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The following organizations offer a wealth of information:

American Psychiatric Association
Phone: 1-888-357-7924
Web site: www.psych.org

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Phone: 1-800-826-3632
Web site: www.dbsalliance.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Phone: 1-703-524-7600
NAMI HelpLine: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
Web site: www.nami.org

National Hopeline Network
(Program operated by the Kristin Brooks Hope Center)
Phone: 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)
Crisis Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
Web site: www.hopeline.com

National Institute of Mental Health
Phone: 1-866-615-NIMH (6464), toll-free
Web site: www.nimh.nih.gov

Mental Health America (MHA)
Web site: www.mentalhealthamerica.net
The MHA promotes victory over mental illness and the stigma associated with it through advocacy, education, research, and service. Website includes information on the range of mental illnesses and how they affect all age groups; healthcare reform and the rights of consumers (including parity of mental health benefits with other health coverage); suicide prevention; and treatment guidelines. Also included are a confidential online screening test for depression and a list of community support services. For additional information, access to NMHA's Help Desk is also provided.

Screening for Mental Health (SMH)
Web site: www.mentalhealthscreening.org
The SMH was developed to coordinate nationwide mental health screening programs and to ensure that they are conducted properly. It is also involved in a number of research initiatives designed to shed new light on America's mental health. Website offers information about no-cost, anonymous, community-based screening programs for alcoholism, anxiety disorders, depression, and eating disorders, among others. Also provided: suicide education and research and information about interactive telephone screening programs.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Web site: www.afsp.org
The AFSP, which funds research, education, and treatment programs aimed at the prevention of suicide, has compiled a national directory of survivor support groups for families and friends of people who have committed or attempted suicide.