General information about mental illness for individuals or family or friends supporting a loved one with mental illness. For more specific information, please see the second table below entitled Mental Illness Information by Topic.
ProgramAddress and/or phone numberWebsite and/or email addressComments
Active Minds2001 S Street, NW Suite 450
Washington, DC 20009
Sara Abelson, Program Director
Student organization, founded at University of Pennsylvania that uses peer outreach to increase student mental health awareness and decrease stigma that surrounds MI. Provides information and resources to student members. Encourages students to seek help when needed.
ADA & IT Information Center for the Mid-Atlantic Region401 North Washington Street, Suite 450
Rockville, MA 20850
Provides information on all aspects of the ADA to individuals and organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Has an extensive library of ADA and disability publications, most of which are free.
ADA Watch/National Coalition for Disability Rights601Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 900S
Washington, DC 20004
www.accessiblesociety.orgIn partnership with Bazelon Center, alliance of hundreds of disability, civil rights and social justice organizations to promote the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)1629 K St., NW, Ste 950
Washington, DC 20006
800.840.8844 organization whose mission is to empower people living with disabilities by advancing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Disability and Business Technical Assistance Cntr (DBTAC)401 North Washington Street, Suite 450
Rockville, MD 20805
Provides information and technical assistance on ADA requirements. Can make referrals to other agencies/web sites
American Psychiatric Association (APA)1000 Wilson Blvd.
Suite 1825
Arlington, VA 22209
APA represents 40,000 psychiatrists. Site provides information about psychiatric conditions and links to other sites.
American Psychological Association750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
www.apa.orgWill provide a list of psychologists in the area.
Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation940 Commonwealth Avenue, West
Boston, MA 02215
Repository of recovery resources
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Training and Technical Assistance730 N. Franklin Street, Suite 501
Chicago, Illinois 60654-7225
800.826.3632 and delivers training, technical assistance and consultation services from the perspective of people who live with mental illnesses. These services are available both on-site and electronically.
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation7910 Woodmont Ave, Suite 1050,
Bethesda, MD  20814
Includes patient information, research, links, find a psychiatrist link
Healthfinder.gov1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, MD
Includes information on more than 1,600 clearinghouses, databases, websites, support and self-help groups, and governmental and private organizations that produce reliable information.
Health for consumers, families, and practitioners. Site includes info on all MH disorders, medication information, mental health statistics, MH address book, articles and links. CME online course available for practitioners. MHInteractive contains “Ask the Mental Health Expert”, bulletin boards, educational updates, and MH mailing lists.
Healthy run mental health information site with active chat rooms, hosted support groups, mental health news and weekly radio show.
Homelessness Resource
Organization on the delivery of services of people who are homeless and have SMI. Has library, workshops, training, technical assistance.
Internet Mental
Information on MI disorders, self-diagnosis, medications, a magazine, research, discussion groups and internet links.
Medline Plus8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894
Through the National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health, has medical and scientific articles and provides information on consumer topics, directories, and organizations
Medscape825 Eighth Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Resource centers include information on management of SMI, depression/bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, psychiatry and mental health. Also news and discussion links.
Mental Health America2000 N. Beauregard St. 6h floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
800.969.6642 organization with many affiliates, including MHASP. Provides Information, research, services. Bookstore on website. Provides mental illness screening in person, by telephone, and online for alcoholism, anxiety disorders, depression, and eating disorders.
Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric ResearchNew York Office of Mental Health
140 Old Orangeburg Rd.
Orangeburg, NY 10962
845.398.6503 health resources on the web for families.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100
Arlington VA 22203
www.nami.orgInformation about mental illness (including NAMI produced brochures), research, legal, consumer support, education and training, book reviews, online communities, specials needs, estate planning. See “Local Organizations” for local NAMI chapters.
NAMI PA2149 North Second St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
NAMI PA offers information, pamphlets and referrals. Has semi-annual regional conferences and an annual state conference to which the public is invited.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20008-2304
www.ncwd-youth.orgComposed of partners with expertise in disability, education, employment and workforce development policy.
