Find Local Help, Healthcare.Gov
Visitors can use this page of the HealthCare.gov website to find places in their area that can provide assistance in applying for insurance. Users can input their location or ZIP code and select between searches for sources of information and assistance with individual and family coverage, Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program coverage, or small business insurance. They can also narrow their results to locations that provide support in languages other than English.
Healthy People 2020
Launched in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Healthy People 2020 initiative is the fourth of its kind, seeking over 10 years to improve health for all Americans using science-based, nationwide objectives. To develop the initiative and program, HHS obtained input from experts in public health and prevention; Federal, State, and local government; and more than 2,000 organizations. The program encourages collaboration among health-based community organizations, empowers individuals to take control of their health, and involves measurable target outcomes for each 10-year period. Visitors to the HealthyPeople.gov website can see target outcomes, interventions, and resources in several of the initiative?s topic and objective areas, including mental health and mental disorders and substance use.
National Council's section on Trauma Informed Behavioral Healthcare
This section of the National Council for Behavioral Health's Web site discusses their consulting services, but also includes introductory information as well as free resources about trauma-informed care (TIC), including their own seven domains of TIC. The page includes a variety of Webinars, fact sheets, and articles. Webinar subjects include evaluating whether an organization is trauma-informed, addressing childhood trauma, engaging female trauma-informed peer supporters, and utilizing Mental Health First Aid to address trauma.
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Reform Section
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's Web site section on Health Reform examines current issues related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Based on analysis of polls and other data, they create infographics to demonstrate effectiveness, public knowledge and perception, and other measurable outcomes related to the Act's implementation. They also provide resources to help educate consumers about the new laws and how these laws affect them using interactive tools such as the Subsidy Calculator and the Health Reform Quiz. Consumer resources are available at http://kff.org/aca-consumer-resources/.
Get Covered America
Get Covered America is a nonprofit campaign focused on engaging the public and informing consumers of their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. They provide general information to individuals based on the zip code in which they reside and they have a variety of resources to assist individuals in choosing insurance and applying. Popular tools include a caluclator for financial aid, a Get Covered 101 section that answers basic questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace, a local application assistance locator, and a link to each State's marketplace.
The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight
As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight works to help ensure that the reforms set into law by the Affordable Care Act are implemented properly. They work closely with States to help implement Health Insurance Marketplaces and also with State regulators, consumers, and other stakeholders to ensure that implementation meets the requirements of the new law. Resources include detailed information on specific facets of the law and special programs as well as assistance in addressing any issues within each State.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Care Section
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' section on the Health Insurance Marketplace is designed to provide information and education to service recipients who have enrolled or are interested in enrolling in health care through either their State or Federal marketplaces. The Web site offers descriptions and explanations of pertinent components of the Affordable Care Act and seeks to assist consumer and business owners who are using these plans.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health Insurance Marketplace Resources
The Health Insurance Marketplace section of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is designed to help health care providers and enrollment assisters learn more about the marketplaces and how they can best support individuals who are interested in enrolling. Resources include a variety of webinars, toolkits, fact sheets, and training materials that go into detail about the enrollment processes and the options individuals will have given their specific circumstances. The Publications and Articles section of this Web site offers links to applications and other forms as well as a variety of other enrollment resources and guides. This section can be accessed at http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/publications-and-articles.html..
Health Insurance Marketplace
Healthcare.gov is the online hub for the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace where individuals can compare insurance plans available in their State, apply for coverage, learn about subsidies for which they may be eligible, find local help to assist in applying for health insurance, and read stories of others who have gotten coverage through the marketplace. The Web site also hosts a section of special topics and answers questions regarding coverage and special considerations for individuals and their families.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services works to inform the public of health care coverage services including Medicare, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace. They provide specific information regarding the laws and responsibilities of providers and options for consumers using these plans. They also work to support innovative models of care delivery and payment processing, educate individuals about policies, and highlight current news pertaining to these topics.
Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS)
CAPRSS is the accrediting body for recovery community organizations and other programs offering peer recovery support services for people with addictions. Founded by recovery community advocates, the council works to support new and already established peer recovery-oriented programs in building their capacity and improving their performance, while also maintaining accountability. At its Web site, CAPRSS writes, "We commit to provide asset-based accreditation that is (1) based on recovery principles; (2) fair, balanced, contemporary, and focused on the 'real world'; (3) inclusive of information and data from peers, leadership, and the recovery community served; (4) respectful and authentic; (5) designed around organizational function and mission; and (6) based on strengths, opportunities for improvement, and emerging evidence-based practices."
Recovery International is a nonprofit organization working to help individuals affected by mental illness gain skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives. They offer cognitive behavioral therapy-based programs and tools and a peer-to-peer self-help training system and host meetings across the country. Forums are held within communities, over the telephone, and online and can be located by searching their online database. Other resources include a section of useful terms and definitions, and a section of personal stories of recovery.
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.
This nonprofit collaborative organization works with a variety of stakeholders in the healthcare field to help promote enrollment in the new Federal and State Health Insurance Marketplaces. They recognize that there are many barriers that individuals may face during this process and are seeking to address this "enrollment gap," which may otherwise prevent many from applying and staying enrolled in health insurance recently made available through the Affordable Care Act. Available resources include publications, toolkits, and webinars to assist individuals applying for insurance, to support organizations doing outreach to promote and help community members enroll, and also to supply general health literacy information.
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.
The Preference Lab
Professor and Senior Scientist Glyn Elwyn at the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science created this group, which aims to rethink and improve the system of how health prognosis and care options are discussed with patients. They aim to create a new patient-doctor framework that gives more say to patients, allowing them to express their preferences for treatment and recovery and also giving them a more active role in ensuring their records correctly reflect their situations.
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.
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.
I'm the Evidence
This campaign celebrates the recovery and success of individuals with mental health problems in an aim to bring hope and encouragement to others by showing that people can and do recover. Individuals can share their stories, serve as campaign ambassadors, or become involved in the Faces of Mental Health Recovery Public Art Project. Organizations are also invited to partner with the campaign.
Emergency Room Peer Coaching Initiative
As part of their Peer Coaching Initiative, Amistad, a nonprofit providing peer support to people with mental health challenges, has arranged to have peer supporters in the emergency room (ER) of Maine Medical Center daily from 5 to 11 p.m. The Emergency Room Peer Coaching Initiative aims to help people with mental health problems who often visit the ER to try to get their emotional needs met. It is designed to connect these people with ongoing peer support resources, which are more likely to meet their needs. The peer supporters, who are in recovery from mental health challenges, provide support and offer hope. They also offer information about ongoing peer support available in the community.
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.
Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA)
The Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen prevention of substance use problems, treatment of these problems, and research and policy related to addictions and recovery. Through their Web site, IRETA offers toolkits and other evidence-based, culturally competent resources on substance use problems. IRETA also provides education and training to providers and other professionals who may work with individuals who are in recovery from addictions.
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.
Screening for Mental Health: CollegeResponse
CollegeResponse connects individuals with information and tools to educate college students about mental health issues. It helps to raise awareness of mental health on campus, teaches students and college staff about addressing mental health disorders, and provides specific resources to help improve schools' risk management procedures.
ReachOut serves as a support to youth through media. Although this organization started in Australia years ago, they work with young people in the U.S., including youth council members, volunteers, and peer supporters, to build a support community that can address youth's issues related to mental health issues and suicide ideation. The ReachOut Web site includes information on common issues among teens and young adults such as anxiety, depression, and school pressure. It also provides an outlet where youth can share their stories and read about how others cope.
Strength of Us
This online community was developed by young adults and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to connect young adults who are affected by mental health issues. Strength of Us encourages a positive focus through peer support and other resources on their Web site. The site hosts a number of blogs and online groups where information is shared and connections with others are made.
Consumer Quality Initiatives
Consumer Quality Initiatives (CQI) is a mental health peer-led nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage change within the mental health system and create opportunities for people with lived experience of mental health challenges to provide meaningful input into this process. CQI conducts research on issues related to mental health and works to close the gap between research and practice. Their Web site has a number of reports and publications on mental health topics, information on trainings they provide for organizations, and informational resources on mental health.
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.
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) strives to make suicide prevention a national priority. The Action Alliance has worked with the U.S. Surgeon General to develop the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Also, on their site, they share resources including a link to the national best practices registry related to suicide prevention, workplace and military-related materials, and other educational materials and services, as well as links to other national partners focused on suicide prevention.
The Bravery Tips website was developed by the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Council for Behavioral Health to help empower youth and inform others working with youth. This site encourages healthy relationships and provides youth with ways they can build and nurture positive relationships. It also provides information on volunteer opportunities and various resources related to mental health.
Stand Up For Mental Health
Stand Up For Mental Health is a program that teaches stand-up comedy to mental health consumers as a way of building confidence and fighting negative misperceptions of the public. Counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer, who himself has depression, runs the program in partnership with mental health organizations across North America.
Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change
Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change acknowledges the great inequalities that exist in health care between white patients and their minority counterparts and seeks to reduce these disparities. Finding Answers evaluates interventions within health care settings to work toward improving care and uses their results to provide recommendations to health systems for improvement. Their Web site includes tools for healthcare organizations, information on their research and evaluation projects, and news and updates on their mission to improve and reduce disparities in health care.
Community Care Behavioral Health Organization
Community Care Behavioral Health Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to the well-being of the community. It works to ensure that mental health services continue to evolve and move in the direction of empowering people with lived experience and embracing the concept of recovery. This organization maintains partnerships with key stakeholders and focuses on treatment outcomes by way of evaluation. Their Web site includes a page dedicated to creative solutions to promoting recovery and educational newsletters for adults with mental disorders and for parents of children with mental disorders.
Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry
The Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry (AOOP) is a place where psychiatrists can share ideas, increase knowledge, and network professionally. The AOOP also provides an opportunity for providers interested in workplace mental health to connect on issues related to organizational and occupational psychiatry.
Empowerment Initiatives is a consumer-run nonprofit organization that seeks to empower individuals with mental disorders to achieve their goals. Through their peer mentor services, they provide support to individuals with mental health challenges and group activities that help individuals build social skills and connect with community resources. Also, the Empowerment Initiative Web site includes a media guide with suggestions on language to use, and not to use, when reporting on mental disorders.
Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a service that seeks to increase inclusion in the workplace for individuals with disabilities. EARN works toward this vision by educating, supporting, and engaging employers through technical assistance. EARN also offers customized trainings and consultation to help employers raise awareness and accommodate employees. Their Web site includes details on disability laws, specifics on what an inclusive workplace is, and guidance in recruiting and hiring individuals with disabilities.
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.
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.
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
The Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) works to ensure that individuals with disabilities are afforded the same opportunities and rights as people without disabilities to live full lives within their communities. The MDRC values grassroots efforts and economic self-sufficiency, encouraging people with disabilities to organize locally. Also, their Web site offers various resources, including information on housing and recovery.
Offered by Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute (EDI), ediONLINE is a resource for policymakers, advocates, managers, and others looking to improve their work in supporting employment for people with disabilities. The courses provided through this resource share practical methods of hands-on learning and other skills to enhance work with individuals with disabilities seeking or working to maintain employment. Participants in these courses also have an opportunity to earn a Cornell certificate through ediONLINE.
With over 6,000 people homeless in Alameda County (in California) each night, this organization strives to end homelessness by working to put Alameda County resources to use and by seeking Federal and State funding. Through their Web site, they offer resources, information, and applications for their EveryOne Housed Academy, which helps others develop strategies to help homeless people move to permanent housing. They also offer access to their research findings on homelessness in Alameda County.
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.
Rainbow Heights Club
The Rainbow Heights Club is a program for individuals with mental health issues who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. As a way of addressing some of the specific issues that LGBT people experience while receiving mental health support, the Rainbow Heights Club provides members with opportunities to socialize while being open about their identities. In this context they are able to access peer advocacy and support. On the Web site, they provide links to resources for consumers, resources for providers, and information on various club activities, including nutrition programs and a psychosocial support group.
Survivors Art Foundation
The Survivors Art Foundation (SAF) promotes recovery through the arts and seeks to empower trauma survivors in a variety of ways, including through outreach programs, an online gallery of survivors' art, and employment skills development. SAF also works to increase public awareness through the arts by being a platform for trauma survivors/artists to market and display their work and gain recognition as they heal. The SAF website features sections on survivor resources, an art gallery, and featured artists.
National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health
The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health (NRCHMH) promotes quality mental health services and works to counter the inequalities in mental health treatment for Hispanics in the U.S. The organization sponsors activities to increase the knowledge of mental health agency administrators and direct care service providers in meeting the needs of Hispanic people in mental health programs.Through policy development initiatives, technical assistance, anti-discrimination campaigns, and trainings, NRCHMH strives to increase awareness and acceptance of mental disorders among Hispanic people.
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 Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University
The focus of this Institute is to change youth sports in ways that further benefit the physical, psychological, and social aspects of youth sports participants' lives through leadership, scholarship, and outreach. Some of the Institute's main goals include eliminating myths and improving positive health behaviors in youth sports, developing quality coaches and youth sports leaders, and promoting a message that places child development over winning.
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.
American Psychological Association Division Exercise and Sport Psychology
The Exercise and Sport Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (APA) connects exercise and sport scientists, psychologists, and other APA members with a psychology interest within sport and exercise. This Division's Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology journal publishes research in various areas of sport, exercise, and performance psychology.
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.
Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice
This organization works with different states to provide accountability, rehabilitation, and protection from harm to juveniles in the justice system. Models for Change promotes multiple models of successful juvenile justice reforms that can be adapted and replicated as a means of effecting system-wide reforms in other jurisdictions. Key issues for change focused on by Models for Change include the use of evidence-based practices in juvenile programs and services, collaboration among juvenile justice and mental health professionals, and the use of community-based alternatives as solutions.
National Association of County Behavioral Heath & Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD)
The National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD) serves as a national voice for behavioral health and developmental disability authorities. The NACBHDD highlights directors' views on significant behavioral health-related issues to Congress and other Government officials. It also promotes policies that support counties in their efforts to help people impacted by mental and substance use disorders and developmental disabilities, as well as partnering with other organizations on issues related to funding, availability and quality of publicly funded behavioral health, and related supportive services.
ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership
The focus of the ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership is to serve as a place where leaders engaged in mental and substance use disorder-related issues can network with others in the field, promote evidence-based practices, and address key issues related to the field. On their Web site, the ACMHA shares information on current events to keep individuals informed of mental and substance use disorder-related presentations and/or initiatives, articles and reports of interest, and links to various mental health and peer-run organizations.
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.
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.
The Lancet Global Health Portal
The Lancet is a journal that presents medical research for audiences worldwide. The Lancet has a number of specialty journals, including those in psychiatry and public health, and also offers a Global Health Portal, which has recently featured articles of international interest on mental health and addictions. In addition, they host annual conferences held throughout the world and provide podcasts of interviews with journal authors, clinical discussions, and campaigns.
Think Beyond the Label
Think Beyond the Label works to help businesses look past the labels and myths associated with individuals with disabilities. This focus has led to their work in providing public and private businesses with resources to hire individuals that have disabilities and to help those individuals make a smooth transition into the workforce. They also provide a job seekers' network and e-newsletter to help people with disabilities identify specific employment opportunities.
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.
Like Minds, Like Mine
This public education program in New Zealand works to reduce the negative and harmful misperceptions that many with mental disorders experience. Like Minds, Like Mine accomplishes this by engaging local communities through different activities, including workshops. They also provide resources, including their Campaign videos, through their Web site and a free information line to keep people informed.
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.
International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)
The IIMHL focuses on promoting communication among mental health service providers around the world. By supporting this exchange of information about effective leadership, management, and operational practices in the delivery of mental health services, IIMHL's hope is that effective, recovery-oriented treatment and support services will be more readily available to consumers in their communities.
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.
Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center
The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center enforces and advocates for the rights of low-income individuals with mental disorders in New York. Through this project a team of attorneys, social workers, and advocates represent individuals in housing-related cases and other areas, bring class action lawsuits, and make sure that people with mental disorders are aware of and have access to all their legal rights. They work with populations including people who are on the brink of or experiencing homelessness; people being discharged from hospitals, jails, and prisons; people with disabilities; and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental disorders.
Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model
Developed by the National Network on Youth Transition for Behavioral Health, this Web site describes the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) system, which helps youth with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties (EBD) make smooth transitions into adulthood. This evidence-based practice involves youth with EBD in planning for their future and provides them with support and services attuned to their stages of development. The Web site includes information about leading organizations using this model as well as information about publications and other resources.
Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP)
AHP is a consulting and research firm that works on issues in physical and behavioral health. AHP develops publications, available through its Web site, to support individuals in recovery and those who provide health services or manage programs related to recovery from mental and substance use disorders. AHP provides research and evaluation, technical assistance and training, and recommendations for program and research development.
National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP)
The NCSP is a coalition of nine national organizations working toward the common goal of preventing suicide. The Council advances this goal, according to its Web site, through "leadership, advocacy, and a collective voice." The NCSP Web site highlights some of the organization's achievements and a resource list with information for people with suicidal thoughts or plans, people with mental disorders, veterans, and researchers.
IMPACT: Evidence-Based Depression Care
IMPACT is a research-based intervention for treating depression in older adults that includes collaborative care between primary care physicians, mental health service providers, and others; depression education; and outcome management. The IMPACT Web site provides information and materials to help providers and organizations utilize the IMPACT approach. Information on tools, training, and implementation of this treatment approach across the U.S. is also available on the Web site.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Center for Integrated Health Solutions
According to its Web site, "The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings." They provide training and technical assistance to over 60 community health organizations, including U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grantees and the general public. They offer learning experiences for individuals and groups, as well as tools and curricula. The Center helps to train more people to work with those with mental and substance use disorders and to deepen healthcare providers' understanding of wellness and recovery from mental and substance use disorders.
