James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Hotlines

Hopeline can connect you to a suicide crisis center in your area.
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Samaritans/Befrienders provides international contacts in multiple languages for individuals in emotional crisis.
England: 08457-90-90-90

Lifeline Australia: suicide and crisis hotline.
Australia: 1300-13-11-14

Covenant House Nineline: assistance for children and adolescents in crisis.
1-800-999-9999

National Sex Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

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Government Agencies that Promote Mental Health

Knowledge Exchange Network: packed with links to professional and consumer organizations and practical information, in English and Spanish. KEN will also link you to mental health resources in your state. A product of the Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The National Institute of Mental Health provides fact sheets on several illnesses in English and Spanish.

Canadian Health Network

Mental Health and Wellbeing: a product of Australia's Department of Health and Ageing

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General Health Resources

Health Finder will link you to information from other reliable professional and governmental organizations. You can browse through "mental disorders" and other medical topics organized alphabetically in the "health library." Developed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Medline Plus: you can search The National Library of Medicine's database for abstracts of published medical research.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine sponsors scientific trials of alternative treatments, ranging from meditation, to acupuncture, to botanical remedies. The web site, sponsored by The National Institutes of Health, provides valuable information about the potential benefits and dangers of specific alternative treatments.

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Mental Health Advocacy and Support

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the leading grassroots organization of family members and other supporters of people with severe mental illnesses. NAMI has branches throughout the United States.

The National Mental Health Association is the oldest nonprofit U.S. organization in support of mental health. NMHA's Mental Health Resource Center provides referrals to mental health services and informative fact sheets about mental illness.

The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) advocates for research and treatment of severe mental illnesses and provides informative brochures and listings of clinical research trials being conducted across the country.

The Canadian Mental Health Association provides information in both English and French, and numerous brochures about mental illness in languages not found on other sites.

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Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety Disorder Association of America

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association

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Depression and Mania

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, formerly known as the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association (NDMDA)

The Depression and Related Affective Disorders Associations (DRADA)

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

The American Association of Suicidology

Depression After Delivery: resources and information about postpartum depression.

The American Academy of Retired Persons (AARP) provides a Grief and Loss Program with information, outreach services and discussion forums.

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Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Schizophrenia.com A highly informative site put together by volunteers who have schizophrenia or who have family members with schizophrenia.

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Obsessions and Compulsions

Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation

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Trauma

The National Center for PTSD, sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, provides a web site full of valuable information about post-traumatic stress disorder, not limited to combat trauma.

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a division of the National Institutes of Health.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a division of the National Institutes of Health, produces a number of pamphlets designed to inform teenagers and adults about the dangers of specific drugs.

Alcoholics Anonymous: AA is a worldwide organization of self-help groups for achieving and maintaining sobriety. Meetings take place at a variety of times and locations, and you can call the local hotline in your phonebook to find a convenient group.

Narcotics Anonymous: NA is an organization of self-help groups, for those addicted to drugs. Local groups can be found in your phonebook.

Al-Anon is an organization of self-help groups that view alcoholism as a family problem to be treated with the twelve-step principles. Alateen groups are for teenagers coping with alcoholism in the family. Local Al-Anon and Alateen groups can be found in your phonebook.

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Body Image and Eating Problems

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders (ANRED)

National Eating Disorders Association

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Sleep and Fatigue

The National Sleep Foundation provides information about trouble sleeping and helpful tips.

The Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Association of America is a self-help organization for chronic fatigue syndrome and related conditions.

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Sexual Matters

The Sexual Dysfunction Association

Sex Addicts Anonymous is an organization of self-help groups founded on the twelve-step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. The web site includes links to other sex addiction recovery group organizations, such as Sexaholics Anonymous.

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Learning Disabilities

American Association on Mental Retardation

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities provides information about learning and language disorders, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other childhood disabilities, and resource listings by state. Sponsored by the Department of Education.

The Autism Society of America

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

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Dementia

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, sponsored by the National Institute of Aging, of the National Institutes of Health.

The Alzheimer's Association

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Other Special Interests

The National Women's Health Resource Center: an information clearinghouse for topics related to women's health, including mental illnesses that disproportionately affect women.

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health also provides a bilingual information helpline for medical information and referrals, including for mental health. 1-866-SU FAMILIA (783-2645)

The National Medical Association advocates for African-American patients and physicians. The web site includes a physician locator tool for referrals to African-American physicians.

The National Asian American Pacific Islanders Mental Health Association provides fact sheets on several major mental illnesses in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer and Hmong languages.

Pathways to Promise: an interfaith organization that provides information about ministering to the mentally ill.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) promotes pride and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families. There are PFLAG chapters and support groups throughout the U. S.

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Professional Organizations

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) provides a directory of members, information on how to choose a psychiatrist and summaries of books about mental illness.

The American Psychological Association (also known as the APA) provides helpful information about symptoms, the psychotherapies used to treat anxiety and mood disorders, and assistance in locating psychologists in your area.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides a referral directory and dozens of fact sheets on childhood and adolescent conditions, in both English and Spanish.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (British) provides several fact-sheets (some written in Chinese) as well as a useful glossary of psychiatric terms and links to other British and European organizations.

The Irish College of Psychiatrists

The Canadian Psychiatric Association

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry

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Resource Index

Hotlines

Government Agencies

General Health Resources

Advocacy & Support

Stress & Anxiety

Depression & Mania

Schizophrenia & Psychosis

Obsessions & Compulsions

Trauma

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Body Image & Eating Problems

Sleep & Fatigue

Sexual Matters

Learning Disabilities

Dementia

Other Special Interests

Professional Organizations

Resource Index

Hotlines

Government Agencies

General Health Resources

Advocacy & Support

Stress & Anxiety

Depression & Mania

Schizophrenia & Psychosis

Obsessions & Compulsions

Trauma

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Body Image & Eating Problems

Sleep & Fatigue

Sexual Matters

Learning Disabilities

Dementia

Other Special Interests

Professional Organizations

Resource Index

Hotlines

Government Agencies

General Health Resources

Advocacy & Support

Stress & Anxiety

Depression & Mania

Schizophrenia & Psychosis

Obsessions & Compulsions

Trauma

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Body Image & Eating Problems

Sleep & Fatigue

Sexual Matters

Learning Disabilities

Dementia

Other Special Interests

Professional Organizations

Resource Index

Hotlines

Government Agencies

General Health Resources

Advocacy & Support

Stress & Anxiety

Depression & Mania

Schizophrenia & Psychosis

Obsessions & Compulsions

Trauma

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Body Image & Eating Problems

Sleep & Fatigue

Sexual Matters

Learning Disabilities

Dementia

Other Special Interests

Professional Organizations

Resource Index

Hotlines

Government Agencies

General Health Resources

Advocacy & Support

Stress & Anxiety

Depression & Mania

Schizophrenia & Psychosis

Obsessions & Compulsions

Trauma

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Body Image & Eating Problems

Sleep & Fatigue

Sexual Matters

Learning Disabilities

Dementia

Other Special Interests

Professional Organizations

Resource Index

Hotlines

Government Agencies

General Health Resources

Advocacy & Support

Stress & Anxiety

Depression & Mania

Schizophrenia & Psychosis

Obsessions & Compulsions

Trauma

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Body Image & Eating Problems

Sleep & Fatigue

Sexual Matters

Learning Disabilities

Dementia

Other Special Interests

Professional Organizations

 


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