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Mental Health Resources

National Mental Health Resources
Suicide And Crisis
Grief And Loss

For General Information on Grief

  • AARP’s Grief and Loss offers articles, discussions, resources, and tools for coping with grief and the loss of a loved one.
  • HOPE for Bereaved, Inc. provides hope, support, and services for the bereaved.
  • OptionB An online community that collects and shares stories of adversity to help people build resiliency and find joy.

For Death from AIDS

  • CDC National AIDS Clearinghouse The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s primary reference, referral, and publications distribution service for HIV and AIDS information. The services are aimed primarily at professionals.

For Death of Armed Forces or Law Enforcement Personnel

For Death of a Child/Children

For Homicide Survivors

For Life-Challenging Illness

  • American Cancer Society Information on cancer, including coping with a long-term illness and dealing with grief and loss after death from cancer.
  • Candelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation A national nonprofit membership organization with a mission is to educate, support, serve and advocate for families of children with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, and the professionals who care for them.
  • The Hospice Foundation of America Nonprofit organization that provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care.
  • Cancer Care National nonprofit organization providing free professional help to people with all cancers.
  • National Cancer Institute This patient summary on loss, grief, and bereavement is adapted from the summary written for health professionals by cancer experts.
  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization National organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of end-of-life care.

For Youth

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to raise the standard of care and improve the access to services to children, families, and communities.
  • Coalition to Support Grieving Students The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a collaboration of the leading professional organizations that have come together with a common conviction: grieving students need the support and care of the school community.
  • The Dougy Center The Dougy Center provides a safe place for those—children, teens, young adults, and their families—who are grieving a death to share their experiences. We do this through peer support groups, education, and training.
  • National Alliance for Grieving Children NAGC is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them.
Advocacy And Legal
  • Legal Services Corporation provides civil legal aid to low-income Americans. Use their website to find programs in individual states. Scroll to the bottom of their website to find locate legal aid near you
  • National Bar Association provides a directory of state and local bar associations to help find legal representation
  • National Disability Rights Network protects the civil rights of individuals with disabilities, particularly in hospitals and state prison systems. Click on the map on the right-hand side of their website to locate the agency near you.
Drug Addiction Resources
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (SAMHSA) – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a special feature to help people locate abuse treatment facilities near you and begin a journey to a healthier, addiction-free life.
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – Nation leader in scientific research on all aspects of health, drug abuse, and addictions. It supports and conducts research all across the board. This range includes genetics, social neuroscience, medication, behavioral therapies, and health services.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – Mission is to transform the understanding of addiction. To be able to treat mental illnesses through basic and clinical research is the #1 goal.  Paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
Alcohol Abuse Resources
  • Al-Anon Family Groups – Al-Anon and Alateen Family Groups offer support and fellowship to relatives and friends of individuals with alcohol problems. Mutual support groups meet worldwide.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcoholics Anonymous offers support and fellowship to individuals with alcohol problems through group therapy and Twelve Steps programs. AA meetings are completely anonymous and open to anyone of any age who wants to achieve and maintain sobriety.
  • National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – A nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improve the quality of life for those affected.
National Helplines
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline1-800-662-HELP (4357). A free, 24/7 helpline that provides referrals to local treatment facilities support groups and community-based organizations. The helpline is confidential information and can be in English or Spanish. Callers are also given the option to order free publications and other information. In 2013, the helpline received 334,891 calls which is nearly 28,000 calls per month. The helpline also has resources available to those who cannot afford treatment and will help you locate local resources.
Addiction-Related Foundations
  • Children of Alcoholics Foundation – A nonprofit organization that provides educational materials and services to those wanting to live healthier lifestyles.
  • Christopher D. Smithers Foundation – A foundation that aims to reduce the stigma of alcohol addiction through public education and funds prevention programs serving high-risk populations.
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) – A coordinating body that supports anti-drug coalitions with technical assistance, training, public policy, media strategies, marketing programs, and conferences.
  • Dana Foundation – A private philanthropic organization devoted to brain research that specializes in (and provides information on) neuroscience, neuroimmunology, and addiction.
  • Drug Strategies – Drug Strategies is a nonprofit research institute that promotes more effective approaches to the nation’s drug problems and supports private and public efforts to reduce the demand for drugs through prevention, education, treatment, law enforcement, and community initiatives.
  • Faces & Voices of Recovery – Faces & Voices of Recovery is a national campaign of people in long-term recovery, families, friends and allies, and organizations that advocate to end discrimination, broaden social understanding, and achieve a just response to addiction as a public health crisis.
  • National Family Partnership – An organization that provides information and materials for communities to promote youth alcohol and drug prevention efforts.
  • Phoenix House – One of the country’s best-known anti-drug organizations, running 120 programs in 11 states, this famed nonprofit facility works to treat and prevent substance abuse among lower-income adults and adolescents without demanding the exorbitant fees required by ritzier rehabs.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America –  These two organizations are allied together of nonprofit, self-help support organizations for patients and families dealing with a variety of mental disorders. Both have State and local affiliates throughout the country and may be especially helpful for patients with comorbid conditions.