Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change
Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change acknowledges the great inequalities that exist in health care between white patients and their minority counterparts and seeks to reduce these disparities. Finding Answers evaluates interventions within health care settings to work toward improving care and uses their results to provide recommendations to health systems for improvement. Their Web site includes tools for healthcare organizations, information on their research and evaluation projects, and news and updates on their mission to improve and reduce disparities in health care.
Community Care Behavioral Health Organization
Community Care Behavioral Health Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to the well-being of the community. It works to ensure that mental health services continue to evolve and move in the direction of empowering people with lived experience and embracing the concept of recovery. This organization maintains partnerships with key stakeholders and focuses on treatment outcomes by way of evaluation. Their Web site includes a page dedicated to creative solutions to promoting recovery and educational newsletters for adults with mental disorders and for parents of children with mental disorders.
Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry
The Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry (AOOP) is a place where psychiatrists can share ideas, increase knowledge, and network professionally. The AOOP also provides an opportunity for providers interested in workplace mental health to connect on issues related to organizational and occupational psychiatry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) works to better the lives of children through direct service, research and education. The CTA helps translate scientific findings related to child development and the human brain into practical terms. Their work has had great influence on therapy programs, child protection, and educational systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Families of Kids with Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Inc.
Families of Kids with Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Inc. supports child and teen mental health by empowering Florida families through increased community awareness and stigma reduction programs. They strive to involve the whole community in education, care and support programs to reduce stigma and increase self-confidence so all youth may openly be accepted and understood for who they are.
Families of Kids with Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Inc.
Tampa Bay, FL
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.
One in Five: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness
1 in 5: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness is an educational anti-stigma activity which includes a documentary produced in 2006 by the Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority in Michigan. The documentary, featuring mental health consumers, provides an opportunity for the general public to learn about the lives of these individuals and to learn about the misconceptions, myths, and stigma associated with mental illnesses.
Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority
Saginaw, MI 48602-4224
" You KNOW Me" Alaska Anti-Stigma Campaign
The You KNOW Me Alaska anti-stigma campaign was developed in 2005 by the Alaska Mental Health Trust and Alaskan consumer advocacy boards. It is a statewide initiative aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination, promoting support for treatment and services, and increasing public awareness of the issues and challenges faced by individuals, families, and communities who experience mental illnesses and other disabilities.
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
Delisa Culpepper, Chief Operating Officer
3745 Community Park Loop, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99508
With an OPEN mind
Brook Latimer, Public Education Coordinator
St. Josephs Care Group
With an OPEN mind is a public education program in the Thunder Bay region of Canada. It aims to reduce myths and misconceptions surrounding mental illness through the shaping of public attitudes so that people with mental illnesses have an improved sense of acceptance, purpose, and freedom in their communities.
Silver Ribbon Coalition
The Silver Ribbon Coalition was originally founded in 1993 as the Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain by Jean Liechty after she had a family experience with schizophrenia. In 2004, the Silver Ribbon Campaign for the Brain was renamed in order to incorporate and represent the combined interests of all individuals who have a brain disorder or disability, including those individuals with mental illnesses. The coalition emphasizes that increasing public awareness will result in improved treatments, eventual cures, and decreased stigma for those with brain disorders and disabilities.
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).
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.
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.
Mind (National Association of Mental Health)
15-19 Broadway, London E15 4BQ
Phone: 020 8519 2122
Mind (National Association for Mental Health) provides information on a national level for England and Wales. Their activities promote the values of autonomy, equality, knowledge, and participation in the community for all people, especially those with mental illnesses. The group actively campaigns to improve the policy and attitudes of governing bodies in the United Kingdom, and has developed highly successful local-level initiatives for consumers of mental health.
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.
Active Minds On Campus
1875 Connecticut Ave, NW Suite 418
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 719-1177
Active Minds is a student-run program that addresses the stigma surrounding mental illness among college students. Started in 2001 at the University of Pennsylvania, Active Minds has worked to expose and reduce stigma associated with mental illness within college environments.
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.
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.
The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
The Center is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities.
940 Commonwealth Avenue, West
Boston, MA 02215
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
Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health
The Research and Training Center for Children?s Mental Health works to strengthen the empirical foundation for effective systems of care, and improve services for children with serious emotional or behavioral disorders and their families.
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612-3807
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders. AACAP provides an array of information and resources for parents, teachers, and other caregivers.
3615 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
New York University Child Study Center - About Our Kids
The New York University Child Study Center is dedicated to increasing the awareness of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders and improving the research necessary to advance the prevention, identification, and treatment of these disorders on a national scale. Their Web site offers a variety of articles and information on mental health and stigma.
NYU Child Study Center
577 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
American Psychological Association (APA)
Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 148,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5500
Toll-free phone: (800) 374-2721
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's leading addiction and mental health teaching hospital. CAMH succeeds in transforming the lives of people affected by addiction and mental illness, by applying the latest in scientific advances, through integrated and compassionate clinical practice, health promotion, education and research.
The Carter Center
The Carter Center focuses on mental health policy issues through four strategic goals: to increase worldwide public awareness about mental health and mental illness, and to stimulate local actions to address those issues; to achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care; advancing promotion, prevention, and early intervention services for children and their families, and to reduce the stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses.
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307
Routes to Work
A project of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Routes to Work seeks to combat stigmatization in the workplace and other barriers to employment.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Julie Flatt, Project Manager
8 King Street East, Suite 810
Toronto ON M5C 1B5
Phone: 484-7750 ext. 252
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
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
Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign
The campaign helps families, educators, health care providers, and young people recognize mental health problems and to seek or recommend appropriate services. It also strives to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems.
SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center
P.O. Box 42557
Washington, DC 20015
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation?s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. It has an extensive network of local and state affiliates that support the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, education.
Mental Health America
2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country?s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, they represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation ? everyday and in times of crisis.
Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania
OpenMindsOpenDoors (OMOD) is a Pennsylvania campaign aimed at ending discrimination against people who have mental illnesses.
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 Partnership for Workplace Mental Health
1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1825
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health advances effective employer approaches to mental health by combining the knowledge and experience of the American Psychiatric Association and their employer partners. It delivers educational materials and provides a forum to explore mental health issues and share innovative solutions.
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.
Open the Doors
Open the Doors is an international program that was developed by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) in 1996. Created to fight the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with schizophrenia, the program helps dispel myths and misunderstandings about the nature, causes, and treatment of the illness.
Project Relate, an anti-stigma advertising and public service campaign serving Nebraska, was launched on April 7, 2004. Developed through the cooperative efforts of Nebraska mental health service providers, advocacy groups, and nonprofit organizations, the campaign aims to increase awareness and improve public perceptions of people with mental illnesses. In addition to addressing stigma and providing mental health education, Project Relate operates a clearinghouse of mental health resources for the entire State.
Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence (BTS) is a nationwide educational program. Lesson plans, games, and posters for upper elementary, middle and high school classrooms educate students about the facts and myths of mental illness, teach tolerance, and promote early treatment. BTS explains the causes, symptoms, and warning signs of mental illness, and what a person can do to overcome the stigma and help others.
NAMI Queens/ Nassau
1981 Marcus Avenue C117
Lake Success, NY 11042