Educational Resources

Mental Health/Consumer Resources

American Self-Help Clearinghouse
100 Hanover Ave., Room 202 Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927 (973) 326-6789 http://www.selfhelpgroups.org

The Clearinghouse provides information on a wide range of self-help groups as well as state and local self-help clearinghouses. Staff can provide consultation on starting new types of self-help networks or groups.

 

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
6000 Executive Blvd., Suite 513
Rockville, MD 20852-4004
(301) 231-8368
http://www.adaa.org

Provides information on anxiety disorders and makes referrals to local support groups for people with anxiety disorders.

 

International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services
10025 Governor Warfield Parkway, #301
Columbia, MD 21044-3357
(410) 730-7190

Provides information, referral and technical assistance related to psychosocial rehabilitation for persons with serious mental illness. Includes vocational training, supported employment and comprehensive community services. Can direct individuals to local agencies assisting people with psychiatric disabilities to pursue further education and employment.

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness
200 North Glebe Road, Suite 1015
Arlington, VA 22203-3754
(703) 524-7600
(800) 950-6264
http://www.nami.org

Provides information on mental illnesses, and referrals to local support groups for people with mental illnesses and for their family members.

 

National Alliance of Psychiatric Survivors
P.O. Box 618
Sioux Falls, SD 57101

A consumer-run organization that supplies information on consumer/ex-patient/survivor issues, particularly electroconvulsive therapy (ECT); provides referrals to self-help groups.

 

National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
900 Second St., NE
Suite 211
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408-9514
(202) 408-9520 (Fax)
(202) 408-9521 (TT)

The National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems is the membership association of the directors of three federally funded programs: the Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) for persons with developmental disabilities and the P&As for persons with mental illness, both of which provide legal advocacy for clients; and the Client Assistance Program (CAP), which assists clients of vocational rehabilitation services with eligibility and legal problems.

 

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 302
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-9333
http://www.nasmhpd.org

Provides technical assistance to state and local mental health authorities on legislative issues, policies, practices and funding sources for mental health programs that serve adults and children.

 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
730 North Franklin, Suite 510
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-0049
(800) 82-NDMDA
http://www.ndmda.org

Provides individual and family support groups, advocacy, and educational materials, on manic depressive and depressive disorders.

 

National Empowerment Center
20 Ballard Rd.
Lawrence, MA 01843
(508) 685-1518
(800) POWER2U or 769-3728
http://power2u.org

A consumer-run technical assistance center which supplies information on consumer/ex-patient/survivor issues and also maintains a data base of local self-help groups.

 

Mental Health America
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-7722
(800) 969-6642
http://www.nmha.org

National resource for information on mental illnesses, implementation of the ADA, and legislative issues related to mental disabilities. There are over 400 affiliates that employers can contact as local resources. Publishes a manual for employers on the ADA and people with mental illness.

 

National Mental Health Consumers’ Association
P.O. Box 1166
Madison, WI 53701

Supplies information on stigma, discrimination, employment issues, and provides referrals to support groups.

 

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse
1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 735-6082
(800) 553-4539
http://www.mhselfhelp.org

A consumer-run technical assistance organization which offers information on the ADA, conflict resolution and consumer/ex-patient/survivor issues, as well as referrals to self-help groups. Also supplies speakers for panels or for sensitivity training programs, and organizes national conferences.

 

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program
Substance Abuse Mental Health
Services Administration, CMHS
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockwall 2, #501
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-3667
http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cmhs/p&a/about.asp

Coordinates independent agencies in each state which provide technical assistance, information and referral on ADA and other disability laws.

 

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 302
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-9333
http://www.nasmhpd.org

Provides technical assistance to state and local mental health authorities on legislative issues, policies, practices and funding sources for mental health programs that serve adults and children.

 

National Institute of Mental Health

5600 Fisher’s Lane
Room 7C-02
Rockville, MD 20857-0001
(410) 443-4513 (voice)
nimhinfo@nih.gov (email)
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

NIMH offers information on mental illnesses, research studies and current grants available from the National Institute of Health. You can download articles and studies from their gopher site and request specific information on a topic via the email address listed above.

 


Note: The information contained in these pages is for educational purposes only, and is not legal advice. Individuals should contact the appropriate legal resources for specific legal advice regarding their particular situations.