This is by no means an exhaustive list but the following organizations, books, resources and websites may be useful. Please do not use these resources as a substitute for medical and psychological care. They are simply an adjunct to your personal research and professional support. None of the resources shown are endorsed by the authors, simply information gleaned from on-line sources.

We attempt to keep this list updated.  Addresses, links, and phone numbers change rapidly.  Please let us know when you find a link or a phone number that is not current.  We are always looking for good resources.  Please tell us about any that you use that are not on the list.

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These are some websites that provide excellent information:
NIMH · Home

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255),
Provides immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Free and confidential. Call for yourself or someone you care about.


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
3615 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 966-7300

 American Mental Health Counselors Association
801 N. Fairfax St.
Suite 304
Alexandria, VA 22314
(800) 326-2642

American Psychiatric Association
Public Affairs Office,
Suite 501  1400 K St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 682-6220

American Psychological Association
750 First St., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 336-5800

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
11900 Parklawn Dr.,
Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20852-2624
(301) 231-9350

Freedom From Fear
308 Seaview Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 351-1717

National Institute of Mental Health
Public Inquiries, Rm. 8184, MSC 9663
6001 Executive Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892

National Alliance On Mental Illness
200 N. Glebe Rd.,
Suite 1015  Arlington, VA 22201
(800) 950-NAMI

 NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.
 NAMI recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency and support are essential to improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected by mental illness. Mental illnesses should not be an obstacle to a full and meaningful life for persons who live with them. NAMI advocates at all levels to ensure that all persons affected by mental illness receive the services that they need and deserve, in a timely fashion. For help in finding self-help groups, NAMI can provide phone numbers of state and regional chapters and affiliates in your area.

National Anxiety Foundation
3135 Custer Dr.
Lexington, KY 40517-4001
National Anxiety Foundation

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
12 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
(800) NCA-CALL

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Scientific Communications Branch
6000 Executive Boulevard,
Suite 409
Bethesda, MD 20892-7003
(301) 443-3860

National Association of Social Workers
Clinical Registrar Office
750 First St., N.E.,
Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20002-4241
(800) 638-8799

 Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
730 N. Franklin,
Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610
(800) 826-3632
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The mission of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is to provide hope, help, and support to improve the lives of people living with depression or bipolar disorder. DBSA pursues and accomplishes this mission through peer-based, recovery oriented, empowering services and resources when people want them, where they want them, and how they want them.

Mental Health America (formerly National Mental Health Association)
1021 Prince St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-2971
(703) 684-7722 or (800) 969-NMHA
Mental Health America

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation
9 Depot St.
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 878-5669
Obsessive Compulsive Foundation

Self-Help Groups

 ABIL, Inc. (Agoraphobics Building Independent Lives)
3805 Cutshaw Ave.
Suite 415
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 353-3964

A.I.M. (Agoraphobics in Motion)
1719 Crooks St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067-1306
(248) 547-0400


Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters
1600 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617

Locations of Al-Anon or Alateen meetings worldwide can be obtained by calling the toll-free numbers Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST:
U. S.: (800) 344-2666
Canada: (800) 443-4525

Free informational materials can be obtained by calling the tollfree numbers (operating 7 days a week, 24 hours per day):
U. S.: (800) 356-9996
Canada: (800) 714-7498

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) World Services
475 Riverside Drive, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-3400
Alcoholics Anonymous

Makes referrals to local AA groups and provides informational materials on the AA program.

National Mental Health Self-Help Consumers Clearinghouse
1211 Chestnut St.
Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA
(800) 553-4539 or (215) 735-1810

Phobics Anonymous
P.O. Box 1180
Palm Springs, CA 92263
(619) 322-COPE

National Institute of Mental Health
Science Writing, Press & Dissemination Branch
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Phone: 301-443-4513 or
1-866-615-NIMH (6464) toll-free
TTY: 301-443-8431
TTY: 866-415-8051
FAX: 301-443-4279

Additional Sources of Support

American Friends for Suicide Prevention

Mental Health America
The country’s oldest and largest non-profit organization addressing all aspects of mental health.  A primary goal of Mental Health America is to educate the general public about the realities of mental health and mental illness related to the following issues:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Children’s Health
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Older Adults
  • Other Illnesses
  • Recovery
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicide

Mental Health Liaison Group
A coalition of national organizations representing consumers, families, members, advocates, professionals and providers.

 National Latino Behavioral Health Association
National Latino Behavioral Health Association
Provides national leadership for the advancement of Latino behavioral health services.

 American Association of Suicidology

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1968.  AAS’s mission is to understand and prevent suicide by:

  • Advancing Suicidology as a science and disseminating scholarly work in Suicidology
  • Aeveloping and implementing strategies to reduce the incidence and prevalence of suicidal behaviors
  • Disseminating accurate public information about suicidal behaviors
  • Fostering the highest possible quality of suicide prevention
  • Intervention, and postvention to the public and promoting research, education, and training in Suicidology.

