The National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NIMH envisions ​​a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured. Its mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic clinical research, opening the way for the prevention, recovery and cure of them.



Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships. There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.



Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.


Alzheimer's and Dementia

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Eating Disorders 

There is a commonly held view that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may also signal an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender

The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center offers a wide range of services to the community including: free care and medication for people infected with the HIV / AIDS; housing resources, food, clothing, and support for homeless LGBT youth, and, support and advocacy services for LGBT seniors and LGBT parents.


Senior Centers

The Department of Recreation and Parks operates 29 senior citizen centers throughout the City.  In addition, these centers offer activities, programs, and special events such as shuffleboard, croquet, arts and crafts, zumba, line dancing, language lessons, oil painting, entertainment, and social dancing.  Some senior citizen centers offer a nutrition program through the Department of Aging.  Several programs are offered through the Los Angeles Federation of Senior Citizen Clubs.


Child Abuse

If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to report child abuse, call the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services at 1-800-540-4000 or visit


Domestic Violence

If you are a victim of domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at

1 800-799-7233 o visit


Elder Abuse

Adult Protective Services (also known as APS) investigates situations involving seniors (age 65 and older), and dependent adults (age 18-64 and physically or mentally impaired) who are reported to be endangered by physical, sexual or financial abuse, isolation, neglect, or self-neglect. 211 LA County answers the Elder Abuse Hotline and provides assessment, documentation, and coordination with the County's Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services (WDACS) department.1 800-656-3646 o visit


Sexual Abuse

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.


12-Step Programs


Alcoholics Anonymous


Al-anom/Alateen (Family and friends of Problem Drinkers)


Sex Addicts Anonymous


Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous