HelpGuide.org

HelpGuide.org

You have come to HelpGuide for a reason: you are concerned about something, you may just want information, or you may be facing a troubling issue. You may be experiencing emotional pain or you may disillusioned because the help you have been given hasn’t really helped.

No matter how bad things seem—there is hope. Research linking stressors to mental, emotional, and social issues makes self-awareness and self-help the cornerstone of healing and health maintenance. As you explore step-by-step, article-by-article, and topic-by-topic you will find the information, resources, and motivation you need to improve and maintain your mental, emotional and social health.




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Psyberguide

Psyberguide

PsyberGuide is a non-profit website dedicated to consumers seeking to make responsible and informed decisions about computer and device-assisted therapies for mental illnesses. PsyberGuide is also intended for professionals and researchers seeking to enhance their knowledge in this area. PsyberGuide is not an industry website; its goal is to provide accurate and reliable information about software designed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety disorders. PsyberGuide is committed to ensuring that this information is available to all, and that it is free of preference, bias, or endorsement. PsyberGuide is a project of The One Mind Institute “OMI” (formerly named the International Mental Health Research Organization, “IMHRO”).  OMI is a leading non-profit organization devoted to funding cures for brain illnesses. OMI, which founded One Mind for Research (a supporting organization of OMI), conducts a range of activities including, for example, making “Rising Star” grants for research in fields such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.




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National Institutes of Mental Health

National Institutes of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead Federal agency for research on mental illnesses. The mission of the NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
The urgency of this mission arises from the public health burden. According to recent estimates, mental illnesses account for 21.3 percent of all years lived with disability in the United States. An estimated 9.6 million American adults suffer from a serious mental illness (SMI) in which the ability to function in daily life is significantly impaired. Those with SMI die 10 years earlier than individuals in the general population, on average. Furthermore, over 41,149 Americans die each year from suicide, more than twice the annual mortality from homicide or AIDS. Beyond the morbidity and mortality, a conservative estimate places the direct and indirect financial costs associated with mental illnesses in the United States at well over $300 billion annually. Mental illnesses rank as the third most costly medical conditions in terms of overall health care expenditure, behind heart conditions and traumatic injury.




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The Brain from Top to Bottom

The Brain from Top to Bottom

The Brain From Top To Bottom is an expanding archive of information at McGill University (Montreal) on brain basics, brain & mind, and brain disorders. The text is available in French and English and on three levels. The site can be browsed by topic, level of explanation, level of organization (social, psychological, neurological, cellular, and molecular), five leveled modules, and guided tours.




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Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (Formerly NARSAD)

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (Formerly NARSAD)The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

100% of all donor contributions for research are invested in NARSAD GRANTS leading to discoveries in understanding causes and improving treatments of disorders in children and adults, such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, autism, and bipolar, attention-deficit hyperactivity, post-traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Over a quarter of a century, we have awarded over $328 million worldwide to more than 3,700 scientists carefully selected by our prestigious Scientific Council.

Our vision:
To bring the joy of living to those affected by mental illness – those who are ill and their loved ones.

Our values:
What we believe:

  • Better treatments and breakthroughs come from scientific discovery.
  • Only fund scientists whose research is reviewed and recommended by a world-renowned Scientific Council including Nobel prize winners and chairs of psychiatric departments.
  • 100% of contributions for research go directly to research. Costs for administration and fund raising are underwritten by outside grants.
  • Our financial operations must be transparent. Those who manage our Foundation must be committed to honesty and integrity.
  • Strategic partnerships that further our mission will be developed with transparency.



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iFred

iFred

The mission of International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) is to shine a positive light on depression and eliminate the stigma associated with the disease through prevention, research and education. Its goal is to ensure 100% of the 350 million people affected by depression seek and receive treatment.

iFred is creating a shift in society’s negative perception of depression through positive imagery and branding—establishing the sunflower and color yellow as the international symbols of hope for depression. To further its mission, iFred engages with individuals and organizations to execute high-impact and effective campaigns that educate the public about support and treatment for depression.




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Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which 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’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.

Through more than 700 support groups and nearly 300 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.




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No Kidding? Me Too!

No Kidding?  Me Too!

Throughout human history, actors have made their living as entertainers – on stage, the big screen, small screen, even the computer screen. During our journeys, we sometimes encounter roles where the characters exhibit mental issues. Just a quick thought to the most memorable moments in movies and on television over the last century will provide you with many depictions of individuals exhibiting mental illness — almost all encountering seemingly insurmountable barriers.

As artists, what we learn as we become more knowledgeable about mental illness — its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment — is these barriers are not insurmountable and by stigmatizing those with mental illness, we are doing a grave injustice to them, ourselves and all of society.

Our goal is to educate the public about the wonderful possibilities that exist when we break down the societal barriers which hold us all back because we treat those afflicted with mental illness differently — we label them and isolate them. What we passionately want to accomplish is to relieve the weight of millions of people who suffer this isolation.




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