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Resources for Mental Health Information

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you are seeking help for emotional problems, potential sources of referrals for therapy and counseling include teaching hospitals, university departments of psychology and social work, and local self-help (support) groups. Many employee assistance programs offer confidential counseling and referrals.

Many national and local organizations or agencies provide information about mental health and mental illness, including the National Institute of Mental Health (a division of the NIH), National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. You can find an extensive list of organizations and descriptions of their expertise at the government’s MentalHealth.gov website. The site also includes a treatment locator, as do many of the individual sites.

The following professional organizations can help you learn more about mental health and help you find practicing professionals in your area:

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

National Association of Social Workers

American Counseling Association

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

For people seeking treatment for substance abuse, the nonprofit Help.org provides detailed information on addiction and recovery as well as a directory of rehab programs in several states.

Originally published May 2016. Updated March 2019.