Gift from Within
Gift from Within develops and disseminates materials including videotapes, articles, and books and maintains an international peer support network of trauma survivors to support people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and those at-risk for PTSD.
Risking Connection is the trauma-informed care program of Sidran Institute. It teaches individuals how to understand the impacts of trauma and how to effectively work with trauma survivors. The program shows service providers how to help trauma survivors build healthy relationships and also shows the providers how to take care of themselves. Risking Connection is an approach that can be used in a variety of institutional settings and whose goal is to educate people on how to assist others in recovery from trauma.
Mental Health Advocacy Services
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) provides individuals with mental disorders and developmental disabilities with free legal services. MHAS's assistance focuses on helping individuals access government benefits and services, protect their rights, and address discrimination. MHAS also has various related publications and newsletters accessible through their Web site.
National Council for Behavioral Health
The National Council for Behavioral Health works to ensure that individuals with mental and substance use disorders have access to quality healthcare services. The National Council advocates for public policy related to mental and substance use disorders and provides educational resources to assist their members in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their services.
Recovery to Practice: Resources Center for Behavioral Health Professionals
The Recovery to Practice Web site provides direct links to resources for behavioral healthcare professionals who work with individuals with mental disorders. Some of the resources listed include quarterly Recovery to Practice newsletters, recent webinars related to recovery, and a Frequently Asked Questions page about recovery and recovery-oriented practice.
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is one of five national behavioral healthcare provider organizations that received SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Awards, which are designed to help behavioral healthcare providers enhance skills to support consumers/survivors in achieving personal recovery. APNA serves as a resource for those who practice psychiatric nursing and also promotes wellness, prevention of mental disorders, and effective treatment of individuals with mental disorders. Their Web site provides access to a variety Recovery to Practice resources including programs, guides, toolkits, webinars, and reports.
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.
Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center
Peerlink, a technical assistance center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, offers assistance in four specific areas for consumers/survivors. These areas include employment, self-sufficiency, wellness, and health integration.
Projects to Empower and Organize the Psychiatrically Labeled (PEOPLe)
This nonprofit organization seeks to empower and advocate for individuals with mental disorders. They also work to educate the public about mental disorders to address negative beliefs and harmful attitudes. Their services include hospital diversion services, employment services, supportive housing, peer support, self and systems advocacy, and suicide prevention.
The Sidney Baer Center
The Sidney Baer Center, a new center within Fountain House, is a group practice of doctors where psychiatrists and general practitioners work in a collaborative and coordinated manner to provide integrated, client-centered, care to individuals with mental and substance use disorders. Positive outcomes have included a 50% reduction in hospital stays and a 20% reduction in use of high cost services, such as inpatient care and emergency room treatment, for those receiving services at the center.
Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion is a not-for-profit company in the United Kingdom dedicated to tackling disadvantage and promoting social justice. The Centre works with the government, interest groups, businesses, and the public sector to offer research and policy services and training and consultation. Key areas of social policy expertise include welfare to work, homelessness, criminal justice, and social exclusion. The Centre's new Web site, InclusionUS, can be accessed at http://socialinclusionus.org.
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.
Pathway Homes, Inc.
Pathway Homes, Inc. is an organization that provides housing and supportive services to individuals with mental disorders. Some programs available through Pathway Homes include a supported living program, group homes for men and women, a semi-independent living program, and a discharge assistance and diversion group home. The organization also publishes a newsletter, available through their Web site, with each issue providing information about a different mental disorder.
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.
National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA)
The National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) represents and supports Latinos affected by mental and substance use disorders. The NLBHA offers programs which address disparities that exist for people with mental and substance use disorders in the Latino community. These programs focus on access, treatment providers, and practice-based research. Also, the NLBHA Web site offers publications and information on the latest news and events on mental and substance use disorders topics.
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.
Hearts & Ears, Inc.
Hearts & Ears, Inc. is a nonprofit organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people with behavioral health problems and concerns. Hearts & Ears, Inc. strives to be a place where LGBTQ individuals feel safe and supported. The organization offers resources and information including referrals to general health and mental health providers, housing, education, and food and clothing assistance that is conscious of the specific needs and challenges of the LGBTQ community.
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.
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.
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.
Common Ground is an organization that works to provide affordable housing, outreach, and prevention strategies to end homelessness. Through the development of supportive housing and other services, Common Ground assists individuals in maintaining their homes, improving their health and becoming stronger financially.
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.
