Links of Interest

Empowerment Links

Bring Change 2  Mind

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Hearing Voices Network

Mental Health Recovery/WRAP

Mind Freedom Support International

National Empowerment Center

National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse

The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation (NYAPRS)

Pat Deegan and Common Ground

Advocacy Links

American Association of People with Disabilities

Bazelon Center for Mental Health

Long Island Advocacy Center

Mental Health Law Project of Nassau/Suffolk Law Services

National Disability Rights Network

National Committee for Quality Assurance

National Health Law Program

Local Mental Health Organizations

Association for Mental Health and Wellness

Families Together in New York State

Long Island Families Together (local chapter for Families Together NYS)

Health and Welfare Council of Long Island

National Mental Health Organizations

Mental Health America

Mental Health Association NYS

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill NYS

National Eating Disorder Association

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Foundation

Government Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

National Mental Health Information Center


Nearly 1 in 5 adults, more than 18%, in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year.

5-6% of American adults have a serious mental illness; about 2% have disorders that are long-term and disabling, contributing to very high rates of unemployment and poor living conditions.

More than 450 million people around the world live with mental illnesses.

20-25% of Americans have a diagnosable mental and/or substance use disorder in any given year: 6.8 million people with an addiction have a mental illness.

There were approximately 20.6 million people in the United States over the age of 12 with an addiction in 2011, excluding tobacco.

Over 3 million people in 2011 received treatment for their addiction.

The Long Island Coalition estimated that there are approximately 3,000 homeless people in Nassau County and 64 of them are living on the streets.

30-40% of homeless adults and 15-20% of people in jails and prisons in the United States have a serious mental illness. This is often accompanied by substance abuse problems in both these populations.

As many as 10% of children have a serious emotional disturbance, contributing to school failure and other serious problems.

Just over 20 percent of children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children in the US have autism.

As the number of older adults doubles over the next two decades so will the number of older adults with mental disordersThis includes 5.5 million older adults who currently have Alzheimer’s disorder or other dementia. Without advances in prevention, this will rise to 11 million older adults with dementia by 2050.

11 to 20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) have been diagnosed with PTSD.

30% of soldiers develop mental problems within 3 to 4 months of being home.

Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (aka PTSD, an anxiety disorder that follows experiencing a traumatic event) are the most common mental health problems faced by returning troops.