Mental Illness

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funds research by scientists across the country as well as in NIMH studies in the internal research program. The NIMH also supports more than 2,000 research grants and contracts at universities and other institutions across the country and overseas.

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Office of Science Policy and Communications

The Office of Science Policy and Communications leads NIDA's strategic efforts to inform public health policy and practice by ensuring the institute is the trusted source for scientific information on drug misuse and dependency.

Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity, and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center)

The goal of the SAMHSA ADS Center is to enhance social acceptance and inclusion by ensuring that people with mental health problems and substance use disorders can live full, productive lives within communities without fear of prejudice and discrimination.

Mental Health America (MHA)

Mental Health America (MHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization that addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With nearly 300 affiliates nationwide, MHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans through advocacy, education, research, and service.

Mental Health First Aid Program

The Mental Health First Aid Program helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Those who take the eight-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

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