Links to Additional Resources
Links to websites are provided as potential resources. Reading doesn’t replace personal interaction, first hand experiences or knowledge shared at NAMI meetings. Listing of a site on this link does not necessarily imply endorsement of the individual or organization operating the website or agreement with all content appearing on it. We invite you to come to our FDL meetings and share with us what you’ve learned from these sites!
For Those with a Diagnosis (Consumers):
- NAMI National
- Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
- Psychiatric Advanced Directives
- McMan’s Depression & Bipolar Web
- Recovery International, Abraham Low, MD
- National Empowerment Center
- What a Difference a Friend Makes
- Wellness Recovery Action Plan by Mary Ellen Copeland PhD. WRAP has been developed by a group of people who experience mental health challenges. These people learned that they can identify what makes them well, and then use their own Wellness Tools to relieve difficult feelings and maintain wellness.
- Open Forest is a website that offers self-help courses to help with depression, anxiety and other issues.
General Mental Health:
- National Institute of Mental Health
- Healthy Place
- GA Department of Behavorial Health & DD
- Mental Health America
- The Recognition and Prevention (RAP) Program
- Psychiatry 24×7
- Surgeon General’s Call to Action
- Treatment Advocacy Center
Support for Children of Mentally Ill Parents:
- NAMI National Daughters and Sons Website: “We have been called invisible, but we live in every town, in every neighborhood. We grew up in two-parent households, and single parent homes. We are children of divorce. We were raised by our grandparents or grew up in foster care. We have and will face a number of challenges. Many of us have had difficulties developing personal relationships. Some have faced economic hardship. All of us have experienced some degree of trauma. But, despite this, our bond with our parent(s) is very precious. It has helped us to identify who we are, and who we want to be. This is the case whether our parent(s) have been a part of our everyday lives, or whether we have never met them.”
- “Puzzles, Pictures and Paper Airplanes: What We Do When Our Parents Get Sick”
Support for Children and Teens:
- NAMI Child and Teen Support Center
- Parents & Teachers as Allies
- Georgia Parent Support Network
- Mountain Education Center High School (an individualized, self-paced evening high school)
- Breaking the Silence
- Georgia Teen Work Program
- Mentor Me North Georgia (mentors for ages 6-17)
- Job Corps (ages 16-24)
- Dr. Sam Goldstein
- Parent to Parent of Georgia
- Service Provider Search Form (provided by Parent to Parent of Georgia)
- What Is an IEP?
- Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice
- Wrightslaw Pete and Pam Wright are Adjunct Professors of Law at the William and Mary Law School where they teach a course about special education law and advocacy and assist with the Law School’s Special Education Law Clinic.
- NPTAC (National Parent Technical Assistance Center) In this network, GA is in Region 3.
- No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 This federal document is 670 pages!
- Georgia Dept. of Education Rules These current rules have been adopted by the State Board of Education and filed with the Secretary of State.
- Parents, Let’s Unite for Kids Our NAMI friends in Montana are members of this awesome group–great information about all types of disabilities & children.
- Georgia Learning Resources System GLRS is a network of 17 centers throughout Georgia that provide training and resources to educators and parents of students with disabilities.
- Metro East GLRS Georgia Learning Resources System GLRS is a network of 17 centers that provides professional learning and resources to school districts, educators, students, and parents of students with disabilities. Our offices, located in the eastern part of metro Atlanta, Georgia, serve six public school systems, giving parents, teachers, school administrators, and system leaders access to a variety of resources to continuously improve and increase academic achievement for over 30,000 students with disabilities.
- Family Advocates of Georgia Advocates for children and youth; located in Douglasville, GA.
Support for College Students: See above–many of the supports for teens may apply for college.
- NAMI on Campus
- Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights
- Strength of Us StrengthofUs is an online community designed to empower young adults through resource sharing and peer support and to build connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities in the transition-age years.
- JED Foundation
- ULifeline Online resource for college mental health
- Supported Education A paper from Cafe TAC in Florida
- Supported Education for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities Daniel Chandler Ph.D., California Institute for Mental Health
Medications in Development for Mental Illnesses:
Note: When using medicines as part of your treatment, make sure to stay up to date on warnings, alerts and recalls at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.
- The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) You may search this site for developments in new medications.
Help with Medication Payments:
- Together Rx Access
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance
- Local Indigent Medicine Program
- St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy Program
- Schizophrenia Digest Magazine
- Living with Schizophrenia: A Call for Hope and Recovery (Documentary about schizophrenia featuring many NAMI Georgia members.)
- Overcoming Schizophrenia (Blog by Ashley, a NAMI Connection facilitator who lives in Atlanta)
- Jerome Lawrence Online Art Gallery (Jerome is an artist from Atlanta, GA.)
- Clinical Schizophrenia
- MATRICS Measurement & Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia
- Embracing My Mind
- Gaining Insight
- Esperanza Magazine
- Depression Is Real
- Lawyers with Depression
- Wing of Madness
- Depression Alliance (in the UK)
- Jennifer Reynolds (Augusta, GA)
Bipolar and Depression:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
- OCD Institute (McLean/Harvard)
Affecting 18% of the population, Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. Worry and fear can be crippling.
