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.
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.
Society for the Arts in Healthcare
This nonprofit corporation works to highlight the beneficial role that the arts can play in the healing process. They encourage the incorporation of artistic approaches within healthcare facilities and provide resources to professions in the healthcare and art fields. There are a number of online resources, including some for starting a program that supports arts in health care, an artist registry, and listings of arts and healthcare education programs worldwide.
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.
SLO the Stigma
SLOtheStigma is a mental health awareness and stigma reduction campaign, the first of its kind in San Luis Obispo County. The goals of this campaign are to increase awareness of issues related to mental disorders, decrease negative and harmful attitudes and beliefs associated with mental disorders, and guide individuals with mental disorders and their families to local resources. Their Web site has brief video clips of individuals in recovery sharing their experiences and includes a section where support service information in California is listed.
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.
The Recovery Group
The Recovery Group provides a broad range of types of support to individuals transitioning out of mental hospitals and back into their communities. This organization provides peer support and action planning for people in recovery from mental disorders and/or trauma. Through their Web site, they share information on upcoming teleconferences and local events and opportunities related to their mission.
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 Community Behavioral Healthcare
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare works to ensure that indiviudals 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
SAMHSA's Partners for Recovery (PFR) seeks to better services and systems of care and supports and provide resources to services that work to prevent and treat behavioral health problems. PFR does this with a focus on five key areas: recovery, cross-systems collaboration, stigma reduction, workforce development, and leadership development. PFR works with different programs, including community partners and Federal agencies, to address the needs of those with or at risk of substance use conditions. PFR also develops technical resources and provides informration and tools to recovering individuals, providers, and state and local governments to respond to stigma.
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.
The Inclusion Institute
The Inclusion Institute is a national and international center for learning, research, and practice that promotes social inclusion. The Institute strives to build a national and international evidence base; to support practice development geared toward inclusion outcomes; to promote leadership for organizational change; and to keep communities engaged through social networks of support and participation.
National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) is a family-run parent support and advocacy organization that helps parents and families deal with their child's emotional and behavioral health issues. FFCMH provides national advocacy for the rights of youth and families, technical assistance to other family-run organizations, and a number of resources geared toward educating and supporting families.
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.
SAMHSA Services in Supportive Housing
SAMHSA's Services in Supportive Housing (SSH) enhances supportive housing for individuals in need by facilitating communication between the federal government and providers of supportive housing, providing an environment for housing providers to meet and exchange knowledge. This SSH initiative develops products for distribution thoughout the homeless services field while also ensuring the involvement of consumers. A list of current grantees and a description of their programs is included on this Web site.
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.
SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR)
The goal of the SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) technical assistance initiative is to make Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits more accessible to individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. SOAR accomplishes this through train-the-trainer programs, ongoing technical assistance to States and communities, and the development of strategic planning on how to apply the SOAR approach in local communities. Their Stepping Stones to Recovery manual provides detailed instructions on applying for SSDI/SSI.
SAMHSA's Co-Occuring and Homeless Activities Branch (CHAB)
SAMHSA's Co-Occuring and Homeless Activities Branch (CHAB) supports the work of SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment by promoting a public health approach to systems of care for persons with co-occurring disorders and persons who are homeless. CHAB develops policies and plans for the successful implementation of its programs; funds and oversees contracts and grant programs; provides technical assistance; and maintains and distributes information related to co-occurring and homeless issues.
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.
Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN)
The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) is a non-governmental organization that works to achieve full equality, inclusion, and discrimination protection for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in Ireland. It focuses on influencing policy and working with mainstream partner organizations. Its website features a section on behavioral health and well-being that includes a report and links to related organizations.
The Recovery x-Change is a wellness management training partnership of peer specialists and providers committed to the belief that, with appropriate supports and resources, anyone can recover from behavioral health problems. The organization's website includes video interviews and links to websites and organizations to help consumers with everything from work, to awareness of legal rights, to wellness management.
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.
California Network of Mental Health Clients (CNMHC)
The CNMHC is a statewide, consumer-run organization that advocates for the rights and acceptance of behavioral health consumers. The organization educates the public on behavioral health topics and is involved in related policy decisions. The CNMHC website includes descriptions of its State projects, contact information for client-run organizations throughout California, and links to resources and other organizations.
