Patient & Family Resources

General Mental Health Issues

Healthfinder.org – Sponsored by the National Health Information Center of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this website allows you to search for articles and web resources on a range of mental health topics.

Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives – Sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association, this website allows you to search for information on a range of mental health topics.

Medline Plus – This website is a service provided by the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. Click on “Drug information” for information about medications. Click on “Health Topics” for information about mental health topics. This website includes a medical encyclopedia and dictionary, directory and other resources.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Massachusetts (NAMI – Massachusetts) – The mission of NAMI Massachusetts is to improve the quality of life both for people with mental illnesses and for their families. We seek to extend the education, support and advocacy programs of NAMI Massachusetts so that we will reach out to all Massachusetts consumers and their families. We also seek to improve the public’s awareness and understanding of mental illnesses, and we advocate at all levels to ensure that all persons affected by mental illnesses receive, in a timely fashion, the services that they need and deserve.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – The National Institute of Mental Health is the lead federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. Click on “Health Information” for information about anxiety, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions.

National Mental Health Association (NMHA) – The association is an education, advocacy, research and service organization that promotes mental health and wellness. Click on “Mental Health Information” for fact sheets on anxiety, children’s mental health, depression and bipolar disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, suicide, mental health in older adults and other mental health topics. Phone: 703-684-7722

National Mental Health Information Center – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the National Mental Health Information Center is a gateway to information about mental health topics, services, news, publications and resources. Use the search bar or click on “Mental Health Topics” for information about children and families, disaster and trauma, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, prevention, rural mental health, women and violence, stigma, suicide, protection/advocacy and other mental health topics. Phone: 800-789-2647

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH) – The organization strives to promote and advance community-based housing, education, health care, employment and treatment for children, adolescents and adults with mental illnesses or emotional disorders. It also seeks to increase knowledge about mental illnesses and the effectiveness of treatment through educational outreach to the public at large or to specific segments. It promotes healthy lifestyles and behavior through preventative services and programs directed at children and adolescents.

Mental Health America (MHA) – Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance-use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service. Mental Health America is the nation’s oldest advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental health and substance-use conditions and the profound impact they have on public health and our society. In all of our work, we focus on: prevention for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated health and behavioral health care for those who need it, and recovery as a goal. Formed in 1909, MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots advocacy and achievement. With our 228 affiliates in 41 states, we are a potent voice for healthy communities throughout the nation.

Screening for Mental Health, Inc. – This organization provides information about in-person and online screening for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and alcohol problems. It offers community-based suicide prevention programs. Phone: 781-239-0071

Depression

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance educates the public, health care professionals and legislators about the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder and depression. Information is available on the website about support groups, programs and publications, resources and state chapters. Phone: 800-826-3632

Families for Depression Awareness – This organization provides information and tools to help families— especially family caregivers and friends— recognize and cope with unipolar depression and bipolar depression. Family profiles, expert profiles and resources are provided on the website. Phone: 781-890-0220

Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)

Balanced Mind Foundation – This parent-led, web-based support and advocacy organization serves families raising children and adolescents diagnosed with, or at risk for, early-onset bipolar disorder. The site provides access to relevant research articles, instructional materials for parents and educators, online support groups and message boards as well as directories of local support groups and trained treatment professionals. Phone: 847-492-8510

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance educates the public, health care professionals and legislators about the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder and depression. Information is available on the website about support groups, programs and publications, resources and state chapters. Phone: 800-826-3632

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders Association of America – The Anxiety Disorders Association of America educates the public, health care professionals and legislators about diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and young people. These conditions include generalized anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety and phobias. Phone: 240- 485-1001

The Child Anxiety Network – This site contains resources for parents, children and professionals about: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, selective mutism, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The authors of the site are faculty members of Boston University.

Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation – The foundation helps individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. The organization works to increase access to effective treatment, to end the stigma associated with mental health issues and to foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them. Phone: 203-401-2070

Substance Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) – Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Suicide Prevention

Samaritans – Samaritans’ mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, 24 hours a day. It works also to educate the public about suicide prevention and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. We accomplish this through services that emphasize confidential, nonjudgmental and compassionate listening.