These organizations can help coordinate a community event, locate speakers who have expertise in mental health, offer peer and family supports, and provide general information on mental health as well as treatment, and available services for mental health issues.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-401-4114
The Division of Youth and 4-H and the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) at the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA support the socio-economic prosperity of people and communities, develop human and community capital, provide youth leadership experiences, and ensure families remain strong and healthy. Helpful resources provided by 4-H National Headquarters / National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)/USA:
Active Minds is a nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students. Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking while also providing expertise in college mental health promotion and suicide prevention. Helpful resources provided by Active Minds include:
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) mission is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through research, training, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers. Helpful resources from AACAP:
Child Mind Institute
The Child Mind Institute is committed to finding effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers. Helpful resources provided by The Child Mind Institute include:
The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation provides expertise in promoting emotional and mental health and preventing suicide among teens, young adults, and college students. Helpful resources provided by the Jed Foundation include:
Jed Foundation Projects:
NCCTS responds to specific requests for assistance, information, speakers, training, and events.
Through their online learning center , NCCTS offers resources, training, and educational opportunities covering:
National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a s a national family-run organization focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. Helpful Resources provided by the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health include:
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Helpful resources provided by the Trevor Foundation:
Youth M.O.V.E. National
Youth M.O.V.E. National is devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. Helpful resources provided by Youth MOVE National:
The American Bar Association is committed to improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world. Helpful resources from the American Bar Association:
The American Psychiatric Association member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. Helpful resources from the American Psychiatric Association:
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Contact: 855-863-APNA (2762)
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. Helpful resources from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association:
Association for Behavioral Health & Wellness (ABHW)
Contact: email@example.com; 202-449-7660
The Association for Behavioral Health & Wellness (ABHW) is a national voice for specialty behavioral health and wellness companies. ABHW member companies provide specialty services to treat mental health, substance use and other behaviors that impact health. Helpful resources from ABHW:
Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR)/SEIU Healthcare
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 800-247-8877
The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) gives residents, interns, and fellows a voice to improve their salary and working conditions, their education and training, and the quality of care they provide to patients. CIR members and alumni are available to be speakers and/or facilitators at community conversations about mental health as well as provide resources for dialogue speakers and facilitators. CIR speakers include:
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Contact: 800-54-CADCA (22322)
The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is a membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA provides expertise in building coalitions to address local conditions including:
CADCA can provide local coalition members that will serve as facilitators for community conversations. Contact CADCA to connect with a local prevention coalition; CADCA has members in every state and territory.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. Helpful resources from Mental Health America:
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Contact NAMI to access support, information, and free education programs for families and individuals living with mental health problems. Helpful resources from NAMI:
NACBHHD’s network of county and local behavioral health and developmental disability authorities have extensive expertise in county-run mental health, substance use, and intellectual disability/ developmental disability (ID/DD) systems. NACBHDD can help communities:
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHD)
NASMHPD represents state mental health agencies and their directors. NASMHPD can help communities:
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
The National Council represents the nation’s mental health and substance use treatment providers crossing the spectrum of the behavioral healthcare industry including: community mental health centers, substance use treatment organizations, state and county agencies, children and adolescent providers, hospitals, and managed care companies. Helpful resources from the National Council:
National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery’s mission is to ensure that consumers and 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 members are available to participate as speakers at awareness events and community conversations to provide expertise in peer participation in policy development.
The NFD (National Family Dialogue) is an open forum to exchange information, share concerns and support for families with youth that are experiencing or have experienced Substance Use Disorders. You may contact the NFD for:
The National Physicians Alliance supports research and education programs that promote health and foster active engagement of physicians with their communities to achieve high quality, affordable health care for all.
The National PTA represents millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. The National PTA can help you find a local PTA representative that you can invite to participate in community conversations and planning efforts.
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. You may contact the YWCA in your local area for expertise in mental health services, and supports for women and children who are impacted by domestic violence.
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