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National Institute of Mental Health

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A component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with a mission to increase knowledge and understanding in all aspects of mental health, and to develop effective strategies to promote mental health and to prevent or treat mental illness.

The National Institute of Mental Health conducts and supports research in a very broad array of areas of mental health and illness. The Institute also collects and analyzes a vast amount of scientific data, widely distributes those data and analyses, and provides technical assistance to numerous federal, state, local, and private agencies and organizations. The National Institute of Mental Health consists of nine principal divisions and offices, and oversees the administration of a hospital.

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