Advocacy Groups

Active Minds empowers students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses. Active Minds supports a network of campus-based chapters across the United States and Canada that are made up of students passionate about mental health advocacy and education. Chapters provide their campuses with a wide range of programming that educates their peers about mental health, connects students to resources, and aims to change negative perceptions about mental health disorders.  Active Minds chapters are changing the way students address mental health and giving a voice to this important issue. Learn more at www.activeminds.org


The American Brain Coalition (ABC) is a non-profit umbrella organization working to reduce the burden of brain disorders. We raise awareness about the cause, impact, and consequences of neurologic, including psychiatric, disorders in society through education and advocacy on cutting edge developments in brain research. The ABC uniquely unites the knowledge and resources of patients and families, researchers, clinicians, universities, government agencies, and private corporations.  The result is a collective voice serving our 100+ member organizations’ individual, but complementary, missions. For more information, visit www.americanbraincoalition.org.


The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the nation’s top non-governmental funder of mental health research grants. We believe that better treatments and advancements come from scientific discovery. We only fund scientists whose research is reviewed and recommended by our all-volunteer, world-renowned Scientific Council representing every major discipline in brain and behavior research. The $408+ million in grants awarded by the Foundation since 1987 has resulted in over $3.9 billion in additional research funding for these scientists. For more info: https://www.bbrfoundation.org/


The CureSZ Foundation provides education about underutilized and cutting-edge medications and treatments for schizophrenia. This includes information about the unique medication clozapine, which is the only FDA-approved medication for cases of treatment resistance. It also includes long-acting injectable medications (LAIs) which are convenient for persons with schizophrenia and effective at preventing relapse and rehospitalization. To learn more: www.curesz.org/


DBSA envisions wellness for people who live with depression and bipolar disorder. Because DBSA was created for and is led by individuals living with mood disorders, their vision, mission, and programming are always informed by the personal, lived experience of peers. Through more than 700 support groups and nearly 300 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness. For more information visit www.dbsalliance.org


 Founded in 1909, MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots advocacy and achievement. With over 200 affiliates in 41 states, 6,500 affiliate staff and over 10,000 volunteers, they are a powerful voice for healthy communities throughout the nation. Much of their current work is guided by the Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process. For more information visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net


NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs. For more information visit www.nami.org


SARDAA improves lives affected by schizophrenia-related brain illnesses (mental illnesses involving psychosis). SARDAA promotes hope and recovery through support programs, education, collaboration and advocacy. Our vision is that every person living with a schizophrenia-related brain disorder receives respect, appropriate treatment and an opportunity to live a meaningful and satisfying life in a compassionate community free of discrimination. Learn more at www.sardaa.org


Schizophrenic.NYC was created, founded, & designed by Michelle Hammer, a Schizophrenic New Yorker who wants to make a difference in the way the mentally ill homeless are treated in NYC as well as change the way New Yorkers feel about mental illness. Usually, the Rorschach Test is plain black. When a person with schizophrenia looks at this test or just goes through life, things are seen from a different perspective. What Michelle did was use her artwork in the test, changing the colors and patterns so now everyone sees the test from a different perspective. This makes people think differently and starts a discussion. The more discussions about mental health we have, the less stigma there will be. To learn more: https://www.schizophrenic.nyc/


Formerly ‘Students With Schizophrenia’, SWP empowers empowering student leaders and advocates living with psychosis worldwide by organizing events, founding clubs, offering career-building internship programs, and bringing together a global perspective of psychosis through our Advocacy Board. Together, we can change the face of psychosis. To learn more: https://sws.ngo/


To find your local advocacy group:

MHA: https://arc.mhanational.org/find-affiliate

DBSA: https://www.dbsalliance.org/support/chapters-and-support-groups/find-a-support-group/