Mental Illness

When we think about health, we often take mental health for granted. However, mental illness affects many persons in our society, and its influence extends beyond just the individual person to affect whole families and even communities.This site focuses especially on chronic long-term mental illness. An illness which affects the mind still carries with it some of the most durable stigma in our society. Families who have a member with mental illness face a multitude of issues in functioning as a part of communities.The purpose of this site is to give information to begin the process of overcoming the stigma of mental illness and begin reintegrating persons back into community.

In addition to the general links on mental illness listed below, please see the pages dedicated to these major mental illness categories:

Pathways to Promise: Ministry and Mental Illness An interfaith technical assistance and resource center which offers liturgical and educational materials, program models, and networking information to promote a caring ministry with people with mental illness and their families. The site is intended for clergy, interested laity, people with mental illness and their families, friends and supporters and mental health professionals interested in working with the faith community. Some excellent resources!

Mental Help Net One of the earliest web sites on mental health on the net, features a wealth of information for both casual readers and researchers.

American Psychological Association
Professional site with a vast collection of information resources in psychology.

Psychiatric Times
Home of Psychiatric Times  with links to many informational sites.

Open Minds, The Behavioral Health Analyst
A resource and consulting organization that specializes in behavioral health and human services.

Expert Consensus Guideline Series
Comprehensive fact sheets on schizophrenia, bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorders along with psychiatric treatment guidelines for the most difficult questions facing clinicians. Useful for consumers and families as well.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill–NAMI
The nation’s leading advocacy group and source of information on mental illness with affiliate groups in most major cities in all 50 states.

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Guide
Mental illness and addictions sometimes occur together.  Here is some useful information about these co-occurring disorders.

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