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Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health is the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and providing the ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity.

2020 Mom

20202020 Mom, founded in 2011 as the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, has evolved as a national organization with a mission: Closing gaps in maternal mental care through education, advocacy and collaboration.


Addiction Resource Center

The Addiction Resource Center is not affiliated with any treatment provider. The ARC is funded by a non-profit organization, Addiction Policy Forum, ( and acts as an unbiased resource for people impacted by substance use disorders, providing education and guidance based on the latest science and clinical standards.

The Campaign to Change Direction

change direction logoThe goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being.

Changing Minds

mindsResearch suggests that over the course of a year, nearly 60 percent of the children in the United States will either experience or witness violence, crime, or abuse in their homes, schools, or communities. Exposure to violence leaves physical and emotional scars that can last a lifetime. Youth who have been exposed to violence are more likely later in life to abuse drugs and alcohol, suffer from depression and other disorders, have difficulty in school, and engage in criminal behavior. Too often, the violence that children experience and witness is regarded as little more than the price of growing up.

Child Mind Institute

Child Mind Institute logoThe Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Founded by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich, our organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

CIT International

cit logoCIT International is a non-profit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team CIT programs throughout the United States and in other nations worldwide in order to promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities and also to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

DBSA: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

dbsaDepression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA support groups can help you connect with others who have been there as well. Visit a DBSA support group and get the support that is essential to recovery.

Fiscal Tiger: Mental Health and Addiction Guide

This is a comprehensive click-through guide that covers mental health/substance abuse disorders and when to seek treatment. It also discusses how to pay for mental health or substance abuse services including information about insurance, medicare/medicaid, and resources for the uninsured.

Half of Us

Half of Us logoMental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year. What are you feeling and experiencing? Get help.

Health Literacy

Health literacy logoThis site provides information and tools to improve health literacy and public health. These resources are for all organizations that interact and communicate with people about health.

IRETA: The Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions

ireta-logoThe Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Pittsburgh, PA. IRETA helps people respond effectively to substance use and related problems. We: Educate – Training and in-depth education on recognizing and addressing harmful substance use for professionals and students in a variety of fields; Evaluate – Rigorous, mixed methods approaches to measuring behavioral health and related outcomes with pragmatic recommendations to help you do what you do…better; Guide – Technical assistance and quality improvement to help you improve the outcomes that matter.

The Joint Commission Resources for Achieving Behavioral Health Accreditation

tjc-logoAn independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Life on Campus

life-on-campusMental health issues are on the rise on college campuses across the country. Better and accessible screening as well as earlier diagnosis of mental health conditions are critical to getting quality treatment and improving one’s quality of life. This has allowed more students with mental health conditions to go on to college and be successful.

Man Therapy

Man Therapy logoTherapy. The Way a Man Would Do It. We use humor and media to connect men and their families to facts, resources, and help in grappling with ongoing negative emotions. Men complete an “18-point head inspection” to assess levels of anger, depression, substance abuse and anxiety and are then linked to an action plan for recovery. In partnership with Cactus and Colorado’s Office of Suicide Prevention.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America

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, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis. provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.

Mental Health Channel

Mental Health Channel logoThe Mental Health Channel is a new online network that’s changing the conversation on mental health through inspiring true stories. Watch our first episodes, then check back weekly or get reminders as new episodes launch!

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid logoMental Health First Aid is an in-person training that teaches you how to help adults or youth developing a mental illness or in a crisis. Youth MHFA is available to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

The Mighty

themighty_logo_800x800Billions of people are facing serious health conditions — including many of us at The Mighty. It’s so easy to feel like we are facing these challenges alone. The truth is, we are all facing disability, disease and mental illness together. But when we look online for help, all we often find is medical information. We want a community, too. That’s what The Mighty is building. We publish real stories by real people facing real challenges. We are building a brand and a community around them. Having a disability or disease doesn’t have to be isolating. That’s why The Mighty exists.


myStrength ™ arose from a deep passion to help those challenged with mental health disorders. We’ve seen people close to us suffer with depression, anxiety, or overuse of drugs and alcohol and experienced first-hand the disabling impact. And we’ve witnessed our loved ones’ struggles to overcome the cost, inaccessibility, and stigma of care and treatment.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

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NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization 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.

National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control

Health Network Control logoThe National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control is 1 of 8 CDC National Networks that ignite action to eliminate tobacco use and cancer disparities. NBHN serves as a resource hub for organizations, healthcare providers, and public health professionals seeking to combat these disparities among individuals with mental illnesses and addictions.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare- Trauma Resources

ncsacw-logoPsychological trauma is an emotional response that commonly occurs after distressing or life-threatening events like child abuse, neglect, or living with a caregiver diagnosed with a substance use disorder (SUD) or mental illness. Click here for trauma resources!

National Council on Behavioral Health

National Council on Behavioral Health logoThe National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addiction treatment organizations. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life.


OK2TALK logoThe goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle, or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics, and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. We hope this is the first step towards getting help and feeling better.

OT Innovations

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Occupational Therapy has grown significantly as a profession since it’s conception in mental health. The current work of many dedicated practitioners and educators promises an explosion of information and research, which will continue to transform our theoretical models, frameworks, practices, and perspectives on occupation and mental health altogether. It is the mission of this website to promote embodied, comprehensive, and person-centered practice by providing a platform for global networking, resource sharing, and educational offerings.

SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

SAMHSA’s GAIN Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation

In the field of behavioral health, the term evidence-based practices (EBPs) refers to interventions that have been rigorously tested, have yielded consistent, replicable results, and have proven safe, beneficial, and effective for most people diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders. Several years ago, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center convened expert panel meetings to assess the empirical evidence on the applicability of several key EBPs for justice-involved persons. The lead expert for each of these panels created summary EBP briefs subsequent to these meetings.

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Intergrated Health Solutions

CIHS promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings.


SAMHSA’s The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See

This series of webcasts educates the news and entertainment media about the best terminology and language to use, as well as how to accurately portray individuals with substance use disorders.

Screening For Mental Health

Screening For Mental Health

Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) is dedicated to promoting the improvement of mental health by providing the public with education, screening, and treatment resources.

Stigma Free

Stigma_Free_logoIndividuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the pledge to learn more about mental illness, to see a person for who they are and take action on mental health issues. Take the pledge and raise awareness.

Team Up

teamup_logo@2xTeam Up brings together mental health experts, entertainment industry professionals, and journalists to encourage deeper reporting and more accurate depictions of people living with mental illness.


newULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health.

VA Mental Health Community Provider Toolkit: Serving Veterans Through Partnership

logo2This section of the Community Provider Toolkit brings together key resources from the Department of Defense (DoD), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support the behavioral health and wellness of Veterans and their families. We are committed to ensuring that the men and women who have served our nation are able to access and connect with resources that support their well-being and ability to thrive. We hope that you will explore these DoD, SAMHSA, and VA resources.