Mental health problems are more common than what most people believe. Statistics by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reveal that about 43.8 million adults in the United States experience some type of mental illness every year. Unfortunately, while various treatment options are available to immediately help anyone suffering from mental health issues, it is estimated that only half of those with mental illness seek professional help.
If you are currently struggling with mental health issues or you know someone who is, know that you do not have to face the problem alone. There are many government agencies and private organizations that can provide you with important information on mental health issues and how to get help, such as the following:
National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental health issues under the National Institute of Health (NIH). NIMH works to foster a better understanding of mental health issues as well as develop strategies to prevent and treat mental illnesses through basic clinical research.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
An agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the office tasked to lead public health efforts to promote behavioral health. SAMHSA aims to significantly reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental health problems in various communities across the U.S.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the United States that aims to improve the lives of people who are suffering from mental health problems. NAMI is involved in education programs that help people with mental illness and their respective families, as well as the community and other educators to have access to important information on mental health issues and other necessary support.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of more than 160 local crisis centers across the United States offering free and confidential emotional support to people who are struggling with emotional distress or suicidal crisis. The lifeline is available to everyone in need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
MentalHealth.gov is a website that provides the general public, schools, communities, and other professionals one-stop access to information about U.S. government mental health and mental health problems. The content for this website is provided by relevant mental health agencies such as the Centers for Disease and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Mental Health America
Founded in 1909, Mental Health America (MHA) is a community-based non-profit organization that aims to assist the needs of people suffering from mental illness. MHA is also committed to the promotion of mental health by offering prevention, early identification, and intervention services as well as integrated care and support to those who need them.
National Council for Behavioral Health
Composed of 2,900 members, the National Council for Behavioral Health offers mental health and addiction treatment and services. The council works to ensure that everyone who is suffering from any form of mental disorder and/or addiction has access to comprehensive and evidenced-based health care services that will give them the best chance of recovery.
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) aims to promote wellness, recovery, and resiliency for people with mental health issues or those suffering from co-occurring disorders. To carry their mission, NASMHPD builds partnerships with states, stakeholders, and other federal partners. The group also provide technical assistance, webinars and training, and other valuable resources on mental health concerns.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is an international non-profit membership organization that is engaged in education, training, and research for anxiety, depression, and other related disorders. ADAA provides free resources and support to people all across the globe who are looking for current treatments and other research information on anxiety and depression.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is committed to providing hope, support, and help to individuals who are suffering from two of the most prevalent mental health illness — depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA provides online resources, audio and video casts, printed materials, and other support services that will help people learn more about depression and mood disorder and to help those who are living with it.