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Mental health disorders are very real, and those afflicted with them often suffer silently. One way to combat mental illness is to donate to one of many mental health charities or nonprofits. Many patients or loved ones have said that donating helped them in their mental health recovery. Here are just a few of the best mental health charities you can pledge your support to.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America is a community-based mental health organization, meaning they have locations in communities all across America. They also offer online services if you happen to live in an area without an MHA office or just prefer to get help online. They also provide mental health screenings, education on mental health conditions, conduct nationwide advocacy work, and offer peer support programs. Founded in 1909, they are the authority on mental health wellness.

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health is a federal agency that researches mental disorders. It is the largest scientific organization dedicated to researching mental illness and is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. It also shares its research with other mental health organizations and receives feedback on future initiatives. Suppose you or a loved one is interested in supporting the clinical side of mental health treatment. In that case, there is no better organization to support than the National Institute of Mental Health.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness is an extensive grassroots organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those affected by mental illness. They exist in more than 950 communities across 48 states. They have a threefold mission: advocacy for mental health awareness, education on mental health conditions, and support for those with mental illnesses.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The goal of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is to reduce suicide rates by 20 percent by the year 2025. They do this by funding research, advocating for legislation, and providing support to those who have lost a loved one through suicide or those at risk. They have chapters located in all 50 states and believe in “[making] mental health a priority.” They also offer an Interactive Screening Program that will allow users to screen themselves for mental health disorders and seek help from a qualified counselor.

Khoa-Nathan Ngo