The information provided to our readers in this page does not replace specific medical and psychological advice. Please consult with a qualified health care provider for diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
If you live in the United States of America, are in crisis, and need immediate support or intervention, call, or go the website of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. If the situation is potentially life-threatening, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.
For general information on mental health and to locate treatment services in your area, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). SAMHSA also has a Behavioral Health Treatment Locator on its website that can be searched by location.
National agencies and advocacy and professional organizations have information on finding a mental health professional and sometimes practitioner locators on their websites.
Information about medications changes frequently. Check the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website for the latest warnings, patient medication guides, or newly approved medications. The MedlinePlus Drugs, Herbs and Supplements Drugs website provides additional information about each medication, including side effects and FDA warnings.
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is the main professional organization of psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists in the United States, and one of the largest psychiatric organization in the world.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is ta community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is a grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
National Council for Behavioral Health
The National Council is a 501(c)(3) association that advocates for policies that ensure people who have mental health and substance use disorders have access to comprehensive, evidence-based health care services.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
Psych Central is an independent mental health social network. Psych Central, whose daily operations are overseen by Dr. John Grohol, provides mental health information as well as annotated guides to a list of useful online resources in mental health, psychology, social work, and psychiatry.
World Psychiatric Association
The WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies aimed to increase knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill. Its member societies are presently 140, spanning 120 different countries and representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists.
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