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.
Society for the Arts in Healthcare
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.
The Inclusion Institute
The Inclusion Institute is a national and international center for learning, research, and practice that promotes social inclusion. The Institute strives to build a national and international evidence base; to support practice development geared toward inclusion outcomes; to promote leadership for organizational change; and to keep communities engaged through social networks of support and participation.
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.
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania 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.
National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment
The Consortium aims to empower mental health consumers by researching effective ways to overcome stigma. Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute of Psychology, where the Consortium is located, are supported by researchers at colleges and universities across the United States. The organization's Web site links visitors to publications, resources, and two journals related to rehabilitation and stigma research.
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.
"Vets4Vets is an organization dedicated to using peer support to help Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans heal from the psychological injuries of war. The organization's primary goal is to help these veterans understand the value of peer support and to encourage them to regularly use peer support to express their emotions, manage their challenges, and ease their reintegration into society.
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.
National Association of Peer Specialists
The National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peer specialists throughout the United States. NAPS offers members a quarterly newsletter, discounts on recovery-oriented materials, and access to recovery and peer support information. NAPS 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.
This nonprofit organization works to increase the ability of Australian society to prevent and respond effectively to depression.
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.
This UK-based organization focuses on providing a variety of services, supports, and opportunities to assist individuals experiencing mental health problems in developing a sense of purpose and direction, developing healthy relationships with others, and achieving their personal goals and potential. This is achieved through a range of creative opportunities and practical advice related to the person's aspirations as part of their recovery.
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.
The Anti-Stigma Project
On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
Jennifer K. Brown, Director of Training and Communications
1521 South Edgewood Street, Suite C
Baltimore, MD 21227
The Anti-Stigma Project is part of On Our Own of Maryland, Inc., Marylands Statewide consumer/survivor organization. The project reduces stigma by raising awareness, facilitating discussion, searching for creative solutions, and educating the public.
Stamp Out Stigma
Stamp Out Stigma is a mental health consumer-driven advocacy and educational outreach program. It strives to make positive changes to the public perception of mental illness and to inform the community about the personal, social, economic, and political challenges faced by people living with mental illnesses.
Carmen Lee, Director
1572 Winding Way, Suite A
Belmont, CA 94002
Project Resolving Issues through Support and Education (Project R.I.S.E.)
Project Resolving Issues through Support and Education (Project R.I.S.E.), a peer support program of the University of Virginia (UVA), was developed in 2006 by UVA students with the purpose of offering African-American students a nonjudgmental environment where they could receive support and education in dealing with mental illnesses and other issues.
Out of the Darkness
Out of the Darkness is a public awareness campaign that was developed by the Montana Mental Health Association (MMHA), a nonprofit group of volunteer citizens concerned with all aspects of mental health and mental illness. The goal of the campaign is to help reduce stigma through enhanced public awareness and education.
Montana Mental Health Association
Open Minds, Open Doors
Open Minds, Open Doors is the latest anti-stigma/anti-discrimination 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 (PSAs) that asks listeners to support the anti-stigma statements on the WUMH Web site. Listeners are asked to sign up in support of the belief that stigma and discrimination against people who have mental illnesses is wrong.
Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Stigma Busters
The Stigma Busters program of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health agency is a five-part project funded by a Michigan Department of Community Health Federal block grant designed to counter the stigma associated with mental illnesses and normalize help-seeking behaviors.
105 Hall Street
Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Beyond the Label
Beyond the Label is a multimedia initiative developed in October 2006 by the Education Unit of Cornerstone Clubhouse, a nonprofit agency in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
One in Five: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness
1 in 5: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness is an educational anti-stigma activity which includes a documentary produced in 2006 by the Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority in Michigan. The documentary, featuring mental health consumers, provides an opportunity for the general public to learn about the lives of these individuals and to learn about the misconceptions, myths, and stigma associated with mental illnesses.
Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority
Saginaw, MI 48602-4224
" You KNOW Me" Alaska Anti-Stigma Campaign
The You KNOW Me Alaska anti-stigma campaign was developed in 2005 by the Alaska Mental Health Trust and Alaskan consumer advocacy boards. It is a statewide initiative aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination, promoting support for treatment and services, and increasing public awareness of the issues and challenges faced by individuals, families, and communities who experience mental illnesses and other disabilities.
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
Delisa Culpepper, Chief Operating Officer
3745 Community Park Loop, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99508
With an OPEN mind
Brook Latimer, Public Education Coordinator
St. Josephs Care Group
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.
Silver Ribbon Coalition
The Silver Ribbon Coalition was originally founded in 1993 as the Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain by Jean Liechty after she had a family experience with schizophrenia. In 2004, the Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain was renamed in order to incorporate and represent the combined interests of all individuals who have a brain disorder or disability, including those individuals with mental illnesses. The coalition emphasizes that increasing public awareness will result in improved treatments, eventual cures, and decreased stigma for those with brain disorders and disabilities.
SANE StigmaWatch, an initiative of the national mental health charity, SANE Australia, monitors the Australian media to ensure accurate and respectful representation of mental illnesses. It does this through monitoring, correcting, and logging media misrepresentation of mental illnesses.
P.O. Box 226
South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
Rethink's Anti-Stigma Campaign in Norwich
Alexandra Burner, Senior Campaigns Officer
The Norwich anti-stigma campaign was developed and launched by Rethink,a national mental health membership charity in England. It was a month-long campaign aimed at raising public awareness of the stigma associated with mental illnesses and the discrimination that people with mental illnesses face in their daily lives. The campaign also aimed to increase awareness of Rethink.
