The first step in understanding mental health issues is gathering knowledge. This Information Page will help you to get started. From here, you can search for more information on websites dedicated to these issues. Try searching on the following sites for further information:
Nebraska State and Local Websites
Gambling problems are hard to talk about. People around you just don’t understand. But there is someone who does. The person at the other end of a call to 1-800-BETS-OFF. We won’t judge you. We listen. And we get you right to the help you need.
Health – Mental Health Services Information Center
Research up to date news from the mental health field, ask an expert your non-urgent mental health questions, and search the information library.
Alphabet Soup Kids (ASK)
The mission statement of ASK is to empower families and communities in order to preserve the family unit by advocating for change through education, support, and wraparound services, as well as provide a voice to promote change within the mental and behavioral health system.
Alzheimer’s Assocation – Midlands Chapter
Since 1982, the Midlands Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has provided education, information, and support to individuals afflicted with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the related disorders and supports the National Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association in its research for the prevention, cure, and treatment of AD and related disorders. This mission is carried out through advancing research, education & Information, Family Support Services, and Advocacy.
This Web site is a place where families, caregivers, and professionals can subscribe to e-mail discussion groups, search the Nebraska Resource Referral System (NRRS) database, submit questions to a registered pharmacist through "AskRx", or to our 'expert' of the month through the "Ask an Expert" program, and find links to numerous federal, state and local government agencies and organizations.
At Ease USA supports active military, veterans and their families and loved ones with confidential, research-supported, cost-effective treatment for post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and related disorders. Their primary goal is to remove obstacles to military families receiving quality treatment. Currently, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska provides services and office space for the At Ease clinic located in Bellevue, Nebraska (visit www.LFSneb.org). Recently, At Ease opened an additional office in Grand Island.
Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska
The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska's mission is to enhance the behavioral health of the people of Nebraska by improving the numbers, accessibility and competence of the Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce through the collaboration of academic institutions, providers, governmental agencies and the community.
The site is designed for parents raising bipolar children, parents who are bipolar themselves, and anyone interested in bipolar parenting. The site is run by a group of parents who are either bipolar, have bipolar children, or both. Most have at least one bipolar child ranging in age from 2 to adult. The focus of this group is to provide mutual support, exchange information and, most of all, to seek positive approaches to the challenges we and our children face. The group communicates daily via a mailing list.
Blue Valley Behavioral Health
Blue Valley Behavioral Health (BVBH) is a private non-profit behavioral health organization that provides outpatient mental and substance abuse treatment to adults and children in 15 rural counties in Southeast Nebraska. BVBH provides a variety of services through 11 regional office locations.
BryanLGH Medical Center West
Take a confidential online mental health screening, meet our mental health professionals, learn about services for children, teens, adults, women and military personnel.
CaringConcepts, Inc., was incorporated by the state of Nebraska in December 2003. The mission of the organization is to be an entity that develops and distributes publications (and other products) that will assist caregivers and members of the general public. Managing partners are Patricia R.Callone, M.A., M.R.E. and Connie Kudlacek, B.S.
Since 1926, Catholic Charities of Omaha has been ministering to the greatest and most fundamental needs of the Archdiocese of Omaha. To the voiceless, hungry, addicted, abused and forgotten—regardless of religion, age or income—Catholic Charities of Omaha provide sanctuary in times of overwhelming hardship while opening doors for promising futures. Catholic Charities continues its efforts to build a strong community through programs and services, advocacy, public speaking engagements, educational seminars, community events and workshops. Services include: addiction recovery and mental health services, affordable housing, children and youth programs, domestic violence services – The Shelter, family enrichment and support, food assistance, immigrant services, microbusiness training and development, pregnancy counseling and adoption, and senior services
As the nation's oldest and largest bereavement resource center, The Centering Corporation in Omaha is here for grieving people and those who care for and love them. It provides the best grief literature possible, develops needed books, and provides caring workshops. The organization’s mission is to help support groups find the resources they need to make a difference. Contact the Centering Corporation at: 866-218-0101
people with addiction and mental health disorders. Treating mental illness and addiction together is an important key to recovery.
For more than a century, Child Saving Institute has facilitated healing for children and families in crisis. At its core, CSI exists to help children and families, tireless in its mission to prevent, intervene and treat child abuse and neglect providing emergency services to children and teens in crisis. CSI also offers therapy for physically and sexually abused children and is a community leader in preventive family education, preservation, and childcare.
Consumer Health Information Resource Service
The McGoogan Library of Medicine provides information to guide health related decisions to Nebraska residents free of charge through our Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS).
Client Assistance Program
The Nebraska Client Assistance Program (CAP) is a free service to help you find solutions if you have questions or concerns regarding your services from Vocational Rehabilitation, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired or Centers for Independent Living. CAP offers a Hotline for Disability Services (800-742-7594) to provide information and referral to Nebraskans who have questions or concerns related to a disability including rehabilitation services, transportation, special parking permits, legal rights, etc.
