This list identifies local and national organizations that provide resources and support for general anxiety and mental health issues as well as diagnosis-specific organizations (for example, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), social anxiety or traumatic stress).
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The following organizations address anxiety and mental health at the general level:
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
National organization dedicated to promoting the healthy development of children, adolescents and families through advocacy, education and research, and meeting the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.
American Psychological Association
National organization with the mission of advancing the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
National nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression and related disorders.
Child Anxiety Network
The Child Anxiety Network was created to provide thorough, user-friendly information about child anxiety.
Freedom From Fear
National nonprofit mental health advocacy organization. The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depression and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Cleveland/Lorain
Local affiliate of NAMI providing support to those with serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression and anxiety disorders and their family members. NAMI offers a variety of free support groups, education programs, information, referrals and advocacy.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over." The following organizations support individuals diagnosed with OCD:
International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
International nonprofit organization made up of people with OCD and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to educate and raise awareness, support research and improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event." The following organizations support individuals diagnosed with traumatic stress:
National Center for PTSD
Hosted under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, this organization offers information about PTSD, treatment, and guidance on how to find help.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Established by Congress in 2000, the NCTSN's mission is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
Nonprofit organization with the goal of helping people understand, recover from, and treat traumatic stress (including PTSD), dissociative disorder, and co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self-injury and suicidality.
According to the Selective Mutism Association (SMA), "Selective mutism (SM), formerly called elective mutism, is best understood as a childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child or adolescent’s inability to speak in one or more social settings (e.g., at school, in public places, with adults) despite being able to speak comfortably in other settings (e.g., at home with family)." The following organizations support individuals diagnosed with selective mutism:
Selective Mutism Association (SMA)
The mission of the SMA is to increase public awareness of SM, to promote greater understanding of this disorder through education and support of research and to provide support to professionals, affected individuals and their families.
Selective Mutism Foundation (SMF)
Nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting further research, advocacy, social acceptance and the understanding of SM as a debilitating disorder.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), "Social anxiety disorder (also called social phobia) is a mental health condition. It is an intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others." The following organizations support individuals diagnosed with social anxiety disorder:
Social Anxiety Association
Nonprofit organization with the goal of meeting the growing needs of people throughout the world who have social phobia/social anxiety.
According to the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, "Body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) is a general term for a group of related disorders that includes hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting. These behaviors are not habits or tics; rather, they are complex disorders that cause people to repeatedly touch their hair and body in ways that result in physical damage." The following organizations support individuals diagnosed with BFRB:
The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
National nonprofit that takes a comprehensive approach to helping people overcome and heal from body-focused repetitive behaviors (including skin picking, nail biting, and cheek biting, as well as hair pulling).