If you or someone you love is dealing with mental illness, you are not alone. Millions of Americans are living with mental health conditions that impact their daily lives. Our goal is to provide people living with mental illness, their families, friends, and caregivers the support and information they need to educate themselves about their illness, empower themselves to take an active role in their health care, and engage with health care professionals towards recovery. Through the Patient & Caregiver Collection, you can download information about mental illnesses, listen to interviews with patients, caregivers, and advocates about their experiences with mental illness, and find resources to help you set personal goals and take part in your recovery.

Upcoming Webinar: For Better Or Worse? Bridging The Care Continuum For Mental Health Services In Our New Reality

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Overcoming Stigma In Mental Health

Mental health disorders are common. Many famous people have mental
health issues. It is important to remember mental health disorders are
medical conditions. Mental disorders are health conditions of the brain
that involve changes in thoughts, feelings, moods, or behaviors — and
sometimes a combination of these. These disorders may be caused by
biologic, lifestyle, and environmental factors. As with other diseases,
a mental health disorder is not your fault. Importantly, mental health
conditions can be treated.

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Wellness & Recovery Workbook

This tool was made to help you recognize and manage your experienced symptoms of schizophrenia. You can use it as a support on your way to wellness or as a daily guide. It includes information for you, your family, and your loved ones. Originally published as part of the Frameworks in Health and Quality – Schizophrenia Relapse Reduction Program. Read More

A Guide For Patients: Understanding How Your Medicine Can Help

This tip sheet shares the importance for individuals with schizophrenia to take prescribed medication as indicated by their health care provider, and offers tips to help. Read More

Preparing To Leave The Hospital

This brochure may help you manage your health and schizophrenia once you leave the hospital. It provides information on schizophrenia, and the importance of taking your medication and following the plan your health care provider gave you. Additionally, it contains questions related to your care and follow-up plan. Read More

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) “I’m Here” Initiative

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) recognizes mood disorders affect millions of people, yet the stigma surrounding it causes barriers to communication and knowledge about mental health conditions.

“One out of ten people live with a mood disorder, which makes it likely that you or someone you know has to manage the day-to-day - sometimes minute-to-minute - challenges that living with a mood disorder poses. Learning how to navigate in an ever-changing world that is still relatively new to mental health treatment can be overwhelming and sometimes isolating, not only for those who live with a mood disorder, but also their friends and loved ones. “Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) I’m here” is a way, for both people living with a mood disorder and those who support, to open up a channel for communication and to say, “I’m here…” For more information, read more.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline/Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

  • Meet The Treatment Team: Physician Assistant

    In this interview, Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, discusses the role a physician assistant plays in the mental health team. Physician assistants have a broad-base, primary care medical background in medicine. Catherine Judd currently serves as a Senior PA for the Jail Mental Health Program at Parkland Health & Hospital System. She is also a Clinical Instructor and Psychiatry Preceptor in the Department of PA Studies at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Ms.…

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  • Treatment Plan Collaboration: Understanding & Incorporating Caregiver, Peer Support, & Clinician Perspectives

    Mental illnesses are complex disorders which affect millions of adults in the United States. The burden of these conditions, as well as the risk of comorbidities for the patient population living with mental illness, requires ongoing support and collaboration from various stakeholders across the care and support continuum. One strategy to help ensure that a patient’s needs and preferences are assessed is to coordinate care with a person-centered, assessment-based, interdisciplinary approach that addresses not only…

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  • Role Of The Caregiver In The Overall Treatment Plan

    In this interview Raslann Nizar, MD, Medical Director at the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program and Vice Chairman of the Psychiatry Department at St Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY, talks about the potential role caregivers can play in planning treatment for patients with mental illness. Dr. Nizar is a paid consultant to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

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Disclaimer: Resources included on the Patient & Caregiver Resources website are supported by PsychU. PsychU is an online resource provided by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. PsychU is provided for your educational benefit only and does not provide medical advice. Treatment should be discussed with a healthcare professional.