NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country dedicated to building better lives. Across the country, thousands of trained NAMI volunteers bring peer-led programs to a wide variety of community settings. NAMI Basics is a class for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. This course is also available in Spanish, Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI, Find the NAMI Basics class nearest to you.
There are nearly 1,000 NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates across the country, including NAMI-NYC Metro which provides education, support, and advocacy for anyone impacted by mental illness throughout New York City. They offer evidence-based programs and services designed specifically for persons living with a diagnosis, as well as for family members and friends. To find your local NAMI, click here.
Cure Stigma is a new campaign from NAMI focused on ending the stigmatizing beliefs about mental health conditions that prevent people from seeking help and treatment.
Between 7 and 12 million American youth suffer from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders at any given time. The AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders. These resources for families include information about Mental Illnesses/Disorders and a search tool for finding a child and adolescent psychiatrist.
From the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov aims to educate and guide. This site includes warning signs, what to do, and where to get help.
The Child Mind Institute is an independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. The group works delivers the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain, and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.
This group is professional association that represents more than 25,000 school psychologists, graduate students, and related professionals throughout the United States and 25 other countries. Check out these handouts for parents and teachers with up-to-date information and proven, solutions-based strategies for how to help children at home and in the classroom.
This not for profit membership organization seeks to advance mental wellness of persons with developmental disabilities through the promotion of excellence in mental health care.
I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother by Liza Long, 2012
The Price Of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective On Mental Illness by Liza Long, 2015
Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon, 2013