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The following is a guide to Mental Health Organizations which does not reflect 100% the complete list of global Mental Health Organizations and may differ from time to time. Some references may appear later invalid or directs the reader to another location. An effort has been made and will continue to maintain the information up-to-date.

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American Academy of Psychotherapists 

A multi-disciplinary group committed to the art and science of psychotherapy.


American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 

AAGP is a national association representing and serving its members and the field of geriatric psychiatry. It is dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late life mental disorders.


American Association of Anger Management Providers 


Establishing standards for providers nationwide. Provides research, self-help articles, CDs, videos and client books.


American Association of Psychotherapists, Inc. 


 A professional association of mental health clinicians dedicated to the support and development of psychotherapy.


American Board of Mental Health Specialists 


This organization is dedicated to ensuring that mental health professionals are highly trained and meet formal criteria to be certified as specialists in the treatment of various mental health problems.


American College of Mental Health Administration 

National organization for mental health and substance abuse administrators, consumers, and family leaders.


American Mental Health Counselors Association 

Enhances the profession of mental health counseling through advocacy, education and professional development.


American Orthopsychiatric Association 

A multidisciplinary membership association which focuses on clinical issues and social justice issues within the mental health care professions.


American Psychiatric Association 

U.S. and international members with the goal of ensuring humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders.


American Psychiatric Foundation 

Provides grant support for programs in public education that increase awareness and understanding of mental disorders, advocacy initiatives that empower patients and their families to make informed healthcare choices, and research focused on the treatment and prevention of mental illness.


American Psychological Association 

Promotes research and represents the professional interests of psychologists in the United States. Information on publications and conferences.


American Psychotherapy Association 


APA Division 42: Psychologists in Independent Practice 


Association for Birth Psychology 


The first organization of professionals interested in the psychological impact of pregnancy, birth, and the perinatal period on personality. Research and clinical practice of psychotherapy and empirical investigation of the fetus, pregnancy, parents, and obstetical considerations.


Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners 


Provides information about therapists, counselors, and other practitioners who apply the theories of Humanistic Psychology to their work.


Association of VA Psychologist Leaders 


Addresses the professional needs and concerns of Veterans Affairs psychologists.


California Committee of Concerned Psychologists Advocate oh behalf of State Psychiatric Patients 

Patients rights advocacy group comprised of mental health professionals and public citizens aimed at insuring quality patient care in public psychiatric facilities.


Canadian Academy Of Geriatric Psychiatry (CAGP) 

A national organization of psychiatrists dedicated to promoting mental health in the Canadian elderly population through clinical, educational and research activities of its members.


Center for Mental Health Services 

Links users to the Federal efforts to treat mental illnesses, promote mental health, and prevent the development or worsening of mental illness.


Center for Quality Assessment and Improvement in Mental Health, CQAIMH 


Based at the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, CQAIMH develops and tests methods to evaluate the quality of mental health care. Inventory of mental health quality measures. Useful to clinicians, care managers, payers, services researchers, and others involved in the assessment and improvement of mental health care. Provides a Consumer Guide to Obtaining Quality Mental Health Care.


Depression Research Association 

Promotes awareness, prevention and treatment of depression, anxiety and panic attack disorders in their medical and social aspects.


GATES Support Project 

A mental health charity based in Lewisham, London, U.K. Services include computer training, guidance, and support to help people move into education, voluntary work, and/or paid employment.


Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training 

Training program for mental health professionals, and referral service in NYC area.


Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation 

An international charity organization for the advancement of neurological and mental health patient welfare, education, and research.


Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma 

Caring for the health and mental needs of survivors of mass violence and torture, through a combined practice of clinical experience and medical research.


Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy 


Institute for Positive Mental Health 

This institute is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the prevention of mental illness and to the vocational and social rehabilitation of adults with a history of mental illness.


Institute of Psychiatry 


Post-graduate education and research in psychiatry, psychology, and allied disciplines associated with Kings College, London.


International Organisation of Psychomotricty and Relaxation Therapy 


Site of international psychomotor therapists.


International Psychoanalytical Association 


Professional association for psychoanalysts worldwide.


International Society for Mental Health Online 

Education, advocacy, and information organization for professionals and consumers.


International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations 


Provides a forum for academics, clinicians, consultants and others interested in working in and with organizations utilizing psychoanalytic concepts and insights.


ISIPT - International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy 


Provides information about IPT and its clinical and research applications. It also provides background information and contact details for the Society.


Mental Health Foundation 

An Australian, non-governmental agency offering services for mental health consumers in the Canberra region.


Mental Research Institute 

Training, workshops, clinical services, and research in interactional/systemic studies, psychotherapy, and family therapy.



The National Association for Mental Health in the United Kingdom campaigns on behalf of those with mental illness.


Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs, Inc. 


A Non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality through education, public policy advocacy and member services.


National Alliance for Counselors 


Dedicated primarily to the advancement of the professional within the disciplines of clinical mental health, psychiatric treatment, counseling, education, habilitation, and criminal justice. One of its primary functions is to operate as a Board of Examiners.


National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression 


NARSAD is a national, not-for-profit organization whose primary objective is to raise funds to find the causes, cures, treatments, and prevention of severe brain disorders.


National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists 

The NACBT provides certification in cognitive-behavioral therapy, along with seminars and workshops.


National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare 

A nonprofit trade association serving the education, advocacy and networking needs of more than 800 community providers of mental health and addiction treatment services.


National Institute of Mental Health 

Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of various mental illnesses.


National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) 


 Association seeking relief for the substance abuse and mental health needs of the United States Latino population.


National Mental Health Association 

Dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illnesses through advocacy, education, research and service.


National psychodrama training center 

Promotes a program which provides training in the psychodamatic method.


Ness Foundation 

Conducting research into safer treatments for schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD, particularly in connection with dietary lipids and oxidative stress.



Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study 

Seattle-based, non-profit, interdisciplinary organization that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and nurses. Dedicated to making psychoanalytic knowledge available and useful to interested professionals.


Psychiatric Studies Centre 


Association whose purpose is scientific research in the fields of psychiatry, psychopharmacology and social psychiatry.



A public service of the International Psychogeriatric Association.


Psychotherapists and Counsellors Association of Western Australia, Inc. 


Information about counseling and psychotherapy including how to choose a therapist and a directory outlining the professional profiles of qualified counselors and psychotherapists in Western Australia.


Screening for Mental Health 

Organization dedicated to coordinating nationwide mental health screening programs and to ensure cooperation, professionalism, and accountability in mental illness screenings.


Society for Psychotherapy Research (UK) 

Society of Biological Psychiatry 

Professional association supports research in medical psychiatry with humanitarian, emotional, psychological, and socio-cultural orientation.


The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress 


A multidisciplinary network of professionals committed to the advancement of intervention for survivors of trauma.


The Kettle Friendship Society 

A non-profit agency providing support and services to those suffering from mental illness.


The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors 


NASMHPD analyzes trends in the delivery and financing of mental health services and builds and disseminates knowledge and experience reflecting the integration of public mental health programming in evolving healthcare environments.


The National Coalition Of Mental Health Professionals And Consumers, Inc. 


Professionals, consumers, and consumer advocates working to address the negative impact of managed care on patients and professionals in mental health care.


The National Register On the Web 


Credentialing organization for licensed psychologists.


The Psychiatry Research Trust 


A charity that raises funds for mental illness and brain disease research at a centre for psychiatric and psychological medicine.


World Federation for Mental Health 

Seeks to improve mental health services, reduce the stigma associated with mental and emotional disorders, protect human rights of the mentally ill, promote mental health, and identify mental health issues.


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