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It’s always a risky venture to do a “top 10” list. You invariably leave out some really worthy and wonderful entries, which may create some hurt feelings among the groups who weren’t included.
Nevertheless, I’ll take that risk and offer not just 10, but 20 of the top mental health organizations based in the United States, in my humble opinion. In this post, I’ll cover the first 10 organizations, with a review of the remaining 10 in an upcoming post.
My informal criteria for including an organization on the list included: a) being well-established and credible; b) having goals of education and raising awareness; c) having a well-organized website with extensive resource links.
The organizations aren’t ranked, just listed in alphabetical order. Here we go.
1) Active Minds – (www.activeminds.org) Active Minds is a network of over 400 campus-based chapters which provide a forum for college students to get together and raise awareness about mental health issues and to promote help-seeking for mental health concerns. Active Minds was founded by Alison Malmon, who lost her brother to suicide.
2) American Association of Suicidology (http://www.
4) American Psychological Association – (http://www.apa.org) I am not a member of this organization as I am not a psycvhologist however they have some great resources so well looking into! There are a number of similar sites representing various mental health professions, but it’s hard to beat APA for its wide array of resources, including a large number of top scientific journals and books, a “Help Center” (http://www.apa.org/
5) Anxiety and Depression Association – (http://www.adaa.org) is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and the cure of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and trauma-related disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They provide useful resources about treatment options, education about these conditions, and promotion of new scientific advances in treatment and prevention.
6) Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (https://
7) Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (https://cpr.
8) Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (http://www.
9) The Flawless Foundation (http://
10) International OCD Foundation (https://iocdf.org) The IOCDF promotes education, research and advocacy in the treatment and prevention of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). They offer both professional resources and support for individuals and families. Additional sites feature information on hoarding disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.
I really do believe the old adage that knowledge is power. These organizations offer a wealth of useful information to help educate, empower, and support those with mental health conditions and the people who care about them.
Take some time to access these great resources, and feel free to support one or more of these organizations if you want to get more involved. Be sure to check back when I’ll cover the remaining 10 organizations on my top 20 list.