If you know anyone (or know anyone who knows anyone) who may be suffering from a mental illness, please, seek out help.
State of the Union viewer Carol Loehr has a touching and helpful website in honor of her son, Keith. If you have survived a loved one's suicide, please visit her website: The Gift of Keith.
The mental health experts who appeared on our broadcast have recommended a number of websites that contain a wealth of information.
They all touted the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). They have a website and a toll-free helpline for anyone in need of counsel or information.
NAMI Information Helpline: 800-950-NAMI (6264)
It has local chapters in all states and specializes in offering families and persons with mental disorders help and advice. NAMI state, local and national phone numbers can be found here.
Dr. Fred Frese, Dr. Lisa Dixon and Pete Earley each recommended Mental Health America - the oldest mental health advocacy group in America. You may visit their website to find a support group in your area.
Helpline: (800) 969-6642
Dr. Frese and Mr. Earley also touted the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which has a 24/7/365 toll-free number for anyone who's in trouble or knows someone who may be (1-800-273-TALK).
Dr. E. Fuller Torrey recommended The Treatment Advocacy Center.
Their website provides the state laws regarding mental health treatment standards. Click here for information on your state.
Dr. Lisa Dixon recommended the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
In addition, Mr. Earley also provided us with an extensive list of advocacy groups, blogs and books that might be of interest to you:
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (www.bazelon.org)
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (www.thenationalcouncil.org)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) (www.dbsalliance.org)
A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness by Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman
An Unquiet Mind: A memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help! by Dr. Xavier Amador with Anna-Lisa Johanson
Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers and Providers by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.
CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn Saks.