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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Resource Organizations

Empowerment Initiatives
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.

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.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
IAVA is the country's first and largest nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans and their families. IAVA is dedicated to educating the public about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; advocating on behalf of those who have served; and fostering a community for troops, veterans, and their families.

Time to Change
Time to Change is England's most ambitious program to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. With 35 projects led by Mind and Rethink, the program is backed by international evidence on what works and has at its heart people with direct experience with mental health problems.

National Association for Poetry Therapy
The National Association for Poetry Therapy is a world-wide community of poets, writers, journalkeepers, helping professionals, health care professionals, educators, and lovers of words who recognize and appreciate the healing power of language. Poetry therapists work in mental health, medical, geriatric, therapeutic, educational and community settings

The Carter Center
The Carter Center focuses on mental health policy through several goals. First, it aims to increase worldwide public awareness of mental health issues. It also does work to support development of public policy to promote social inclusion and the best possible quality of life for people with mental health and substance use problems. Additionally, the center works to make mental health care as high in quality and accessible as other health care, and to reduce inaccurate perceptions of people with lived experience of mental health and substance use problems.

Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry Center for Mental Health and Media
The mission of the Center for Mental Health and Media is to save lives, comfort and educate families, and to change the public's outdated and inaccurate perceptions of the nature, causes and treatment of mental illness. To do this, they connect some of the most powerful forces in today's society the mass media with one of the most pressing health and economic issues in both the industrialized and underdeveloped worlds: mental health.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 240 affiliates nationwide, they represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation - everyday and in times of crisis.

On Our Own of Maryland
According to its mission statement, “On Our Own of Maryland, Inc., a statewide mental health consumer education and advocacy network, promotes equality in all facets of society for people who receive mental health services and develops alternative, recovery-based mental health initiatives.” On Our Own’s promotes awareness and understanding of mental health problems, as well as the biases, inaccurate perceptions, negative attitudes, and exclusion faced by people with experience of these problems. It does so through a series of workshops involving group discussion, role playing, insight, and analysis. On Our Own publishes a quarterly newsletter, Consumer Network News. Its Web site features archived issues of the newsletter, a list of wellness and recovery centers in the Baltimore, MD area (where On Our Own is located), project information, and more.

OpenMindsOpenDoors (OMOD)
OpenMindsOpenDoors is an initiative of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania to end discrimination against people with mental health problems. It focuses on creating awareness about mental health issues and promoting the message that people who face such issues are valuable members of their communities. Each year the campaign focuses on a key audience, developing specific strategies, goals, and materials for that particular group. Past key audiences have included employers, providers, and legislators.

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This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.