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January 9th, 2011
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Information on Mental Health

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.

www.nami.org/
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.

nmha.org
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).

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Dr. E. Fuller Torrey recommended The Treatment Advocacy Center.

www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org
703-294-6001

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)

www.nimh.nih.gov
She highlighted two NIMH research studies: RA1SE Early Treatment Program> and the Connection Program
raiseearlytreatmentprogram.org
www.connectionprogram.org

In addition, Mr. Earley also provided us with an extensive list of advocacy groups, blogs and books that might be of interest to you:

Advocacy groups:

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)

Blogs:

McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web (www.mcmanweb.com)
Minds on the Edge (www.facebook.com/MindsOnTheEdge)

Books:

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.


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