Mental Health Issues
Who to Contact
The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH)
9605 Medical Center Drive, Suite 280
Rockville, Maryland, 20850
The Federation is a national family-run organization dedicated exclusively to
helping children with mental health needs and their families achieve a better
quality of life. They provide leadership to develop and sustain a nationwide
network of family-run organizations, focus the passion and cultural diversity of
our membership to be a potent force for changing how systems respond to children
with mental health needs and their families, and help policy-makers, agencies,
and providers become more effective in delivering services and supports that
foster healthy emotional development for all children.
FFCMH has local support groups and will give assistance in starting one, call for chapter contact list. FFCMH publishes a quarterly newsletter which is available at no charge and offers other brochures and literature.
Mental Health America
2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor
Alexandria, Virginia 22311
Previously known as the National Mental Health Association, Mental Health America is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide. MHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Colonial Place Three, 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201
1-800-950-NAMI  (NAMI HelpLine)
888-344-6264 (TTD toll-free)
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.
Where to go to Chat with Others
Learn More About It
- Alice's Garden
Support for parents of children with depression
- Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law advocates for the rights of people with mental disabilities. The Center works to promote community membership, enhance self-determination and choice, preserve rights protections and entitlements and to end the punishment of people with mental disabilities for the system's failures.
- Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
National parent-run non-profit organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families.
- Caring for Every Child's Mental Health: Communities Together Campaign
A national public information and education campaign to increase public awareness about the importance of protecting and nurturing the mental health of young people.
- National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Dedicated to working in partnership with families and many other leaders across this country to reform services for children and adolescents who have, or are at risk for, mental health problems and their families.
- The Research & Training Center for Children's Mental Health
Addresses the need for improved services and outcomes for children with serious emotional/behavioral disabilities and their families.
- The Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
dedicated to promoting effective community-based, culturally competent, family-centered services for families and their children who are, or may be affected by mental, emotional or behavioral disorders.
- The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Assists parents and families in the understanding and treatment of the developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders which affect children and adolescents
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Dedicated to improving the lives of persons affected by serious mental illness.
- National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
Connects individuals to self-help and advocacy resources, and we offer expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental health consumers.
- National Mental Health Association
Works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.
- The National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network
From the United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Psych Central - Mental Health Page
Index for psychology, support, and mental health issues, resources, and people on the Internet
- Madness: A Web Site of Internet Resources
- Magic Stream - OnLine Journal of Emotional Wellness
- The Shyness Home Page: An Index to Resources for Shyness
- The Schizophrenia HomePage
- SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center
The National Mental Health Information Center was developed for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media.
- Mental Health and Aging Web site
A project, part of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern
Pennsylvania, that aims to assist older adults and
their families in obtaining appropriate mental health and aging
services, and teach them how to advocate to get their needs met.
A member-run advocacy organization of mental health consumers and current and former psychiatric patients
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