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Advocacy, Empowerment, and Peer Support

 

Mind Freedom International
Mental Health Rights and Alternative Mental Health
http://www.mindfreedom.org/

 
Mad in America
This site is designed to serve as a resource and a community for those interested in rethinking psychiatric care in the United States and abroad.  We want to provide readers with news, personal stories, access to source documents, and the informed writings of bloggers that will further this enterprise.  The bloggers on this site include people with lived experience, peer specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, program managers, social activists, attorneys and journalists.  While their opinions naturally vary, they share a belief that our current system of psychiatric care needs to be vastly improved, and, many would argue, transformed.
 
Robert Whitaker's Blog (author of "Anatomy of an Epidemic")
 
To Write Love On Her Arms
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.
 
Intentional Peer Support
Scholarly articles about Intentional Peer Support (IPS) by IPS founder Shery Mead.

 

Disability Rights Center
dedicated to eliminating barriers existing in New Hampshire to the full and equal enjoyment of civil and other legal rights by people with disabilities. 
http://www.drcnh.org/

 

The Freedom Center
a support and activism community run by and for people labeled with severe mental disorders.
http://www.freedom-center.org/

 

Madness Radio: Voices & visions from outside mental health
explores 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, featuring survivors, authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.

 

National Empowerment Center
mission is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people who have been labeled with mental illness.
http://www.power2u.org/

 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
...hope, help, and support to improve the lives of people living with depression or bipolar disorder.
http://www.DBSAlliance.org

 

NAMI New Hampshire (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI NH), a grassroots organization of families, consumers and other volunteers, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons of all ages affected by mental illness or serious emotional disorders through education, support and advocacy.
http://www.naminh.org

 

NAMI
 
 
Peer Support & Advocacy Network
Bridging the gap of understanding
 
 
Websites that give information about Mary Ellen Copeland and WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), an evidence-based practice recognized by SAMHSA.
 
Office of Consumer and Family Affairs (OCFA)
Provides information, education and support for children and youth, families, adults and older adults who are dealing with the challenges of mental illness.  The OCFA Newsletter is published quarterly and features articles and information of interest to adult and youth consumers, family members, and older adults.

 

General Information about Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Diagnoses

 
 
 Mental Health America
dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.

 

HealthGuide.org
A trusted non-profit resource; expert ad-free resources help your resolve health challenges.
http://www.helpguide.org

 

Everyday Health
Always choose well - general Information on mental and physical health and wellness.
http://www.revolutionhealth.com/conditions/mental-behavioral-health/

The purpose of this guide is to help identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students — and where and when to seek help.
 
Tuck Sleep
At Tuck Sleep, we cover everything sleep-related including how anxiety, trauma and depression impact sleep to expert advice to sleeping better to in-depth research on sleep disorders, sleep products, and much more. Tuck Sleep Foundation is a non-profit community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.

Diagnosis Specific Sites
 

Calm Clinic
Help for panic and anxiety sufferers

http://www.calmclinic.com

  

International OCD Foundation
http://www.ocfoundation.org   

 

Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
http://www.adaa.org

 

   
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
Information on mental illness, research and recovery stories

 

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD)
 
 
Hearing Voices
This website contains some basic information about voices, visions and other unusual sensory perceptions.  If you feel you know little about the experience of hearing voices or seeing visions, it's a good place to start.  However if you already know the basics and would like some more detailed information, check out the 'About Voices' and 'Personal Experiences' sections.
 
 
INTERVOICE - International Network for Training, Education and Research into Hearing Voices
Aims to show that hearing voices is a normal though unusual variation in human behavior, show that the problem is not hearing voices but the inability to cope with the experience, educate society about the meaning of voices so as to reduce ignorance & anxiety and to ensure this innovatory approach on voice hearing is better known by voice hearers, families, professionals and the general public, demonstrate the wide variety of voice hearing experiences and their origins, and peoples' approaches to coping, increase the quality and quantity of mutual support available to all people and organizations involved in hearing voices work across the world; make our work more effective and develp more non-medical ways of helping voice hearers cope with their experiences.
 
 
 

Government Agencies

 

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
http://www.nimh.nih.gov

 

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services/Bureau of Behavioral Health
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bbh/index.htm

 

MedlinePlus
a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health
http://www.medlineplus.gov

 

Mental Health
http://www.mentalhealth.gov/

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.  SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.