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.
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Office of Technical Assistance (OTA), Center for Peer Networking (CPN)
The Center for Peer Networking connects peer specialists with each other, allowing them to share experiences and lessons learned about working with other mental health consumers. The Center hosts monthly peer networking calls and informs peer specialists about new resources and relevant conferences.
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania Institute for Recovery & Community Integration
The Institute works to increase communities' understanding of mental health recovery, peer support, and community integration as the catalyst for transforming individual lives, communities, and all levels of behavioral health systems in a culturally competent manner. It offers workshops on recovery, on-site recovery education groups, wellness recovery action plan (WRAP) groups, WRAP facilitator training, a peer specialist certificate program, and technical assistance to agencies, service providers, and municipalities.
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.
National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment
The Consortium aims to empower mental health consumers by researching effective ways to overcome stigma. Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute of Psychology, where the Consortium is located, are supported by researchers at colleges and universities across the United States. The organization's Web site links visitors to publications, resources, and two journals related to rehabilitation and stigma research.
Minding the Gap: Improving Mental Health Access - Eliminating Stigma Initiative
Minding the Gap is an initiative developed by the National Black Nurses Foundation to increase public awareness of and promote collaboration around behavioral health services and policies. The initiative promotes recovery and aims to reduce negative perceptions. It brings together communities, individuals, policy makers, and other mental health stakeholders to improve access to equitable behavioral health services for all people.
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.
Social inclusion and the transformation of mental health services: Transatlantic perspectives
This Web page provides information about a past conference held by the University of Pittsburgh's European Union Center of Excellence. The conference Web page includes descriptions of conference presentations, links to Web resources related to the transformation of mental health systems, and a link to the presentation files.
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.
This nonprofit organization specializes in military reintegration solutions, providing a powerful framework of education and training that builds strength, resilience, and a clearer understanding of how to maintain balance in the face of military deployments and other lifestyle challenges.
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.
Coalition for Iraq + Afghanistan Veterans
This national non-partisan partnership of organizations is committed to working with and on behalf of all military veterans, families, survivors, and providers to strengthen the existing system of care and support for all those affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Swords to Plowshares-Iraq Veteran Project
A project of Swords to Plowshares, the Iraq Veteran Project was launched in 2005 to ensure that recent veterans receive the support, services, and protection they need to successfully transition home. This project offers a range of assistance, including employment services, benefits advocacy, health and social services, and housing services.
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.
"Vets4Vets is an organization dedicated to using peer support to help Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans heal from the psychological injuries of war. The organization's primary goal is to help these veterans understand the value of peer support and to encourage them to regularly use peer support to express their emotions, manage their challenges, and ease their reintegration into society.
See Change: The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
"See Change is Ireland's new national partnership working to bring about positive change in public attitudes and behavior and to reduce discrimination toward people with mental health problems. The partnership recently launched a public service announcement campaign."
Time to Change
Time to Change is England's most ambitious program to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. With 35 projects led by Mind and Rethink, the program is backed by international evidence on what works and has at its heart people with direct experience with mental health problems.
Strength of Us
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) developed this social networking site, described as an online community that empowers young adults through resource sharing and peer support and builds connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities that define the transitional years of life.
Rethink is the leading national mental health membership charity in England. Its aim is to provide hope and empowerment to consumers through effective services, information, and support. The organization carries out research that informs national mental health policy and actively campaigns for change through greater awareness and understanding. It is dedicated to creating a world free of prejudice and discrimination.
National Association of Peer Specialists
The National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peer specialists throughout the United States. NAPS offers members a quarterly newsletter, discounts on recovery-oriented materials, and access to recovery and peer support information. NAPS also sponsors an annual conference for peer specialists, which brings together peer specialists and supporters of the peer specialist movement to share ideas, strategies, and information about innovative programs that work.
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.
This nonprofit organization works to increase the ability of Australian society to prevent and respond effectively to depression.
Founded in 1879, Together is the United Kingdom's longest serving mental health charity. The organization focuses on supporting people in their recovery from serious mental health problems.
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.