National Empowerment Center599 Canal St
Lawrence, MA 01840
Offers technical assistance to those involved in empowerment activities. Distributes recovery-related publications and training activities.
National Guideline
Sponsored by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Clinical evidence-based clinical practice guidelines with annotated bibliography.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)6001 Executive Blvd.
Room 8184, MSC9663
Bethesda MD 20892
Live Online Chat:
Information covering all mental illnesses, research, legal, consumer support, education and training, book reviews, online communities, special needs, estate planning, resources, services, medications.
National Mental Health Information Center1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857
877.726.4727 by SAMHSA and CMHS. Comprehensive source of mental health information and resources.
National Stigma Clearinghouse245 Eighth Ave #213, New York, NY 10011
Links to anti-stigma programs, resources, research.
Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg 17105-2675
800.692.7462 or 717.787.6443 to information about mental health and substance abuse.
Office of Mental Health New York44 Holland Avenue
Albany, New York 12229
800.597.8481 Dysfunction in Mental Illness: Dealing with Cognitive Dysfunction Associated with Psychiatric Disorders is a self-help version of cognitive remediation that can be downloaded.
US Department of Justice—Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530
www.ada.govThe Justice Department is responsible for enforcing the ADA law. Provides information and accepts complaints
US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA)7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300
McLean, Virginia 22102
The Information by Topic table provides resources categorized by specific mental illness or mental health need.
TopicResourceContact informationComments
Alcohol and other addictions—see substance abuseSee blue pages of telephone book for alcohol and drug problems, counseling, employment counseling, cash assistance, disability, housing, shelter, referral services, counseling services, support groups, and volunteer opportunities.
Anorexia and Bulimia-- —see Eating Disorders
AnxietyAnxiety Disorders Assn of America (ADAA)8730 George Ave #600
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders and to improving the lives of all people who suffer from them.
AnxietyFreedom From Fear308 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island NY 10305
An anxiety and depression resource organization. Links to resources.
AnxietyNational Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)6001 Executive Blvd
Room 8184 ,MSC9663
Bethesda, MD 20892
Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias (social and specific phobias) and generalized anxiety disorder.
Attachment DisorderAssociation for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of ChildrenP.O. Box 19122
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Information about reactive attachment disorder. Has quarterly newsletter and annual conference.
Attachment DisorderAttachment & Trauma NetworkP.O. Box 164
Jefferson, MD 21755
Serving children and families affected by attachment disorder.
Attention Deficit DisorderAttention Deficit Disorder AssociationADDA
PO Box 7557
Wilmington, DE 19803
Resource information, support, advocacy, publications, referrals to support groups.
Attention Deficit DisorderADD Warehouse300 Northwest 70th Ave
Suite 102
Plantation, FL 33317
Central location for ordering books, tapes, assessment scales, and videos selected to help parents and others affected by attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder.
Attention Deficit DisorderAttention Deficit Information Network, Inc.475 Hillside Avenue
Offers support and information to families of persons with ADD and professionals through a network of AD-IN chapters.
Attention Deficit Disorder(AD-IN)Needham, MA 02194
Attention Deficit DisorderChildren and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)8181 Professional Place Suite 150
Landover, MD
Advocacy and education organization with 200 chapters. Offers information about Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder and consumers’ legal rights.
Autism Spectrum DisorderAbout: What are the Autism Spectrum Disorders? where families and individuals can find resources and ask questions of experts.
Autism Spectrum DisorderAdvisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD)35 Wilson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15223
Committed to maximizing the potential and possibilities of Pennsylvanians with autism. In conjunction with MedRespond, has a communication tool, the Autism Answer Engine, to inform the public about autism.
Autism Spectrum DisorderAutism in PABureau of Autism Services
Dept of Public Welfare
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg 17105
Information about Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP)—how adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder can get needed services--and other resources for individuals and families living with autism.
Autism Spectrum DisorderAutism Link135 Cumberland Rd., Suite 105
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Information, online support groups and discussion boards.
