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There are many organizations working to support people with mental health issues and to reduce the stigma that is so harmful. While we do not endorse any of these organizations specifically, we want to list as many as possible as we know that the approach that resonates for one person may be different than that which is helpful for another.
Many of these groups offer opportunities to get involved and/or volunteer.
Organization summaries are copied directly from Twitter profiles or websites.
National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
We help people understand that mental illness is a sickness, not a weakness. Founded by @HeyLandsberg, we are a statement, a community, a movement. #SickNotWeak
Born This Way Foundation
“In order to heal you have to feel.” So @ladygaga + @momgerm established a foundation committed to empowering youth to create a kinder, braver world.
Thrive Global’s mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance both well-being and performance. Thriving Mind is a resource to help you understand your individual signs of stress, take small steps to recharge, and unlock better mental health.
Child Mind Institute
We're an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children affected by mental health disorders.
Time To Change
Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated and ashamed. We want to change the way people think and act about mental health problems.
Bring Change to Mind
Bring Change to Mind is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.
Actress & activist Glenn Close co-founded Bring Change to Mind in 2010 after her sister, Jessie Close, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and her nephew, Calen Pick, with schizoaffective disorder. Every individual who speaks out inspires another. And another. That’s how we’ll end the stigma around mental illness. That’s how we’ll Bring Change to Mind.
Love is Louder
We're a movement of people here to say that love is louder than any voice that causes us pain or brings us down. #loveislouder
The Jed Foundation (JED)
Nonprofit exists to support the #mentalhealth of teens & young adults. Transitioning into adulthood can bring big changes and intense challenges. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.
To Write Love On Her Arms
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
The Buddy Project
Non-profit movement aiming to prevent suicide & self-harm by pairing people as buddies and raising awareness for mental health.
We face disability, disease and mental illness together.
This Is My Brave, Inc.
The mission of This Is My Brave, Inc. is to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues by sharing personal stories of individuals living successful, full lives despite mental illness through poetry, essay and original music, on stage in front of a live audience, through stories submitted and published to our blog, and via our YouTube channel.
At Random Acts, it’s our mission to conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time. We are here to inspire acts of kindness around the world both big and small. We provide a vast network of caring people with the encouragement and support they need to change lives for the better.
Putting a face to the fight for equality! Join us in taking a stand against bullying and discrimination. #NOH8 #NOH8Worldwide
The Campaign to Change Direction
The Campaign to Change Direction is a global initiative focused on changing the culture of mental health. Led by @giveanhour. #changementalhealth
Upworthy is on a mission to tell stories that bring people together — because we’re all part of the same story. See something #upworthy?
Channel Kindness is a force for good, powered by the passion and purpose of young people. Launched by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, it is a platform featuring stories of kindness as documented by young people from around the US. These youth reporters, ages 16 to 24, have been recruited to identify and document the acts of generosity, compassion, and acceptance that define their generation and shape their communities.
Mental Health America
The country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives #B4Stage4 Account not monitored 24/7. In crisis? Call 800-273-8255
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
ADAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing the public about anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders and their treatments.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Federation of Families for
Children’s Mental Health
Helping families find services and supports for their children with behavioral health challenges.
National Council for Behavioral Health
The unifying voice of America’s mental health and addiction treatment organizations, serving more than 2,900 members across the country.
Mental Health First Aid
A training course provided by the @NationalCouncil that teaches skills for helping a person with a mental health or substance use challenge get appropriate care
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Preventing suicide through research, advocacy, and education. Account not monitored 24/7.
We aim to alleviate despair & suicidal feelings in our community. Call or text 877-870-4673 any time if you need help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 800-273-8255
American Association of Suicidology
AAS is a charitable non-profit suicide prevention organization, and a suicide prevention membership organization. Need help? 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
The Action Alliance envisions a nation free from the tragic experience of suicide.
International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)
IASP promotes suicide prevention locally and worldwide and sponsors World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept 10.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the nation’s only federally supported resource center advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Crisis Text Line
Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. All of Crisis Text Line's Crisis Counselors are volunteers, donating their time to helping people in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
IMALIVE is a service of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center (KBHC), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Our focus is suicide intervention, prevention, awareness and education. We provide help and hope through online crisis chat, college campus and high school events and other educational programs. Depression is treatable. Suicide is preventable. Join and support our suicide prevention efforts today!
Sources of Strength
Preventing teen suicide by connecting peer leaders and caring adults! Our mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.
Stamp Out Stigma
We work to reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders. A campaign of @ABHWorg. #StampOutStigma
A mental health non-profit organization dedicated to helping real people living with mental illness.
End The Stigma
End The Stigma is a community that provides education, resources, and discussion about mental health. Your story matters. #EndTheStigma
Peer-to-peer, community-within-community support networks built by and for those whose lives are affected by mental illness and suicide. We are steadfast in eliminating the stigmas surrounding mental health & supporting the creation of peer support mental health communities everywhere.
Thrive on Campus
A special section of Thrive Global devoted to covering the urgent issue of mental health among our college and university students from all angles.
Active Minds is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students. We are dedicated to saving lives and to building stronger families and communities. Through education, research, advocacy, and a focus on students and young adults ages 14–25, Active Minds is opening up the conversation about mental health and creating lasting change in the way mental health is talked about, cared for, and valued in the United States.
JED Campus is an initiative of The Jed Foundation (JED) designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.
The Trevor Project
The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth. The Trevor Lifeline: 866.488.7386.
It Gets Better Project
Our mission is to uplift, empower and connect LGBTQ+ youth around the globe.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Our mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.
The Goldie Hawn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created in response to the global epidemic of childhood aggression, anxiety, depression and suicide. Based firmly in neuroscience, MindUP gives children the knowledge and tools they need to manage stress, regulate emotions and face the challenges of the 21st century with resilience.
Ruler (supported by the Yale Center For Emotional Intelligence)
An evidence-based approach to social & emotional learning.
Online courses for educators to learn mindfulness and share it with youth. Join our graduates from 100 countries who have reached over 1.5 million youth.
Veterans Crisis Line
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, chat at https://www.veteranscrisisline.net, or text to 838255. You’ll find free, confidential support available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Official Twitter page of the Navy Operational Stress Control Program.
The link between nutrition and mental health is an emerging field that is being explored by a growing number of organizations. Some leading colleges and universities now offer courses in Nutritional Psychology.
The Food and Mood Centre
The Food & Mood Centre is a collaborative research centre led by Deakin University in Australia. We are a multi-disciplinary team studying the ways in which what we eat influences our brain, mood, and mental health. This centre is unique in the world: it is the only centre specifically focusing on Nutritional Psychiatry research.
We carry out cutting edge research to identify new and effective approaches to the prevention and treatment of mental and brain disorders. We hope that the information here on this website will help your understanding of the topic and help you to make positive improvements to your own nutrition and mental health.
The Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University is committed to conducting high quality research that helps us to learn about how we might reduce risk, prevent, and treat mental disorders through diet and nutrition.
We aim to provide a resource for the public, researchers and clinicians, where they can access clear and easy to understand information on nutrition and mental health.
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