Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The nation’s leading legal advocate for people with mental disabilities. Their precedent-setting litigation has outlawed institutional abuse and won protections against arbitrary confinement.
California Association of Mental Health Patients’ Rights Advocates
A membership organization working to promote public policy furthering the rights and well-being of mental health consumers.
California Network of Mental Health Clients (CNMHC)
A solely consumer-run organization that provides a statewide advocacy voice for California’s mental health consumers.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The leading patient-directed national organization focusing on mood disorders. There are support groups in all 50 states, plus online support groups.
Disability Rights California (New name of Protection & Advocacy)
Provides advocacy help for Californians with all types of disabilities.
Mental Health America (MHA)
The nation’s largest and oldest community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans live mentally healthier lives.
United independent advocates for empowering mental health alternatives; supports choice in mental health care. Website includes a database of alternative practitioners.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Mental health advocacy organization for people with mental illness and their families.
National Empowerment Center (NEC)
The NEC’s mission is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people who have been labeled with mental illness. They sponsor Alternatives, an annual conference organized by and for mental health consumers.
Advocacy and support website for people who experience mood swings, fear, voices, and visions. Good resource for information on people-first language.
Recovery in Action International
RIA is comprised of individuals from all walks of life who share the common goal of eliminating the stigma of mental illness and ending discrimination by bringing recovery to the community.
A wellness management training partnership of peer specialists and providers committed to the belief that with the appropriate supports and resources recovery is possible for anyone.
Safe Harbor International Guide to the World of Alternative Mental Health
Sponsored by Safe Harbor, a nonprofit corporation, alternative mentalhealth.com is the world’s largest website about non-drug approaches to mental health.
Shery Mead Consulting
Peer support and peer run crisis alternatives in mental health. Shery Mead created the model of Intentional Peer Support, which looks beyond the notion of individuals needing to change and examines our lives in the context of our relationships and communities.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
The WNUSP advocates internationally for human rights of users and survivors, promotes the user/survivor movement in every nation, and links user/survivor organizations and individuals throughout the world.
Google and Yahoo! Groups
In addition to these and many other mental health related websites, both google.com and yahoo.com have discussion groups on numerous topics, including many mental health topics. You can join an existing group, or set up your own group. You may need to set up a free e- mail account in order to become a group member (Gmail in Google, and Yahoo! mail in Yahoo!). The home page for Google Groups is http://groups.google.com/; the home page for Yahoo! Groups is http://groups.yahoo.com/. Please note that the messages posted in these discussion groups reflect the opinions of individuals.