Misinformation and stigma keep people from seeking help.
Lack of knowledge, fear of disclosure, rejection of friends and discrimination are a few reasons why people with mental illness don’t seek help. Despite civil rights laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with mental illnesses often experience discrimination in the workplace, education, housing and healthcare.
There is an abundance of information available about mental illness, including our descriptions of illnesses. In addition, there are many helpful organizations that provide support, education and advocacy for individuals who have mental illnesses, and the families, friends and coworkers who care about them.
SAMHSA's Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center) enhances social acceptance by providing information to counteract prejudice and discrimination and promote social inclusion. The ADS Center is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services.
A national network of Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTAC) helps people with all types of disabilities learn about their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Great Lakes DBTAC serves Ohio and provides a portal to a collection of more than 7,400 documents. By using a keyword search, information can be found on mental illness in general or on specific diagnoses such as depression or schizophrenia.
Other national organizations that provide information and support include the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition, Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) and the National Institute of Mental Health. You can also view our list of national resources.