Mental Health resources
If you want help in the form of either outpatient services, general support, or residential services and you’re on the West Coast, call our Clinical Director, Jim Piekarski, for a free phone consultation at 805-965-3434
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- http://www.nami.org (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- http://www.iapsrs.org (International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services) – education about advocacy and social integration
- http://www.suicide.org – site for immediate help. Also has information and support for people who are suicidal and their loved ones, as well as a forum for survivors.
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- http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) –information about mood disorders, has an online support group and can help locate a local support group.
- http://www.nami.org/Content/Microsites254/NAMI_Tuscarawas-Carroll_Co_/Home239/Resources132/bipolar.pdf (National Alliance on Mental Illness) information about diagnosing, understanding and finding treatment for Bipolar Disorder.
- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/complete-index.shtml (National Institute of Mental Health) information and support for people dealing with Bipolar Disorder, loved ones and caregivers.
- http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/index.cfm?objectid=C7DF96B5-1372-4D20-C868380DE081DCAB (Mental Health America) information on mood disorders
- http://www.pendulum.org – education and advocacy
- http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=54&ContentID=23036 – (National Alliance on Mental Illness) information about mental Schizophrenia.
- http://www.sardaa.org (Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America) information and support to people dealing with Schizophrenia
- http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/information/get-info/schizophrenia/schizophrenia-what-you-need-to-know/schizophrenia-what-you-need-to-know (Mental health America) the signs of and possible treatment of Schizophrenia.
- http://www.nami.org/Content/Microsites213/NAMI_Of_Franklin_County/Home199/About_Mental_Illnesses/Schizophrenia2.pdf (National Alliance on Mental Illness) symptoms of and types of schizophrenia and talks about treatment options
- http://www.rethink.org/rethink_for_everyon.html (The National Schizophrenia Fellowship) Based in the UK, information and support to people with mental illness
- http://www.schizophrenia.ca/heimEnglish1.htm (Schizophrenia Society of Canada) education, advocacy, and resources
- http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/center_index.php?id=7 information
- http://mss.mb.ca/mss_v1 (Manitoba Schizophrenia Society) information
- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/complete-index.shtml – (National Institute of Mental Health) addresses questions about and issues surrounding Depression
- http://www.familyaware.org (Families for Depression Awareness) provides information about Depression and Depressive Disorders and support.
- http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Helpline1/MajorDepression.pdf (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers insight into the causes and signs of Depression and possible treatment options
- http://www.nmha.org/go/depression (Mental Health America) information for people suffering from Depression and their loved ones
- http://www.afsp.org (American Association for Suicide Prevention) offers help to people with suicidal tendencies and to their loved ones. This site also has a forum for survivors of suicide.
- http://www.1on1health.com/web/info/depression/english/home/Topic-Home (Depression 1 on 1) education and information about communication
- http://www.psycom.net/depression.central.html (Dr. Ivan’s Depression Central) information and links
- http://www.healthieryou.com/mhexpert/consumer.html#Depression list of links to information in the question and answer format on a range of depression issues
- http://www.wingofmadness.com (Wing of Madness Depression Guide) information and links
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- http://www.adaa.org (Anxiety Disorder Association of America) information on Anxiety Disorders and treatment
- http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Illnesses/Anxiety_Disorders_in_Children_and_Adolescents.htm (National Alliance on Mental Illness) information about common types of Anxiety Disorders and methods of treatment
- http://www.nmha.org/go/information/get-info/anxiety-disorders/anxiety-disorders/anxiety-disorders-what-you-need-to-know (Mental Health America) information on the types of Anxiety Disorders, how to treat them
- http://www.apa.org/topics/anxiety/panic-disorder.aspx (American Psychological Association) information
- http://www.npadnews.com (National Panic and Anxiety Disorder News) information
- http://www.al-anon.alateen.org (Al-Anon/Alateen) support and information for family members of alcoholics
- http://www.aa.org/?Media=PlayFlash (Alcoholics Anonymous) – support and information for alcoholics who are looking for help
- http://www.adultchildren.org (Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization, Inc) support for adults who grew up in homes dealing with alcoholism. Has an online forum for those who can’t attend meetings.
- http://www.alcoholscreening.org/Home.aspx – screening for alcholism
- http://www.bettyfordcenter.org/index.php (Betty Ford Center) focus on addiction, treatment and recovery
- http://www.cdc.gov (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
- http://www.cesar.umd.edu/cesar/drug_info.asp (Center for Substance Abuse Research)
- http://www.cspinet.org (Center for Science in the Public Interest) links
- http://www.ca.org (Cocaine Anonymous) support and information for people dealing with cocaine addiction
- http://www.cadca.org (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) education
- http://www.drugstrategies.org – drug treatment and rehabilitation programs, information and addiction treatment centers for recovery
- http://www.eapassn.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1 (Employee Assistance Professionals Association) for employers, counselors, social workers
- http://www.faceproject.org (Facing Alcohol Concerns through Education) education
- http://www.interventioninfo.org/ (Intervention Resource Center) helps substance abusers and their families through referrals and education
- http://www.jointogether.org – screening and up to date information
- http://monitoringthefuture.org – reports the changes in beliefs and attitudes of the American youth
- http://www.madd.org (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) education
- http://www.thirteen.org/closetohome – Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home. Journalist Bill Moyers looks at addiction and recovery in America.