This UK-based organization focuses on providing a variety of services, supports, and opportunities to assist individuals experiencing mental health problems in developing a sense of purpose and direction, developing healthy relationships with others, and achieving their personal goals and potential. This is achieved through a range of creative opportunities and practical advice related to the person's aspirations as part of their recovery.
New York State Campaign for Mental Health Housing
This statewide coalition of mental health providers, consumers, family members, housing developers, social policy experts, legal rights organizations and concerned citizens is dedicated to ensuring that people of all ages living with mental illness in New York State have access to safe affordable housing and the opportunity for an active life in the community.
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.
Mental Health Europe
Mental Health Europe, also known as Santé Mentale Europe, is a nongovernmental coalition organization that works to promote positive mental health and to advocate for human rights and social inclusion.
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.
Washington's Mental Health Transformation Project: Partnerships for Recovery and Resiliency
The Mental Health Transformation Project was created when a SAMHSA Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant was awarded to the State of Washington in 2005. The project facilitates partnerships and collaboration among various stakeholders across the State in an effort to effect change in the delivery of mental health services.
National Social Inclusion Programme
The National Social Inclusion Programme is responsible for the implementation of the activities outlined by the Mental Health and Social Exclusion Report.
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.
FDA Office of Women's Health
The FDA Office of Women's Health offers information and resources for a variety of topics related to women's health. It offers free publications, including specific booklets and guides to help individuals understand and manage their medications. The Office's "Take Time to Care" (TTTC) Program works with local partners to reach out to communities to distribute their materials.
Bring Change 2 Mind
BringChange2Mind.org is a not-for-profit organization created by Glenn Close, the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), Fountain House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization). The idea of a national anti-stigma campaign was born of a partnership between Glenn Close and Fountain House, where Glenn volunteered in order to learn about mental illness, from which both her sister and nephew suffer. BringChange2Mind's mission is twofold: (1) provide people who have misconceptions about mental illness with quick and easy access to information that combats stigma. (2) Provide people with mental illness, and those who know them, with quick and easy access to information and support.
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.
The Anti-Stigma Project
On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
Jennifer K. Brown, Director of Training and Communications
1521 South Edgewood Street, Suite C
Baltimore, MD 21227
The Anti-Stigma Project is part of On Our Own of Maryland, Inc., Marylands Statewide consumer/survivor organization. The project reduces stigma by raising awareness, facilitating discussion, searching for creative solutions, and educating the public.
Stamp Out Stigma
Stamp Out Stigma is a mental health consumer-driven advocacy and educational outreach program. It strives to make positive changes to the public perception of mental illness and to inform the community about the personal, social, economic, and political challenges faced by people living with mental illnesses.
Carmen Lee, Director
1572 Winding Way, Suite A
Belmont, CA 94002
Project Resolving Issues through Support and Education (Project R.I.S.E.)
Project Resolving Issues through Support and Education (Project R.I.S.E.), a peer support program of the University of Virginia (UVA), was developed in 2006 by UVA students with the purpose of offering African-American students a nonjudgmental environment where they could receive support and education in dealing with mental illnesses and other issues.
Out of the Darkness
Out of the Darkness is a public awareness campaign that was developed by the Montana Mental Health Association (MMHA), a nonprofit group of volunteer citizens concerned with all aspects of mental health and mental illness. The goal of the campaign is to help reduce stigma through enhanced public awareness and education.
Montana Mental Health Association
Open Minds, Open Doors
Open Minds, Open Doors is the latest anti-stigma/anti-discrimination campaign of the Wisconsin United for Mental Health (WUMH) statewide coalition. Launched in May 2007, the campaign consists of a series of radio public service announcements (PSAs) that asks listeners to support the anti-stigma statements on the WUMH Web site. Listeners are asked to sign up in support of the belief that stigma and discrimination against people who have mental illnesses is wrong.
Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Stigma Busters
The Stigma Busters program of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health agency is a five-part project funded by a Michigan Department of Community Health Federal block grant designed to counter the stigma associated with mental illnesses and normalize help-seeking behaviors.
