Outreach Partnership Program

NAMI Connecticut is proud to be Connecticut’s designated Outreach Partner.

The Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide initiative of the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison (OCRPL). The Program works to increase the public’s access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations. The Program has a particular emphasis on reaching historically underserved populations. The Program also strives to enhance opportunities for the public to benefit from participation in research. These partnerships provide NIMH with the opportunity to engage community organizations in dialogue to better understand the needs, questions, and concerns of those intended to benefit from the research the Institute supports.


The Outreach Partnership Program is vital to NIMH’s efforts to deliver science-based information to communities across the country. Specifically, the Program is designed to:

  • Foster more widespread understanding about mental disorders, the brain, and behavior, thereby helping to reduce misperceptions and negative attitudes towards mental illness;
  • Increase awareness of the role of basic, translational, and clinical research in the understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental illnesses; and
  • Increase awareness about the opportunities to benefit from participation in mental health research.

Outreach Partners

There are 55 Outreach Partner organizations representing all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Outreach Partners disseminate NIMH research findings and educational materials to the public throughout their states and local communities, including families and individuals affected by mental illness, healthcare professionals, underserved populations, and other constituencies such as schools, social service agencies, and faith-based organizations. Outreach Partners also conduct targeted activities to address mental disorders among children and adolescents and other populations identified to be at-risk, and bring awareness to mental health disparities that occur because of race, ethnicity, age (e.g., older adults), education, income, disability status, geographic location, or risk status related to sex and gender. In addition, Outreach Partners promote volunteer participation in NIMH and NIHclinical trials and often collaborate with researchers to advance the research process. Learn more about what Outreach Partners are doing to address mental health disparities and increase awareness about mental disorders during childhood and adolescence.

Outreach Partners are selected through a competitive process every three -years. Benefits provided to these organizations include an annual stipend, sponsored participation in an annual meeting, the biweekly electronic Update newsletter featuring the latest Federal news and resources related to mental health, and access to NIMH scientific and educational publications for mass dissemination. Partners are able to network among themselves and with Federal, national, and state organizations through the annual meetings and a dedicated electronic mailing list.

See list of Outreach Partners…

Would you like to participate in a Research Study?

Check out the following from NIMH and others

UMASS Sequences of Employment and Education Study (SEED Study)

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is recruiting young adults nationally to participate in a research study that will help them understand how young adults, ages 16-25, with a serious mental health condition navigate school, training, and work over time. Some key notes about participation in the Sequences of Employment and Education Study (SEED...

Autism and the Microbiome: a new Stanford University *online* study

In this study, Stanford University aims to understand the connection between bacteria in the gut and behaviors expressed by children with autism. They are looking for 100 families with two or more children, where: 1. One child has a medical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and is between 2-7 years old, and 2. another...

BE-SMART Study at Yale on New Psychobehavioral Add-On Therapy for Emotion Regulation

BE-SMART is an acronym for Brain Emotion Circuitry-Targeted Self-Monitoring and Regulation Therapy during whichhealthy habits to help better regulate emotions are taught and practiced. This is a study of a 12-week psychobehavioral treatment with fMRI scanning pre, mid and post to examine related brain changes. It is an add-on treatment so no changes in...

George Washington University Family Caregiver Study Survey

The purpose of this study is to examine the association between caregiver stress and symptoms of depression in adult mental health caregivers who: are aged 18 or above are living in the United States have provided unpaid care at any time in the last 12 months for a relative with a mental health issue...

Yale University Representative Payee Study

Are you somebody’s representative payee? Or do you have a payee? A Yale study is looking for people who serve as payees, and people who have payees, to participate in a research study. It will involve a short (max one hour), confidential interview discussing their experiences. A stipend of $40 will be paid. Please...

English NIMH Publications

  • Bipolar Disorder in Adults
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • DepressionDepression In Women – Discovering Hope
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social Phobia
  • Mental Health Medications
  • A Participant’s Guide to Mental Health Clinical Research
  • Older Adults and Depression
  • Men and Depression
  • Chronic Illness and Mental Health: Recognizing and Treating Depression
  • Neuroimaging and Mental Illness: A Window Into the Brain
  • Postpartum Depression Facts

Children, Adolescent and Young Adult NIMH Publications

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • A Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens
  • Treatment of Children with Mental Illness
  • Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters:
    • What Community Members Can Do
    • What Rescue Workers Can Do
    • What Parents Can Do
  • Suicide - Facts about suicide and suicide prevention among teens and young adults
  • The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction
  • Depression and High School Students
  • Depression and College Students
  • Teen Depression: You are not alone. There are ways you can feel better.

Spanish NIMH Publications

  • Depresión
  • Las Mujeres y la depresión – Descubriendo La Esperanza
  • Los hombres y la depresión
  • Trastorno de Ansiedad Generalizada (GAD)
  • Trastorno de Comportamiento Obsesivo Compulsivo (OCD)
  • Trastorno de Pánico
  • Trastorno de Estrés Postraumático (PTSD)
  • Fobia Social
  • La Enfermedad de Alzheimer
  • Trastornos de Ansiedad
  • Transtorno Bipolar
  • Transtorno Biploar en Ninos y Adolescentes
  • Transtorno do Deficit de Atencion e Hiperactividad
  • Esquizofrenia
  • Trastornos de la Alimentación
  • Personas Mayores y la Depresión
  • Estos hombres son reales. La depresión también.
  • El Suicidio en los Estados Unidos de América
  • Depresión y el VIH/SIDA
  • Depresión y la Diabetes
  • Depresión y el Accidente Cerebrovascular
  • Depresión y la Enfermedad Cardíaca
  • Guía para los Participantes - sobre Investigaciones Clínicas de la Salud Mental
  • Tratamiento de Niños con Enfermedades Mentales
  • Ayudando a Niños y Adolescentes a Superar la Violencia y los Desastres:
    • Que Pueden Hacer los Trabajadores del Cuerpo de Rescate
    • Que Pueden Hacer los Miembros de la Comunidad
    • Que Pueden Hacer los Padres
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