The 100,000 Homes Campaign works to change peoples' reactions to homelessness by providing communities with the tools and connections needed to help end homelessness. This campaign operates on 5 main steps as a guide to helping communities finds homes for the most vulnerable homeless and assists them in establishing stable lives. In each community reached, 100,000 Homes first builds a local team, clarifies the demand of a particular community, lines up supplies, moves people into housing, and then helps people stay housed. The goal is to have 100,000 homeless Americans housed by July of 2013.
Legal Action Center
The Legal Action Center (LAC) is a non-profit law and policy organization dedicated to fighting discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and advocating for fair public policies on these topics. The LAC works to help individuals maintain dignity and fully participate in society. Through their website they provide free publications, webinars, training/technical assistance, information on how to obtain legal services, and advocacy toolkits to address and counter barriers faced by those with a history of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records.
SAMHSA's Partners for Recovery
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSAs) Partners for Recovery (PFR) is an initiative to improve services, systems of care, and supports for people with substance use and co-occurring mental health conditions. SAMHSAs PFR also provides resources for those involved in prevention and treatment of behavioral health conditions. The initiative focuses on five key areas: recovery-oriented systems of care, cross-systems collaboration, reduction of inaccurate and harmful perceptions and discrimination associated with substance use and mental health problems, workforce development, and leadership development. SAMHSAs PFR works with different programs, including community partners and Federal agencies, to address the needs of those with or at risk of developing substance use conditions. It also develops technical resources and provides information and tools to recovering individuals, providers, and State and local governments.
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.
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 Research and Training Center (NRTC)
The National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability (NRTC) works to promote access to consumer-driven and community-based services for adults with behavioral health problems. NRTC provides technical assistance, research-driven information, and training. NRTC trainings focus on many topics, including the development of leadership among consumers, self-advocacy, and peer provider certification.
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.
Main Street Housing
Main Street Housing, Inc. is a non-profit housing organization that works to establish safe, affordable and independent rental housing for individuals with behavioral health problems. Main Street Housing operates on the principle of "Supportive Accountability," which promotes autonomy and responsibility for its tenants.
Highland Users Group (HUG)
Highland Users Group (HUG) is a collective advocacy group comprised of mental health consumers working to improve the treatment of mental health consumers within the Highlands of Scotland. HUG campaigns work to improve the rights and services of consumers. HUG works with youth and the media and conducts trainings to increase awareness among professionals.
Housing for New Hope
Housing for New Hope is a nonprofit organization working to prevent and end homelessness. For over 18 years, they have provided crisis assistance, outreach, transitional housing, and permanent housing to homeless individuals in North Carolina. Supportive services and programs provided through this organization offer affordable housing and/or structured programs designed to help consumers regain hope, independence, and stability in their lives.
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.
Headstrong is an organization that was established in response to alarming reports of high-risk behavior and suicide rates among youth in Ireland. This organization seeks to change the way Ireland views behavioral health problems in youth, to connect young people to quality interventions and programs in their communities, and to empower young people so that they are able to address their behavioral health problems.
SAMHSA's Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
SAMHSA's Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) services are for individuals with mental health and substance use problems who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. PATH services, provided through a nationwide network of PATH service providers, include community-based outreach, case management, limited housing services, and other supportive services. The National PATH Technical Assistance Center assists SAMHSA in providing support to State and local providers across the country and maintains a Web site with a broad range of information and resources including webcasts, research articles, data, and more.
SAMHSA's Co-Occurring Disorders Integration & Innovation
SAMHSA's Co-Occurring Disorders Integration & Innovation provides information and resources to promote access to effective integrated services for people with co-occurring disorders (at least one mental health problem and at least one substance use disorder). A new version of the site is slated to appear soon. In its current form it offers a Contact Us link through which users can obtain additional information.
Facing Us is a website-based program developed by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance that offers a range of behavioral health tools and resources for people with mood disorders and the general public. Users can create profiles and access features that include a journal, a creativity center, and a wellness tracker. Site access and resources are free.
Headspace provides information and resources that address the behavioral health and well-being of youth ages 12 to 25. It is Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation and is funded by the Australian government.
Mental Health Commission of Ireland
The Mental Health Commission of Ireland advocates for high-quality mental health services and protects the interests of behavioral health consumers. The Commission's website provides information about the Mental Health Act of 2001 and links to publications, training manuals, resources for consumers, news and events, and research.
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 (GMHCN) Peer Support and Wellness Center
The GMHCN Peer Support and Wellness Center is a peer-run alternative to hospitalization and mental health day programs. The Center has respite beds available for consumers who are experiencing crises and hosts daily activities, such as creative writing, computer skills training, and bowling, that are open to overnight and non-overnight participants.
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.
