Words by Smiley Team
More than 450 million people worldwide suffer from mental disease. That means one in every four will be touched by it in some way – whether directly or indirectly through a family member.
Although mental illness is prevalent, there's still a great deal of misinformation and stigma around it, making it difficult for individuals to seek the care they need.
Supporting mental health organizations benefits not only the people who are served by their mission, but also the generous supporters. Giving is good for your health – especially your mental health – as it reduces stress and depression while increasing happiness.
Supporting the right mental health organizations can help raise awareness, reduce stigma, and facilitate treatment and recovery for a wide range of mental health issues, all while improving company culture and employee wellness.
Here are 3 US mental health organizations to consider donating to.
As much as $1 trillion is wasted each year due to sadness and anxiety, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Education, practice and research are the foundation of the American Academy of Anxiety and Depression (ADAA). More than 1,500 mental health professionals belong to the organization's network, many of whom actively participate in mental health research, education, and training.
The charity encourages people living with anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders yo share their stories about their struggles, how they cope and triumph. "This helps decrease stigma, and makes one feel less alone," they say.
"We make a difference in the lives of people with anxiety disorders and depression through the alignment of science, treatment, and education."
The Trevor Project provides critical mental health resources for young LGBTQ workers and family members. This organization focuses on anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and suicide prevention in LGBTQ people under the age of 25. It offers crisis intervention tools, suicide prevention trainings, and other community resources.
To support LGBTQ people, it provides support 24/7, all year round. "We believe LGBTQ young people deserve a welcoming, loving world," they say. "And we wake up every day dedicated to making that a reality."
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a non-profit mental health organization whose mission is to provide education, support, and awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
Mental health information and resources are a big part of what they do, such as classes and training, mental health programs and events, and a helpline to recommend non-emergency resources and solutions.
There are also tonnes of resources on their website, including guides on how to navigate negative feelings.
Whatever mental health challenges you or your loved ones may face, there are organizations that can help you.
DONATE: Visit the charity pages above to donate to worthy causes supporting mental health.