health membership charity in England. Its aim is to provide hope and empowerment to consumers through effective services, information, and support. The organization carries out research that informs national mental health policy and actively campaigns for change through greater awareness and understanding. It is dedicated to creating a world free of prejudice and discrimination.
InterNational Association of Peer Supporters, Inc. (formerly the National Association of Peer Specialists)
The InterNational Association of Peer Supporters, Inc. (formerly the National Association of Peer Specialists) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peer specialists throughout the United States. iNAPS offers members newsletters, discounts on recovery-oriented materials, and access to recovery and peer support information. iNAPS also sponsors an annual conference for peer specialists, which brings together peer specialists and supporters of the peer specialist movement to share ideas, strategies, and information about innovative programs that work.
VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention
This institute, sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University, provides resources about supported employment to practitioners, advocates, and people with disabilities.
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.
Adler Institute on Social Exclusion
The Adler Institute on Social Exclusion works to promote the academic and public understanding of the concept of 'social exclusion' and the factors that create and increase the severity of this condition. The institute also works to identify the most effective ways of addressing social exclusion through prevention and intervention. The institute supports these goals though research, outreach, and awareness programs.
Faces & Voices of Recovery
This is a national organization of individuals and organizations joining together to support local, state, regional and national recovery advocacy by increasing access to research, policy, organizing and technical support; facilitating relationships among local and regional groups; improving access to policymakers and the media; and providing a national rallying point for recovery advocates
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.
Consumer Business and Outreach Program
This program is a statewide initiative aimed at promoting the successful employment of individuals with mental illnesses. It's main objectives are to assist individuals with mental illnesses in finding and maintaining employment, educating the business community about the importance of mental health, and increasing the rates of competitive work environments for individuals with mental illnesses.
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.
The Center for Reintegration
The Center for Reintegration is a non-profit organization committed to helping people with mental illnesses pursue a meaningful life through reintegration-- the process by which a person with a mental illness finds meaningful work, restores his or her relationships, and moves toward independent living. To help achieve these goals, the Center for Reintegration provides useful information and support tools for consumers, caregivers, employers, family and friends.
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
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.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's leading addiction and mental health teaching hospital. CAMH succeeds in transforming the lives of people affected by addiction and mental illness, by applying the latest in scientific advances, through integrated and compassionate clinical practice, health promotion, education and research.
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.
Begun in 1993 by a mental health consumer, Movie Monday is a weekly film series offered in the auditorium of a psychiatric hospital in Canada. The series is designed for people with mental health problems, their families, and the general public. It features a mix of films to educate people and break down stereotypes and misconceptions about people with mental health and substance use problems.
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.
Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry Center for Mental Health and Media
The mission of the Center for Mental Health and Media is to save lives, comfort and educate families, and to change the public's outdated and inaccurate perceptions of the nature, causes and treatment of mental illness. To do this, they connect some of the most powerful forces in today's society the mass media with one of the most pressing health and economic issues in both the industrialized and underdeveloped worlds: mental health.
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.
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.
Open the Doors
Open the Doors is an international program that was developed by the World Psychiatric Association in 1996. Created to fight the prejudice and discrimination experienced by people with schizophrenia, the program helps dispel myths and misunderstandings about the nature, causes, and treatment of schizophrenia. It provides information for professionals, families, and friends on recovery and also has a section on its Web site with personal stories from people with schizophrenia.
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.