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Massachusetts Association for Mental Health

MAMH convenes stakeholders across the behavioral health and public health community to address policy, budget and legal issues affecting those at risk for or living with behavioral health conditions. We disseminate knowledge emerging from clinical research, program evaluation and innovation developments to inform and activate diverse audiences in the Commonwealth and beyond. MAMH solves problems in disparities in benefits and access to care through strategic advocacy partnerships. We target reforms in public policy, service delivery and payment methods to improve access to care and end disparities in receipt of a broad range of benefits, treatments and recovery supports upon which our constituents depend to protect and improve their mental health and well being.  (Read More...)
First Candle

Established in 1993, First Candle is the leading national non-profit committed to ending Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), accidental infant suffocation and preventable stillbirths while providing bereavement support to those families who have experienced a loss. Every year in this country 27,000 babies die due to SIDS, other sleep-related issues or are stillborn. SIDS is still the leading cause of death for babies one month to one year of age. Through our program, Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep, we educate parents, caregivers and other care providers on the American Academy of Pediatrics safe sleep guidelines which could reduce the rate of SIDS and accidental suffocation by 50%. We support researchers who are leading the way in identifying the causes of SIDS and stillbirth and collaborate with other organizations around the world who are doing the same. And, for those parents, sibling and other family members who have experienced a loss, we provide bereavement support materials, online support groups, a grief line and peer counselors.  (Read More...)
Cancer Hope Nework

Cancer Hope Network provides free one-on-one emotional support to adult cancer patients and their loved ones. Each of CHN’s 400+ volunteers is at least one year post-treatment or successfully undergoing maintenance therapies. They have faced more than 80 cancer types and speak 15 languages. Our volunteers offer support from diagnosis, through treatment and into recovery. Cancer Hope Network serves cancer patients in the United States and Canada.  (Read More...)
Baby's Breath Canada

Baby’s Breath is Canada’s only national organization focused on sudden unexpected infant & childhood deaths, including SIDS, SUDC and stillbirth. Baby’s Breath provides support for families faced with the traffic loss of an infant or young child. They advocate for the needs of these families, as well as for the need for more research into the causes of these deaths. They educate the public on how to reduce their infant’s exposure to risks. The death of an infant is a devastating event not only for the parents, but for the entire family. Siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends are all affected by the sudden death of a baby. Baby’s Breath believes no one should endure the grief of such loss alone. They are there to help.  (Read More...)
Erika's Lighthouse

Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness about teen depression in middle school and high school communities at no cost to schools. Erika’s Lighthouse works to eliminate the stigma surrounding depression and empower young people to take ownership of their mental health. Core programs include the video-based, teacher-led depression awareness classroom programs—The Erika’s Lighthouse Program: Depression and Suicide Awareness for High School Students and The Erika’s Lighthouse Program: Depression Awareness for Middle School Students. Erika’s Lighthouse also provides countless other web-based resources. To learn more, visit erikaslighthouse.org.  (Read More...)
The Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC)

The Veteran Family Wellness Center (VFWC) provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all Veterans and their families including parents, couples, and kids. Our Center is part of a unique partnership between the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Our dedicated team of skilled providers are experts in the unique needs of Veteran families and experienced in providing a range of wellness services including individual, family and couples’ resilience programming, events and workshops and quality referrals to mental health care and other resources. We are also pleased to provide fun recreational activities designed to promote family and child well‐being in the adjacent garden. Services are available via our secure TeleWellness platform. The VFWC is open to Veteran families for both drop-in and scheduled services during family friendly hours.  (Read More...)
Eating Disorder Foundation

The mission of The Eating Disorder Foundation is to be an effective resource in the prevention and elimination of eating disorders through education, support, and advocacy. We offer a variety of free support groups, drop-in services, and free educational presentations. Please see our website for more information on our current offerings.  (Read More...)
Harm Reduction for Alcohol

HAMS is a peer-led and free-of-charge support and informational group for anyone who wants to change their drinking habits for the better. The acronym HAMS stands for Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support. HAMS Harm Reduction strategies are defined in the 17 elements of HAMS. HAMS offers support via an online forum, a chat room, an email group, a facebook group, and live meetings. We also offer harm reduction information via the HAMS Book, the articles on this web site, and the HAMS podcast. HAMS supports every positive change. Choose your own goal - safe drinking, reduced drinking, or quitting alcohol altogether. It does not matter how much or how little you drink; if you want to make a change you are welcome here. If you are concerned that you might have withdrawal symptoms if you quit drinking all at once, please visit our taper page for information about how to taper off alcohol. All HAMS services are offered free-of-charge. If you have been helped by HAMS, please consider visiting our DONATE page to make a donation to help keep us running. All profits from sales of the HAMS book are used to keep our organization running, too. All information on this site may be reproduced free of charge as long as the HAMS copyright is included.  (Read More...)
Family Resource Center On Disabilities

Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) is a training center that provides parents of children with disabilities with information, training, assistance, and support. FRCD helps a wide variety of families and professionals on local, state, and national levels every day through informational workshops, phone trainings, and community outreach. We help you communicate more effectively with school professionals, obtain appropriate services for your child, effect positive change in your child’s school. You can call us at (312)939-3513 or send an e-mail to info@frcd.org. Our office hours are from Monday thru Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Visit our website at us online at www.frcd.org  (Read More...)
Intermountain Therapy Animals

Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) is a human service organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, headquartered in Utah, that brings the gift of animal companionship and interaction to people in need. Our mission is to enhance quality of life through the human/animal bond. Our volunteers (people and their own pets) make regular visits to those who are physically or developmentally disabled, emotionally or psychologically impaired, lonely or suffering from depression. All services are free of charge to both client and facility. ITA therapy animals and their handlers are screened, trained, licensed and insured to participate in animal-assisted interactions (AAI), which may be either animal-assisted activities (AAA) or animal-assisted therapy (AAT). Successful teams have completed both health and temperament screening and volunteer training. Serving our communities since 1993, we are one of the largest groups of our kind in the United States, with more than 350 volunteer teams doing animal-assisted therapy at more than 100 hospitals, counseling centers, nursing facilities, detention homes, extended care centers, and schools. Chapters of ITA now thrive in Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and Kentucky. We also have affiliated colleague groups in 13 additional states. We are also the founders of Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.®), a literacy support program to foster in children the love of books and the reading environment. R.E.A.D. has spread throughout all 50 of the United States and at least 15 other countries since we launched it in 1999.  (Read More...)

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