Below is a list of resources we have found useful and aligned with our work. We are not affiliated with, nor do we endorse any particular organization.
Returning Veterans Project
Free counseling and other health services for returning veterans and their families.
The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care
Our Vision: All People have hope, knowledge, tools, and community available to them to recover from mental health and trauma challenges.
Our Mission: To promote better mental health outcomes. We do so by identifying, developing, and sharing knowledge with the public about mental health care that best helps people recover and live well in society. We promote improvements in mental health care by sponsoring research and the development of programs designed to help people thrive–physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
MindFreedom International (MFI) is an independent nonprofit that unites 100’s of grassroots groups and thousands of members to peacefully take action for human rights in the mental health system. While we are open to the public, a majority of our members identify themselves as “psychiatric survivors”, that is, individuals who have personally experienced human rights violations in the mental health system. All who support human rights are welcome to join. MFI members and leaders include mental health professionals, advocates, attorneys and family members.
- Win human rights campaigns in mental health, such as opposing coerced, forced and fraudulent mental health procedures.
- Challenge abuse by the psychiatric drug industry.
- Support the self-determination and voice of psychiatric survivors and mental health consumers.
- Promote safe, humane and effective options in mental health.
The M.O.M.S. Movement is the Movement Of Mothers-and-Others Standing-up-together Raising the Village and Taking Back our Children from psychiatric drugging, from mental institutions, from the state, from institutionalized insanity. We also educate people about suppressed research and information on the use of psychiatric meds.
Mental Diversity Counseling and Teaching. I offer counseling out of my Portland Oregon office, as well as internationally via phone and Skype, and work with individuals, couples, family members, and groups. I often have sliding scale openings to accommodate limited incomes, but because my work does not include diagnosis or mainstream psychological treatment I don’t accept insurance.
Recovery from “Schizophrenia” and other “psychotic disorders”
New understandings of the mind and of madness can open new doors to full recovery – thoughts from way outside the straightjacket of the “medical model.” By Ron Unger LCSW
ISEPP – International Society for Ethical Psychiatry and Psychology
ISEPP is a research and educational network devoted to educating professionals and the public concerning the impact of mental health theories on public policy and the effects of therapeutic practices upon individual well-being, personal freedom, the family, and community values.
Our main purpose is to examine and disseminate information concerning the impact of psychiatric theory and practice upon personal freedom, liberty, and a moral/spiritual conception of humanity.
Sisters of the Road
Sisters of the Road is committed to building community power with people who society has oppressed because of their socioeconomic status. We believe in the work the Rethinking Psychiatry movement is doing. Sisters is doing powerful political work around housing, health, and civil rights – all of which affect people surviving mental health issues.
The goal of Project ABLE is to promote consumer-led programs that empower consumers to lead healthy lives as active members of their communities. empowered consumers recognize their strengths and exercise their ability to make choices that shape their lives. The vision of Project ABLE is to provide the organizational structure through which consumers can create, direct, and deliver peer-to-peer services.
Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)
CCHR is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. CCHR has worked for more than 40 years for full informed consent in the field of mental health, and the right to all the information regarding psychiatric diagnoses and treatment, not just the information coming from those with a vested interest in keeping patients in the dark.
Natural Healing for Bipolar Disorder
Exploring nutritional therapies and research, bipolar biotypes, brain biochemistry, health issues, role of neurotoxins, and other relevant topics. Also, upcoming conferences and lectures, and links to orthomolecular resources. Comments and ideas welcome, join in!
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) is a non-profit, educational facility and healthcare clinic. OCOM strives to provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience while treating patients with acupuncture, oriental therapeutic massage, and herbal therapy. OCOM clinics serve the greater Portland community as an affordable, alternative medicine resource.
FolkTime offers peer-to-peer communities in three locations: NE Portland, Oregon City, and Sandy, OR. All locations are open four days a week and provide social activities, speakers, field trips and a nutritious lunch. There is no charge for attendance, but a referral is necessary. FolkTime is a place where people build long-lasting relationships that foster wellness and recovery. Members meet monthly to create a calendar of activities that include music, art, writing and more.
Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm devoted to the defense of people facing the horrors of forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock. We are further dedicated to exposing the truth about these drugs and the courts being misled into ordering people to be drugged and subjected to other brain and body damaging interventions against their will. Currently, due to massive growth in psychiatric drugging of children and youth and the current targeting of them for even more psychiatric drugging, PsychRights has made attacking this problem a priority. Children are virtually always forced to take these drugs because it is the adults in their lives who are making the decision. This is an unfolding national tragedy of immense proportions. Extensive information about all of this is available on our web site.