Common Sense Parenting
Common Sense Parenting® (CSP) is a practical, skill-based parenting program that can be applied to every family. The program’s logical strategies and easy-to-learn techniques address issues of communication, discipline, decision making, relationships, self-control and school success.
Family Advocacy Movement
The Family Advocacy Movement is an independent collaborative effort made up of families who themselves have been adversely affected by Child and Family Services (aka: CFS or CPS), the juvenile court system, and the lack of proper access to critical mental health services for children. FAM was born January 2009, right after the period when older children and teens were relinquished to the state for mental/behavioral health services under Nebraska's newly enacted "safe haven" law.
Housing Advisory Services
Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. was founded to improve opportunities for low-income families to purchase homes in Omaha. Additionally, FHAS has services aimed to:
Healthy Families Project
Healthy Families Project is a family-to-family service and support program that provides assistance to families in Lancaster County, and throughout the Region-V area in Nebraska.
Horizon Recovery Center
Drug and alcohol rehab programs at Horizon Recovery and Counseling Center in Hastings, Neb. have been designed to offer comprehensive addiction treatment in a variety of forms to meet the spiritual, physical, and psychological needs of each individual. There are two distinct 12-Step drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs offered by Horizon Recovery and Counseling Center: Christian and Traditional.
Services of Nebraska
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) is a faith-based, not-for-profit, multi-service human care agency with more than 30 locations across Nebraska and locations in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Wichita, Kansas. LFS’ services-ranging from prevention to intensive treatment and are available to everyone regardless of age, race, religion, or income.
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska: At Ease Program
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) At Ease program offers behavioral health services to active military, veterans, and their loved ones. At Ease is a trauma treatment and therapeutic support program that serves individuals affected by untreated trauma reactions and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The program places special emphasis on helping military personnel and their loved ones cope with the effects of deployment and the uncertainty of war. Services through the program are offered to all active military, veterans, and/or their loved ones regardless of their ability to pay.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services - Behavioral Health
This website is a resource for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news as well as communication tools and other features.
Nebraska Families Collaborative
Nebraska Families Collaborative is a private, nonprofit partnership of Nebraska-based organizations. We are contracted by the State of Nebraska to provide child welfare and juvenile justice support to families in Douglas and Sarpy counties. After children enter the welfare system, we wrap our services around them in a supportive embrace. We allow the Wrap Around Model to guide our service system. This model consists of ten principles that when practiced diligently, result in services that are wrapped around children and their families in their natural environments. Our services seek family reunification whenever possible.We help families overcome challenges and grow stronger, healthier and closer together.
National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI
NAMI Nebraska is a nonprofit organization composed of consumers, family members, professionals, and friends in the greater Nebraska community who have come together to share and take comfort in the commonality of their experiences and to educate members of their communities about serious brain disorders. Along with education and support, NAMI Nebraska actively advocates at the local, state and national levels to improve the services, and the lives of those affected by mental illness, and their families.
Mental Health Association - Nebraska Site
The Mental Health Association of Nebraska (MHA-NE) is a consumer-run education and advocacy organization bringing service recipients, families, professionals, advocates, and concerned citizens together to address all aspects of mental health and mental illness.
Brainstorm: Nebraska’s Brain Injury Resource Network
The Brain Injury Network supports Nebraskans in acquiring and sharing information on brain injury, resources, and services. Individuals who experience a brain injury, their family members, and professionals are part of the statewide network.
Nebraska Advocacy Services, Inc. (NAS), The Center for Disability Rights, Law and Advocacy, is a private, non-profit organization designated by the Governor to protect and advocate for the rights of Nebraskans with significant physical or mental disabilities.
Nebraska Disaster Behavioral Health
The goal of the Disaster Behavioral Health Project is to develop human infrastructure in Nebraska to effectively mitigate or respond to the psycho-social consequences of terrorism and disaster. The project aims to enhance state-level capacity for a coordinated response to mental health and substance abuse service needs in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660
A 24 hour phone resource to connect children and families in Nebraska to trained counselors. The counselors can provide crisis counseling as well as connect families to local behavioral health providers for additional services.
Nebraska Family Support Network (NFSN)
Nebraska Family Support Network (NFSN) provides support and services to families of children with mental illness and behavioral disorders. The NFSN not only helps families navigate the system in order to obtain care, they continue to advocate for an improved mental health system of care for youth.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services has local offices across the state that are organized into five service areas. In addition, the Department oversees 10 facilities, including four Veterans' Homes, three regional centers, two youth rehabilitation and treatment centers, and the Beatrice State Development Center.