Autism Spectrum DisorderCenter for Autism Research (CAR) Autism RoadmapChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Autism Research
3535 Market Street, Suite 860
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Interactive online tool to: learn about autism spectrum disorder, including symptoms, diagnosis, and the impact on families and individuals; get the latest information on treatments and therapies and how to get services; and connect with resources for children, youth, and adults
Autism Spectrum DisorderCDC link to AutismCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta GA 30333
Information, projects at the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies, state activities, resources, and information about ASD in children.
Bipolar Disorder— -see Mood Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)McLean Hospital115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02478
Admissions and Referrals: 800.333.0338
Information on borderline personality disorder treatment
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)National Education Alliance for BPDPO Box 974
Rye, New York 10580
Resources, publications, upcoming events.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)(TARA) National Association for Personality Disorder
Treatment and Research Advancements
23 Greene Street
New York, NY 10013
Resources, publications, upcoming events, support information and referrals.
Bipolar disorder -—see Mood DisorderBipolar Childbipolarchild.comProvides book, newsletter, lectures.
Bipolar disorderCenter for the Advancement of Children’s Mental HealthColumbia University/NYSPI
1051 Riverside Dr., #78
New York, NY 10032
Lists best practices, information, hands-on training and research.
Bipolar disorderChild and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation820 Davis St., Suite 520, Evanston IL 60201
Resources for parents including education accommodations, medications and treatment.
Child and adolescentEvidence-based Mental Health Treatment for Children and
Information about the most up-to-date treatment and practices for children and adolescents. Lists treatments that have been evaluated scientifically for effectiveness.
child and adolescentKids Together, Inc.Kids Together, Inc.
P.O. Box 574
Quakertown, PA 18954
Sponsored by Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Information and resources for children and adults.
child and adolescentCopeCareDeal – A Mental Health Site for
Website for teens sponsored by Annenberg Foundation Trust.
child and adolescentNew York University Child Study Center577 First Ave.
New York, NY 10016
AboutOurKids library offers extensive information for families and parents of depressed children.
child and adolescentPA Children’s News Sitec/o MHAPA
1414 N. Cameron Street
1st Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Sponsored by the Mental Health Association in PA (MHAPA).
child and adolescentParentsMedGuidewww.ParentsMedGuide.orgResource center for families on treating depression in adolescents and children. Sponsored by APA and AACAP.
child and adolescentResearch and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental HealthPortland State University Research and Training
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207
Dedicated to improving services to children with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families. Holds annual conference. Website offers publications, discussion groups and links.
Clinical trialsNational Institute for Health (NIH)http://clinicaltrials.govNational Library of Medicine database of federally and privately supported clinical research.
Criminal JusticeCriminal Justice/Mental Health Information Network100 Wall Street, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10005
A national effort to help policymakers and criminal justice and mental health professionals improve the response to people with mental illnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Criminal JusticeDisability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)2212 Sixth Street
Berkeley CA 94710
National law and policy center in disability civil rights.
Criminal JusticePolice Executive Research Forum (PERF)1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 930, Washington DC, 20036
A national membership organization of progressive police executives from the largest city, county and state law enforcement agencies. PERF is dedicated to improving policing and advancing professionalism through research and involvement in public policy debate.
Depression -—see Mood Disorders
Drug Abuse— - see Substance Abuse
Dual DiagnosisCo-occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse, articles, resources, links.
Dual DiagnosisNational GAINS Center 
National locus for the collection and dissemination of information about effective MH and SA services for people with co-occurring disorders in contact with the justice system. Funded by CMHS.
Dual DiagnosisInstitute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA)425 6th Ave., Ste 1710 - Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions works with national, state, and local partners to improve recognition, prevention, treatment, research and policy related to addiction and recovery. IRETA provides: accurate and timely dissemination of evidence-based information; bidirectional exchange of constructive knowledge related to addiction and recovery; and knowledge of addiction and recovery in a culturally competent manner.