NorthStar/ICCD (International Center for Clubhouse Development) Clubhouses provide members with opportunities to build long-term relationships that, in turn, support them in obtaining employment, education and housing. They are community centers that offer members:
- A work-ordered day in which the talents and abilities of members are recognized and utilized within the Clubhouse
- Participation in consensus-based decision-making about all important matters relating to the running of the Clubhouse
- Opportunities to obtain paid employment in mainstream businesses and industries through Clubhouse-created Transitional Employment Program
In addition, members participate in Clubhouse-supporteed and independent programs; assistance in accessing community-based educational resources; access to crisis intervention services when needed; evening/weekend social and recreational events; and assistance in securing and sustaining safe, decent and affordable housing.
EASA – Early Assessment and Support Alliance
A state-wide early psychosis treatment program, EASA’s mission is to keep young people with the early signs of major mental illnesses on their normal life path and not develop the identity of a mental health patient. We provide free comprehensive holistic services to individuals 12-25 years old who are within the first year of a potentially serious psychotic condition.
Services include: Education, Individual and family counseling, assistance with school and/or work goals, resource acquisition, psychiatric services, peer supports, wellness and nutrition support.
ESA has demonstrated that it is possible to improve and prevent the course of severe mental illness through early detection and intervention. EASA works when referrals happen early in the process.
Portland Hearing Voices
Portland Hearing Voices is a community group to promote mental diversity. We create public education, discussion groups, training, and community support related to hear voices, seeing visions, and having unusual beliefs and sensory experiences often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, mania, paranoia, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders. We aim to reduce fear and misunderstanding, question stereotypes, promote holistic health options, overcome isolation, and create a more inclusive community.
Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition
The Oregon Mental Health Consumer/Psychiatric Survivor Coalition (OCSC) is a coalition of 12 consumer/survivor led organizations from throughout Oregon working together to establish a statewide network of people who identify as having a psychiatric diagnosis, and/or who feel labeled by one; to share ideas; provide mutual support; work toward common goals; strengthen peer-run organizations; and advocate for positive change in the mental health system.
Crystal Dimensions, Inc.
We deliver peer services, have an art gallery, and are one of the certified agencies that train peers to work in the Oregon system. We have a unique perspective that our experience of the system has created, and are interested in networking with peers looking for creative answers to involving themselves in the system. We publish a trauma guide and have displayable art, as well as publications that articulate an informed peer perspective.
R.M. Andrews & Associates, LLC
After twenty years of counseling in clinical settings, I’ve chosen to open a private practice in service of a population who I feel don’t get the support they need: gay men. Few male counselors exist, and even fewer gay male counselors. Gay men face the dual challenge of being gay in a straight world while also dealing with the challenges of being raised to suppress emotion and shoulder their way to success. I work with my clients to get beyond survival to a life that has them thrive – where relationships, sex, spirituality, work and heath all fit together.
Disability Rights Oregon
As Oregon’s designated protection and advocacy system for more than 30 years, Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) has a unique role: to uphold the legal rights of people with disabilities. DRO promotes opportunity, access and choice for individuals with disabilities by assisting them with legal problems directly related to their disabilities.
We do this in a variety of ways including:
- Promoting awareness among people with disabilities of their rights under the law.
- Providing information, tools and referrals that empower individuals to advocate on their own behalf,
- Investigating and, when appropriate, addressing reports of abuse and/or neglect,
- Representing individuals in cases where legal expertise is needed,
- Pursuing policy changes that benefit many people with disabilities, both now and into the future,
- Litigation when necessary.
Mission: Our mission is to promote and defend the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Vision: We envision a society in which persons with disabilities have equality of opportunity, full participation and the ability to exercise meaningful choice
National College of Natural Medicine
The National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), established in 1956 on Portland, Oregon, is the oldest programmatically accredited naturopathic medical educational institution in North America, providing four and two-year degree programs in naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine, and also in natural medicine research. NCNM offers a post-graduate certificate program in botanical medicine geared for medical professionals who wish to provide clients and patients with practical, accurate, and up-to-date information about the safe and appropriate uses of herbal medicines.
NCNM Clinic in Lair Hill and the college’s Helfgott Research Institute are central to the academic and clinical education NCNM students receive. Naturopathic graduates are trained to provide a full scope of health care practice as licensed primary care physicians. Chinese and naturopathic medicine practitioners turn to clinical practice, research, and increasingly, working alongside medical doctors within hospital integrative medicine centers. NCNM is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
A Healthy State of Mind, LLC
A Healthy State of Mind is a naturopathic mental health care private practice. We provide naturopathic mental health care and general medical care. Our goal is to offer holistic mental health care to those suffering from mental illness.
Integrated Mental Health Care of Oregon
IMHCO is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide information to the public and to practitioners on complementary and alternative assessment and treatment methods for a wide range of mental health problems.
Mental Health America of Oregon
MHA of Oregon is a state affiliate of Mental Health America. We are an inclusive grass-roots mental health organization dedicated to empowering consumer/survivor voices to drive services and policies that foster wellness and full participation in life choices and recovery. MHAO runs the Peerlink National Consumer Technical Assistance Center. Peerlink is a federally funded consumer/survivor technical assistance center through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that provides technical assistance and training in these specific areas: Employment and self-sufficiency and wellness and healthcare integration.