Finding the Clinical Treatment That’s Right for You or a Loved One

One in five adults will experience a mental illness this year, but fewer than half will seek treatment. A new series of SAMHSA resources is designed to help bridge this gap. Our newly published fact sheets on Treatments for Mental Disorders educate people diagnosed with mental illness, their families and their friends about currently available evidence-based treatments.

Expert panels of researchers, clinicians, consumers, families and administrators met to provide input on the content of each fact sheet. Each fact sheet focuses on a specific diagnosis, such as bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder. They are designed to equip people with accurate general information on treatment options that should help to promote better understanding of modern treatment approaches. The fact sheets present a range of effective clinical treatment options and other supports most likely to be helpful for people diagnosed with that specific condition.

Each fact sheet explains, in plain language, the benefits and risks of treatment to promote informed decision making. This should help to demystify treatment and encourage others to seek care.  It is also important for people to receive treatment as soon as possible, particularly people experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

We hope Mental Health Awareness Month has inspired many people to recognize their need for help. In addition, I hope these resources will help determine, in consultation with a clinician, the best suited treatment and supports for you or a loved one. For help locating treatment in your community, use SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator: or SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357); 1-800-487-4889 (TDD). And remember: Treatment is effective and people recover!

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