Mental Health Organizations
Mental health organizations provide an invaluable opportunity to connect with others who share similar experiences, gain insight into different methods of dealing with your own mental illness, and access resources for support. Many of these groups strive to eliminate the stigma that surrounds mental illness so everyone feels comfortable discussing their feelings and seeking assistance when needed.
These organizations offer a range of supports to those in need, such as peer groups, community events and general information on mental health and treatment options. Furthermore, they provide advocacy services and resources for those wishing to understand their rights and what can be done about improving the mental healthcare system in their areas.
MHA encourages prevention, early identification and intervention to combat mental health conditions before they worsen. Like cancer, mental health conditions must be treated early on so that the most serious symptoms can be avoided. MHA offers screening tools, a directory of local affiliates and educational materials to promote good mental health.
NAMHPAC (National Association of Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils) assists the nation’s State-based mental health planning councils by providing forums for people to exchange ideas and gain insight on mental health matters. Furthermore, they offer technical support to mental health planners and staff through telephone, fax, and e-mail.
DBSA is a national organization led by peer-directed members that offers wellness-oriented support groups, podcasts and videos for those suffering from depression or bipolar disorder. Their services are free to members and designed with their needs in mind.