Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health

Mental Health Literacy

Definition & Description of Mental Health Literacy

Mental health literacy consists of the ability to recognize specific mental disorders and their causes, knowledge of how to access mental health services, possessing attitudes conducive to seeking help, and increasing community acceptance and understanding of individuals with mental health conditions. Many diverse initiatives can fit under the umbrella of mental health literacy improvement. Search through our Mental Health Literacy Database for more examples:

Stigma Reduction: A Vital Component of Mental Health Literacy

Reducing stigma is part of mental health literacy as well. Stigma is a barrier to help-seeking and as an obstacle to wellness for those with diagnosable mental health conditions. Please visit our stigma page to learn precisely what stigma is, how it can be reduced, and what we at the Scattergood Foundation are doing to address stigma. Download the Scattergood Foundation Stigma Guide to learn what the research community knows about stigma and stigma reduction.

Scattergood Mental Health Resources

Below are several resources about specific conditions ranging from anxiety disorders to schizophrenia. These resources contain links to detailed illness descriptions, links to support groups for consumers and their loved ones, links to treatment locators, national hotline numbers, and local hotline numbers for residents of the Philadelphia area. 

Anxiety Disorders

Bipolar Disorder


Eating Disorders

Personality Disorders

Postpartum Depression

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


The Carter Center- Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health

The resource guide aims to increase accurate reporting of behavioral health issues, decrease stereotypes, and help journalists better understand mental health and substance use issues and access expert resources. The guide was officially shared by Mrs. Carter and Paolo del Vecchio, Director of the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  SAMHSA in part provided funding and subject matter expertise in the development of the guide.

Download the Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health


The Center for High Impact Philanthropy- Lifting the Burden of Addiction: Philanthropic opportunities to address substance use disorders in the United States

The goal of this guidance is to reduce immediate harm from substance use disorders and reduce the burden of the disorder over the long term. This includes reducing the damage the disorder causes to people with SUDs and their loved ones, reducing the overall incidence of SUDs, and reducing SUD-related costs to society. Funders can help move towards this goal in multiple ways, by meeting the immediate needs of people with SUDs or by supporting research and policy work to shift the field over the long term. 

Download the Lifting the Burden of Addiction: Philanthropic opportunities to address substance use disorders in the United States