Stepping Stone Peer Support and Crisis Respite Center
New Hampshire-based Stepping Stone provides a comfortable, nonjudgmental environment where people who are experiencing mental problems can become empowered and move toward recovery and wellness. The center and its sister organization Next Step offer peer support, a crisis respite program, and a telephone support line, all of which are free to New Hampshire residents.
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.
Erasing the Distance
Erasing the Distance is a Chicago-based theater company dedicated to shedding light on mental illness. The company tours its original productions, as well as facilitated audience dialogues, mental health trainings, and high quality mental health resource, to junior high and high schools, colleges and universities, places of worship, hospitals, community groups, and workplaces. Erasing the Distance also creates customized productions to help communities give voice to their own mental health stories and leads long term artistic residencies in schools.
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.
National Center for PTSD
The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, conducts research, training, and consultation related to the prevention, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD. The Center aims to ensure that those experiencing symptoms of PTSD receive evidence-based care and consultation.
Asset-Based Community Development Institute
Operated by Northwestern University, the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) works with communities to identify individual and group assets and to use these existing assets to strengthen and empower communities. The organization's Web site includes research, publications, community stories, a discussion board, and other resources. Of particular interest to the mental health community, Hidden Treasures: Building Community Connections by Engaging the Gifts of People on Welfare, People with Disabilities, People with Mental Illness, Older Adults, and Young People is available as a "Downloadable Resource" under the Publications section.
Military OneSource is a 24-hour, 7 days-a-week, toll-free information and referral telephone service available worldwide to Active duty, Reserve, and National Guard military members and their families; as well as to deployed civilians and their families. Military OneSource provides information ranging from everyday concerns to deployment-related issues. The toll free number for Military OneSource is 1-800-324-9647.
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.
Military Pathways is a DoD-nonprofit collaboration with three primary goals: reduce negative perceptions, raise awareness about mental health, and connect those in need to available resources. Service members may log in and select an anonymous screening. The site then recommends next steps.
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.
America's Heroes at Work
This project of the U.S. Department of Labor addresses the employment challenges faced by returning service members living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The project equips employers and the workforce development system with the tools they need to help returning service members affected by TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplaceparticularly service members returning from 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.
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.
Directory of Consumer Driven Services
This Directory is designed to help mental health consumers find a broad range of service programs around the country (ranging in size from large mental health service agencies to small grassroots efforts run on a volunteer basis). To be included in this directory, organizations must receive a significant contribution from consumers in the form of design input, administration, executive leadership, and/or service provision.
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.
Headspace Ireland, a program of the Mental Health Commission (Ireland), encourages youth who receive mental health services to advocate for their own care. The organization has produced a toolkit to help young people who are hospitalized understand their rights.
National Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center (NCSTAC)
This SAMHSA-funded technical assistance center supports the work of consumer organizations across the country through research, informational materials, training, and financial aid. A division of Mental Health America, NCSTAC aims to help transform America's mental health system. NCSTAC's Web site includes a resource library with guides and fact sheets to help consumer/survivors develop or strengthen their organizations and find funding.
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.
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.
Pathways to Housing
Pathways to Housing uses a "housing first" model to advocate for people experiencing mental health problems and homelessness. In this recovery-based approach, clients are welcomed into housing, which can become a base for treatment services such as mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment.
The STAR Center, a project of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), focuses on assisting consumer-operated and consumer-helper programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations.
Glass Book Project
This program connects people who have experienced trauma and/or self-injury with college students in a collaborative project to create auto-biographical "glass books," which document difficult personal experiences. The work has led to increased understanding of trauma and violence in college and local communities.
Witness Justice helps empower victims of violent crime and self-injury to take control of their lives through recovery from trauma and by advocating for reform in the criminal justice system.
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.
With more than 80 chapters, Compeer volunteers work to diminish the isolation experienced by individuals who have mental health problems. Compeer programs facilitate friendships that support people as they work toward recovery.
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.
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 Justice Center
Part of the Council of State Governments, the Justice Center, according to its website, "provides practical, nonpartisan advice and evidence-based, consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities." A national nonprofit, the Justice Center provides technical assistance, disseminates information, and makes policy recommendations for Federal, State, and local policymakers in areas including the justice system and people with mental health and/or substance use problems. Its website includes sections on its programs in mental health (http://csgjusticecenter.org/mental-health) and substance abuse (http://csgjusticecenter.org/substance-abuse) that feature publications, webinars, videos, information about events, and funding opportunities.
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
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.
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.