Information Initiative (NeHII)
NeHII is a statewide, web-based health information exchange sponsored by Nebraska physicians, hospitals/clinics, and health insurance companies that utilize your information for treatment and payment. By using NeHII, participating doctors can quickly obtain your health information and provide better coordination of care with greater prescription safety, less duplication of procedures, and an easier processing of benefits. Consumers may opt-out of NeHII at any time by visiting www.nehii.org.
This site is a free service to list and find rental housing services in Nebraska. The service allows Nebraskans to locate available housing that best fits their needs either through the Web site or via a toll-free number. Individuals will be able to easily search for housing using a wide variety of search criteria, access other helpful Web sites, as well as tools for renters, including an affordability calculator, a rental checklist, and renter rights and responsibilities information. www.Housing.NE.Gov will also provide information on supportive services throughout the State, especially those services linked to housing needs.
Nebraska LOSS Team
The Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team consists of trained survivor and mental health professionals acting as volunteers to bring immediate support to survivors of suicide. Suicide survivors are those persons who have had a loved one complete a suicide and are at risk due to their emotional response, which may include the use of unhealthy coping strategies or attempting suicide themselves.
Nebraska Network of Care
Nebraska Network of Care, recognized as a model program by the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, provides vital information to help link consumers to support groups and personal advocacy resources in their community. The site also provides a repository of evidence-based practices – successful, creative ways for communities to respond to their behavioral-health needs.
Nebraska RentWise is a tenant education program that helps people find and keep decent, safe, affordable rental housing that meets their needs. The curriculum takes an active-learning approach and stresses tenant responsibility.
and Referral System
The NRRS is a statewide database created with input from Nebraska families, service providers and organizations. The database was designed as a comprehensive Internet resource that would be user friendly and easily accessible to individuals and families needing services across the state. The NRRS provides 1-800 NUMBERS as well as WEB SITES and EMAIL CONTACTS to help you connect faster to the services you are seeking. This database provides individuals the opportunity to have a REAL CHOICE in the diverse selection of service providers by allowing users to more easily locate and compare services of local and state agencies.
Early Childhood Training Center
The Early Childhood Training Center provides support and training to staff working with young Nebraska children and their families, and serves as a resource to parents and families about parenting.
Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition
Suicide is very real public health problem in Nebraska. The Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition is a collaborative venture intended as a gateway to information about suicide prevention in Nebraska. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Nebraska Ticket to Work
The Nebraska Ticket to Work website is designed to serve as a resource for people with disabilities who wish to explore employment opportunities, for employers who want to find dedicated, talented workers, and for the systems professionals who serve both groups.
Nebraska Youth Suicide Prevention
The Nebraska Youth Suicide Prevention Partnership is working to decrease the suicide rate among young people in Nebraska.
NOVA, an acronym that stands for New Options, Values and Achievements, is a nonprofit organization that has provided behavioral health services to more than 7,000 individuals with substance use disorders and mental health problems for more than 25 years. NOVA also provides foster care placement for infants, children and adolescents as well as in-home services.
O'Hana Kids' News was started by Josh & Heather Ackman, when they were looking for events and activities for their son, Zephaniah. Zephaniah, is in a wheelchair, due to his terminal condition of Menkes Syndrome. O'Hana Kids' News was founded in June 2010, when the Ackmans realized that many families were looking for the same information for their children. Download the November 2011 newsletter.
from Boys Town
We have the resources and guidance on how to successfully raise, praise, discipline, teach and nurture your child. A resource through Boys Town, parenting.org offers valuable resources, articles and stories providing parenting help for today’s world.
Play It Safe
For many, gambling can be an enjoyable source of entertainment. But it can lead to problems for individuals and families—as well as be addictive. Play It Safe is dedicated to helping Nebraskans understand their limits, so they can gamble responsibly if they choose to play. Support is also available for those struggling to stay in control and for those who have loved ones with gambling problems.
Project Harmony is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to respond to the abuse of children one child at a time. The organization’s collaborative, child-focused approach ensures that children are not further victimized by the systems intended to protect them. Professionals from Project Harmony, Child Protective Services, law enforcement, and the medical community come together at one place, so that a child only has to tell of his or her abuse one time.
Right Turn is a collaborative program established by Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and Nebraska Children’s Home Society to provide help to families who have adopted or entered into a guardianship.
Rainbow Center is a private, nonprofit corporation located in Columbus, Nebraska serving Platte, Colfax, Boone and Nance counties.
Through participation in this program, consumers take steps to successful community living, and can become candidates for jobs in the community. Rainbow Center provides advocacy in the community with other service organizations such as Social Security Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, as well as health care and mental health professionals.
Take Flight Farms offers equine assisted psychotherapy, learning, and development for people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests.
Ted E. Bear Hollow
Ted E. Bear Hollow is committed to providing programs for grieving youth and families at no charge because a lack of resources should never prevent a child or teen from receiving support. Ted E. Bear Hollow depends on donations for the majority of its funding and on volunteers to facilitate groups, camps, and retreats. Offices and programs in midtown Omaha offer a welcoming, safe space where children feel at home.
