Finding Help

For Individuals and Support Networks

CNS diseases and disorders affect not only individuals but also their families, friends, caregivers and colleagues. The following advocacy and nonprofit organization sites provide information, resources, and support.



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. https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/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. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/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 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/

1-800-273-TALK (8225)


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/

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/

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease (PD) and works tirelessly to assist the more than 1 million Americans with Parkinson’s disease live life to the fullest in the face of this chronic, neurological disorder. https://www.apdaparkinson.org/


The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today. https://www.michaeljfox.org/

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.

http://teenmentalhealth.org/learn/mental-disorders/social-anxiety-disorder/


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.

https://nationalsocialanxietycenter.com/