Families of Mentally Ill

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NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

(BILINGUAL) National. 1100 groups. Founded 1979. Dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Has local self-help and educational groups for family members and mental health consumers. Online community message boards, e-newsletters, blogs and online fact sheets. Quarterly magazines. Focuses on support, education, advocacy and research. Provides online veterans resource center.
Write:
NAMI
3803 North Fairfax Dr., Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203-1701
Voice: 1-800-950-6264 (helpline) or 703-524-7600 (day)
Fax: 703-524-9094
Website: http://www.nami.org
Verified: 4/3/2012

Schizophrenia Society of Canada

(ENGLISH and FRENCH) National. 110 societies. Founded 1979. Information, support and advocacy for families and friends of persons with schizophrenia. Public awareness campaigns, advocacy and fund-raising. Newsletters. Guidelines and assistance for starting self-help groups. Information and referrals, phone help, conferences, brochures, handbooks and videos.
Write:
Schizophrenia Society of Canada
100-4 Fort St.
Winnipeg, CANADA MB R3C1C4
Voice: 204-786-1616
Fax: 204-783-4898
Website: http://www.schizophrenia.ca
E-mail: info@schizophrenia.ca
Verified: 7/26/2012

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

National. 137 affiliated groups. Founded 1989. Parent-run organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families. Provides information, advocacy, newsletter and conferences. For local support group information, click on 'Who We Are' on top of menu bar; then click on 'Local Chapters and State Organizations.'
Write:
for Children's Mental Health
9605 Medical Ctr. Dr., Ste. 280
Rockville, MD 20850
Voice: 240-403-1901
Fax: 240-403-1909
Website: http://www.ffcmh.org
E-mail: ffcmh@ffcmh.org
Verified: 4/3/2012

BPD Central

Online. Provides links to online groups for persons dealing with a loved one with borderline personality disorder. Several mailing lists available for parents, siblings, grandparents, gays, lesbians, Christians and others close to someone with BPD. Group for persons with BPD also.
Website: http://www.bpdcentral.com
Verified: 6/29/2012

The Selective Mutism Group

Online. Founded 1999. Devoted to educating and promoting awareness about selective mutism and other related childhood anxiety disorders. Online forums and 'Expert Chats' in addition to the Connections Program that links individuals and provides state support group meeting information. Individual or family membership $45/yr.
Website: http://selectivemutism.org
Verified: 6/29/2012

Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc.

National. Founded 1992. Pioneering group that offers mutual support for professionals and parents of children with selective mutism or social phobia (a psychiatric anxiety disorder in which children are unable to speak in social situations). Includes social anxiety and shyness. Also open to adults who have or outgrew the disorder. Provides information and online support. Website contains research studies, printable brochures, literature and publications.
Write:
Selective Mutism Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 13133
Sissonville, WV 25360
Website: http://www.selectivemutismfoundation.org
E-mail: carolyn@selectivemutismfoundation.org
Verified: 8/17/2012

Conduct Disorders Parent Message Board

Online. 7080 members. Founded 1995. Support for parents of a child with one of the many behavior disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Parents of children all ages welcome.
Website: http://www.conductdisorders.com
Verified: 6/29/2012

Adult Children of Multiplicity

Model. Founded 1998. Provides companionship and back-up support for adult children (ages 18+) who had or have a parent with Multiple Personality Disorder or Dissociative Identity Disorder (MPD/DID).
Voice: 415-585-63521 (11am-11:30pm PST).
Verified: 7/2/2012

Sibling Support Project

National. 340 affiliated groups. Founded 1990. Organization dedicated to the life long concerns of brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental and mental health concerns. Provides workshops on sibling issues, hosts listservs and provides training on how to implement Sibshops (lively workshops for school-age siblings).
Write:
Sibling Support Project, c/o Donald Meyer
6512 23rd Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117
Voice: 206-297-6368
Website: http://www.siblingsupport.org
E-mail: donmeyer@siblingsupport.org
Verified: 8/14/2012

SibNet

Online. 1500+ members. Founded 1998. Listserv for and about adult brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental and emotional needs. Opportunity for adult brothers and sisters to share information and discuss issues of common interest. Subscribers can connect with their peers, seek information about local services, create connections for their siblings and discuss the proper policies agencies should have toward brothers and sisters.
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sibnet
E-mail: sibnet-owner@yahoogroups.com
Verified: 7/2/2012

B.I.L.Y. (Because I Love You: The Parent Support Group)

National. 47 affiliated groups. Founded 1982. Support groups for parents who have children of all ages with behavioral problems such as truancy, substance abuse or other forms of defiance of authority. Focus is on parents getting back their self-esteem and control of their home.
Write:
B.I.L.Y.
P.O. Box 2062
Winnetka, CA 91396-2062
Voice: 818-884-8242
Website: http://www.becauseiloveyou.org
E-mail: bily1982@aol.com
Verified: 8/17/2012

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