Please NoteIf you are having any type of an emergency situation, call 9-1-1 immediately and clearly explain that it is a mental health issue. Many emergency lines have been trained around the country on how to deal with these issues in a special manner.


“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of,
but stigma and bias shame us all.”
  -Bill Clinton

If you are searching for local mental health and/or substance abuse help, please visit SAMHSA’s comprehensive database where you can search for help nearest you:

Links from past guests on our Radio Shows:

Anti-Stigma Organization:

Bring Change 2 Mind

Their mission is to emerge as the world’s most effective organization working to eradicate the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed Public Education Materials based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness.

Bipolar Disorder Information:

Our Guest on Bipolar Disorder was Dr. Wes Burgess who has written many books such as:  “The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers”, “The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens, and Families: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers” and the  “Depression Answer Book”, all available at and can be reached at:, he is located in Brentwood, California.

For links for more Bipolar Disorder information you can visit:
For information on both Bipolar disorder and depression:
More information on Bipolar with information in English, Spanish, Somali and Russian:

For support groups for families and caregivers please contact

Healthline provides a very comprehensive overview of bipolar disorder as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones. For more information, visit:

National Organizations:

Choices in Recovery

Support and information for Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, and Bipolar Disorder. Are you interested in reading compelling profiles of mental health trailblazers and staying up to date on practical recovery information? Look no further.

Do it for Doran

Do it for Daron is the organization started by Ottawa Senators Assistant Coach and long time NHL player Luke Richardson following the suicide of his 14 year old daughter.  The site provides information and resources for our Canadian friends who visit the Free Your Mind Projects site, and we applaud the courage of the Richardson family to help bust the stigma and educate the public about Mental Health Awareness.

The International OCD Foundation - A great resource to learn more and find help near you. - Meet Dr. Tolin and his patients from the OCD Project, airing on VH-1 - Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

U.S. Military Veterans

For VETS with any concerns of depression and/or suicide:  please call  800 – 273 -TALK (8255)
Or if you have a friend or family member dealing with homelessness…please contact: 1-877-527-8387:

U.S. VETS  is dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk Vets. Our goal is to get them counseling and employment assistance, as well as coordinating with US Dept of Vet. Affairs.   We want to help them become self-sufficient and return back to the community.

Please call:  1-877-527-8387 or go to:


ADHD Best selling author and Marriage and Family Couselor: Wendy Richardson. learn about ADHD and the symptons and helpful tips by visiting her website. You can also order many of her books and tapes on her website. Please visit her ADHD information at WWW.ADDANDADDICTION.COM

Click here for tips to manage ADD

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI has local chapters around the country that provide support for caregivers and those in need. We have worked with NAMI for many years and they have excellent classes such as “Family to Family” that can help care takers better understand the illnesses and what they can do for their family member and themselves. This link will take you to the official NAMI link for mental health support in your area: WWW.NAMI.ORG

Mental Health America (MHA)

You can find a local chapter near your area that can help you to find resources to help your specific situation. Please click on this link to find the MHA chaptter near you: WWW.MENTALHEALTHAMERICA.COM

Project ABC

Once a child is born, they are susceptible to both physical and mental trauma and conditions.   Learn more about tips to help support your child or a friend or family member’s child in leading a healthy life all around.  There are tips, and resources here about mental health and children from birth to 5 years old.


They provide a very extensive list across the United States of all of the mental health care facilities in your area.  You just put in the state and city and the type of service you are looking for and it will provide you a list.  MENTALHEALTH.SAMHSA.GOV

Strength of Us

For young people 18-25 going through the stress of college years, this site was developed by college students and other young adults, WWW.STRENGTHOFUS.ORG   It is a user-driven social networking community where a person can connect with peers, share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups and sharing videos, photos and other news.

Let’s Erase The Stigma (LETS)

Let’s Erase The Stigma (LETS) is a non-profit, public-benefit organization dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental illness by funding and developing educational programs, mentoring opportunities, and research possibilities designed to empower youth to change the perception of mental illness.

