Advocacy Organizations

Information and links to mental health-related advocacy groups and organizations

Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness: An association of the nation’s leading behavioral health and wellness companies providing an array of services related to mental health, substance use, employee assistance, disease management, and other health and wellness programs to over 110 million people in both the public and private sectors.

Mental Health America (MHA): Advocates for changes in mental health and wellness policy, educates the public and provides critical information, and delivers urgently needed mental health and wellness Programs and Services. The oldest and largest non-profit organization in US addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors: A national membership organization to represent state mental health commissioners/directors and their agencies that helps set the agenda and determine the direction of state mental health agency interests across the country, historically including state mental health planning, service delivery, and evaluation.

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice: An organization that promotes awareness of the mental health needs and provides a national focal point of improving policies and programs for of youth in the juvenile justice system.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need. The leading grassroots advocacy organization in US solely dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and severe anxiety disorders.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): A federal agency that supports research on mental health through grants to investigators at institutions and organizations throughout US and through its own internal research effort.

National Mental Health Information Center: A federally funded website that provides comprehensive access to US government mental health and mental health problems information. Aims to educate and guide the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities.

National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives: An agency that provides consumers with mental illness, their family members, clinicians, and policy-makers with key information about PADs including PAD forms, links to statutes, educational webcasts, discussion forums, FAWs and current research.

The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA): An international organization devoted to advancing theory, research, and social action. Has resources for teaching and learning community psychology, information on events in the field and related to research and action, how to become involved and additional information on the field, members and undergraduate and graduate programs in community psychology.

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