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Psychiatry and Mental Health Resources: Consumer Resources

NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's #1 grassroots mental health organization for mental illness with over 1000 affiliate offices.  Its memberships consists of consumers of mental health services, their families and their supporters dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness.  They have a mission of education, advocacy and research. 

Information on local NAMI meetings and activities can be found at the NAMI Lexington site.

Information Sources

MedlinePlus is an authoritative resource for both basic and scientific information about health topics, including mental health. 

The federal government provides a great deal of consumer-oriented information on mental health, mental illness and substance abuse. Pamphlets, reports, booklets, statistics, as well as scientific information and documents, are available through several websites.  Some key sites from which to begin to look for this information are: NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health), NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), and NIH (National Institutes of Health).

Formerly the National Mental Health Association, Mental Health America is a national organization of consumers of mental health and their supporters and also mental health professionals who have a strong advocacy agenda and are active in the politics of health care.  They publish a ranking by state that evaluates how well each state is providing mental health care to its constituents,  Their site also has consumer-oriented information about mental disorders and their treatments.

Internet Mental Health is a resource maintained by an individual so it sometimes has a personal agenda but it also has a great deal of information of interest to consumers and links to many resources.

Self-Help Groups

Self-Help Group Sourcebook Online is a clearinghouse for contact information for self-help groups.  It has a subject index and contact information for over 1000 self-help groups with national and, sometimes, local contacts.

You can usually also find this sort of information by searching Google for the information on a specific disorder.