Lifesavers Training Corporation
A peer support, suicide and crisis-prevention program.

 Active Minds on Campus
Mental health awareness and advocacy on college campuses. Active Minds works to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works 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.

 Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Information on mental health resources and explanation of rights when seeking treatment.

 The Campaign for Mental Health Reform
Collaborative effort of 18 national mental health organizations to ensure that federal mental health policy is aligned with the fieldscollective vision.

 Families for Depression Awareness
A nonprofit organization that helps people understand mental health disorders and share issues. Families that work together are best able to cope with depressive disorders.  Families for Depression Awareness helps people in caregiver roles and people with depressive disorders understand the conditions, reduce stigma, and share issues.

 The Link Counseling Center
A leading resource for suicide prevention and aftercare. Dedicated to reaching out to those whose lives have been impacted by suicide and connectingthem to resources.

Order excellent books at:
Recommended reading:
My Son….My Son—A Guide to Healing After Death, Loss or Suicide
by Iris Bolton.


 QPR Institute
A training organization that provides suicide prevention educational materials and programs to professionals and the general public.

 Samaritans USA
A coalition whose principal purpose is to befriend people who are depressed, in crisis, or suicidal.

 Stop A Suicide Today
Developed by Harvard psychiatrist, Douglas Jacobs, MD.

 Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education
Raises awareness and educates the public that suicide should no longer be a hidden or taboo topic.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Supports suicide prevention with the best of science, skills and practices.

Suicide Grief Discussion Board

Living Works Education
Suicide prevention and training intervention programs.

National Center for Suicide Prevention Training
Provides educational resources to help other coalitions develop effective suicide prevention programs and policies.

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide
Develops ideas that instill hope, improve health and save lives in communities of color.


The Jason Foundation, Inc.
JFI is a nationally recognized provider of educational curriculums and training programs for students, educators/youth workers and parents.  JFI’s programs build an awareness of the national health problem of youth suicide, educate participants in recognizing the “warning signs or signs of concern,” provide information on identifying at-risk behavior and elevated risk groups, and direct participants to local resources to deal with possible suicidal ideation. JFI’s student curricula are presented in the “third-person” perspective— how to help a friend. The Jason Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3.


No Kidding, Me Too!
This is an organization whose purpose is to remove the stigma attached to brain disease through education and the breaking down of societal barriers. Their goal is to empower those with brain disease to admit their illness, seek treatment, and become even greater members of society. They want a normal conversation in America to be: “I have bipolar disorder/schizophrenia/insert disease”
“No Kidding, Me Too!”
Joe Pantoliano (actor, Sopranos)
No Kidding, Me Too
210 West Hamilton Ave.
Suite 229
State College, PA 16801

Recommended book:
A Balanced Life: 9 Strategies for Coping With the Mental Health Problem of a Loved One
by Thomas J. Smith.

The Jed Foundation
Was founded in 2000 by Donna and Phil Satow after they lost their son Jed to suicide.  While trying to learn more about suicide and make sense of their unthinkable loss, the Satows discovered an urgent and unmet need for programming and resources that helped colleges, students and parents recognize and address the signs of emotional distress and suicide.

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Campaign
For the prevention of teen suicide the campaign was founded in 1994 by Dale and Dar Emme, the parents of a bright, funny, loving teen, Mike Emme, who took his life when e did not know the words to say, or how to let someone know he as in trouble and needed help. Please see their website for the tory of the Legacy of the Yellow Mustang, a poignant story of he beginning of their campaign.

The Link’s National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare
348 Mt. Vernon Highway, NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
The National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare is dedicated to reaching out to those affected by suicide and connecting them to resources. Suicide Prevention: through speeches and workshops concerning depression, warning signs of suicide, and how to respond and get help; resource materials including a Prevention Packet of Information; telephone counseling for individuals, family, and friends seeking support and guidance; information referrals concerning other resources and organizations; and suicide curriculum for high school students. Suicide Aftercare: referrals for support groups for survivors of suicide(SOS); telephone counseling for survivors and caregivers; SOS Support Team Training; resource materials including a Survivors of Suicide Packet of Information and The Journey, a survivor newsletter; and, information referrals concerning other resources and organizations.

One response to “Resources

  1. I am greatly impressed by the vast list of agencies, foundations, organizations and other resources listed here. It is amazing to see the help available today. I know this is truly a major help to families and caring people who are desparately trying to find help for those who are suffering with a mental disorder or for those in a crisis. I commend you on your research and work. You are saving lives and making a difference. May God bless you greatly.

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