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NUR 4020: Nursing Care of Mental Health Patients: Helpful Websites


The following websites are helpful resources for psychiatric mental health nurses:

  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)APNA has grown to be the largest professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.
  • American Psychological Association (APA)The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. 
  • National Institute of Mental HealthThe 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.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP):  The AFSP is a voluntary health organization that funds research, provides education to the public about mental health and suicide prevention, advocates for mental health public policies and suicide prevention, and supports survivors of suicide loss and individuals affected by suicide.  

  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA):   The APNA is a professional mental health nurses association that is dedicated to providing leadership, promoting psychiatric-mental health nurses, improving mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, communities, and groups, and shaping health policy for the delivery of mental health services.  

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA):  The ADAA is an international non-profit organization that is committed to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and co-occurring disorders through science, treatment, and education.  

  • Autism Speaks:   Autism Speaks is an organization that is dedicated to promoting an understanding and acceptance of individuals with autism and advancing research for interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.  

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):  NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the United States that is committed to improving the lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness.  

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):  The NIDA is a federally funded organization dedicated to advancing the science, causes, and consequences of drug use and addiction and applying knowledge to improve the health of individuals and the public.  

  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):    The NIMH is the leading federal agency dedicated to research on mental health disorders. The agency is one of 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health.  

  • National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health: The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health provides training, support, and consultation to advocates, mental health and substance abuse providers, legal professionals, and policymakers as they work to improve agency and systems-level responses to survivors and their children.

  • Mental Health America (MHA):    MHA is the leading community-based non-profit in the United States committed to addressing the needs of individuals living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.  

  • Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI):   MHAI is affiliated with Mental Health America and is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental illness, and improving care and treatment for those suffering from mental and emotional disorders. 

  • Mental Health Resources, Inc. (MHR):  MHR is a non-profit organization that is committed to offering community-based mental health and substance-use disorder services to adults recovering from serious mental illnesses.  

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):  SAMHSA is a leading agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that is dedicated to advancing the behavioral health of the nation and improving the lives of those living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families.  

  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC):  The SPRC is a federally funded organization that is dedicated to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.