RESOURCES-Mental Illness/Health Support

The following is a list of local and national mental health resources.  Some of these organizations have a local precedence in the community as well as all of them having a strong on-line presence.

If you need assistance in locating a mental health resource in your local area that you do not see on this list or if you would like to make a recommendation to add an organization to this list, please send an email to so that we may assist you.

The Carter Center

Under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a long-standing champion for the rights of people with mental illnesses, the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program works to promote awareness about mental health issues, inform public policy, achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care, and reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illnesses.
**The Carter Center Mental Health Program Website**

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), is a leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder.  DBSA’s peer-based, wellness oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them and how they need to receive them-online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA across America.
**Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Website**

The Grace Alliance

Mental Health Grace Alliance is  501(c)3 not for profit organization proving Christian mental health recovery and support through building peer and lay lead mental health recovery resources, support programs, and training accessible and affordable to anyone, anytime, and anywhere.
**The Grace Alliance Website**

HelpGuide is a trusted non-profit with over 200 science-based articles and other resources to help you overcome mental and emotional challenges, improve all your relationships…and much more.
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International Bipolar Foundation

International Bipolar Foundation (IBFF), formerly known as California Bipolar Foundation, was founded in June 2007 in San Diego, California by four parents with children affected by bipolar disorder.  Well aware of the trauma that bipolar disorder causes for consumers and their families, these parents felt compelled to do something constructive to help.
**International Bipolar Foundation Website**

It's Up to Us

The It’s Up to Us campaign is designed to empower San Diegans to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help.  Mental health challenges are just as important to address as physical illness.  But often people do not seek professional care and support, nor do they give support, because of the stigma that is associated with having a mental illness.
**It’s Up to Us Website**

Please visit  the link below to view our Mental Disorders topic area. In this family of topic centers you will find information concerning various mental disorders including depression, generalized anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, attention deficit and schizophrenia, to name but a few.
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Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA), founded in 1909, is the nation’s leading community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.  With over 240 affiliates across the country, MHA touches the lives of millions-Advoaticing for changes in mental health and wellness policy; Educating the public & providing critical information; and delivering urgently needed mental health and wellness programs and services.
**Mental Health America Website**

The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital is a web-based resource that educates parents and other caregivers about the psychological development and emotional well-being of children, adolescents and young adults who struggle with behavioral, emotional and/or learning challenges.
**The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds Website**

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 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 of hope for all of those in need.  NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free educate, advocacy and support group programs.
**National Alliance on Mental Illness Website**

National Institute of Mental Health

The mission of National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM), is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.  NIMH continues to further fulfill its public health mission by fostering innovative thinking and ensuring that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of the brain, behavior, and experience.  In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.
**National Institute on Mental Health Website**


Since 2010, thousands of Service members have found confidential assistance using the Vets4Warriors Peer Support Line.  Who better to understand the challenges of military life than someone who has lived it?  Veterans provide support to military members, engaging them in a personal, non-threatening way.  Vets4Warriors peer support network is confidential and caller information will not be shared with the military or the VA.  Sometimes the issues will require specific expertise, such as finical resources, legal advice or medical services.  Our Veteran Peers will work to find the best options for the caller and help make the connection in their local communities.
**Vets4Warriors Website**

World Health Organization

World Mental Organization (WHO), is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.  It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
**World Health Organization Website**