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Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America

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Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders

Mission: SARDAA promotes improvement in the lives of people with schizophrenia-related disorders and their families.

Target demographics: People who suffer from schizophrenia or related disorders and their loved ones

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of individuals living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia related disorders and their loved ones

Geographic areas served: all states

Programs: Schizophrenics Anonymous peer support group meetings and telephone conferences, Friends & Family Support group conference calls, educational presentations to community and professionals, advocacy, dedicated telephone line offering assistance to connect with other Mental Health services

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

SARDAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to dispelling the myths associated with those who experience mental health challenges.

I have been working with the Chairperson, assisting in an administrative capacity. During my short time of being associated with the organization, I have witnessed the dedication and never-ending service provided to those who suffer from and who are supporting those with mental health.

It is heart-warming to hear the stories of so many who have over-come the daily challenges that most of us will never know. Their strength to prevail, in spite of their challenges is something that we can all learn from.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

People call, email and search to find a personal contact for resources, connection and information. SARDAA answers those requests. After receiving materials one person wrote, “For decades I thought I was alone. Thank you!” SARDAA provides unique opportunities to support people in their journey - augmenting treatment plans and other support systems. SARDAA sponsors Hope and Education to dispel misconceptions and Advocates, eliminating discrimination as well as improving access to care.

Mike A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My daughter has Bi Polar Disorder and has been hospitalized several times. SARDAA has provided a very useful connection to her and her family to enable her to connect with others who have similar situations and to network with peers. I am grateful for all that they do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional with expertise in this field, a volunteer, and a consumer and have worked diligently with SARDAA since the organization began. As a consumer, I needed to get involved. SARDAA provided an avenue for me. I have been presenting my story of living with a mental illness to community members, organization chapters as well as doing the eNewsletter, and advocacy. I have been determined to stay connected to this organization any way I can.

When I started with SARDAA, I was just finishing my Bachelor degree. I was recovering and still very ill. I did not think that going further with my education would be feasible. Now, I am finishing my Masters degree and will be pursuing a Doctorate there after. Its because of SARDAA, my familial support network, therapist, psychiatrist, and friends that I am able to accomplish so much in (what I believe) such a short time.

SARDAA taught me to advocate for my recovery by connecting with self help groups like Schizophrenia Anonymous. In doing so, I have been able to speak for others who do not have a voice.

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linda.stalters 06/03/2011

Thank you for your confidence and support in Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America. We are delighted to know that the work our great volunteers do is accomplishing our mission and helping people improve their lives. We continue to reach out to collaborate with other organizations. We have connected with and partnered with most of the major non-profit organizations & CEO's, including MHA, NAMI, Bring Change2Mind, National Alliance to End Homelessness, World Fellowship For Schizophrenia And Allied Disorders, National Institute of Mental Health, NARSAD, MayoClinic.com, Pete Earley, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, No Kidding Me too! (NKM2), Matters of the Mind, Australian Suicide Call Back Service, American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, Mind Your Mind, Urban Mental Health Initiative, Canvas, the movie, WebMD and One Mind For Research Moonshot. We continue to work on improving our Branding and ally SARDAA with stakeholders to improve lives of people affected by schizophrenia and related disorders.