Helpful General Mental Health Resources
General Clinical Resources and Organizations
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NYU Child Study Center
One Park Ave, 7th Floor,
New York, NY 10016
Helpful information for families and children from NYU Medical Center.
Active Minds on Campus
1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 418
Washington, DC 20009
National organization that focuses on college mental health, with affiliated groups on college and university campuses throughout the United States.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Family Resource Center
3615 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016-3007
Professional association for psychiatrists specializing in children and adolescents.
Psychiatrist directory to look up affiliated psychiatrists in your area
American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098
Professional organization for pediatricians.
American Psychiatric Association
1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1825
Arlington, VA 22209
Professional association for psychiatrists.
American Psychoanalytical Association
309 East 49th Street
New York, New York 10017-1601
Professional association for psychoanalysts.
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE
Washington, DC 20002
Professional association for psychologists.
Information and psychologist directory: www.apahelpcenter.org
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
140 N. Bloomingdale Rd
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Professional organization for clinical hypnotists.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
305 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Professional organization for professionals experienced with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
1101 15th Street N.W., Suite 1212
Washington, DC 20005
Named for a federal court judge whose decisions permitted thousands of long-time institutionalized people to be discharged from custodial institutions, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is an activist organization dedicated to patients’ rights. Their website provides links to lists of lawyers who specialize in mental health law
Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Helpful information from the U.S. FDA on medications, food, tobacco, medical devices for patients, health professionals, scientists, and industry.
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Reliable medical information from the Mayo Clinic.
Mental Health America (formerly National Mental Health Association)
2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
Founded in 1909 by ex-mental patient Clifford Beers, NMHA is the oldest mental health organization in the United States and its 340+ affiliates are dedicated to promoting mental health, prevention, advocacy, education, and research. Unlike NAMI, their focus is not specifically on parents, but they have hotlines and other helpful services available.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
Information Helpline: (800) 950-6264 (NAMI)
NAMI is a large national organization dedicated to helping parents help their children with mental illness get the services they need. NAMI has chapters, called affiliates, all over the United States and offers a rich array of services and opportunities. This is the place to start when you go looking for support and education. NAMI sponsors parents’ groups, siblings’ groups, and offers the Family-to-Family education program, a free 12-week course in living with a person with mental illness, taught by family members. NAMI’s website also has many helpful links and lots of information about mental illness, treatment, advocacy, and support.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8255)
Connect to a local crisis center 24/7.
National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway, Suite 402
Bethesda, MD 20814
Professional organization for school psychologists.
National Association of Social Workers
750 First St., NE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002
Professional association for social workers.
Information and directory of social workers: www.helpstartshere.org
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
The Dissemination Center is sponsored by the federal government and is intended to help children with disabilities access services to which they are entitled. Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education, the Center website maintains many links to resources parents may find useful for children and adolescents who are considered psychiatrically disabled.
National Empowerment Center (NEC), Inc.
599 Canal Street
Lawrence, MA 01841
(800) POWER2U or (800) 769-3728
NEC operates a toll-free information and referral line, Monday through Friday, EST, during regular work hours, in English and Spanish, covering a broad range of topics such as legal information and the location of self-help groups. They also keep lists of advocacy groups run by consumers in all 50 states.
National Institute of Mental Health
Office of Communications
6001 Executive Blvd.
Rm. 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Division of the National Institutes of Health (U.S. government health research) that focuses on research about mental illness and mental health issues.
National Mental Health Information Center
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
P.O. Box 42557
Washington, DC 20015
The information center, sponsored by the federal government, was developed for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policymakers, providers, and the media. Information Center staff members are available to answer questions, directing callers to federal, state, and local organizations involved in the treatment and prevention of mental illness.
Volunteers in Healthcare
111 Brewster St.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Organization affiliated with Brown University that provides information and application help for Patient Assistance Programs where low-income individuals or families can get free (or low-cost) medications.
Yale Child Study Center
230 South Frontage Rd.
New Haven, CT 06519
Information for children and families from Yale University Medical Center.
General Informational Web Sites
Mental Health InfoSource, www.mhsource.com
General information about mental health, including e-mail newsletters on a variety of mental health problems.
MindZone, Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands with the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, www.CopeCareDeal.org
Excellent, free downloadable books and resources for parents and adolescents on a variety of mental health problems.
TeensHealth, Nemours Foundation, www.teenshealth.org
Wellness Recovery Action Plan, www.mentalhealthrecovery.com