The ARC

We are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, the nation’s first national consumer technical assistance center, has played a major role in the development of the mental health consumer movement. The consumer movement strives for dignity, respect, and opportunity for those with mental illnesses. Consumers–those who receive or have received mental health services–continue to reject the label of “those who cannot help themselves.”

People with psychiatric histories face discrimination each day, even though one in five adults in the United States will at some time fight a mental illness. Since the Clearinghouse was founded in 1986 by Joseph Rogers under the auspices of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, it has led the consumer movement by example, with a largely consumer-run management and staff. We believe that we must share our thoughts and experiences with each other and that knowledge is the key to open new doors.

The Clearinghouse works to foster consumer empowerment through our website, up-to-date news and information announcements, a directory of consumer-driven services, electronic and printed publications, training packages, and individual and onsite consultation. We help consumers organize coalitions, establish self-help groups and other consumer-driven services, advocate for mental health reform, and fight the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illnesses. We also strive to help the movement grow by supporting consumer involvement in planning and evaluating mental health services, and encouraging traditional providers and other societal groups to accept people with psychiatric disabilities as equals and full partners in treatment and in society.

In addition to developing our own publications, we maintain an extensive library of information on topics important to consumer groups interested in self-help and advocacy, including peer counseling, deinstitutionalization, fundraising, involuntary treatment, patient rights, using the media, and many others.

The Anxiety Panic Internet Resource

Welcome  to the web’s first and still best self-help resource for those with anxiety disorders. Panic attacks, phobias, extreme shyness, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and generalized anxiety disrupt the lives of an estimated 15% of the population.   tAPir  is a free grass-roots website dedicated to providing information, relief, and support for those recovering from debilitating anxiety.

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What will you find on ADDitude‘s site? There’s so much:

Practical information about raising children with ADD/ADHD, including behavior and discipline strategies, help making and keeping friends, and organizing for success.

Hundred of answers from ADDitude’s expert panel to difficult questions asked by real people living with ADHD or learning disabilities.

Credible information for those just diagnosed or just starting treatment.

Inspiring real first person stories from people who share the emotions of their diagnosis and the strategies they followed after it to succeed.

A community of individuals sharing tips and experiences with one another in ADDitude‘s message boards.

Resources to help students (and the teachers who work with them) with attentional or learning differences succeed at school.

Organizational tips that can help anywhere to help you manage time and space management and get things done—at home, in the office.

Explore the site, take part in our community, and check back often as we add new resources daily.

Finally, we’d love to hear from you.

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Discovery Health Mental Health Center

Chock full of links, pertaining to mental health issues (and some not), with features and ask the expert.  Includes quizzes, blogs, podcasts and more.  Also includes videos about certain mental health issues and subjects.

A well-designed, snappy page on mental health issues.

Dual Diagnosis Website

This site is designed to provide information and resources for service providers, consumers, and family members who are seeking assistance and/or education in this field.

The ultimate goal is to improve our service delivery systems. Our present systems have evolved to address singular/discrete disorders. It is entirely possible to reshape our mental health and substance abuse systems, and communities of care across systems, to provide comprehensive services to all consumers. In doing so, these programs will be able to provide effective interventions for persons who have dual/multiple disorders.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc.

This site provides information on various learning disabilities. An extensive list of links, organized by topic, is also provided.

NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

Since its beginning, NCLD has been led by passionate and devoted parents committed to creating better outcomes for children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities.

National Association of School Psychologists

The National Association of School Psychologists
(NASP) is the premier source of knowledge,
professional development, and resources, empowering
school psychologists to ensure that all children and
youth attain optimal learning and mental health.