|Links to websites with information about mental illnesses,
and organizations that help people with mental illnesses.|
Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.
Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. is a statewide nonprofit organization in Connecticut that helps
countless persons with, or in recovery from, psychiatric disabilities or co-occurring disorders
and their families in many ways. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for these
individuals. We achieve this mission through a comprehensive education course that provides
extensive training in self, systems, and legislative advocacy skills.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The Bazelon Center is a national legal advocate for people with mental disabilities. Through
precedent-setting litigation and in the public policy arena, the Bazelon Center works to
advance and preserve the rights of people with mental illnesses and developmental
Charles E. Kubly Foundation
The Charles E. Kubly Foundation seeks to better the lives of those affected by depression by
increasing public awareness of the disease and its devastating effects, reducing the stigma
associated with it, supporting depression related research and promoting improved access to
quality mental health resources within communities.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
DBSA is the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent
mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an understanding
about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date,
scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can
Episcopal Mental Illness Network (EMIN)
The EMIN provides a compassionate presence within the Episcopal Church for persons with mental
illnesses and their families. The EMIN is a place where we can share information. It also is a
resource for Episcopalians, both clergy and lay persons, to find out more about mental
illnesses and how to incorporate persons with mental illnesses into the full life of the
Faith in Recovery (FiR)
Faith in Recovery provides assistance for developing mental health ministries in faith
communities of all religious traditions. These ministries provide education and support in ways
that emphasize a mind-body-spirit understanding of mental illness and decrease stigma.
FaithNet NAMI CA
FaithNet NAMI is a network composed of members and friends of NAMI for the purposes of (1)
facilitating the development within the Faith Community of a non-threatening, supportive
environment for those with serious mental illness and their families, (2) pointing out the
value of one’s spirituality in the recovery process from mental illness and the need for
spiritual strength for those who are caretakers, (3) educating clergy and congregations
concerning the biologic basis and characteristics of mental illness, and (4) encouraging
advocacy of the Faith Community to bring about hope and help for all who are affected by mental
Hopeworks is the Blount County chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. It
is located in Maryville, Tn. It offers support for those who suffer from depression,
bipolar disorder and their families. The website has information, articles and
IndependenceFirst was established in 1979 as a non-profit organization directed by, and
for the benefit of persons of all ages, with disabilities of all kinds, primarily serving the
four county Metropolitan Milwaukee Area. IndependenceFirst is your resource on
accessibility and issues related to living independently in our community for persons with
International Center for Clubhouse Developement (ICCD)
The International Center for Clubhouse Development is a global network creating
opportunities for people living with mental illness to be respected members of society. ICCD
clubhouses are founded on the realization that recovery from serious mental illness must
involve the whole person in a vital and culturally sensitive community. A clubhouse community
offers respect, hope, mutuality and unlimited opportunity to access the same worlds of
friendship, housing, education and employment as the rest of society.
Lack of Insight Mental Illness
This information comes from a small group of relatives of difficult-to-treat mentally ill
persons. As family members we give a voice to persons who, due to the illness itself, refuse
medical care and may remain with symptoms for years. We disseminate only information that
coincides with our experience.
Mental Health Consumer Concerns (MHCC)
MHCC provides state mandated patients’ rights advocacy services in Contra Costa, Solano, and
Napa counties in addition to systems advocacy on the state and local levels. MHCC was a
catalyst in the creation of self-help groups in Contra Costa, Napa and Solano counties, an
anti-stigma campaign in Contra Costa, and Consumers Speaks Conferences.
Mental Health Ministries
Mental Health Ministries is an ecumenical, interfaith outreach through the California-Pacific
Conference of the United Methodist Church. Our mission is to educate faith leaders and lay
persons for the purpose of decreasing the stigma associated with mental illnesses in our faith
communities. Providing resources to faith communities to develop a mental health program
appropriate to each congregation is the important first step in the inclusion and support of
persons with mental illnesses and their families into the life of that community. Our mission
is to give voice to those who have suffered in silence and to enable faith communities to begin
the process of reaching out and providing compassionate care to those affected by disorders of
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers,
families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia,
schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental
disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental
illnesses that affect the brain.
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)
NARSAD is the largest donor-supported organization in the world devoted exclusively to funding
scientific research on brain and behavior disorders.
National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
The NMHA is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of
mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide. NMHA works to
improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental
disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.
National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.)
In addition to keeping you up to date on N.O.D.'s most recent developments, the N.O.D. web site
provides you with the latest in disability-related news, information and resources.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national, federally funded network of local
crisis centers providing suicide prevention and intervention services through a toll-free
telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Its mission is to provide immediate assistance to
individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available crisis center in
their area. Click on the link for more information.
New Horizons Un-Limited
A non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization, we have a mission to make information and life experiences
accessible to individuals with lifelong disabilities and their families. Since 1994 we have been
providing access to informational and technological tools to ensure that people with disabilities
may have access to all that life has to offer.
People Who is a website dedicated to promote and protect the rights
and dignity of persons with disabilities.
Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma (ADS Center)
The ADS Center helps people design, implement and operate programs that reduce discrimination
and stigma associated with mental illnesses. With the most up-to-date research and information,
the Center helps individuals, organizations and governments counter such discrimination and
stigma in the community, in the workplace, and in the media.
Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain
The Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain was founded in 1993, by Jean Liechty of Newport
Beach, CA. The symbol is used to generate support and funding for research for people with
mental illness and brain disorders. The Silver Ribbon is the acknowledged symbol of fighting
stigma throughout the world.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC)
The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit organization working to eliminate
barriers to timely treatment of severe mental illness.
Wisconsin United for Mental Health (WUMH)
WUMH is an ongoing effort by Wisconsin citizens to educate and increase awareness about mental
illnesses as real and common diseases that are treatable.