Psychiatric Advance Directives

A Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) is a written legal document that expresses the wishes of an individual about their mental health care regarding what types of treatments, services and other assistance he or she might want, or not want, during a personal mental health crisis.

New Jersey Resources

Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization. The agency is directed, managed and staffed through the collaborative efforts of mental health consumers, survivors, and non-consumers. CSP-NJ strives to provide individualized, flexible community-based services that promote responsibility, recovery, and wellness. This is done through the creation and administration of self-help centers, supportive housing, advocacy, and entrepreneurial programs for adults with mental health issues and other special needs.

The Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma was formed to combat mental health stigma as a top priority in New Jersey’s effort to create a better mental health system. Through outreach and education, the Council will send a message that mental health stigma must no longer be tolerated.

The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services serves individuals and with mental health and/or substance abuse problems and assists their family members.


National Resources

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.

The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is the Federal agency within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that leads national efforts to improve prevention and mental health treatment services for all Americans.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health is a section of the National Insititute of Mental Health’s website which provides a great deal of information on the mental health issues and concerns of childhood and adolescence.

Critical Mental Health Resources for College Students is an important resource for college students and other youth that provides information about maintaining mental health and identifying potential mental health problems.

The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly, eliminate the stigma of mental illness and treatment, promote healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for the elderly.L

Learn About Common Mental Disorders including symptoms, risk factors and treatment options. Find answers to your questions written by leading psychiatrists, stories from people living with mental illness and links to additional resources. is the largest consumer mental health site, providing comprehensive, trusted information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view. They have an active mental health social network for support, online psychological tests, breaking mental health news, mental health videos, our documentary films, a live mental health tv show, unique tools like their “mediminder” and more.

Mary Ellen Copeland Mental Health Recovery and WRAP promotes personal, organizational, and community wellness and empowerment. Her focus is on shifting the system of mental health care toward prevention and recovery through education, training, and research. The WRAP plan uses the accomplishments developed and implemented by the people being served and the people who care for them. This is reinforced by building networks that reflect mutual support and community organizational empowerment – concepts that are changing the face of mental health recovery.

Mental Health America (MHA), formerly known as the National Mental Health Association, is dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – every day and in times of crisis.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for persons of all ages who are affected by mental illnesses.

The National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations (NCMHCSO) will ensure that consumer/survivors have a major voice in the development and implementation of health care, mental health, and social policies at the state and national levels, empowering people to recover and lead a full life in the community.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work — a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources — programs, policies, and grants — toward that outcome.

The Voices of Bipolar Disorder New York Times article explores what it is like to have bipolar disorder. Stories of nine men and women living with bipolar disorder share their stories.