Eating DisordersAmerican Anorexia/Bulimia Association of 
Provides information and materials and support group information.
Eating DisordersEating Disorders Clinical and Research Program (Formerly the Harris Center and the Harvard Eating Disorders Center)2 Longfellow Place
Suite 200
Boston, MA 02114
Dedicated to expanding knowledge about eating disorders, their detection, treatment and prevention.
Eating DisordersNational Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders750 E Diehl Road #127
Naperville, IL 60563
Information, help and support available online and through the hotline.
Eating DisordersNational Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)603 Steward St. #803
Seattle, WA 98101
Research, advocacy, online newsletter, links, and referrals
FamiliesFederation for Families for Children’s Mental Health9605 Medical Center Dr. Rockville, MD 20850
Information and publications on children’s mental health, workshops, speakers’ bureau, crisis info and support groups.
FamiliesNational Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)10400 Connecticut Ave., Suite 500
Kensington MD 20895
To educate, support, empower and speak up for caregivers.
FamiliesParent to Parent of PennsylvaniaCreated by families of children and adults with special needs. Connects families in similar situations with one another.
FamiliesParentsMedGuidewww.ParentsMedGuide.orgResource center for families on treating depression in adolescents and children. Sponsored by APA and AACAP.
FamiliesPennsylvania Families, Inc. (PFI)
Goal is to network support groups, advocates, parent mentors and organizations that assist families who are raising children with emotional or behavioral disorders. Funded by SAMHSA.
FamiliesResearch and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental HealthPortland State University Research and Training
P.O. Box 751
Portland OR 97207
Dedicated to improving services to children with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families. Holds annual conference. Website offers publications, discussion groups and links.
Grief/lossThe Dougy National Center for Grieving Children and Familieswww.dougy.orgProvides support where children, teens and families grieving a death can share experiences.
Grief/lossFriends for Survival,
Provides a variety of peer support services.
Medications-also see “Medication Assistance” in Benefits and Schooling sectionAsk the PharmacistScattergood Building
—Friends Hospital
4641 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19124
There is a volunteer pharmacist at the Family Resource Center at Friends Hospital. For questions, leave clear voice mail; appointments are available on Thursdays.
Missing personsFind Missing People people missing, make some free searches, or join discussion groups for friends/family of missing people.
Missing personsMissing Persons persons register. For help in locating missing people you seek easily, and for the least possible cost.
Missing personsVial of Life Projecthttp://vialoflife.comFree proactive service to store your emergency contacts, next of kin and vital medical information that would be critical to emergency response agencies. Stored information is only accessible by emergency public trust agencies. Free decals for your driver’s license or ID card.
Mood disordersCollege of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists8055 O Street
Suite S113
Lincoln, NE 68510
The mission of CPNP is to promote excellence in pharmacy practice, education and research to optimize treatment outcomes of individuals affected by psychiatric and neurologic disorders.
Mood disordersChild and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation820 Davis St., Suite 520, Evanston, IL 60201
Parent-led, not-for-profit, web-based organization of families raising children who have (or are at risk for) bipolar disorder. Hours are 8am-5pm CST. Resource directory allows searches for doctors, clinicians, schools, camps, etc.
Mood disordersDepression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)730 Franklin St, #501
Chicago, IL 60610
Formerly The Depressive and Manic-Depressive Assoc (DMDA). Information on mood disorders including resources, book reviews, and information on clinical trials. DBSA sponsors several local support groups for people with mood disorders and their families.
Mood disordersFamilies for Depression Awareness395 Totten Pond Road, Suite 404
Waltham, MA
To help families recognize and cope with depressive disorders. Has a conference, booklets, and support group.
Mood disordersKyle’s Tree House1080 Stackhouse Mill Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Information on treatment options, research, the latest news and other topics; a community where you and others in similar situations can find help and help each other.
