Human Rights First

Human Rights First

On human rights, the United States must be a beacon. Activists fighting for freedom around the globe continue to look to our country for inspiration and count on us for support. Upholding human rights is not only a moral obligation; it’s a vital national interest: America is strongest when our policies and actions match our values.

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights, so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they fail, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.

We know it is not enough to expose and protest injustice, so we create the political environment and policy solutions necessary to ensure consistent respect for human rights. Whether we are protecting refugees, combating torture, or defending persecuted minorities, we focus not on making a point, but on making a difference. For more than 35 years, we’ve built bipartisan coalitions and teamed up with frontline activists and lawyers to tackle global challenges that demand American leadership.

Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York, Washington D.C. and Houston. To maintain our independence, we accept no government funding.




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International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

Founded in 1979, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations.

ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers.

ICSA’s mission is to apply research and professional perspectives to:

Help former members of cultic and other high-control environments

Provide guidance and support to families of people involved in high-control environments

Educate the public about psychological manipulation and the harmful effects of high-control environments

Encourage, support, and conduct research to advance understanding of psychological manipulation and high-control environments

And Support helping professionals interested in this area.




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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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Bully Online

Bully Online

One of BullyOnLine’s main benefits has always been felt by people who were suffering very unfair, often underhand and devious treatment at work, by revealing to them that their experience had a name and was predictable, and they were not to blame for it. Similarly, it has taught people who were beset by unprecedented psychological conditions that they could not explain, about the relationship between bullying, stress, anxiety, depression and other illnesses. The website has enlightened, validated and empowered bullied people for almost two decades. As well as describing bullying in considerable detail, Tim Field studied the characteristics of the people behind the bullying, and it was his settled belief that many displayed character traits in common with classic psychopaths.




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Mental Health Europe (MHE)

Mental Health Europe (MHE)

Mental Health Europe is an umbrella organization which represents associations, organizations and individuals active in the field of mental health and well-being in Europe, including (ex)users of mental health services, volunteers and professionals. As such, MHE bridges the gap between its 73 member organizations and the European institutions, and keeps its members informed and involved in any developments at European Union level.

MHE’s work takes different forms. As the main mental health organization active in Brussels, MHE is committed to advocating for its cause, whether this takes the form of submitting amendments to legislation, consulting with the European Commission, forming alliances with other organizations or being part of expert groups. Mental health Europe also develops and coordinates its own projects, conducts and disseminates research. Working to inform the general public on the plight of people with mental health problems, Mental Health Europe also cooperates closely with the media, and is often featured in prominent media outlets in Brussels and beyond.




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Brain Sponge

Brain Sponge

Brain Sponge Blog aims to help people who are lucky enough to have brains to use them efficiently and to help keep them functioning for longer. The brain is the most important piece of hardware that we will ever own and it does not come with a manual.

It’s ironic that we are expected to learn a myriad of topics but that no one teaches us the most important skill of all – how to learn effectively.

When we do learn something we then tend to promptly forget it!

Brain Sponge is your toolbox of tips, tricks, hacks and techniques to help you compete in a world where learning never stops!

However, knowing how to learn is not the only tool you need. Brain Sponge brings you the latest research on how to keep your brain healthy and how to hack your mind for best maximum performance. Your brain is the most important organ that you have, let’s try to understand it together.

So come along for the ride! Sign up for the newsletter and check back regularly. You never know what you’ll find.




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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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Traumatic Brain Injury A to Z

Traumatic Brain Injury A to Z

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant health issue which affects service members and veterans during times of both peace and war. The high rate of TBI and blast-related concussion events resulting from current combat operations directly impacts the health and safety of individual service members and subsequently the level of unit readiness and troop retention. The impacts of TBI are felt within each branch of the service and throughout both the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care systems.




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