Borderline Personality Disorder:
- Facts from NAMI National
- Video from National Institute of Mental Health
- Video Dr. Marsha Linehan at the National Institute of Mental Health
“Research shows that more than 90 percent of suicide victims have a diagnosable mental illness and/or substance use disorder. People whose suicide act appears to be triggered by a particular event often have significant underlying mental health problems that may not be readily evident, even to family and friends.”
- Georgia Suicide Prevention Information Network
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
- Army STARRS
- Samariteens 1-800-252-TEEN
Veterans, Military Members and Their Families:
- Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Military One Source: Mental Health and Addictions
- Real Warriors (The Real Warriors Campaign combats the stigma associated with seeking psychological health care and treatment and encourages service members to increase their awareness and use of these resources.)
- Veterans Health Center
- National Center for PTSD
- Our Military Kids
- Care for the Troops
- Military Families Facing Autism
- Army STARRS
Dual Diagnosis & Help Dealing with Addictions:
According to reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA):37% of alcohol abusers and 53% of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness.
- Kenneth Minkoff, MD. Read Dr. Minkoff’s “Selected Articles” on website; he advocates integrating mental health & addiction treatments.
- GA Council on Substance Abuse
- CETPA provides linguistic and culturally appropriate substance abuse and mental health counseling and prevention services to the Latino community.
- Rethink (in the UK)
- United Way of Atlanta then click on “211”
- Co-Dependents Anonymous
- Alcoholic Anonymous
- Narcotic Anonymous
- Gambling Help
Faith and Mental Health:
“Since we human beings are made up not only of body and mind, but also of spirit, the most efficacious treatment of any illness must consider all aspects of a person. A number of studies have shown that individuals who are active spiritually, who pray, who have others pray with or for them, who practice their spiritual or religious beliefs do lead healthier, happier lives.” Coalition for Mental and Spiritual Health Ministries in Augusta, GA.
- NAMI Faithnet
- FaithWorks Georgia Our mission is to unite a proactive, faith-powered body of believers under the FaithWorks banner. And then, lead the way toward a better quality of life for those with mental and/or addictive illness (and their families). We’ll do it by educating, innovating and championing effective solutions to intractable problems.
- Church of the Holy Comforter Atlanta, GA. (60% of the congregation live with mental illness)
- Interfaith Disability Network IDN is working in GA to connect the faith community to the disability community.
- Congregational Resource Guide: Mental Health Ministry Resources
- Communities of Compassion and Justice: Mental Illness and Faith Community Outreach
- Pathways to Promise
- Mental Health Ministries
- St. Vincent de Paul
- Abba House (Forsyth County for women–mental health meds not allowed)
- Celebrate Recovery
- Jennifer Reynolds (Augusta, GA)
- American Association of Christian Counselors This site may help you locate a Christian counselor in your area.
Area Housing and Homelessness:
- Hope House Forsyth (not a homeless shelter/started by several NAMI families/provides permanent, supportive housing for 6 males who suffer from chronic mental illness)
- I’m In a Family Receiving Homes (Cumming, GA) focuses on women with young children, but accepts other women.
- Family Initiative Residential (FIR Conyers) Began in 1982 by NAMI members (called GAMI at that time)
- Abba House Forsyth (faith-based for women, mental health meds not allowed)
- Project Interconnections (DeKalb & Fulton residents)
- United Way enter zip code, select Shelter/Housing
- The Salvation Army Gainesville & Lawrenceville temporary shelters
- Local Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program information on new grant for housing
- Pathways to Housing
- Coalition for the Homeless Mentally Ill
- Action Ministries
- National Alliance to End Homelessness
- Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness
- St. Vincent de Paul Housing (female-temporary)
- Georgia Housing Search (help finding the right rental)
- Crossroads Community Ministries
- Positive Outlook Foundation
- Street to Home/Shelter to Home Program
- Georgia Law Center for the Homeless
Work Support and Facts:
Work improves recovery by promoting self-sufficiency, encouraging greater independence, and reducing isolation.
- Georgia Dept. of Labor
- DOL Vocational Rehab Program in Cumming 770-781-6792 (serving Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin)
- DOL Career Center in Gainesville 770-535-5484 (serving Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin)
- Local Employment Counseling
- Ticket to Work Program
- Benefits Navigator
- Schedule A Certification Information
- Employment 1st Georgia
- Georgia Teen Work Program
- Resources for Disability Employment
- The International Center for Clubhouse Development
- The Clubhouse, Ellijay, GA
- WebMD video about clubhouses
- Gateway House, Greenville County, SC
- The Aim Center, Chattanooga, TN
Mental Health Law and Legal Issues:
- “When Someone with a Mental Illness Is Arrested”
- Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
- The Georgia Advocacy Office
- National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
- Justice Center
- “Mental Health Courts: A Primer for Policymakers and Practitioners” do a search in Justice Center
- Georgia Law Center for the Homeless
- Wrightslaw focuses on children and youth with special education needs. Pete and Pam Wright are Adjunct Professors of Law at the William and Mary Law School where they teach a course about special education law and advocacy and assist with the Law School’s Special Education Law Clinic.
The following links are for general education. The Probate Judge & others working in the Probate Court cannot give advice; you are encouraged to hire an attorney.
- Georgia Probate Court
- Georgia Advocacy Office
- Handbook for Guardians
- Spanish Handbook for Guardians available from Georgia Probate Court site above.
Treatment used in addition to primary treatment which often helps improve functioning.
- The Awakenings Project
- Performing Arts
- Psychiatric Service Dog Society