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National Mental Health Resources

Programs that provide preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services in a variety of community and hospital - based settings to help people achieve, maintain and enhance a state of emotional well-being.

Tennessee Mental Health Resources

Pathfinder Resources

Database of Services: Relevant keywords may include: Behavioral Services, Dual Diagnosis (developmental delay/mental health), Mental Health Residential Treatment Facilities, and Mental Health Services.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Assists parents and families in understanding developmental, behavioral, emotional, and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 148,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD)

The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) is an interdisciplinary program that supports children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through training, service, applied research, information dissemination, planning, and policy development.

Disability.gov

Disability.gov provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits. Also offers information on accessibility, assistive and adaptive technology and laws and regulations related to technology.

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

A national parent-run organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)

Country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness through advocacy, education, research and service.

The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD)

NADD is a not-for-profit membership association established for professionals, care providers and families to promote understanding of and services for individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs. The mission of NADD is to advance mental wellness for persons with developmental disabilities through the promotion of excellence in mental health care.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 140 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

See Also...

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

Other Links and Resources

  • American Self-Help Source Book Online
    A guide has been developed to act as a starting point for exploring real-life support groups and networks available throughout the world and in a local community.
  • The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD)
    The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) is an interdisciplinary program that supports children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through training, service, applied research, information dissemination, planning, and policy development.
  • Reasonable Accommodations for People with Psychiatric Disabilities
    A resource to help employers, teachers, employees and students address work and school issues, reasonable accommodations, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This website contains information related to laws, disclosure, and situations related to having a mental illness in the workplace or school setting.
  • Facts for Families Brochure
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

News Releases and Media Mentions

  • Parent Stress Intervention Project - Classes forming now
    Do you have a child with a developmental disability? This study will look at two ways to help lower stress and support parents.
  • Debate over cognitive, traditional mental health therapy
    Psychologists who favor a more medical-minded cognitive behavioral model of mental health care point to growing evidence of its efficacy. Proponents of psychoanalysis deride a one-size-fits-all approach. Steven Hollon, Ph.D., professor of psychology and psychiatry, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Investigator, is quoted.
  • Parental Alienation: A Mental Diagnosis?
    Some experts say the extreme hatred some kids feel toward a parent in a divorce is a mental illness. The highly controversial concept of parental alienation is being described as one in which children strongly attach to one parent and reject the other in the false belief that he or she is bad or dangerous. William Bernet, M.D., professor of psychiatry and director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, is quoted.