AgriWellness, originally Sowing the Seeds of Hope, was designed and initiated in 1999 by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health and the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association. Today, it is a collaborative effort of project leaders in seven predominantly rural States: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The federally funded campaign is administered by AgriWellness, Inc. and coordinated through a different group in each State (e.g., mental health coalition, religious organization).
The Awakenings Project
The Awakenings Project (Awakenings) is a grass-roots initiative run by and for artists with mental illnesses. Awakenings raises public awareness of the important contributions that individuals with mental illnesses make to the larger community. It also helps people with mental illnesses to develop and enhance their creativity.
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 Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry founded the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation (GMHF) to make the public aware of psychiatric and mental health issues that older adults may experience. Other goals for the GMHF included promoting mentally healthy aging and making high-quality mental health care for older adults more accessible. The GMHF works to educate individuals about treatment and recovery. Its Web site features publications on mental health topics relevant to older adults; links to resources for mental health care providers, researchers, older adults, and their loved ones; and a tool for finding a geriatric psychiatrist.
The Senior Citizens League (TSCL)
The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) is an affiliate of TREA The Enlisted Association, which works to protect the benefits of enlisted veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. TSCL protects the earned benefits of all seniors who are U.S. citizens. The nonpartisan organization focuses on Social Security, Medicare, and veteran or military retiree benefits. TSCL's work often addresses mental health issues, including the prejudice and discrimination surrounding mental health problems.
American Art Therapy Association, Inc. (AATA)
The American Art Therapy Association is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in art making is healing and life enhancing. Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Through the operations of 50 field offices nationwide, the EEOC coordinates all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies.
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
The Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy as well as practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.
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.
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is a cross disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents over 700 organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.
Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC)
TAC is a national non-profit organization that works to achieve positive outcomes on behalf of people with disabilities, people who are homeless, and people with other special needs by providing state-of-the-art information, capacity building, and technical expertise to organizations and policymakers in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, human services, and affordable housing.
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.
National Association of Consumer/Survivor Mental Health Administrators (NAC/SMHA)
The National Association of Consumer/Survivor Mental Health Administrators (NAC/SMHA) is a group of senior managers of State mental health agencies who self-identify as mental health consumers or former consumers. NAC/SMHA provides technical assistance related to developing offices of consumer/survivor/ex-patient affairs within State behavioral health departments. It is affiliated with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.
Mental Health Works
Mental Health Works is an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario. It began in 2001 as a partnership research project involving the voluntary sector, government and business. It helps organizations to manage their duty to accommodate employees experiencing mental illnesses.
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.
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.
Caregiver Action Network
The Caregiver Action Network 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.
On Our Own of Maryland
According to its mission statement, “On Our Own of Maryland, Inc., a statewide mental health consumer education and advocacy network, promotes equality in all facets of society for people who receive mental health services and develops alternative, recovery-based mental health initiatives.” On Our Owns promotes awareness and understanding of mental health problems, as well as the biases, inaccurate perceptions, negative attitudes, and exclusion faced by people with experience of these problems. It does so through a series of workshops involving group discussion, role playing, insight, and analysis. On Our Own publishes a quarterly newsletter, Consumer Network News. Its Web site features archived issues of the newsletter, a list of wellness and recovery centers in the Baltimore, MD area (where On Our Own is located), project information, and more.
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.
OpenMindsOpenDoors is an initiative of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania to end discrimination against people with mental health problems. It focuses on creating awareness about mental health issues and promoting the message that people who face such issues are valuable members of their communities. Each year the campaign focuses on a key audience, developing specific strategies, goals, and materials for that particular group. Past key audiences have included employers, providers, and legislators.
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
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)
The AAGP promotes the mental health and improvement of mental health care for older adults. The group represents health care providers, educators, and researchers in geriatric psychiatry and mental health.
Job Accommodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor. JAN is one of several ODEP projects. JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities and related subjects.
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.
International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD)
The International Center for Clubhouse Development promotes the development and strengthening of clubhouses; oversees the creation and evolution of standards; facilitates and assures the quality of training, consultation, certification, research and advocacy; and provides effective communication and dissemination of information
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.
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.
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.
Mindframe National Media Initiative
A program of the Australian government, the Mindframe National Media Initiative does work to promote mass media portrayals of mental health problems and suicide that are accurate and do not perpetuate biases and stereotypes toward people with lived experience of mental health problems, suicidal ideation, or suicide attempts. To promote such portrayals, Mindframe works not only with the media, but also with people in sectors that shape what appears in the media. In keeping with this collaboration with many sectors, Mindframes Web site features resources for mental health and suicide prevention professionals, universities, professionals in stage drama and movies, police, and court systems, as well as the media.