There are many resources available to help understand the world of mental illness and substance abuse. Please click on any of the links below to learn more about specific areas of interest. The more information we have the better our chance for recovery and change.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. This is a great website to give an overall view of options that are out there including: explanation of different therapy styles, definitions of common disorders, free downloadable publications, resources for additional information and much more. If you know anyone who struggles with mental health this is a great place to start.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – NIDA’s mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This is an excellent site for information on drugs and alcohol and their affects on the human body. If you are struggling with addiction or know of someone who is, this site gives detailed information on each individual drug. It also contains free downloadable publications and current research information.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – SAMHSA is the 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. This site also contains publications and program information.
National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) – The mission of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado is to build communities of recovery and hope by educating, supporting and advocating for individuals affected by mental illness and their families. This site gives information on local support groups to help both the individual affected and the families that are trying to understand and support them.