The Accidental Advocate
The Accidental Advocate is a blog written by a mother who became an advocate by accident. She found herself in this role when her and her husband decided to adopted two teenage boys from foster care. Though her boys have good hearts, they are tough, determined, defiant, and reckless. This is her story.
This Emotional Life
The Emmy Award-winning team of Vulcan Productions and the producers of NOVA have created a three-part series that explores improving our social relationships, learning to cope with depression and anxiety, and becoming more positive, resilient individuals. Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Richard Gere.
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
Resources for Veterans in locations across the state of Nebraska and Iowa with services for PTSD, medical foster homes, home health care, hospice and palliative care, holistic care, home-based primary care, and more.
Children – Nebraska
Voices for Children in Nebraska educates and motivates Nebraskans to take action to better the lives of Nebraska’s vulnerable children in the areas of Health, Education, Safety and Economic Stability.
10X10 Wellness Campaign
The Federal Government has spearheaded the SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign, launched in 2010, to promote the importance of addressing all parts of a person's life in hopes of increasing life expectancy for persons with mental health problems by 10 years over the next 10 years.
Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The AACAP works to assist parents and families in understanding developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents. You will find information on child and adolescent psychiatry, fact sheets for parents and caregivers, AACAP membership, current research, practice guidelines, managed care information, awards and fellowship descriptions, meeting information, and much more.
Academy of Pediatrics Mental Health Web site
The American Academy of Pediatrics in partnership with the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), are collaborating on the Improving Mental Health in Primary Care Through Access, Collaboration, and Training (IMPACT) program. This Web site is maintained by the IMPACT program to provide pediatricians, child health professionals, and parents the tools and support they need to provide community-based, collaborative care.
American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, Ph.D., AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been at the forefront of a wide range of suicide prevention initiatives -- each designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. The organization is involved in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration projects, and critical policy work.
The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide with over 38,000 physician members. The site includes Healthy Minds: Healthy Lives, The American Psychiatric Association’s consumer site.
The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. The APA website features current news and publications on a variety of psychology topics.
Psychological Association Help Center
APA's Help Center is an online resource for brochures, tips, and articles on the psychological issues that affect your physical and emotional well-being, as well as information about locating a psychologist.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is the leader in education, training, and research for anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders.
ADAA leads the way, improving the lives of millions of children and adults:
of the United States
The Arc of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with a network of members and affiliated chapters, they improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy.
Athealth.com is a leading provider of mental health information and services for mental health practitioners and those they serve. The online community consists of psychiatrists, pediatricians, family practitioners, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, counselors, researchers, educators, school psychologists, caregivers, and others who meet the diverse needs of those with mental health concerns.
Center for Mental Health Law
For three decades, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has been the nation's leading legal advocate for people with mental disabilities. The precedent-setting litigation has outlawed institutional abuse and won protections against arbitrary confinement. In the courts and in Congress, Bazelon’s advocacy has opened up public schools, workplaces, housing and other opportunities for people with mental disabilities to participate in community life.
BringChange2Mind.org is a not-for-profit organization created by Glenn Close, the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), Fountain House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization). The idea of a national anti-stigma campaign was born of a partnership between Glenn Close and Fountain House, where Glenn volunteered in order to learn about mental illness, which both her sister and nephew suffer from.
for Mental Health In Schools
The School Mental Health Project (SMHP) was created in 1986 to pursue theory, research, practice and training related to addressing mental health and psychosocial concerns through school-based interventions. To these ends, SMHP works closely with school districts, local and state agencies, special initiatives, and organizations and colleagues across the country. In 1995 the project established its national Center for Mental Health in Schools as part of the federal mental health in schools program.
for Mental Health Services
SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) supports the meaningful participation of mental health consumers/survivors in all aspects of the mental health system including the planning, design, implementation, policy formulation and evaluation of mental health services. To accomplish this goal, CMHS sponsors a variety of consumer affairs activities such as scholarships to attend national conferences, meetings to address the needs of consumers/survivors, regional consumer meetings, programs to address discrimination and stigma and other issues related to mental illness, the development and dissemination of educational materials, and much more.
for Reducing Health Disparities
The mission of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities is to promote the health and well-being of ethnically diverse communities by conducting research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information dissemination within a bio-psycho-social framework that recognizes the unique cultural contexts of these special population.
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
The Center’s work addresses a wide scope of trauma exposure from the consequences of combat, operations other than war, terrorism, natural and humanmade disasters, and public health threats. CSTS is a part of our nation’s federal medical school, Uniformed Services University (USU), and its Department of Psychiatry, as well as a partnering center of the newly established Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Child Heroes Publishing
Child Heroes was created to publish children’s books for those children struggling with disease, disorder, disability and dysfunction or for those who just feel different, challenged or isolated.
and Adults with ADHD
Through collaborative leadership, advocacy, research, education and support, CHADD provides science-based, evidence-based information about AD/HD to parents, educators, professionals, the media and the general public.