105 Hall Street
Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Beyond the Label
Beyond the Label is a multimedia initiative developed in October 2006 by the Education Unit of Cornerstone Clubhouse, a nonprofit agency in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
" You KNOW Me" Alaska Anti-Stigma Campaign
The You KNOW Me Alaska anti-stigma campaign was developed in 2005 by the Alaska Mental Health Trust and Alaskan consumer advocacy boards. It is a statewide initiative aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination, promoting support for treatment and services, and increasing public awareness of the issues and challenges faced by individuals, families, and communities who experience mental illnesses and other disabilities.
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
Delisa Culpepper, Chief Operating Officer
3745 Community Park Loop, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99508
Silver Ribbon Coalition
The Silver Ribbon Coalition was originally founded in 1993 as the Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain by Jean Liechty after she had a family experience with schizophrenia. In 2004, the Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain was renamed in order to incorporate and represent the combined interests of all individuals who have a brain disorder or disability, including those individuals with mental illnesses. The coalition emphasizes that increasing public awareness will result in improved treatments, eventual cures, and decreased stigma for those with brain disorders and disabilities.
Rethink's Anti-Stigma Campaign in Norwich
Alexandra Burner, Senior Campaigns Officer
The Norwich anti-stigma campaign was developed and launched by Rethink,a national mental health membership charity in England. It was a month-long campaign aimed at raising public awareness of the stigma associated with mental illnesses and the discrimination that people with mental illnesses face in their daily lives. The campaign also aimed to increase awareness of Rethink.
Mental Illness is Real
Mental Illness Is Real is a national media campaign that was launched in Australia in 2005 by SANE Australia. The campaign aims to overcome community stigma and misunderstanding about mental illnesses by challenging the stereotypes that exist. The campaign hopes to educate the public by directing people to get real facts via the SANE Web site and the SANE toll-free helpline number.
Dr. Paul Morgan
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.
The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO
Phone: 613-737-7600, ext. 3324
3371 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
In 2005, NAMI Mercer began spearheading a campaign of speaking events in and around Mercer County, New Jersey; in an effort to counter the stigma of mental illness, particularly for depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. These events featured 12 speakers. The campaign was unique in that the county government committed $6,000 in grants and other funds toward the implementation of the program.
Reducing Stigma by Meeting and Learning From People with Serious Mental Illness
Amy B. Spagnolo, M.S., CRPR, Assistant Professor
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
This stigma reduction project aims to promote public awareness and education about mental illness, expose people to information on recovery, dispel myths and inaccuracies associated with mental illnesses, and highlight mental health consumer strengths and resiliency.
Sowing the Seeds of Hope
Michael R. Rosmann, Ph.D.
1210 7th Street, Suite C
Harlan, IA 51537
Sowing the Seeds of Hope (SSoH) 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
P.O. Box 177
Wheaton, IL 60187
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
Samantha Phillips, M.S.W., Program Director
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.
194 Washington Avenue, Suite 415
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: 518-434-0439 ext. 224
This program is a statewide initiative aimed at promoting the successful employment of individuals with mental illnesses. It's main objectives are to assist individuals with mental illnesses in finding and maintaining employment, educating the business community about the importance of mental health, and increasing the rates of competitive work environments for individuals with mental illnesses.
No More Shame Sign Project
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134
The No More Shame Sign Project was developed and implemented in October 2005 by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in collaboration with Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. and social clubs from across the State. The project consisted of a series of signs that were displayed by mental health consumers along a busy street in front of the Connecticut State Capitol.
In Our Own Voice
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
In Our Own Voice, a program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a unique informational outreach program, that offers insight into the recovery that is possible for people with severe mental illnesses. The program aims "to meet the need for consumer-run education initiatives, to set a standard for quality education about mental illness from those who have been there, to offer genuine work opportunities for consumers, to encourage self-confidence and self-esteem in presenters, and to focus on recovery and the message of hope."