Mood disordersInternational Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred)PO Box 17598
Baltimore, MD 21297-1598
Formerly, the National Foundation for Depressive Illness (NAFDI). A foundation that provides information on depression and its treatability and that promotes research, education, and treatment.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)Obsessive-Compulsive (OC) FoundationPO Box 961029
Boston, MA 02196
Education about OCD and related disorders; assistance for individuals with OCD and related disorders, their family and friends; research support into the causes and effective treatments of OCD and related disorders.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)The Peace of Mind Foundation1200 Wilcrest Drive
Houston, Texas 77042
Dedicated to bringing top of mind awareness to the issue of mental illness, with the goal of eliminating these diseases so that one day all will have peace of mind.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)National Center for PTSD
Resources for veterans, providers, and researchers.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Sidran Foundation for PTSD200 East Joppa Road
Suite 207
Baltimore, MD
Trauma training, resource articles, books.
schizophreniaSchizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA)www.sardaa.orgPromotes improvement in the lives of peoplw with schizophrenia and their families. Holds toll-free monthly conference calls first Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m.-- 888.617.3400, access code 1086548#.
schizophreniaThe Schizophrenia Homepage
Information about schizophrenia, recovery, research, statistics, advocacy, recommended books, discussion boards, and support. Monthly newsletter available by e-mail.
schizophreniaSchizophrenia Research Forum by NARSAD, research updates, profiles and links to worldwide institutions including Schiz_Gene (SZGene) database.
substance abuseCenters for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
Part of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
substance abuseCenter for SA Treatment (CSAT)
Along with CSAP (above) part of SAMSHA
substance abuseNational Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc (NCADD)244 East 58th Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10022
(Hope Line)
or 212.269.7797
Provides education, information, help, and hope to the public. NCADD operates a toll-free Hope Line (800-NCA-CALL) for information and referral and a National Intervention Network (800-654-HOPE) to educate and assist the families and friends of addicted persons.
substance abuseNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)5635 Fishers Lane, MSC 9304
Bethesda, MD 20892
Provides information and publications relating to alcohol use and abuse.
substance abuseNational Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)6001 Executive Blvd., Room 5213
Bethesda, MD 20892
Provides information for parents, teachers, students, health professionals. Offers research reports, fact sheets, and information about dual diagnoses. On-line publications are available.
substance abusePA Department of Health Research and Information ClearinghouseHealth and Welfare Building
7th & Forster Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Provides information and booklets for prevention and treatment of SA.
substance abuseSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Publications OrderingP.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20847
Can refer you to local affiliates for a wide range of services for individuals with addictions and support groups for families.
substance abuseAmerican Association of Suicidology (AAS)5221 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
202. 237.2280
Advocacy, information, research, links
suicide preventionAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)Greater Phila Chapter
3535 Market St. #4047
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact AFSP for information regarding support groups, conferences, community events, programs, and volunteer opportunities.
suicide preventionAmerican Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP)120 Wall Street, 22nd fl
New York, NY 10005
Publishes information on suicide prevention and a guide called: Survivors of Suicide that includes bibliography
suicide preventionCentre for Suicide PreventionSuite 320, 1202 Centre Street S.E.
Calgary, AB T2G 5A5
Computer-assisted resource library containing print and audio-visual materials on suicide. Also has literature search capability and clipping service.
suicide preventionSuicide Prevention Advocacy Network USA (SPAN)1010 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 408
Washington, DC 20005
National advocacy organization for development of a proven effective suicide prevention program. Network for legislative initiatives and public action
suicide preventionSuicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)1000 Potomac Street NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20007
Funded by SAMHSA and Education Development Center, SPRC works in collaboration with ten partner organizations, including NAMI. Provides prevention support, training, and informational materials.
Tourette SyndromePennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.132 W. Middle Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Provides information, resources, and support groups.
Tourette SyndromeNational Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.42-40 Bell Blvd
Bayside, NY 11361
Links to education, research, resources, referrals, local chapters; has a national conference every two years.
trichotillomaniaTrichotillomania Learning Center207 McPherson St., Suite H
Santa Cruz CA 95060
Non-profit center for information, education, outreach and support for hair pulling and skin picking.

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