National Resources

GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Mental Health America
Visit Mental Health America’s site for information on mental health, getting help, and taking action.

National Council for Behavioral Health 
To locate mental health and addictions treatment facilities in your community, use the “Find a Provider” feature on the National Council’s website.

National Empowerment Center
 
The mission of the National Empowerment Center is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to those diagnosed with a mental illness. The center provides information and advocacy resources.

National Institute of Mental Health 

The National Institute of Mental Health website provides prevalence statistics pertaining to mental illnesses, including data by age, gender and race.     

National Alliance on Mental Illness 

NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of individuals with mental disorders and their families. Their website provides resources on mental disorders that are helpful for people who have experienced mental illness and their families, including support groups, education and training.


DEPRESSION AND SUICIDAL INTENTIONS

American Association of Suicidology 
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. AAS also serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provides information about suicide, support for survivors, prevention, research and more.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation 
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation website provides information and downloadable fact sheets on depressive disorders.

Mental Health America 
Visit Mental Health America’s screening tools page
 for information on mental health, getting help and taking action.

MoodGYM 
MoodGYM has been evaluated in a scientific trial and found to be effective in relieving depression symptoms if people work through it systematically. This website uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods to teach people to use ways of thinking that can help prevent depression. 

Progressive Relaxation 
Download two progressive relaxation tapes from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges website.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center 
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has fact sheets on suicide by state and by population characteristics, as well as on many other subjects.


NONSUICIDAL SELF-INJURY

S.A.F.E. Alternatives (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) 
S.A.F.E. Alternatives is a residential treatment program for people who engage in self-injury. The website includes information about self-injury and about starting treatment. S.A.F.E information line: 1-800-DONT CUT (366-8288)


ANXIETY DISORDERS

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) 
ADAA promotes the early diagnosis, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders.

Freedom From Fear 
The Freedom From Fear website provides information, screening tools and other resources on many types of anxiety disorders.

Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation 
The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation website includes information about obsessive-compulsive disorder, including information about effective treatments, how to find a health professional who has experience treating the disorder and links to other helpful websites.


SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Smokefree.gov) 
Smokefree.gov, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides ideas about how to stop using tobacco. Includes downloadable resources and contacts for online and phone counseling.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is the lead agency for U.S. research on alcohol use disorders and health.

Start Your Recovery 
Start Your Recovery works with leading experts in effectively treating substance use issues to offer people a single source of relatable, reliable information at any stage of their recovery journey.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 
NIDA provides links to information for parents, teens, health professionals, teachers and others about various drug use problems.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SAMHSA’s website has information about substance use disorders of all kinds. It includes information for the public, including families, health professionals, schools and individuals. The website also includes a treatment finder to locate a substance use treatment provider in your area.

DrugScreening.org 
DrugScreening.org is a drug use screening site with a questionnaire to help you determine if you or someone you know might have a drug use problem.

AlcoholScreening.org 
AlcoholScreening.org is an alcohol use screening site developed by the Boston University School of Public Health. It includes an online test about your own, or someone else’s, level of alcohol use, including advice about cutting down or getting professional treatment.


EATING DISORDERS

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
ANAD includes information about eating disorders, how to seek treatment and support groups for people suffering from eating disorders and their families.

National Eating Disorders Association 
National Eating Disorders Association has stories of recovery from eating disorders, information about seeking treatment and additional resources for school professionals and caregivers.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The NIMH website has links to more information about eating disorders.


HELP LINES

American Psychiatric Association Answer Center 
1-888-35-PSYCH (77924)

American Psychological Association of Public Education Line 
1-800-964-2000

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project 
1-866-488-7386

National Cancer Institute Smoking Quitline 
1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)

Smoking Cessation Centers 
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)


SUPPORT GROUPS

Al-Anon and Alateen 
Al-Anon and Alateen provide information and support for the family members and friends of people with alcohol problems. The sites include lists of meetings in the United States and Canada.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 
Use the “Find a Support Group Near You” tool on the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance website to find out if a support group is meeting in your area. These are peer-led support groups.

Eating Disorders Anonymous 
Following the 12-step approach used by Alcoholics Anonymous, Eating Disorders Anonymous can help people struggling with eating disorders. The website lists meetings nationwide.

Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous 
Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous include information on support groups for drug and alcohol addiction in your area.

Overeaters Anonymous 
Following the 12-step approach used by Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous can help people struggling with compulsive eating and binge eating. The website lists Overeaters Anonymous meetings nationwide.