In a recent post, I listed the first 10 of my personal list of 20 top US-based mental health organizations. Now, let’s go over the other 10 organizations comprising the rest of the list.
As I mentioned before, my informal criteria for including an organization on the list are: a) being well-established and credible; b) having goals of education and raising awareness; c) having a well-organized website with extensive resource links.
11) The Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology (www.gaplesinstitute.org) I will have to admit that this is not strictly a “mental health” link but it is such a great site I couldn’t help myself! This group is led by a cardiologist based out Northwestern University in Chicago with the mission to provide leadership in advocacy and education regarding the powerful role of nutrition and lifestyle changes. From their own web site: “The Gaples Institute intends to be recognized as the leading national provider of educational resources that empower health care professionals and the community to promote heart health through nutrition and lifestyle changes”. I personally use this site often as a resource in Mental health on the latest in good nutrition and “food as medicine” which is something I deeply believe. It is a resource not just for patients of Nevada Family Psychiatry but for any clinician caring for patients. If your interested, they have an app as well!
12) Mental Health America (http://www.
13) National Alliance on Mental Illness (https://www.nami.org) One of the largest and best known mental health organizations, NAMI offers outstanding education, advocacy and support programs. Their ‘Family to Family’ education program is an incredible resource for family members of persons affected by mental illness, and their large network of state and local chapters is another huge asset. As with the DBSA (http://www.dbsalliance.org/
14) National Center for PTSD (http://www.ptsd.va.gov) Administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Center for PTSD provides professional and consumer resources for the identification and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related conditions. US veterans will also find a locator service for treatment programs within the large VA system.
15) National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (https://www.ncadd.
16) National Eating Disorders Association (http://www.
17) National Institute of Mental Health (https://www.nimh.nih.
18) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (http://www.
19) Treatment Advocacy Center (http://www.
20) The Trevor Project (http://www.
As I said in my previous post with the first 10 organizations on the list, these groups offer a wealth of useful information to help educate, empower, and support those with mental health conditions and the people who care about them.
Take some time to access these great resources, and feel free to support one or more of these organizations if you want to get more involved.