American Veterans (AMVETS)*
AMVETS is dedicated to leadership, advocacy and service for America's Veterans on issues such as employment and training, mandatory funding for
government-provided health care and other benefits to which they are entitled.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)*
IAVA is dedicated to improving the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families by
addressing critical issues facing new veterans, including mental health, the VA system, health care for female
veterans, and GI Bill education benefits.
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)*
PVA works to enhance the quality of life for veterans of the armed forces who have experienced Spinal
Cord Injury/Dysfunction (SCI/D) advocating for quality health care, research and education, veterans’ benefits and
rights, accessibility and the removal of architectural barriers, sports programs, and disability rights.
Student Veterans of America (SVA)*
SVA is an association of student veteran groups from college campuses across the United States. The
organization works to develop new student groups, coordinate between existing groups, and advocate on behalf of
student veterans at the local, state, and national level.
The American Legion*
The American Legion is veteran service organization committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth
programs, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security and continued devotion to our fellow
service members and veterans.
Foundation for Suicide Prevention*
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to preventing suicide, including
groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration programs and critical policy work.
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP)*
The NSSP is a coordinated effort by both the public and private sectors to prevent and reduce suicide
and suicidal behavior. The National Strategy lays out a framework for action and guides development of an array of
services and programs.
Veterans Mental Health Council Guide
Veterans Mental Health Councils provide a dynamic opportunity for VA Staff and Veteran consumers of VA Mental Health Services to learn from each other and promote greater understanding of and collaboration with each other to the benefit of both.
Mental Health America (MHA)*
MHA is an advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions
and their effects nationwide. MHA works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services
for all Americans.
National Alliance on
Mental Illness (NAMI)*
NAMI is a mental health advocacy organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of
individuals and families affected by mental illness through support, education, advocacy and research.
Vet to Vet (Peer Support)* Vermont Vet to Vet is
a volunteer organization dedicated to helping veterans recover from mental illness.
American Psychiatric Association*
The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its over
35,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all
persons with mental disorders.
American Psychological Association*
Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and
professional organization that represents psychology in the United States.
American Psychiatric Nurses
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association, APNA, is a professional membership organization of over
6,000 members committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric mental health nursing, health and wellness
promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and
treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.
International Nurses Society on Addictions*
The International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) is a professional specialty organization
founded in 1975 for nurses committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of addictive
disorders including alcohol and other drug dependencies, nicotine dependencies, eating disorders, dual and multiple
diagnosis, and process addictions such as gambling.
National Association of Social Workers*
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of
professional social workers in the world, with 150,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and
development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
Mental Health America (MHA)*
MHA is dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier live by addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions
and their effects nationwide, working to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans.
National Institute of
The NIMH is the lead Federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. Their mission is
to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)*
SAMHSA’s vision is “A Life in the Community for Everyone”, which is based on the
premise that all people, with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders, should have the opportunity for a
fulfilling life that includes a job/education, a home, and a meaningful personal relationship with friends and
family. SAMHSA works to achieve this goal by building resilience and facilitating recovery.
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