General Mental Health
National Alliance on Mental Health
"NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need. From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
American Psychological Association
"The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 137,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members."
Their mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives. APA seeks to advance psychology as a science, a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service. With nearly a century of experience, MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots actions that promote mental health, and address mental and substance use issues with compassionate and concrete solutions. MHA’s actions inform, support and enable mental wellness, and emphasize recovery from mental illness.
links last updated Oct 2012
To connect to a crisis center in your area
call: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) -or- visit www.hopeline.com
American Association of Suicidology (202) 237 - 2280
"AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services." Official statistics show that more than 36,000 Americans kill themselves every year. The true figure is probably higher. The number of non-fatal suicide attempts is considerably greater, often resulting in serious injuries, trauma to families and friends, and economic loss to our society.
Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network (888) 649 - 1366
"Founded in 1996 by Jerry and Elsie Weyrauch with the goal of preventing suicide through public education, community action, and advocacy, the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA) merged with AFSP in 2009 to create a public policy program within the Foundation. This program is dedicated to preventing suicide through public education and awareness, community engagement, and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy."
links last updated Oct 2012
Anxiety Disorders and Effective Treatments
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is an anxiety problem that develops in some people after extremely traumatic events, such as combat, crime, an accident or natural disaster. People with PTSD may relive the event via intrusive memories, flashbacks and nightmares; avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma; and have anxious feelings they didn’t have before that are so intense their lives are disrupted.
If you have OCD, you have repeated, upsetting thoughts called obsessions. You do the same thing over and over again to try to make the thoughts go away. Those repeated actions are called compulsions.
Examples of obsessions are a fear of germs or a fear of being hurt. Compulsions include washing your hands, counting, checking on things or cleaning. Untreated, OCD can take over your life.
Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence
links last updated Nov 2017
Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence occurs when the behavior of a current or former spouse or partner causes physical, verbal, emotional, economic and sexual abuse. This can also include extreme forms of violence that can be described as battering, intimate terrorism, and coercive control and when one partner controls virtually every aspect of the victim's life. Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence may also include threats toward the victim and stalking.
Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania provides a temporary safe housing, legal advocacy and empowerment counseling. It includes services additional services and other resources, including a 24 hour hotline to help women in abusive relationships.
Child abuse is doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to a child or puts a child at risk of harm. Child abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglect, or not providing for a child's needs, is also a form of abuse.
ChildLine provides information, counseling, and referral services for families of children to ensure the safety and well being of the children of Pennsylvania. The toll-free intake line, 1-800-932-0313, is available 24 hours/7days a week to receive reports of suspected child abuse. Reporting is confidential.
Depression and Biopolar
links last updated Oct 2012
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