Mental Illness

The forward to the first-ever Surgeon General’s report on mental health states that “…despite unprecedented knowledge gained in just the past three decades about the brain and human behavior, mental health is often an afterthought and illnesses of the mind remain shrouded in fear and misunderstanding.” These excellent web sites cover all aspects of mental illness. Don’t forget to check Related Subjects for information about specific mental health disorders.

 
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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Geared primarily for professionals, this web site also includes an extensive series of “Facts for Families” (in English, Spanish and French) about a wide variety of psychiatric issues.
 

American Psychological Association (APA)
Information for psychologists, the public, and psychology students.
 

APA Online
The web site of the American Psychiatric Association. Check out the public information section for a wide variety of useful consumer-oriented material.
 

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
A legal advocacy organization that promotes the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disability, the Bazelon Center’s web site is packed with legislative alerts, advocacy resources, links and more.
 

Handling your Psychiatric Disability in Work and School
This web site from the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation deals with the effects of mental illness on employment and education, with a particular focus on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 

Internet Mental Health
Designed by Canadian psychiatrist Dr. Phillip Long, this “free encyclopedia of mental health information” is an excellent guide to common mental disorders, diagnosis, medications, and links. The magazine section includes news, articles, booklets, and more.
 

Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN)
A service of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), KEN’s information-packed web site is packed with valuable information, publications, directories, and databases relating to mental health. The layout is a bit confusing and finding the gems inside may take some time, but it’s well worth it.
 

Mental Health Net
Can’t find what you want? This searchable meta site provides annotated, rated descriptions of online resources, as well as basic information about symptoms, treatment, organizations, and online support.
 

NAMI
The web site of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, an advocacy organization. Includes a wealth of articles and resources, an online helpline, links, and information about the organization.
 

PIE Online (Mental Health Policy Information Exchange)
A program of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, PIE Online is an extensive searchable database and online collection of health and mental health policy information. It includes textual and statistical information, documents, bibliographies, reviews, federal and state legislative information, job and funding opportunities, and events calendars.
 

Psych Central: Dr. John Grohol’s Mental Health Page
Extensive lists of web sites, mailing lists and newsgroups, plus original articles and chat.
 

Related Subjects
Anxiety Disorders

Bipolar Disorders

Depression

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Panic Disorders

Schizophrenia

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