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American Psychiatric Association

A site maintained by the APA with updated education materials, topical blog posts, upcoming events, and resources for seeking psychiatric assistance.

American Psychological Association

The largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States, with around 117,500 members, including scientists, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students.

Mental Health America

The nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots advocacy and achievement. With over 200 affiliates in 41 states, 6500 affiliates staff and over 10,000 volunteers.

 NAMI

A nationwide grassroots advocacy group, representing families and people affected by mental disorders in the United States. An association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

NIMH

The largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research on understanding treatment. As a lead federal agency for research on mental disorders, NIMH is one of 27 Institutes and Centers that make up National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. This site provides education, information on programs and campaigns, grants, as well as assistance with finding help and treatment.

Screening for Mental Health

An organization dedicated to coordinating nationwide mental health screening programs and to ensuring cooperation, professionalism, and accountability in mental illness screenings.

 

Anxiety

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

An organization dedicated to increasing awareness and improving the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults.

National Anxiety Foundation

A nonprofit organization that offers education, reading lists, and resources for those living with anxiety disorders.

@MHChat

An online community that is dedicated to creating awareness and understanding about mental health and mental illness. #MHChat takes place on Twitter every Wednesday at 3pm EST.

 

Borderline Personality Disorder

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An organization led by passionate individuals dedicated to the education, support and treatment of mental health. Bringing awareness to the masses through major media outlets and awareness events. Their site offers information, news, and interviews from individuals directly affected by mental illness including borderline personality disorder.

Personality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN)

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of personality disorders, alleviating the impact of personality disorders on families, and preventing the development of personality disorders in children.

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD)

This group provides education while raising public awareness and understanding, in an attempt to reduce stigma and promote research and enhance the quality of life of those affected by borderline personality disorder. They work with Congress to enhance the quality of life for those individuals affected by this serious but treatable mental illness.

 

Depression

DBSA

A nonprofit organization providing support groups for people with depression or bipolar disorder, as well as their friends and family. This site offers education, personal wellness tools, access to research studies, and assistance with finding the right treatment.

Families for Depression Awareness

This website offers information and tools to help families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder in order to get people well and prevent suicides.

 

Eating Disorders

Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association Inc (MEDA)

This organization works to combat the spread of eating disorders through educational awareness and early detection. MEDA serves as a support network and resource for clients including clinicians, educators, and the general public.

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness

A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, and early intervention for all eating disorders. Their goal is to raise awareness, eliminate stigma, promote access to care and support for those susceptible to, currently struggling with, and recovered from eating disorders.

Eating Disorders Anonymous

A fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders.

 

Substance Use Disorder

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline

Provides free and anonymous information and referral for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns. The helpline is committed to linking consumers with comprehensive, accurate and current information about treatment and prevention services throughout Massachusetts.

12Step.org

A comprehensive list of available 12 step programs as well as the tools to identify the most appropriate. Their site has in-depth information about 12 step programs, how they work and how to find one near you.

 

Suicide

National Lifeline

If you are suicidal, please call 800.273.TALK (8255). You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Samaritans: Massachusetts 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines

A non-denominational, not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide by befriending individuals in crisis and educating the community about effective prevention strategies. The Samaritans provides a free and confidential 24-hour phone befriending line, in Boston at 617.247.0220, and in Framingham at 508.875.4500.

 

Trauma

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

NCTSN brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. A collaboration of frontline providers, researchers and families committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services.

Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute

A program of Justice Resource Institute, a large nonprofit organization dedicated to social justice by offering hope and promise of fulfillment to children, adults and families who are at risk of not receiving effective services essential to their safety, progress, and/or survival.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, RAINN started and currently runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with over than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program, and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences. Providing access to education and research, meetings and events, as well as tools for treating trauma and public resources.

 

Services for Veterans

Vet Centers

This program provides readjustment counseling, outreach, and referral services to veterans and their families in a relaxed, community-based setting. Vet Centers also provide counseling for military sexual trauma and bereavement counseling to parents, siblings, and spouses of service members who die in service.  Many Vet Center staff members are combat veterans themselves. Almost all combat veterans are eligible for Vet Center services. There are Vet Centers located in Massachusetts in Boston, Brockton, Hyannis, Lowell, New Bedford, Springfield and Worcester. There are also Vet Centers located throughout New England that Massachusetts veterans can access.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The lifeline provides service for veterans in crisis. Call 800.273.TALK (8255) and press 1 to be connected immediately to VA suicide prevention and mental health service professionals.

Massachusetts SAVE Program

The Statewide Advocacy for Veterans™ Empowerment (SAVE) program assists veterans in need of referral services and seeks to prevent suicide and advocate on behalf of Massachusetts’ veterans. SAVE acts as a liaison between veterans (and their families) and the various agencies within the federal and state governments. A team of SAVE Outreach Coordinators focus on community advocacy, suicide prevention, mental health awareness, and referrals. SAVE outreach coordinators will be in the field responding to the needs of veterans and their families.

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A part of the VA that works to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. Its website is provided as an educational resource concerning PTSD and other enduring consequences of traumatic stress.

Home Base Program

A partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the program offers OEF/OIF veterans and their families diagnostic assessments, treatment, and referral services. The program is intended to help participants overcome combat-related stress and/or traumatic brain injury. The services are available regardless of whether treatment has previously been sought and regardless of ability to pay. Discharge status does not affect eligibility for services.