NIMH Outreach Partnership
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 myths and misperceptions that contribute to stigma and discrimination;
- Help promote the acceptance and social inclusion of individuals affected by 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.
NAMI Maine is one of 51 Outreach Partner organizations nationwide representing each of the states and the District of Columbia. As a partner, NAMI Maine conducts statewide mental health outreach and education programs to deliver up-to-date, science-based information to the public, a broad range of health professionals, and traditionally underserved populations. We also collaborate with universities and other research instituitons to increase opportunities for volunteer participation in NIMH sponsored clinical studies.
National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH Outreach Partnership Program
NIMH actively recruits volunteers to take part in studies conducted through the National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Information on studies is available here.