For Individuals and Support Networks
VistaGen’s core goal is to radically improve mental health with new generation medicines for anxiety and depression. With that clear vision always in mind, and knowing that no mental health challenge is routine and there is never a “one-size-fits-all” solution, we are committed to advancing development of drug candidates with potential to go beyond the current standard of care and offer millions of people new and much needed treatment alternatives.
In addition to our steadfast commitment to improve the standard of care for anxiety and depression, it is important that we work to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and provide education and information about resources for those seeking help. Equally important is our role in helping to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. No one is immune from the development of mental health challenges, especially anxiety and depression disorders. In a time when we are finding our communities struggling, it is important that we normalize finding help for mental illness and not allow a negative stigma interfere with efforts to find that support and care. At VistaGen, we believe we can help by opening and expanding the conversation focused on rejecting the narrative developed by those who continue to stigmatize mental illness.
The following advocacy and nonprofit organization sites provide information, resources, and support for individuals grappling with mental health challenges, caretakers supporting those with mental health challenges and seeking support, as well as individuals committed to learning more about mental health and how they can help change the narrative.
Founded in 1979, Anxiety and Depression Association of America is an international nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research. https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/social-anxiety-disorder
TeenMentalHealth.org uses scientific evidence to develop application-ready training programs, publications, tools and resources that can be applied across disciplines to enhance the understanding of adolescent mental health and mental disorders. Their vision is to help improve the mental health of youth by the effective translation and transfer of scientific knowledge.
The National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC) is comprised of a group of regional mental health treatment clinics. It was established with the intent of making the highest quality evidence-based psychotherapy services to treat social anxiety available to those in need through. They aim to do this through research, collaboration, dissemination to other psychotherapists and education to the public.
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/social-anxiety-disorder
Founded in 1979, Anxiety and Depression Association of America is an international nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research. https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/depression
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml
The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression
The UCLA Grand Challenges initiative connects faculty, students and supporters from all disciplines to work together, adopting a holistic approach to solve critical issues. They bring passionate participants together to dream big and think grand about what can be achieved when sights are set on common goals. The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge team has assembled a collaborative human network that spans the globe and connects more than a hundred visionaries in science and scholarship, in partnership with the community. https://grandchallenges.ucla.edu/depression/
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (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 is an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in the community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. https://www.nami.org/
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which, according to DBSA, affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses. DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder. DBSA’s extensive online and print resources and nearly 650 support groups and more than 250 chapters offer current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness. https://secure2.convio.net/dabsa/site/SPageServer/?pagename=home
Maternal Mental Health
The Center for Women’s Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital provides state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function including premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), pregnancy-associated mood disturbance, postpartum psychiatric illness, and peri- and post- menopausal depression. Clinical care is complemented by research in each of these areas ranging from studies of a spectrum of treatments for women who suffer from PMDD, postpartum depression, and depression in menopause to longitudinal observational studies for women who suffer from mood disorders during pregnancy.
Postpartum Support International (PSI) was founded in 1987 by Jane Honikman in Santa Barbara, California. The purpose of the organization is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. PSI’s goal is to provide current information, resources, education, and to advocate for further research and legislation to support perinatal mental health. Approximately 15% of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child. Up to 10% will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. When the mental health of the mother is compromised, it affects the entire family.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Text TALK to the Crisis Text Line at 741741
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. http://www.sprc.org/resources-programs
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline know it is possible to reduce deaths from suicide like we have reduced heart disease fatalities and other leading causes of death. For every person who dies by suicide annually, there are another 278 people who have thought seriously about suicide who don’t kill themselves, and nearly 60 who have survived a suicide attempt. The overwhelming majority of these individuals will go on to live out their lives. These untold stories of hope and recovery are the stories of suicide prevention, stories that inform the Lifeline and the Action Alliance’s efforts to prevent more suicides every day. http://www.BeThe1To.com/
Founded in 1979, Anxiety and Depression Association of America is an international nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research. https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/suicide
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. https://afsp.org/
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is dedicated to preventing suicidal behavior, alleviating its effects, and providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors. Founded by the late Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Farberow in 1960, IASP now includes professionals and volunteers from more than fifty different countries. https://www.iasp.info/
The JED Foundation equips America’s teens and young adults with the skills and support they need to grow into healthy, thriving adults by helping schools evaluate and strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems to safeguard individual and community health, developing expert resources and create powerful partnerships to ensure more teens and young adults get access to the resources and support they need to navigate life’s challenges and educating and equipping students, families and communities to know when and how to support others who are in distress or struggling with a mental health issue. https://www.jedfoundation.org/
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/suicide
Mission 22 is a non-profit who combats the ever-rising veteran suicide rate. According to a Department of Veterans Affairs study, each day over twenty veterans are lost to suicide. Mission 22 wants to bring that number to zero. It does this with three main programs; veteran treatment programs, memorials and national awareness. Mission 22 provides treatment programs to veterans for Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other issues they might be facing. It organizes events and builds memorials to create social impact and awareness for these issues. Mission 22 also has an Ambassador volunteer program for people to get involved as well. Ambassadors educate the public on veteran issues, help get veterans into Mission 22 treatment programs and create resources in their communities. Through these three programs, it enables a push for the betterment of our nation's heroes and stands united in the war against veteran suicide. https://www.mission22.com/#ourcause
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. On September 23, 2020, the FDA announced in a Drug Safety Communication that it is requiring an update to the Boxed Warning, the agency’s most prominent safety warning, and requiring class-wide labeling changes for all benzodiazepines to include the risks of abuse, misuse, addiction, physical dependence and withdrawal reactions to help improve their safe use. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-requiring-boxed-warning-updated-improve-safe-use-benzodiazepine-drug-class
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (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 is an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in the community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Mental-Health-Medications/Benzodiazepine-Associated-Risks
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), founded in 1954, is a professional medical society representing over 5,500 physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. https://www.asam.org/resources/patient-resources
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is focused on providing help that families aren’t finding elsewhere, not only in preventing substance use among kids, but in getting help for those teens and young adults who are already struggling with drugs or drinking. Programs include direct service and support to parents, both through the Parents Helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE) and through an engaged and growing online community.
With partners in science, business, education, government, as well as fellow nonprofits and dedicated parents, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the nonprofit dedicated to helping families whose son or daughter is struggling with substance use. https://drugfree.org/