National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Most people diagnosed with mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan. Numerous treatments and services for mental illnesses are available. The choice and combination of treatment and services selected depends in most cases on the type of mental illness, the severity of symptoms, the availability of options and decisions determined by the individual, often in consultation with their health care provider and others. Most people with mental illness report that a combination of treatments, services and supports works best to support their recovery.
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Mental health medications do not cure mental illness. However, they can often significantly improve symptoms and help promote recovery and are recognized as first-line treatment for most individuals.
Long-acting Injectable Antipsychotic Medications (LAIs)
Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist
National Institute of Mental Health
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Prescription Drug Assistance
Psychosocial treatments are helpful in providing support, education and guidance to people living with mental illness and their families. Psychosocial treatments include:
Click here to find out more about psychosocial treatments.
In addition to medication and psychosocial treatments, there are other methods and interventions that some individuals find effective in managing and treating their mental illness.
Supplemental interventions have been found to be helpful in the management of mental illness for some individuals.
Health and Wellness
Recognizing that wellness is an ongoing process, the NAMI Hearts & Minds program is an online, interactive, educational initiative promoting the idea of wellness in both mind and body.
NAMI Hearts & Minds
An array of mental health services and supports are important to ensure recovery for most people living with mental illness.
Mental Health Professionals
Mental health services are provided by several different professions, each of which has its own training and areas of expertise. Finding the right professional(s) for you or a loved one can be critical.
A case manager coordinates services and supports to help you live successfully in the community.
For many people, employment is an important part of recovery from mental illness.
Psychiatric hospitals are designed to be safe settings for intensive mental health treatment.
Lack of safe and affordable housing is one of the most significant barriers to recovery for people living with mental illness; a safe place to live is essential to recovery.
The Continuum of Housing refers to a full range of housing options, from supportive housing for the homeless to traditional homeownership and everything in between.
Appropriate Housing: Four Criteria
Peer Services and Supports
Peer services means getting help from individuals who have shared similar experiences and can sometimes be as valuable as professional services.
Treatment and services for special populations may vary and are sometimes specific to meeting the unique needs of these individuals.
Children and Adolescents
Children & Adolescent Action Center
What Families Can do When a Child May Have a Mental Illness
Choosing the Right Treatment: Evidence-Based Practices
Information about Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
Home and Community Based Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents
Residential Treatment Programs for Their Children
Veterans, Active Duty Military and Their Families
NAMI's Veterans Resource Center