Mental Health Awareness


Grading The States

NEW REPORT CARD: NATION’S MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

 National Average is a D 14 States Improve Grades; 12 Fall Backwards State Budget Crises Threaten Ruin Washington, D.C. – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has released a new report, Grading the States, assessing the nation’s public mental health care system for adults and finding that the national average grade is a D.

Fourteen states improved their grades since NAMI’s last report card three years ago. Twelve states fell backwards. Oklahoma showed the greatest improvement in the nation, rising from a D to a B. South Carolina fell the farthest, from a B to a D. However, the report comes at a time when state budget cuts are threatening mental health care overall.

“Mental health care in America is in crisis,” said NAMI executive director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. “Even states that have worked hard to build life-saving, recovery-oriented systems of care stand to see their progress wiped out.” “Ironically, state budget cuts occur during a time of economic crisis when mental heath services are needed even more urgently than before. It is a vicious cycle that can lead to ruin. States need to move forward, not retreat.”

This is the second report NAMI has published to measure progress in transforming what a presidential commission on mental health called “a system in shambles.” NAMI’s grades for 2009 include six Bs, 18 Cs, 21 Ds and six Fs, based on 65 specific criteria such as access to medicine, housing, family education, and support for National Guard members.

“Too many people living with mental illness end up hospitalized, on the street, in jail or dead,” Fitzpatrick said. “We need governors and legislators willing to make investments in change.”

In 2006, the national average was D. Three years later, it has not budged. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Full Grading the States report online at: http://www.nami.org/grades09

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Mental health resources

Resources

The following organizations provide information and resources for mental illness:

Severe Anxiety
Overcoming Social Phobia One Step At A Time
A well-written site about Social Phobia, resources for help, advice for dealing with the illness, and links to many other sites. “Severe social anxiety is one of the most difficult disorders to overcome. It can literally destroy your life in a matter of months. People do no realize that their is no real treatment to rid yourself of social anxiety, sure there is medication that is available through your family doctor. But how on earth does someone with severe social anxiety get this medication when their number one fear is in social interaction?”
http://www.severe-social-anxiety.com/

Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Phone: 301-443-8956
http://www.samhsa.gov/

Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma
ADS Center
11420 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-540-0320
Email: stopstigma@samhsa.gov
http://www.stopstigma.samhsa.gov/

Drug Abuse Information and Treatment Referral Line
(Sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment)
TollFree: 800-622-HELP (4357)

Health Resources and Services Administration Information Center (HRSA)
TollFree: (888) 275-4772
Email: ask@hrsa.gov

National Institute of Mental Health
Office of Communications
Phone: 301-443-4513
Toll Free: 1-866-615-NIMH (6464)
TTY: 301-443-8431
Email: nimhinfo@nih.gov
http://www.nimh.nih.gov

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Phone: 212-363-3500
Fax: 212-363-6237
Toll Free: 888-333-AFSP
Email: inquiry@afsp.org
http://www.afsp.org/index-1.htm

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Phone: 703-907-7300
http://www.psych.org/index.cfm

American Psychological Association
Phone: 202-336-5510
Toll Free: 1-800-374-2721
http://www.apa.org

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Phone: 240-485-1001
http://www.adaa.org

Borderline Personality Disorder Research Foundation (BPDRF)
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Phone: 212-543-6247
Email: BPDRF.USA@VERIZON.NET
http://www.borderlineresearch.org

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
Phone: 847-256-8525
http://www.bpkids.org/

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Phone: 312-642-0049
http://www.DBSAlliance.org

Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA)
Phone: 410-583-2919
Email: drada@jhmi.edu
http://www.drada.org/

Freedom from Fear
Phone: 718-351-1717
http://www.freedomfromfear.com

National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)
Phone: 516-829-0091
Toll Free: 800-829-8289
Email: info@narsad.org
http://www.narsad.org

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Phone: 703-524-7600
Toll Free: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
http://www.nami.org

National Eating Disorders Association
Phone: 206-382-3587
Email: info@NationalEatingDisorders.org
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
Phone: 703-684-7722
Toll Free: 1-800-969-6642
TTY: 800-443-5959
http://www.nmha.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Mental Health Information Center
Toll Free: 800-789-2647
TTY: 866-889-2647
Email: info@mentalhealth.org
http://www.mentalhealth.org

The Reach Institute

The Reach Insitiute

 This 501c3 non-profit has the CEO’s of many of the family advocacy organizations on its board. It’s mission is to ensure that the latest interventions are available in every community by ensuring that health care providers can get trained in the latest methods.

Peter S. Jensen, MD
President & CEO, The REACH Institute
REsource for Advancing Children’s Health
NY, NY