Everyone seems to be affected by mental illness in one way or another. Whether it be something they suffer from themselves, something a family member struggles with, or just hearing about the recent tragedies on the news, we have all been touched my mental illness in some way. Mental illness is treatable through the use of counseling and/or psychotropic medications. It is also important to educate yourself and seek support (both social support and professional support). Below are 10 reputable mental health websites and their descriptions (in no particular order) that provide various types of information and support for the many different types of mental illnesses that exist.
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families.
2. NIMH : National Institutes of Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental illness.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with ADHD and their families.
A comprehensive site that is designed to serve both AACAP members, and parents and families. Information is provided as a public service to aid in the understanding and treatment of the developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders.
6. American Psychiatric Association (APA):
National medical specialty society whose physician members specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses and substance use disorders.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.
Freedom From Fear is a national not-for-profit mental health advocacy association. The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depressive and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support.
10. Psych Central
Psych Central- a community of people dealing with mental health, family, and parenting or relationship issues, just like you or someone you care about. The site gives you relevant, objective information about mental health, psychology and relationship issues.
These websites are all national, but there are also many local resources and advocacy groups around the country, so make sure to do your own research to find things in the area in which you live. Mental health disorders are things that need to be dealt with swiftly and should never be swept under the rug and hidden due to embarrassment or shame. They are treatable and many people live very productive lives despite their mental illness, so seek support early on and get the help you (or a family member or friend) may need.