Joey Pantoliano’s “No Kidding Me Too!”

Joey “Pants” started his organization to help get rid of the stigma since he too dealt with mental dis-ease.  He’s done tons of movies and videos to get the message out.  Please visit his site to help support his cause at

Robert David Hall talks about Disability Employment

Robert David Hall who plays Dr. Al Robbins on CSI: Vegas was our guest on the Free Your Mind Projects Radio Show. ({play}images/stories/radio_shows/7.mp3{/play})  A “dis” ability doesn’t mean “no” ability.  If you’re interested in learning more about acting and employment in the entertainment industry for people with disabilities, check out the options from the EDD department’s media access division

Sexual Addiction Help Links: Thanks to Andrew Susskind, LCSW /

  1. Sexual Compulsivity 12 Step Programs
  2. Sexual Compulsivity Self Questionnaire
  3. Sexual Compulsivity Clinical Referrals

Local Groups:

Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

HELP you and your family and friends. There is help in your neighborhood, and a great place to search for mental health providers is: WWW.DMH.CO.LA.CA.US. Or, you can call their 24/7 ACCESS helpline: 1-800-854-7771.

There is also another link for their Network of Care that has specific help by categories and links with different languages: LOSANGELES.NETWORKOFCARE.ORG

Information in other languages:

Spanish ~ Cantonese ~ Russian ~ Tagalog ~ Vietnamese ~ Cambodian ~ Korean
Arabic ~ Somolian ~ English/AmericanSign Language
French ~ Italian ~ Polish ~ Portuguese

Life Adjustment Team

The Life Adjustment Team provides effective in-home structure and support systems that empower patients to live stable, active and productive lives using evidence-based treatment concepts for successful rehabilitation and recovery. More information at


Learn what NAMI LA can do for you to help you cope with your mentally ill relative. People who come to NAMI meetings learn how to create a safe environment for themselves and their ill relative. This improves the prognosis for the ill relative. Come and hear the wisdom of other family members in your shoes. Fight Stigma and get the help you deserve!

Here is NAMI L.A.’s great local resource listing of local L.A. numbers for local support: WWW.NAMI.ORG/LA

National Mental Health Association of Greater Los Angeles

The National Mental Health Association of Greater Los Angeles (MHA) works to ensure that people with mental illness reach their rightful place as participating, productive members of our community. MHA’s four cornerstones are to advocate for quality care for people with mental illness, demonstrate services models that help people recover to self-reliant lives, work with professionals through training and replicating the “integrated services” model, and educate about mental illness to increase public awareness and access to care. For more information, visit WWW.MHALA.ORG

Fostering Imagination

Fostering Imagination mentors at-risk, displaced foster youth in Los Angeles through free, structured one-on-one creative arts and social development programs. FI programs impart stability, responsibility and self-esteem building to unlock personal potential and empower youth to become positive peers, future mentors and community role models. Visit:

Click here for more resources

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center

With more than 60 years of experience Didi Hirsch provides mental health and substance abuse services in Los Angeles County, regardless of ability to pay. Our 9 sites serve more than 44,000 clients a year, from Pacoima to Venice to South Los Angeles to the Downtown area, and many points in between. We offer a wide range of services through five divisions — Emergency Services, Adult Services, Family Services, Substance Abuse Services and Service Enhancement.  For more information, visit WWW.DIDIHIRSCH.ORG

Asian American Blog

“Through the voices of those who live with mental illness and those who support loved ones, we hope to build a community that erases the stigma that prevents Asian Americans from getting the help they need to live a beautiful and sustainable life.”

Los Angeles Unified School System

Have a student at LAUSD, or maybe you have questions about services there?  Check out

Orange County

The Orange County Department of Mental Health

Are you living in Orange County?  Looking for helpful resources?  Here’s a great place to start!

For help developing outreach programs for your area or organization, please contact

Remember: there is no shame in reaching out for help for yourself or others, you are only helping!

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