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The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 1 in 4 U.S. adults has a mental disorder. With the high number of people affected by mental illness, a number of organizations are trying to spread the word about this serious problem. Below you will find resources that lead you to information on a variety of mental health topics.

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General mental health resources

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  • Action Steps for Improving Women's Mental Health External link — This report outlines specific action steps for health care professionals to address the burden of mental illness on women and to address the stigma associated with mental health. It provides information on the signs and symptoms of mental illness and solutions for preventing and coping with mental illness.

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Mental health information about:

Caregiving and caregivers

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  • Caregiver Stress Fact Sheet External link — This fact sheet provides tips for relieving the stress of caregivers, as well as types of support that are available.

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Disaster and trauma

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  • Coping with Traumatic Events External link — This Internet site is a compilation of information about coping with traumatic events from the National Institute of Mental Health. It has special information for helping children that many parents and organizations have found useful.
  • FEMA: Fact sheet - Terrorism External link — This publication contains important information for preparing for a terrorist attack, response during a terrorist attack, and how to respond following a terrorist attack.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder External link — Many people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after lving through something that is upsetting and dangerous. This publication discusses the importance of getting help for symptoms associated with PTSD, and provides a checklist of the physical and mental symptoms of PTSD.
  • Ready.gov External link — This site was designed by the Department of Homeland Security to provide information on citizen preparedness. It provides information on how to react to even unlikely scenarios. You should be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. Check this site for the most current information and recommendations.
  • SAMHSA's Disaster Response Information External link — When natural disasters occur, individuals can lose their entire communities. Immediately following such crises and for the long-term, SAMHSA focuses on its mission of “Building Resilience and Facilitating Recovery” for those affected. This site is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable of those affected by crises; individuals with substance abuse and mental illness disorders.

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Drug and alcohol abuse

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  • Alcohol: A Women's Health Issue External link — This booklet discusses statistics, risks, benefits, and more about women and alcohol consumption. It also talks about women and problem drinking.
  • Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health External link — If you drink alcohol, this pamphlet can help you determine how much is too much and what to do if you're thinking about a change. It offers statistics on alcohol use, a checklist of symptoms for an alcohol use disorder, and a list of further resources.
  • Should You Talk to Someone About a Drug, Alcohol, or Mental Health Problem? External link — Lists questions consumers can ask themselves to help them decide whether to seek help for a substance abuse problem, a mental health issue, or both. Urges those who answered "yes" to any of the questions to seek help and lists resources for more information.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator External link — This website will help you locate a substance abuse treatment facility in your area.

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Eating disorders

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Medications

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  • Antidepressants: What You Need to Know About Depression Medication (Copyright © HelpGuide.org) External link — This publication describes how antidepressants work, including information about effectiveness and withdrawal. It lists the different types of antidepressants available and also describes the available treatment alternatives.
  • Depression: How Medicine Can Help (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) External link — This fact sheet addresses common questions and concerns regarding the role of antidepressants in treating depression: options for treatment, how to chose an antidepressant, common side effects and how to tell if the medication is effective. Included are resources for more information.
  • Medications for Anxiety Disorders (Copyright © Anxiety Disorders Association of America) External link — This fact sheet contains information about what to ask your doctor before taking medication for anxiety disorders, side effects, where to find financial assistance, and more. It also links to information for parents and a medications chart with information about the drugs available.
  • Mental Health Medications External link — This booklet is designed to help mental health patients and their families understand how and why medications can be used as part of the treatment of mental health problems.
  • St. John's Wort and Depression External link — This fact sheet has information about St. John's Wort, a popular herb being used by the public today to treat mild depression. This publication includes information on the FDA's role to monitor the use of this herb, how St. John's Wort works, how it is used to treat depression, and a drug interaction advisory.

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Stress

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  • Stress and Your Health Fact Sheet External link — This fact sheet discusses the causes and signs of stress. It also lists the health effects and gives tips to help you handle your stress.

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Suicide

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Treatment and recovery

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Reports from the Surgeon General

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More information on Resources

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  • Action Steps for Improving Women's Mental Health - This report outlines specific action steps for health care professionals to address the burden of mental illness on women and to address the stigma associated with mental health. It provides information on the signs and symptoms of mental illness and solutions for preventing and coping with mental illness.
  • Caregiver Stress Fact Sheet - This fact sheet provides tips for relieving the stress of caregivers, as well as types of support that are available.
  • Stress and Your Health Fact Sheet - This fact sheet discusses the causes and signs of stress. It also lists the health effects and gives tips to help you handle your stress.

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Content last updated: March 29, 2010.

Resources last updated: September 20, 2013.

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