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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This nonprofit organization works to increase the ability of Australian society to prevent and respond effectively to depression.
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.
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.
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
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.
SANE StigmaWatch, an initiative of the national mental health charity, SANE Australia, monitors the Australian media to ensure accurate and respectful representation of mental illnesses. It does this through monitoring, correcting, and logging media misrepresentation of mental illnesses.
P.O. Box 226
South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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
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 &mdash the mass media &mdash with one of the most pressing health and economic issues in both the industrialized and underdeveloped worlds: mental health.
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114
Massachusetts General Hospital Public Affairs Office
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.
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.
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.