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Find the right answers sooner

Most therapists don't use evidence-based practices when treating mental illness. Don't waste years exploring treatments that won't work. Learn the facts here.
If you feel like you've reached a dead end, explore our site and watch the  award winning documentary Going Sane​

Get Involved in Treatment

Our mission is to help people avoid pitfalls and receive evidence-based treatments as early as possible. Correct diagnosis and early treatment is the most important part of successfully treating any mental illness.

Consequently, we have identified many of the most common mental illnesses and created links to reliable websites that outline what treatments should and should not be used for specific mental illnesses. It’s a sad reality that to get good mental health treatment, you must be an informed consumer.

Learn about proven effective treatments for your mental illness >>

3 Steps to Getting the Right Treatment


Understand the Mental Illness​​

Know Assessment Protocol

Identify Red Flags

Identify red flags that might suggest your therapist is not using evidence-based treatments, and offer tools to find a good therapist.
Know what protocols should be used (but most often are not) for assessment and diagnosis.
Understand your specific mental illness and identify its evidence-based treatments.
Know what protocols should be used (but most often are not) for assessment and diagnosis.

  • Input from several people, not just the person seeking treatments (parents, spouse, teachers, friends)
  • Exploration into the genetic history of mental illnesses
  • Specific tests for specific mental illness. Feel free to ask your therapist what they're doing and why.
Identify red flags that might suggest your therapist is not using evidence-based treatments. Here are some questions to ask when choosing a therapist:

  • How do you make assessments and diagnoses?
  • Will you tell us the diagnosis, explain the different evidence-based treatments for that diagnosis, and include us in deciding the treatment model you’re going to use?
  • What do you think about evidence-based treatments?
  • How involved are parents/spouses/others in therapy?
  • How do you decide which therapy to use?
  • What therapy modalities have you been specifically trained in?  


Tips for choosing mental health professionals

The mental health industry is part of the problem
Finding a therapist for you or your child can be incredibly confusing and discouraging. Not only do you have to sort through insurance and other administrative issues, but it is also difficult to find a therapist using empirically proven treatments: up to 70% of mental health professionals do not use evidence-based practices. 

To help you, we've broken down what exactly you should be looking for in your therapist and treatment plan, and provided questions for you to ask when you are talking with current or potential practitioners.

Find a reliable therapist who is using evidence-based practices >>
The Going Sane documentary will empower you to find better mental health treatment for your loved ones

Going Sane - Documentary

We interviewed three families dealing with mental illness and many of the world’s leading experts to discover that most mental health patients are receiving outdated and disproven treatments. Witness the state of mental health care in America in our new 65-minute documentary "Going Sane".

​If you feel that the mental health system has been failing you or your loved-ones, this documentary will help you understand many of the most troubling problems in the mental health industry and also empower you to find better treatment for your loved ones.
"We can save lives—many lives—simply by closing the unconscionable gap between what we know and what we do.​​"​​
​— Tom Insel, Former President of NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health)

Going Sane 2017  

What you need to know to find the treatment that will work
Going Sane is an insightful and revealing film about evidenced-based treatment for mental illness - created by parents who have been there.
A series of cracks in the mental health system makes it almost impossible for parents to find good mental health care for their children.

Starring: Andrew Solomon, Cindy Bulik
Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes

​​"What a moving and disturbing film" - TED talk famous Dr. Andrew Solomon

"This film is the voice for so many" - Ellen Bennett, President of KMB for Answers

"This is the documentary we've been waiting for." - JD Ouellette, UCSD
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