Choose Work through the Ticket to Work program, offers people with disabilities a shot at achieving financial independence by enabling more choice in employment-related support services, and access to meaningful work.
ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.
Consumer-Driven Services Directory
The purpose of the Directory is to provide consumers, researchers, administrators, service providers, and others with a comprehensive central resource for information on national and local consumer-driven programs. The directory is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele.
Deal: A Mental Health Site for Teens
Cope Care Deal contains tips for coping with everyday stress and bigger problems, too. Learn about warning signs indicating that a teen may need help, or locate mental health resources for yourself or a friend in need. Important information about depression, schizophrenia, and other illnesses that can affect teens is also available as well as a section for parents.
for Children with Behavioral Disorders
The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) is the official division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) committed to promoting and facilitating the education and general welfare of children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders.
DailyMed provides comprehensive, up-to-date resources of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts. The site can also be used to report adverse events to particular drugs.
and Bipolar Support Alliance
DBSA works to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders. The website provides up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder, written in language the general public can understand.
Dietary Supplements Labels Database
The Dietary Supplements Labels Database offers information about label ingredients in more than three thousand selected brands of dietary supplements. It enables users to compare label ingredients in different brands. Information is also provided on the "structure/function" claims made by manufacturers.
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
A 24 hour phone resource to provide disaster crisis counseling funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). It is multilingual and toll-free.
The Domestic Violence Hotline provides information and access to hotline advocates who are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services. 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
The Dougy Center
The mission of The Dougy Center is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. The Dougy Center, the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children, was founded in 1982. Contact The Dougy Center at: email@example.com;
The Drug Information Portal provides quick access to quality drug information pulled form multiple databases including MedlinePlus, DailyMed, and PubMed among others.
Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program
The Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program is the child health component of Medicaid. It's required in every state and is designed to improve the health of low-income children, by financing appropriate and necessary pediatric services. This website provides information about how EPSDT works with public health, families, managed care organizations, pediatricians, and other health providers.
The Elijah Foundation exists to provide support and encouragement to children and their families for the often difficult life situations they face.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning (EAGALA)
EAGALA is a nonprofit association for professionals using equine therapy to address mental health and human development needs. There are over 5000 EAGALA programs in 41 countries.
and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)
The mission of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is to provide national leadership on youth and family issues. The Bureau promotes positive outcomes for children, youth, and families by supporting a wide range of comprehensive services and collaborations at the local, Tribal, State, and national levels.
Family Support America has been the nation’s catalyst, clearinghouse, and thought leader in family support. Family Support America is convinced that if you want strong families, you have to create a world where all parents are engaged in solutions for themselves, their children, their communities, and society as a whole—where they receive the support every family needs, and are partners in planning and providing that support. Family Support America is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in the family support movement.
of Families for Children’s Mental Health
The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health serves to provide and sustain leadership for a broad and deep nation-wide network of family-run organizations. The Federation is focused on providing positive change benefiting children with mental health needs and their families.
Search by name, location, expertise, or other characteristics and then contact a qualified psychologist by phone or email. The 12,000 licensed psychologists on findapsychologist.org meet specific requirements for doctoral education, supervised training, and ethical conduct. This free service is sponsored by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. Omaha 402-978-7557. Lincoln 402-473-7933
Set up by families of Choking Game victims, GASP is a global nonprofit campaign that fights this “game” with the most powerful weapon: education. Most people have no idea how dangerous the Choking Game is until it hits close to home. GASP aims to prevent suffering by publicizing the danger in schools and homes.
to Parenting with a Mental Illness
“Parenting with a Mental Illness: Programs and Resources Guide” has been published by the UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration to help the estimated millions of parents in the United States who are living with a mental illness.
Half of Us
Created in collaboration with MTV-U and The Jed Foundation, Half of Us is an interactive online public education website that provides college-aged youth with information about the prevalence of mental health issues on college campuses and connects students to the appropriate resources to get help.
and Minds Program
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is making its "Hearts and Minds" program available for the first time, free of charge, to promote awareness and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease among people with mental illness. The program consists of a 13 minute videotape and 28 page workbook.
HelpForDepression.com was founded on the belief that a combination of therapies is most often the best approach to treating depression. We aim to provide a comprehensive (or as comprehensive as possible) explanation of the various approaches and treatments for depression as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones.
Resource Center (HRC)
The HRC fosters the development of an interactive learning community by bringing together state-of-the art knowledge and promising practices to prevent and end homelessness among people with mental health and substance use problems, and trauma histories.
Julia Cook, Children’s Book Author
Julia Cook is the author of more than a dozen books for children focused on how to cope with tough situations from divorce to abuse to attention deficit disorder and more. She is an acclaimed speaker, counselor, and teacher.