Nothing To Hide: Mental Illness in the Family Program
Family Diversity Projects
P.O. Box 1246
Amherst, MA 01004
Nothing To Hide: Mental Illness in the Family is a touring photo exhibit that was developed by the Family Diversity Project, a nonprofit educational organization based in Amherst, MA. The exhibit, which debuted in 1999?2000, presents a collection of 20 museum-quality photographs and the text of interviews that tell poignant stories of courageous individuals and their families whose lives are affected by mental illness. The exhibit also is available in book form, featuring portraits and stories of 44 families who defy the stigma of mental illness by speaking candidly about their lives.
iFred's Field of Hope
7040 Bembe Beach Road, Suite 100
Annapolis, MD 21403
The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) kicked off a program to eliminate the stigma of depression with the launch of the Field of Hope campaign in Goodland, KS, during the Spring of 2006. A sunflower field was planted to celebrate those who have recognized, received treatment for, or survived their depression, as well as those who have loved ones affected by depression. Between May 1 and May 31, 2006, participants paid $10 to have a seed planted for themselves or someone they knew in anticipation of seeing a beautiful yellow field full of hope in August 2006. Participation donors received a celebratory photo postcard at the end of the sunflower season.
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)
1801 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20507
(Include your zip code and/or city and state so that your email will be sent to the appropriate office.) 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)
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington DC 20210
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
609 72nd Street, Floor 1
North Bergen, New Jersey 07047
The Center for Reintegration is a non-profit organization committed to helping people with mental illnesses pursue a meaningful life through reintegration-- the process by which a person with a mental illness finds meaningful work, restores his or her relationships, and moves toward independent living. To help achieve these goals, the Center for Reintegration provides useful information and support tools for consumers, caregivers, employers, family and friends.
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
1710 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
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.
UPENN Collaborative on Community Integration
Katy Kaplan, M.S.Ed.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
3535 Market Street, 3rd Floor -- CMHPSR
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The UPENN Collaborative is devoted to promoting the community integration vision as it pertains to people with psychiatric disabilities, to ensure that rights become reality. It will lead the mental health field in identifying and eliminating barriers to community integration and in developing supports which facilitate community integration outcomes and bring about meaningful changes in the lives of people with psychiatric disabilities.
Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC)
535 Boylston Street, Suite 1301
Boston, MA 02116
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.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
The Provider Education Program, of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, presents a penetrating, subjective view of family and consumer experiences with serious mental illness to line staff at public agencies who work directly with people with severe and persistent brain disorders. The course helps providers realize the hardships that families and consumers endure and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to find ways to reconstruct lives which must be lived, through no fault of the consumer or family, "on the verge."
National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations
1300 L Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
The National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations is a coalition of people with psychiatric diagnoses who counter stigma and discrimination through the evidence of their recovery. The organization ensures that consumer/survivors have a major voice in the development and implementation of health care, mental health, and social policies at the state and national levels, empowering people to recover and lead a full life in the community.
'Mental Health Is For Everyone Banner' Campaigm
Mental Health Association of the North Shore
2120 Lincoln Street
Evanston, IL 60201-2282
The Mental Health is for Everyone anti-stigma banner campaign was developed and implemented by the Mental Health Association of the North Shore (MHANS) in Evanston, Illinois. The campaign, initiated by a group of concerned citizens, focuses on educating the North Shore community about mental health issues and mental health advocacy.
The Kids on the Block, Inc.
9385-C Gerwig Lane
Columbia, Maryland 21046
Phone: 800-368-KIDS (5437)
The Kids on the Block (KOB) is an educational puppet theatre company that researches, develops and performs live programs addressing a wide range of topics, including childrens mental health.
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
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 2301
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8
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
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
NAMI StigmaBusters is a network of dedicated advocates across the country and around the world who seek to fight inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental illness. StigmaBusters speak out and challenge stereotypes and educate society about the reality of mental illness.
National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, promotes and helps to develop consumer-run self-help groups across the country. Technical assistance and materials are available on such topics as organizing groups, fundraising, leadership development, incorporating, public relations, advocacy, and networking.
1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1207
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The National Stigma Clearinghouse
The National Stigma Clearinghouse was created to track negative stereotypes of mental illnesses and to provide information about fighting prejudice to concerned activists. The goal of the Clearinghouse is to change public attitudes about people who have mental illnesses.
245 Eighth Ave #213
New York, NY 10011
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.
PO Box 6080
Morgantown, WV 26506-6080
Consumer Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center (CONTAC)
A national technical assistance center, Contac serves as a resource center for consumers/survivors/ex-patients and consumer-run organizations across the United States, promoting self-help, recovery and empowerment through public education, advocacy and the elimination of stigma and discrimination.
