Mental Health and Community Resources

It can be difficult to find helpful information about mental health conditions and treatment options, and it isn’t always easy to find reputable community organizations to turn to for help. Below are some resources that we recommend:

Aging & Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Association: 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. Find resources, tips, research, support groups for caregivers, and more on this site.

American Association of Retired Persons: At AARP, you’ll find resources for caregiving, social security and Medicare, health and wellness, and more.

National Institute on Aging: The NIA provides health information about diseases and conditions that impact older adults.

Nursing Home Compare: Nursing Home Compare is a service of Medicare, and has information about all of the Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes in the nation.

Autism

Autism Society: Autism Society is a resource for loved ones of those with autism; they provide information on the latest research and treatment modalities, and maintain information on services for people of all ages.

Autism Speaks: Autism Speaks focuses on advancing research on treatments for autism, and works to help increase public understanding and acceptance of autism. 

Interactive Autism Network: The Interactive Autism Network maintains information on the latest research on autism, and connects the community with researchers.

Pathfinders for Autism: Pathfinders for Autism is the largest autism organization in Maryland, and offers free resources, programs, and information about autism.

Children and Adolescents

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: AACAP is a professional organization for child and adolescent psychiatrists, and provides comprehensive information on diagnoses, preventive measures, and treatment options.

Books Beyond Words: Books Beyond Words is a learning resource for those who are cognitively impaired or lack communication skills. This resource helps teach children about life events, problem-solving, emotions, and more.

Helping Young Children Cope with Upsetting Events: This resource provides support and recommendations for helping children cope with upsetting and traumatic events. 

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services: The DJS provides services and treatment for youth who are involved in the Maryland juvenile justice system.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: The NICHD offers robust information on child health and development.

Office of Adolescent Health: The OAH provides information on adolescent health and development, and offers resources and trainings for adolescents and parents.

Tips for Caregivers on Media Coverage of Upsetting Events: This resource provides tips and advice for caregivers for when there is media coverage of upsetting or traumatic events.

Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities Administration: The DDA offers resources and supportive services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Independent Marylanders Achieving Growth through Empowerment: The IMAGE Center for People with Disabilities serves individuals with disabilities in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Harford County. They offer housing resources, skills training, advocacy, and more.

The League for People with Disabilities: The League offers wellness, vocational, and recreational programs and services for people with disabilities throughout Maryland.

Maryland Area Driver Rehabilitation Programs: Find locations for in-office clinical assessments and behind-the-wheel assessments.

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services: DORS offers vocational services for individuals with disabilities, and programs for business and employers who wish to hire individuals with disabilities.

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders Coalition: EDC is a public health advocacy group working to raise awareness about eating disorders and their impacts. Find information and facts about eating disorders.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: ANAD offers support and educational services for those impacted by eating disorders.

National Eating Disorders Association: NEDA provides resources for help and support, screening tools, and educational materials for people impacted by eating disorders.

Mental Health & Treatment

Active Minds: Active Minds has more than 450 chapters throughout the United States, and offers advocacy and outreach resources for college students impacted by mental health.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides resources and education on suicide prevention.

American Psychiatric Association: The APA is a great resource for new and seasoned psychiatrists alike. Find information on upcoming meetings and explore the learning center.

American Psychological Association: The APA has a breadth of information on psychological topics, and maintains a database of publications which you can browse by subject.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: The ADAA offers education, training, and research on anxiety, depression, and related disorders.

Behavioral Tech: Behavioral Tech is the home to a wealth of information about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. If you or a loved one are new to DBT, this is a good place to start learning about the practice. 

Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance: The Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliances provides help, support, and education to improve the lives of those living with mood disorders.

International OCD Foundation: The International OCD Foundation provides resources to help those with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) live full and productive lives.

Maryland Coalition of Families: The Maryland Coalition offers resources and support for families who provide care for individuals with behavioral health needs.

Maryland Local Health Departments: Find links to the health department in your city or county.

Medicare: Medicare is the federal health insurance program for individuals 65 and older, and certain individuals with disabilities. 

Medline Plus: Medline Plus, a digital library from the National Institutes of Health, offers information about diseases, conditions, and wellness for patients and families.

MentalHealth.gov: MentalHealth.gov is a one-stop shop for information about mental health and mental health conditions.

Mental Health America: Mental Health America is a community-based network dedicated to helping people achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.

Mental Health Association of Maryland: The Maryland chapter of the National Mental Health Association offers information on how to get help, and how to get involved as a stigma fighter.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI is a grassroots, self-help, and family advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses.

NAMI Maryland Chapter: This local chapter of NAMI offers local resources and links to support in Maryland.

National Institute of Mental Health: The National Institute of Mental Health is dedicated to transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: NINDS offers information about various neurological disorders, and provides the latest research in the field.

No Stigmas: No Stigmas is a peer-to-peer community support network for those who are impacted by mental health conditions.

On Our Own of Maryland: On Our Own is an educational resource for the loved ones of those with mental and behavioral health conditions.

Treatment Advocacy Center: The Treatment Advocacy Center focuses on eliminating barriers to mental health treatment, provides information on the laws and standards in each state. 

World Health Organization (WHO): WHO provides information on mental health conditions, mental health in various populations, suicide prevention, and policy and services.

Substance Use

Addiction Center: Addiction Center provides information and resources for people experiencing a substance use condition and their families. Addiction Center offers recovery resources, information on addiction, and information on treatment facilities.

Al-Anon: Al-Anon is a support group for people who have been impacted by another’s drinking. Use this website to find support group meetings and resources.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous is a renowned support group for people who have a problem with drinking. Find meetings and conventions in the Maryland area.

Drug Rehab Connections: Drug Rehab Connections provides information on drug and alcohol addiction, as well as overviews of various treatment modalities.

Narcotics Anonymous: Narcotics Anonymous is a place where individuals struggling with narcotic use can find literature and local meetings.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Learn about how alcohol impacts health, and find publications and research on alcohol abuse.

National Institute on Drug Abuse: NIDA provides in-depth information on drugs that can be abused, and how to address drug abuse.

SMART Recovery: SMART Recovery is a resource for people experiencing a substance use problem. Find tools, resources, and meetings in your area.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): SAMHSA offers information on help and treatment for substance use and mental health conditions.

Supportive Services

211: 2-1-1 is a free, confidential phone service available 24/7 that helps you find emergency and disaster, crisis, food, health, and housing resources.

Maryland Department of Human Services: The DHS offers a wide variety of medical, home, food, and vocational supportive services for children, adults, and families.

Social Security Administration: SSA provides information on benefits for people with disabilities, and individuals approaching retirement.

Trauma & Intimate Partner Violence

Department of Veteran Affairs: There are lots of resources available for veterans’ mental health; find them all here.

House of Ruth Maryland: House of Ruth is an intimate partner violence center, and offers support and resources for women and children who have been impacted by intimate partner violence.

National Center for PTSD: The National Center for PTSD provides the latest research and robust education on post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute: Sidran helps people understand, recover from, and treat post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, and co-occurring conditions.