LactMed is a Drugs and Lactation Database containing information about medications to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.
Laurie Jarvis is a wife and mother of three, two of whom were adopted from Russia. She uses her personal experiences and her training in journalism to professionally speak, advocate, and educate on behalf of individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In her story, Laurie shares how her child brought a loaded gun into a middle school and how a better understanding of the effects of FAS can help to prevent such acts. The goal of her work is to eliminate the suffering in silence; to improve the knowledge and understanding of what causes the behaviors and how to humanely deal with it; and to ultimately help prevent FASD.
and Child Health Library
The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University provides the MCH community with accurate and timely information on a broad range of topics. Materials include the weekly newsletter MCH Alert, resource guides, full text publications, databases, and links to quality MCH sites.
Clinic Mental Health Center
Find information on mental health and mental illness, specific disorders and mental health treatments.
The mission of the MCR Foundation is to provide resources for people who are affected by eating disorders in the Greater Chattanooga Tri-State area. The Foundation is committed to a holistic approach encompassing physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well being. The MCR Foundation was established by the parents of Mary Cameron Robinson in her honor.
MedlinePlus directs individuals to information, helping to answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. It includes more than 700 health topics, drug information, an encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, directories, and interactive tutorials and surgery videos. MedlinePlus is also available in Spanish.
Formerly known as the Mental Health Alliance of Nebraska, Mental Health America (MHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 320 affiliates nationwide, MHA represents a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.
Health Community Transition
This site contains information for understanding and coping with the life-altering affects of mental illness. Consumers, caregivers, family and friends will find information that can be used directly, as well as links to a variety of resources that are equipped to support and advise a person that he or she strive toward reintegration.
Mental Health Screening
Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) is dedicated to promoting the improvement of mental health by providing the public with education, screening, and treatment resources. SMH programs—provided both in-person and online—educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol use disorders, and suicide.
To help those who may be struggling, the Department of Defense teamed up with the nonprofit organization, Screening for Mental Health®, to launch Military Pathways (formerly the Mental Health Self-Assessment Program®). The program is available online, over the phone, and at special events held at installations worldwide. It provides free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve.
Misunderstood Minds is a companion Web site to the PBS special by the same name. The site profiles a variety of learning disabilities including youth’s struggles with attention related issues and provides interactive demonstrations of how such struggles impact ones ability to learn.
MSW Online Programs.org
MSW Online Programs.org is a site dedicated to helping individuals in the field or career of social work by compiling a list of websites that are great professional and educational resources.
NAMI Information HelpLine
When people call 800-950-NAMI, the HelpLine staff and volunteers take pride in providing:
Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders provides help for those struggling with Eating Disorders by offering hotline counseling, a national network of free support groups, referrals to health care professionals, and education and prevention programs to promote self-acceptance and healthy lifestyles. ANAD lobbies for state and national health insurance parity, undertakes and encourages research, fights dangerous advertising, and organizes advocacy campaigns to protect potential victims of eating disorders.
Association of Social Workers
The website features the latest updates surrounding research and practice in the social work profession. Focus is given to Aging, Behavioral Health and Children and Families.
Association on Mental Illness – NAMI
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.
Center for Children in Poverty
The NCCP describes itself as the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. Using research to inform policy and practice, NCCP seeks to advance family-oriented solutions and the strategic use of public resources at the state and national levels to ensure positive outcomes for the next generation. The website contains a data wizard which you can use to do customized state-to-nation and state-by-state comparisons of demographics and policies.
Center for Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life.
NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.
Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice was established to assist the field in developing improved policies and programs for youth with mental health disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system, based on the best available research and practice. The Center aims at providing a centralized national focal point that pulls together and links the various activities and research that are currently underway, maximizing the awareness and usefulness of new products and learnings, and using the best available knowledge to guide practice and policy.
Center for Trauma Informed Care
The new NCTIC Web site is designed to help public mental health systems integrate trauma informed approaches and interventions into their programs to improve efficacy and outcomes. It represents a growing and diverse community that is committed to transforming traditional programs and services to be more supportive of and empowering to trauma survivors.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.
Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations
The National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations (NCMHCSO) works to ensure that consumer/survivors have a major voice in the development and implementation of health care, mental health, and social policies at the state and national levels, empowering people to recover and lead a full life in the community.
National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
The mission of The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) will ensure that consumer/survivors have a major voice in the development and implementation of health care, mental health, and social policies at the state and national levels, empowering people to recover and lead a full life in the community.
Council for Community Behavioral Health Care
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is an association of 1,300 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addictions disorders recover and lead productive lives.
National Council on Problem Gambling
The National Council on Problem Gambling is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. The mission of the NCPG is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education. 1-800-522-4700
National Empowerment Center
The mission of the National Empowerment Center is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people with lived experience with mental health issues, trauma, and and/or extreme states. As a consumer/survivor/expatient-run organization, we carry out our mission with authority, as each of us is living a personal journey of recovery and empowerment.
