Mental Health

NIMH is one of 27 institutes under the NIH umbrella established in 1949 to provide national leadership dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing mental illnesses through basic research on the brain and behavior, and through clinical, epidemiological, and services research.

The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is an umbrella organization for the nation’s community mental health and substance use treatment organizations with more than 2,000 member organizations employing 750,000 staff, serving more than 8 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. The National Council is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life.

Mental Health America is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With 240 affiliates nationwide, Mental Health America works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research, and service. Mental Health America was established in 1909 by former psychiatric patient Clifford W. Beers.

The Center for Mental Health Services Research is the nation’s first Social Work Research Development Center. Since 1995, the Center has supported 103 externally funded, faculty-initiated projects representing approximately $63 million in direct funding (66 NIH funded, 13 other publicly funded, and 24 privately funded). There are currently 24 active projects with cumulative direct funding of over $22 million.

Since its inception in 1979, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. NAMI has been the driving force behind a national investment in lifesaving research, parity for mental health care, increased housing and to ensure that treatments and services are available to those in need when they need them most.

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law was founded in 1972 by a group of committed lawyers and professionals in mental health and mental disabilities. Known until 1993 as the Mental Health Law Project, our name today honors Judge David L. Bazelon, the federal appeals court judge whose watershed decisions pioneered the field of mental health law.

The Children’s Mental Health Network provides the most accessible timely analysis of the children’s mental health landscape from an inclusive perspective founded upon social justice and social change through collective action.

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) is a nonpartisan policy and program resource center at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. The Center’s mission is to strengthen the well-being of children and youth through effective health programs and health care services in schools.

Created in 1933, the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems today represents delivery systems working to coordinate a full spectrum of treatment services, including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient programs as well as prevention and management services.

The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1969, now has nearly 42,000 members in more than 90 countries and 130 chapters worldwide.

The Children’s Guild is a nonprofit, child-serving organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with trauma disorders, who have been traumatized by life experiences or who have autism spectrum disorder and/or multiple disabilities in Maryland and Washington D.C. Founded in 1953, The Children’s Guild has become one of the largest providers of special education, group living, treatment foster care and family mental health services in Maryland.

Since its inception in 1995, the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) has been committed to promoting student education, health, and mental health through a shared family–school–community agenda.

Although there are insufficient studies into seniors’ mental health, those that do exist expose cause for concern. For example, almost one-fourth of seniors in the United States are believed to be socially isolated and approximately two-thirds don’t get the mental health treatment they need. Assisted living facilities provide safe, secure and sociable homes with staff trained to care for residents with mental health issues. This guide provides an overview of the mental health conditions that seniors typically face and how assisted living can help.

The NCOA is a charitable organization that advocates for older Americans. We will deliver the resources, tools, best practices, and advocacy our nation needs to ensure that every person can age with health and financial security. Because aging well for all is a matter of equity. A matter of dignity. And a matter of justice.