Dr. George R. Warsaw, Ph.D., Psychotherapist
Mental Health and Wellness Resources
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, NAMI is 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 raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
The NAMI Web site offers information on various mental illness including anxiety disorder, depression, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, bipolar disorder and many more as well as treatment resources. The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing more than 33,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world. Its Web site offers information for consumers on numerous mental health topics including, depression, eating disorders, hoarding disorder, panic disorder and postpartum depression.
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
The Web site offers a wealth of information for consumers on mental health and mental health disorders as well as information about NIMH-supported research and links to clinical trials of new medical treatment for mental disorders. SAMHSA was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to target effectively substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. The government agency produces a wide variety of free publications for consumers and mental health professionals than be ordered on its Web site.
The CDC offers resources to teachers, parents and mental health professionals for coping with a disaster or traumatic event and offers a 24/7 Disaster Distress helpline for people who are experiencing signs of distress as the result of disaster. 1-800-985-5990
A Federal Government Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and sponsored by the National Health Information Center, HealthFinder.gov directs consumers to information and resources on hundreds of heath topics. Mental topics include protecting yourself from relationship violence, talking to your doctor about depression, questions and concerns about sexual orientation and homosexuality, dealing with feelings, improving self-esteem and many, many more.
Emotions Anonymous is a twelve-step organization, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Its fellowship is composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic status, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Check out the EA Web site for more information and to find a meeting near you. If you or a loved one ever feels like you can’t go, a number of suicide hotlines are available 24/7, staffed by trained volunteers who are willing to listen to you and help you get the help you need. The Web site lists hotlines by county. You can also call national toll-free hotlines: 1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433 or Call 1-800-273-TALK / 1-800-273-8255. 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 240 affiliates nationwide, Mental Health America represents a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – every day and in times of crisis. Check out the Web site for mental health resources and to find an affiliate near you.