National Foster Youth Action Network
The National Foster Youth Action Network builds leadership and advocacy skills of current and former foster youth to educate decision makers and to work collaboratively to improve state and local child welfare systems and national policy that affects the lives of foster youth.
Institute of Mental Health
NIMH is working to improve mental health through biomedical research on mind, brain, and behavior. The website features breaking news, health updates, as well as research and funding opportunities and reports.
Library of Medicine - MEDLINE
A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, Medline offers current health news and trusted health information covering a variety of topics and illnesses.
Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse
The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, the nation's first national consumer technical assistance center, has played a major role in the development of the mental health consumer movement. The consumer movement strives for dignity, respect, and opportunity for those with mental illnesses. Consumers--those who receive or have received mental health services--continue to reject the label of "those who cannot help themselves."
Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities.
Resource Center on Psychiatric Advanced Directives
Psychiatric advance directives, commonly called PADs, offer a way for people with mental illnesses to plan ahead for a mental health crisis. This website provides a state-by-state breakdown of PADs-related statutes and listings of local resources for patients and families, discussion forums, answers to frequently asked questions, testimonials from people who have used PADs, and information on the latest research findings concerning mental health issues.
The Rape, Assault, and Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and one of "America's 100 Best Charities" according to Worth magazine. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org, and publicizes the hotline's free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in a national network of more than 140 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night. This website contains resources and links organized to help you find basic information quickly.
of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
The Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP) is charged with developing, analyzing, evaluating, and coordinating HHS policies and programs which support the independence, productivity, health, and long-term care needs of children, working age adults, and older persons with disabilities.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information
Health information technology (health IT) makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. Health IT includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to maintain people's health information.
The Med Guide offers practical advice to parents of children and adolescents struggling with depression.
Specialist Alliance of America
The Peer Specialist Alliance of America (PSAA) provides information and support on the emerging profession of certified peer specialist.
Service Dog Society (PSDS)
The Psychiatric Service Dog Society (PSDS) is dedicated to responsible Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) education, advocacy, research and training facilitation. We provide essential information for persons disabled by severe mental illness, who wish to train a service dog to assist with the management of symptoms.
PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It is an index of more than 4500 biomedical journals from around the world and contains over 19 million citations.
SAMHSA, along with the Ad Council and the Inspire USA Foundation, has launched a new Teen Suicide Prevention national public service campaign. The campaign, We Can Help Us, was developed out of the acquired insight that, although many teens encounter the same tough times, many also develop positive solutions to help overcome them. The campaign empowers teens by reminding them that there are ways to get through whatever problems they face and directs them to visit reachout.com to hear stories from others who successfully conquered their tough times.
RealMentalHealth.com is the first social networking site focusing on mental health treatment and wellness. The online community includes individuals, their family members, loved ones and friends who want to easily and interactively obtain knowledge about symptoms and treatments in a supportive community environment.
& Training Center for Children’s Mental Health
Data Trends: Summaries of Current Research Findings in the Children’s Mental Health Field - Data Trends are produced to increase the dissemination of current research findings in the area of children's mental health services. There are two Data Trends products: 1) Summaries, which detail recent, published articles on systems of care for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities and their families, and; 2) News briefs, which highlight related items or events of interest to the field.
and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental
The Center is dedicated to promoting effective community-based, culturally competent, family-centered services for families and their children who are, or may be affected by mental, emotional or behavioral disorders.
Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion
Associated with Mental Health
The SAMHSA ADS Center enhances acceptance and social inclusion by ensuring that people with mental health problems can live full, productive lives within communities without fear of prejudice and discrimination. We provide information and assistance to develop successful efforts to counteract prejudice and discrimination and promote social inclusion.
SAMHSA’s National Mental Health Information Center
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (800-789-2647), their web site, and more than 600 publications. The National Mental Health Information Center was developed for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media.
Strength of Us
NAMI has launched StrengthofUs.org, an online community for young adults living with a mental health condition and those who have a family member or friend affected by a mental health problem. Developed by young adults, Strengthofus.org is a user-driven social networking community where young adults can connect with peers and share personal stories, provide helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engage in discussion groups, share videos, photos, and other news and provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25.
Teens Finding Hope
Teens Finding Hope is a small non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and encouragement to teens and their families affected by depression. This interactive website was designed as a place where teens and their families can go to receive encouragement and support.
The Balanced Mind Foundation
The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek. They serve more than 600,000 visitors who use our online resources every year, 4,500 parents and caregivers who belong to our support groups, 1,200 parents who contact our Family Help Line for crisis assistance, and 6,000 visitors who follow our blogs, view expert webinars, or listen to Flipswitch podcasts.
