Bipolar Lifestyles

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law www.bazelon.org/
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
www.nami.org/
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for persons of all ages who are affected by mental illnesses.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) www.dbsalliance.org/
The mission of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is to provide hope, help, and support to improve the lives of people living with depression or bipolar disorder. DBSA pursues and accomplishes this mission through peer-based, recovery-oriented, empowering services and resources when people want them, where they want them, and how they want them.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) www.nimh.nih.gov/
Vision NIMH supports innovative science that will profoundly transform the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders, paving the way for a cure. Mission The NIMH mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. To fulfill its mission, the Institute is committed to the following priorities: * support the integrative science of brain and behavior providing the foundation for understanding mental disorders; * define the genetic and environmental risk architecture of mental disorders; * develop more reliable, valid diagnostic tests and biomarkers for mental disorders; * develop more effective, safer, and equitable treatments that have minimal side-effects to reduce symptoms, and improve daily functioning; * support clinical trials that will provide treatment options to deliver more effective personalized care across diverse populations and settings; and * create improved pathways for rapid dissemination of science to mental health care and service efforts.

SAMHSA – CMHS mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cmhs/default.asp
The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is the Federal agency within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that leads national efforts to improve prevention and mental health treatment services for all Americans. CMHS pursues its mission by helping States improve and increase the quality and range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for people with mental health problems, their families, and communities.

World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) www.wfmh.org/index.html
WFMH is an international membership organization founded in 1948 to advance, among all peoples and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health. The Federation, through its members and contacts in more than 100 countries on six continents, has responded to international mental health crises through its role as the only worldwide grassroots advocacy and public education organization in the mental health field. Its organizational and individual membership includes mental health workers of all disciplines, consumers of mental health services, family members, and concerned citizens. The organization’s broad and diverse membership makes possible collaboration among governments and non-governmental organizations to advance the cause of mental health services, research, and policy advocacy worldwide.

National Mental Health Association (NMHA) aka Mental Health America www.nmha.org/
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse
www.mhselfhelp.org/
The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, the nation’s first national consumer technical assistance center, has played a major role in the development of the mental health consumer movement. The consumer movement strives for dignity, respect, and opportunity for those with mental illnesses. Consumers–those who receive or have received mental health services–continue to reject the label of “those who cannot help themselves.

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