- A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a legal document that documents a person’s preferences for future mental health treatment, and allows appointment of a health proxy to interpret those preferences during a crisis.
- PADs may be drafted when a person is well enough to consider preferences for future mental health treatment.
- PADs are used when a person becomes unable to make decisions during a mental health crisis.
- Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
For three decades, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has been the nation’s leading legal advocate for people with mental disabilities.
- National Mental Health Association
The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.
DisabilityInfo.gov provides people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and other community members with critical disability-related information.
- Caring Connections
Learn more about general advance directives. A program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Caring Connections provides free resources and information to help make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.
- National Empowerment Center
The mission of the National Empowerment Center Inc. is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people who have been labeled with mental illness.
- National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
NARPA’s fundamental mission is to help empower people who have been labeled mentally disabled so that they may learn to independently exercise their rights.
- Association for Academic Psychiatry
The Association for Academic Psychiatry focuses on education in psychiatry at every level from the beginning of medical school through lifelong learning for psychiatrists and other physicians. It seeks to help psychiatrists who are interested in care.
- National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse
A consumer-run national technical assistance center serving the mental health consumer movement. We help connect individuals to self-help and advocacy resources, and we offer expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental health.
- National Disability Rights Network
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP
- Advocacy Unlimited, Inc
Advocacy Unlimited offers education in self, systems, and legislative advocacy skills for persons with, or in recovery from, psychiatric disabilities, as well as a wealth of information and resources on mental health.
OnlineColleges.net has recently published a mental health resource guide that provides college students and young people with critical information on maintaining good mental health and identifying mental health issues.
State Organizations and Other Links of Interest
- Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, The Center is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities by improving the effectiveness of people, programs, and service systems.
- Louisiana Mental Health Rehabilitation Services
The purpose of this web site is to provide up-to-date information about the MHR Program and allow recipients, MHR agencies, and others to ask questions, submit comments, and report complaints.
- Disability Rights Center (Maine)
The Disability Rights Center (DRC) is Maine’s protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities. It is a non-profit agency, independent of state and federal government.
- Schizophrenia Digest
The only magazine of its kind solely dedicated towards sufferers, family members, relatives, caregivers, and professional in the field of mental health.
- NAMI – Pennsylvania
Founded in 1983, NAMI Pennsylvania is the largest statewide non-profit organization dedicated to helping mental health consumers and their families rebuild their lives and conquer the challenges posed by severe and persistent mental illness.
- Ability Maine: Links
This link provides information of interest to people with disabilities.
- Mental Help Net
This link provides helpful information on mental health.
- Promoting Student Mental Health
The guidebook educates the reader on multiple illnesses but focuses on enabling students with mental health illnesses to be successful while in school.