The Mental Health America Support Community
The Mental Health America Support Community connects patients, families, friends and caregivers for support and inspiration. In partnership with Inspire, he Mental Health America Support Community is sponsored by Mental Health America, the nation's largest and oldest community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans live mentally healthier lives.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. If you need support, please call 1.866.488.7386.
The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work. The goal of the Ticket Program is to increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to obtain employment, vocational rehabilitation (VR), and other support services from public and private providers, employers, and other organizations.
MAXIMUS, a private company, has been contracted by the Social Security Administration to function as the Operations Support Manager (OSM) and the Ticket Program Data Operations Center Manager (TPDOCM). It is MAXIMUS responsibility to administer oversight and process support necessary to sustain ongoing Ticket Program Operations. Contact MAXIMUS at 866.968.7842 or for more information you can also visit www.socialsercuity.com/work
Treatment-Centers.net is a community based public-benefit website devoted to helping individuals and families find help for addiction and dual diagnosis. The site contains a comprehensive directory of publicly rated and reviewed addiction treatment centers. In addition, the site features free drug and alcohol assessments as well as a toll-free helpline (888-206-3273) staffed 24/7 by professional counselors.
A program of the Jed Foundation, U-Lifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center where college students can search for information regarding mental health and suicide prevention. The website has enhanced student features, and a new component called Counseling Central, built exclusively for college mental health and student affairs professionals.
Story of Schizophrenia
Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia follows Delany Ruston, M.D. as she reconnects with her paranoid schizophrenic father after years of shame, frustration, and fear caused her to hide from him and keep her telephone number unlisted. Although Richard Ruston, Delany’s father, is more stable and on newer medications, many challenges still exist as Delany works to better understand her father and help him get the long-term care he needs. Unlisted is currently playing on public television. Visit the films Web site, www.unlistedfilm.com, to learn more.
VA Health Care Online Enrollment Application
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VA Homeless Information
Help VA spread the word about our mission to end Veteran homelessness by 2015. Contact Help for Homeless Veterans at 877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838)
VA Military Sexual Trauma
Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military. All Veterans seen at Veterans Health Administration facilities can receive free services to help them recover.
VA Suicide Hotline
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide veterans 24-hour access to mental health professionals. Veterans in crisis, or those concerned for a veteran, can call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and follow the voice prompt to be connected with a VA-staffed mental health professional.
Vet to Vet is a consumer/provider partnership program that utilizes veterans in recovery in a peer-counseling capacity to help other veterans. Vet to Vet is administered by veterans who themselves have been consumers of VA mental-health services. Vet to Vet provides a six-week, peer-facilitator training program that teaches veterans how to facilitate peer group sessions and introduce program learning topics.
Veterans Resource Center
The NAMI Veterans Resource Center is an online portal to mental health resources for America's veterans, active duty service members, and their families.
The Veteran's History Project was mandated by Congress in 2000 to collect and preserve the personal accounts of war veterans and civilians who directly supported the war effort. Sharing your wartime experiences can be therapeutic and provide a sense of release. Anyone interested in having their military story preserved and posted, should send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vets4Warriors are all Veterans of the United States Military and we are all here to help the men and women who are currently serving or have served in the National Guard and Reserve. Your calls are completely confidential and, if you choose, you may remain anonymous. The staff will listen and not judge you for anything. If you want to just talk, we will support that. If you need some information, we can help you find it. Our deal is to partner with you on your quest and do our best to help you succeed. Call 1-855-VET-TALK.
The Voice Awards
The Voice Awards are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services. The Voice Awards recognize writers and producers of entertainment programming—television and film—who have given voice to people with mental health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of people with mental illnesses into their scripts, programs, and productions.
Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
WRAP is a self-management and recovery system developed by a group of people who had mental health difficulties and who were struggling to incorporate wellness tools and strategies into their lives. WRAP is designed to decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors, increase personal empowerment, improve quality of life, and assist people in achieving their own life goals and dreams.
What a Difference a Friend Makes
This site is here for people living with mental illness—and their friends. You'll find tools to help in the recovery process, and you can also learn about the different kinds of mental illnesses, read real-life stories about support and recovery, and interact with the video to see how friends can make all the difference.
When War Comes Home
This website was created by Hope for the Homefront to provide support, hope and healing for the invisible wounds of war on the home front. The website is a ministry for reaching and restoring families through resources, weekends, seminars, publications, webinars, social networking, peer group support and mentoring.
Women in the Military
As of 2009, more than 280,000 women served in the military on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves, which represents approximately 15% of all active duty soldiers. The Veterans Affairs Web site has information available for women regarding health care, dealing with sexual trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, and much more.
Health care link: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth/faqs.asp
Sexual trauma: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth/trauma.asp
Post traumatic stress disorder: http://www.womenvetsptsd.va.gov/
Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. The organization hopes to do this by raising awareness and enlisting the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, helping injured service members aid and assist each other, and by providing unique, direct programs, and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
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