Patient Advocacy Organizations
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic and anxiety disorders.
With more than 1,200 local affiliates and 50 state organizations, NAMI provides education and support, resources to combat stigma, support for increased funding for research, and advocacy for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with mental illnesses and their families.
To find patient and caregiver support services in your area, contact your local NAMI affiliate.
The NIMH is a federal agency whose mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness through research. The agency utilizes powerful scientific tools to achieve better understanding, treatment, and, eventually, prevention of mental illnesses that affect millions of Americans. This Web site provides comprehensive information on mental illnesses and available treatment options.
The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 320 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research, and service.
To find patient and caregiver support in your area, contact your local NMHA support affiliate, or call the NMHA Affiliate Helpline: 1-800-969-NMHA (6642).
NARSAD is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public charity organized for the purpose of raising funds for scientific research into the causes, cures, treatments, and prevention of severe psychiatric brain disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression.
Schizophrenia.com is a nonprofit resource center that provides information, support, and education to patients, caregivers, and family members whose lives have been affected by schizophrenia. The site is run by volunteers (patients and caregivers), most of whom have been affected by the disease.