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Regional Mental Health Center offers Information about Mental Health & Addictions

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In addition to the many available services and resources here at Regional Mental Health Centers, we’ve assembled numerous websites of organizations that offer information and advice regarding mental health issues and suicide prevention. If you need immediate crisis assistance, crisis assistance, call our hotline at 219.769.4005 or 888.398.7050, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

National Institute of Mental Health: The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. www.nimh.nih.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. www.samhsa.gov. In order to achieve this mission, SAMHSA has identified 8 Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency's work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities. Many of the mental health and substance abuse brochures, fact sheets and posters are downloadable and some can be shipped free in quantity.

Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions: Mission is to ensure that Indiana citizens have access to quality mental health and addiction services that promote individual, family and community resiliency and recovery (includes listing of state services and programs. www.in.gov/fssa/dmha/4521.htm

Mental Health America: www.nmha.org Click on Indiana to locate the chapters in Indiana. There are fact sheets which can be translated into several different languages (see drop down box). The following are in Spanish: www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/en-espanol.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Awareness, Education and Advocacy Organization. Family to Family, a program of NAMI to inform and support family and friends: Click on the tab “Find Your Local NAMI” to locate the Indiana chapters. There is a chapter listed for Merrillville (meets at Regional Strauhun Center (call Kathy Prospolonis). www.nami.org

Families/Depression Awareness: A national organization helping families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides. www.familyaware.org

Schizophrenia.com: A national non-profit community providing in-depth information, support and education related to schizophrenia, a disorder of the brain and mind. www.schizophrenia.com

Healthy Place.Com: Consumer mental health site providing information from a consumer and mental heatlh community including networking, documentaries, research reports and topic information (i.e. mental illness, substance abuse, self harm, medications, eating disorders) www.healthyplace.com

Active Minds: National Organization developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on college campuses to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community. Click on tab “Chapters” to find Indiana chapters: www.activeminds.org

Bring Change 2 Mind: 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 andnephew suffer from. The goals is to provide people who have nmisconceptions about mental illness quick and easy access to information that combats stigma and provide people who have mental illness and those who know them with quick and easy access to information and support. www.bringchange2mind.org

American Psychological Association: Based in Washington, D.C., the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. www.apa.org

NARSAD (The Brain and Behavior Research Fund): NARSAD invests in the best and brightest scientific minds throughout the world to unravel the complexities of schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and many other psychiatric diseases. www.narsad.org

NARSAD Artworks: Museum-Quality Art Products by and on Behalf of Mentally Ill Persons www.narsadartworks.org

Depression Bi-Polar Support Alliance: Marked by changes in mood, depression and bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) are both highly treatable, medical illnesses. Site provides information and links to resources. www.dbsalliance.org

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare: The National Council is the unifying voice of America’s behavioral health organizations. Together with our 1,800 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 8 million adults and children with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to providing comprehensive, quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and inclusion in all aspects of community life www.thenationalcouncil.org

National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advanced Directives: Psychiatric advance directives are relatively new legal instruments that may be used to document a competent person’s specific instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment. Psychiatric advance directives can be used to plan for the possibility that someone may lose capacity to give or withhold informed consent to treatment during acute episodes of psychiatric illness. www.nrc-pad.org

Annie Casey Foundation (Youth to Adult Assessments and Lifeskills Information): Here you will find free and easy to use tools to help young people prepare for adulthood. The life skills assessments provide instant feedback. Customized learning plans provide a clear outline of next steps, and the accompanying teaching resources are available for free or at a minimal cost. www.caseylifeskills.org.

Team Solutions and Solutions for Wellness (Lifeskills Curriculum downloadable and free ordering of materials): This site is intended to assist prescribers, nurses, case managers, social workers, and therapists who actively seek information, like psychoeducational and psychological materials, which can help them treat their clients with serious mental illness. www.treatmentteam.com

The Alzheimer’s Association: Voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research. Articles, links, caregiver support, research and local organization referrals. www.alz.org


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