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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by mental health disorders.
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) is a national association which promotes and educates about the mental health and well-being of older people, and advocates to improve the care of those coping with mental health challenges in later life.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) works to increase understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, and ensures that the public's needs are met by trained practitioners.
American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)
The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) represents and sets professional standards for Pastoral Counselors and pastoral counseling centers in the US and worldwide. This non-sectarian organization respects the spiritual commitments and religious traditions of those who seek assistance without imposing counselor beliefs onto the client.
American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
The pioneering American Association of Suicidolgy (AAS) promotes research, training, and public awareness programming, and serves as a national clearinghouse for information about suicide.
American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP)
The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) works to further research and education about neuropsychopharmacology and related fields.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.
American Medical Association (AMA)
The American Medical Association (AMA) helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues.
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) works to enhance the profession of mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development.
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is focused on ensuring humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
American Psychological Association (APA)
The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest association of psychologists worldwide working to advance psychology as a science and profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare publications.
American Residential Treatment Association (ARTA)
The American Residential Treatment Association (ARTA) promotes and enhances residential mental health treatment; its member organizations offer an array of services and can respond to a variety of needs.
Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders, and to improving the lives of all people who battle with them.
Center for Mental Health Services
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services helps users of mental health services, their families, the general public, policymakers, and the media by connecting them with appropriate federal, state, and local resources. The Information Center also offers information on Federal grants, conferences, and other events.
Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF)
The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) is a parent-led, not-for-profit, Web-based membership organization of families raising children diagnosed with, or at risk for, pediatric bipolar disorder.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. Through education and outreach, DBSA works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. The organization also supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure.
Families for Depression Awareness
Families for Depression Awareness helps families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well, reduce the stigma associated with depressive disorders, and prevent suicides.
Half of Us
Through Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation collaborate to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on campus, and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.
The Jed Foundation was founded in 2000 by Phil and Donna Satow after they lost their 20-year-old son, Jed, to suicide. The Jed Foundation is a charitable organization working to reduce the suicide rate among American college and university students.
Mood Disorders Society of Canada
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is a registered non-profit organization working to deliver important mental health information and services to Canadians.
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)
Raises funds for scientific research into the causes, cures, treatments and prevention of severe psychiatric brain disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by serious mental illnesses. Founded in 1979, NAMI has 50 state organizations and over 1,100 local affiliates engaged in research, education, support and advocacy.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the world's largest membership organization of professional social workers, works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is a government resource for information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) works to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior.
National Mental Health Association
The National Mental Health Association, now called Mental Health America, works with more than 320 affiliates to promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation.
National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide
NOPCAS was formed to stop the tragic epidemic of suicide in minority communities. The organization is developing innovative strategies to address this urgent national problem.
National Partnership for Workplace Mental Health
The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health uses the American Psychiatric Association's expertise to advance effective employer approaches to mental health. It also delivers educational materials and promotes the business case for quality mental health care, including early recognition, access to care and effective treatment.
Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network (SPAN USA)
The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA) prevents suicide through public education and awareness, community action and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy. SPAN USA leverages grassroots support among suicide survivors and others to advance public policies that help prevent suicide, raise awareness, and strengthen public policy around mental health.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention services at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Trained staff route callers to the closest possible local mental health provider.
YMCA of the USA
Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening and health and well-being for all, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels in both urban and rural communities.