Attention is turning toward the need for mental health support for people across the globe, but it’s not always easy to know where to turn. Some support services have been around for years while other services are just emerging in response to the need for help. To help narrow the search, we’ve compiled a list of national mental health organizations to consider for you, your organization, or a loved one.
National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, describes itself as “the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.” NAMI has local services in 48 states in more than 950 communities and hosts events to raise mental health awareness across the country.
National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH)
The National Institute on Mental Health is recognized for the research they do in the field of mental health, including funding research and initiating their own studies. Noted as the “lead federal agency for research on mental disorders,” NIMH provides evidence-based information to those seeking mental health assistance and has become one of the leading national mental health organizations.
American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA’s focus is to support the professionals who are helping advance the practice of mental health. The Psychology Help Center is available to the general public to “inform and guide those seeking help with issues that affect their professional lives, family relationships, and emotional wellness.”
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
As another of the leading national mental health organizations, the American Psychiatric Association provides help for those seeking diagnostic information and treatment options for mental health issues. It helps information seekers “learn about common mental disorders, including symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.”
Bring Change to Mind (BC2M)
The mission of Bring Change to Mind is “to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.” They are dedicated to “encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.” BC2M is breaking down barriers that prevent people from seeking help and healing.
MentalHealth.gov offers an easy-to-navigate site with information on mental health and wellness. The main website offers links to crisis lines for those who may be suicidal and need immediate help. They also provide information for distinct groups of people, including veterans, caregivers, and those who may be living with someone who has a chronic mental health condition.
Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA)
Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health conditions across the U.S. The Anxiety & Depression Association of America was founded to help and treat these conditions and provide facts for those who are suffering from these issues. They are one of the national mental health organizations that’s focused on promoting anxiety and depression approaches that are most helpful.
Other national mental health organizations are available as well and provide valuable information for more specific populations. Choosing Therapy compiled a good list and provides more niche information for those seeking mental health support.