3371 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
In 2005, NAMI Mercer began spearheading a campaign of speaking events in and around Mercer County, New Jersey; in an effort to counter the stigma of mental illness, particularly for depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. These events featured 12 speakers. The campaign was unique in that the county government committed $6,000 in grants and other funds toward the implementation of the program.
Reducing Stigma by Meeting and Learning From People with Serious Mental Illness
Amy B. Spagnolo, M.S., CRPR, Assistant Professor
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
This stigma reduction project aims to promote public awareness and education about mental illness, expose people to information on recovery, dispel myths and inaccuracies associated with mental illnesses, and highlight mental health consumer strengths and resiliency.
Consumer Business and Outreach Program
Samantha Phillips, M.S.W., Program Director
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.
194 Washington Avenue, Suite 415
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: 518-434-0439 ext. 224
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.
No More Shame Sign Project
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134
The No More Shame Sign Project was developed and implemented in October 2005 by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in collaboration with Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. and social clubs from across the State. The project consisted of a series of signs that were displayed by mental health consumers along a busy street in front of the Connecticut State Capitol.
In Our Own Voice
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
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 Program
Family Diversity Projects
P.O. Box 1246
Amherst, MA 01004
Nothing To Hide: Mental Illness in the Family is a touring photo 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 20 museum-quality photographs and the text of interviews that tell poignant stories of courageous individuals and their families whose lives are affected by mental illness. The exhibit also is available in book form, featuring portraits and stories of 44 families who defy the stigma of mental illness by speaking candidly about their lives.
The Center for Reintegration
609 72nd Street, Floor 1
North Bergen, New Jersey 07047
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.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
The Provider Education Program, of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, presents a penetrating, subjective view of family and consumer experiences with serious mental illness to line staff at public agencies who work directly with people with severe and persistent brain disorders. The course helps providers realize the hardships that families and consumers endure and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to find ways to reconstruct lives which must be lived, through no fault of the consumer or family, "on the verge."
Active Minds On Campus
1875 Connecticut Ave, NW Suite 418
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 719-1177
Active Minds is a student-run program that addresses the stigma surrounding mental illness among college students. Started in 2001 at the University of Pennsylvania, Active Minds has worked to expose and reduce stigma associated with mental illness within college environments.
'Mental Health Is For Everyone Banner' Campaigm
Mental Health Association of the North Shore
2120 Lincoln Street
Evanston, IL 60201-2282
The Mental Health is for Everyone anti-stigma banner campaign was developed and implemented by the Mental Health Association of the North Shore (MHANS) in Evanston, Illinois. The campaign, initiated by a group of concerned citizens, focuses on educating the North Shore community about mental health issues and mental health advocacy.
The Kids on the Block, Inc.
9385-C Gerwig Lane
Columbia, Maryland 21046
Phone: 800-368-KIDS (5437)
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
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
NAMI StigmaBusters is a network of dedicated advocates across the country and around the world who seek to fight inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental illness. StigmaBusters speak out and challenge stereotypes and educate society about the reality of mental illness.
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.
1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1207
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The National Stigma Clearinghouse
The National Stigma Clearinghouse was created to track negative stereotypes of mental illnesses and to provide information about fighting prejudice to concerned activists. The goal of the Clearinghouse is to change public attitudes about people who have mental illnesses.
245 Eighth Ave #213
New York, NY 10011
New York University Child Study Center - About Our Kids
The New York University Child Study Center is dedicated to increasing the awareness of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders and improving the research necessary to advance the prevention, identification, and treatment of these disorders on a national scale. Their Web site offers a variety of articles and information on mental health and stigma.
NYU Child Study Center
577 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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 into the rehabilitation of individuals with mental illnesses. It is a key training base for the worldwide replication of Fountain House's pioneering Clubhouse Model. Increasingly, too, it is an influential voice in continuing efforts - local, statewide and national - both to promote the rights of men and women with mental illness and to battle the barriers and stigma they face.
425 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
Begun in 1993 by a mental health consumer, Movie Monday is a Canadian based weekly film series offered in the auditorium of a psychiatric hospital. The series is designed for people with mental illnesses, their families, and the general public. It features a mix of films to educate people and break down the stigma of mental illness, addiction, and other subjects.
Phone: 902-595-FLIC (595-3542)
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.
P.O. Box 42557
Washington, DC 20015
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 &mdash the mass media &mdash with one of the most pressing health and economic issues in both the industrialized and underdeveloped worlds: mental health.
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114
Massachusetts General Hospital Public Affairs Office
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation?s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. It has an extensive network of local and state affiliates that support the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, education.
Mental Health America
2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
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 320 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.
Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania
OpenMindsOpenDoors (OMOD) is a Pennsylvania campaign aimed at ending discrimination against people who have mental illnesses.
National Empowerment Center
599 Canal Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
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.
Palmetto Media Watch
South Carolina Department of Mental Health
The Palmetto Media Watch Program is a public education initiative of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health to help the media accurately and fairly represent people with mental illnesses
Wisconsin United for mental health
WUMH c/o Wisconsin Womens Health Foundation
2503 Todd Drive
Madison, WI 53713
Wisconsin United for Mental Health (WUMH) 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 anti-stigma 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 (WPA) in 1996. Created to fight the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with schizophrenia, the program helps dispel myths and misunderstandings about the nature, causes, and treatment of the illness.
Project Relate, an anti-stigma 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. In addition to addressing stigma 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 a nationwide educational program. Lesson plans, games, and posters for upper elementary, middle and high school classrooms educate students about the facts and myths of mental illness, teach tolerance, and promote early treatment. BTS explains the causes, symptoms, and warning signs of mental illness, and what a person can do to overcome the stigma and help others.
NAMI Queens/ Nassau
1981 Marcus Avenue C117
Lake Success, NY 11042