P.O. Box 11000
Charleston, WV 25339
Phone: 888-825-TECH (8324)
Fountain House is a nationally recognized center for research into the rehabilitation of individuals with mental illnesses. It is a key training base for the worldwide replication of Fountain House's pioneering Clubhouse Model. Increasingly, too, it is an influential voice in continuing efforts - local, statewide and national - both to promote the rights of men and women with mental illness and to battle the barriers and stigma they face.
425 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
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.
425 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
Begun in 1993 by a mental health consumer, Movie Monday is a Canadian based weekly film series offered in the auditorium of a psychiatric hospital. The series is designed for people with mental illnesses, their families, and the general public. It features a mix of films to educate people and break down the stigma of mental illness, addiction, and other subjects.
Phone: 902-595-FLIC (595-3542)
National Mental Health Information Center
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health for users of mental health services, their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media. It has an array of publications available to the public at no-cost.
P.O. Box 42557
Washington, DC 20015
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, they depend on their Web site for the marketing of their resources. The mission of MHM is to provide high quality media and print resources as a means of educating clergy and laypersons for the purpose of decreasing the stigma associated with mental illnesses in faith communities.
6707 Monte Verde Drive
San Diego, CA 92119
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation?s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. It has an extensive network of local and state affiliates that support the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, education.
National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)
10400 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 500
Kensington, MD 20895-3944
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers.
Mental Health America
2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country?s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, they represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation ? everyday and in times of crisis.
Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania
OpenMindsOpenDoors (OMOD) is a Pennsylvania campaign aimed at ending discrimination against people who have mental illnesses.
The Training, Education, and Consultation (TEC) Family Center
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
1211 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Training, Education, and Consultation (TEC) Family Center of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania provides support services, through the Child & Adolescent Coping Skills Project, to kids age 7 to 17 to recognize and cope effectively with mental illness in the family.
National Empowerment Center
599 Canal Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
The National Empowerment Center is a Technical Assistance Center run by mental health consumers/survivors. It provides information and referrals to consumer/survivor resources nationwide and offers technical assistance to individuals and groups involved in consumer empowerment activities. The Center distributes recovery-related publications and sponsors education and training activities.
Palmetto Media Watch
South Carolina Department of Mental Health
The Palmetto Media Watch Program is a public education initiative of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health to help the media accurately and fairly represent people with mental illnesses
The National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers
P.O. Box 438
Commack, New York, 11725
E-mail: Kathleen Saccardi, NCMHPC@aol.com
The National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals & Consumers is a grassroots organization of professionals from all mental health and substance abuse care disciplines, consumers of mental health and substance abuse services, clergy, attorneys, and consumer advocates. The organization's goals are to preserve quality care and the consumer?s rights to choice, personal privacy, and control over treatment decisions.
OMOD is a Pennsylvania initiative aimed at ending discrimination against people with mental illnesses. It focuses on creating awareness and reducing stigma and discrimination for all Pennsylvanians. However, each year the campaign focuses on a key audience, developing specific strategies, goals, and materials for that audience.In the past, it targeted and worked with employers to end discrimination in the workplace through creation of an Employer Guide.
Wisconsin United for mental health
WUMH c/o Wisconsin Womens Health Foundation
2503 Todd Drive
Madison, WI 53713
Wisconsin United for Mental Health (WUMH) is a coalition of State, nonprofit, advocacy, and consumer mental health organizations formed in 2002. The coalition actively promotes mental health awareness and eliminates barriers to recovery through statewide anti-stigma activities and events including Webcasts, trainings, presentations for the public, and the support of local legislator and media briefing activities.
Project Relate, an anti-stigma advertising and public service campaign serving Nebraska, was launched on April 7, 2004. Developed through the cooperative efforts of Nebraska mental health service providers, advocacy groups, and nonprofit organizations, the campaign aims to increase awareness and improve public perceptions of people with mental illnesses. In addition to addressing stigma and providing mental health education, Project Relate operates a clearinghouse of mental health resources for the entire State.
What is psychomedia?
This Web site and accompanying YouTube video document psychomedia, the detrimental effect caused by negative depictions of mental health problems in film and news media.