- http://www.wsoinc.com (Narcotics Anonymous) support and information for people recovering from addiction
- http://www.ncadd.org (National Council on alcoholism and Drug Dependence) provides education and advocates for prevention, intervention and treatment
- http://www.naadac.org (National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors) site for addiction professionals
- http://www.nacoa.net (National Association for Children of Alcoholics) support and information for families affected by alcoholism and drug abuse
- http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/Home.aspx?articleid=287&zoneid=32 (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Colombia University) education and relevant, up to date articles
- http://store.samhsa.gov/home (National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information) education, tips and books
- http://www.hispanichealth.org (National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Service Organizations) information and resources
- http://www.nationalfamilies.org (National Families in Action) for families and parents, information on prevention
- http://www.inhalants.org (National Inhalant Prevention Coalition) education
- http://www.niaaa.nih.gov (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) education for health care providers and the layperson
- http://www.nida.nih.gov/nidahome.html (National Institute of Drug Abuse) education for everyone from young adults to health care professionals
- http://www.nofas.org (National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) advocacy and information on family planning
- http://www.healthywomen.org (National Women’s Resource Center) provides information for women regarding all aspects of physical and mental well being.
- http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov – information on prevention, treatment and recovery
- http://www.parentingisprevention.org (Parenting is Prevention Project) support and education for parents
- http://www.sbcada.org (Santa Barbara Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse) focus on prevention, intervention, relapse prevention and advocacy
- http://www.ccsa.ca/Pages/Splash.htm (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse) information
- http://www.smartrecovery.org (Smart Recovery) online meetings, face-to-face meetings and a message board to help people who are dealing with addiction to cope with urges and maintain motivation.
- http://www.doubletroubleinrecovery.org – (Double Trouble in Recovery) support for people with an addiction as well as a mental illness.
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- http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org (National Eating Disorders Association) support for people with eating disorders and their families and lists resources.
- http://www.something-fishy.org – information about eating disorders and recovering from them
- http://www.aedweb.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&WebsiteKey=9791323d-3be5-4379-ac55-d98e6efdd036 (Academy for Eating Disorders) information about eating disorders
- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders/anorexia-nervosa.shtml – (National Institute of Mental Health) information to help identify eating disorders as well as risk involved and treatment options
- http://www.renfrew.org (Renfrew Center Foundation) information, resources
- http://www.innersolutions.net (Inner Solutions) information, support, and forum to discuss food and weight issues
- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-easy-to-read/index.shtml (National Institute of Mental Health) information
- http://www.ptsdinfo.org –provides information about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=54&ContentID=68642 (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, how to identify it and options for treating it.
- http://www.healing-arts.org/tir/n-r-rothschild.htm – information and references
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- http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=54&ContentID=44780 (National Alliance on Mental Illness) information, symptoms and treatment options
- http://www.psycom.net/depression.central.borderline.html links with information about Borderline Personality Disorder
- http://www.bpdcentral.com/index.php information and support for people dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder and their loved ones
- http://www.aaets.org/arts/art20.htm (The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress) information
- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/borderline-personality-disorder-fact-sheet/index.shtml (National Institute of Mental Health) information, symptoms and treatment
- http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/symptoms-of-borderline-personality-disorder (Psych Central) information about causes, diagnosis, and treatment
- http://www.bpdworld.org (Borderline Personality Disorder World) resources, support and information. Also has forums for people dealing with mental illness.
- http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/center_index.php?id=8 – information about personality disorders and links referencing specific personality disorders
- http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/center_index.php?id=8 (Mental Health America) information about identifying a personality disorder and treatment information
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- http://www.dissociation.com – information for people dealing with multiple personality disorder and their families
- http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Helpline1/Dissociative_Identity_Disorder_%28formerly_Multiple_Personality_Disorder%29.html (National Alliance on Mental Illness) causes and symptoms of Dissociative Disorders and treatment options
- http://www.nmha.org/go/dissociation (Mental Health America) information
- http://www.dissociativeidentitydisorder.net – information about rick factors, causes, symptoms and possible treatment
- http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=54&ContentID=26975 (National Alliance on mental Illness) information to identify dissociative disorders and treatment information
[wc_accordion_section title="General information resources on mental health"]
- http://artausa.org (American Residential Treatment Association) listing of various homes that provide residential mental health treatment.
- http://athealth.com – offers information to people dealing with mental health issues and their families. Listing local physicians to answer questions people may have while they are exploring the website.
- http://casra.org (California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies) education about advocacy and social integration.
- http://www.dmh.ca.gov (Department of Mental Health) a state government run site offering information about legal rights and facilities available in California.
- http://findthelight.net (Find the Light) support and resources for people suffering from mood disorders and substance abuse.
- http://www.healthyplace.com – lists various agencies and phone numbers for people with mental illness.
- http://www.mentalearth.com/– forums for people over 18 who are dealing with mental illness. This site has live chat and blogging and offers forums where adults can discuss different topics openly.
- http://www.mental-health-matters.com (Mental Health Matters) offers support to people dealing with mental health and/or addiction and their families
- http://www.mentalhelp.net – information about and resources for mental health and addiction issues. Has a forum.
- http://www.mhac.org (The Mental Health Association in California) provides information about local legislation, support groups, and advocacy
- http://mhavillage.org (Mental Health America of Los Angeles) education, support and resources
- http://nami.org (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) information on mental illness as well as medication, centers for support and education.
- http://www.narsad.org (The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) information regarding various mental health disorders.
- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml (National Institute of Mental Health) information to help identify various mental health disorders as well as how they are normally treated.
- http://nmha.org (Mental Health America) national and local resources and information on mental health and addiction.
- http://www.samhsa.gov (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) resources for mental illness and addiction prevention and treatment
- http://suicidology.org – (American Association of Suicidology) –support to people who are suicidal and their friends and family
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http://psychcentral.com/resources – mailing list for abuse, anxiety, divorce and other areas
- http://www.mhavillage.org/Web%20Articles/3hopeand%20schizophrenia.pdf – this article puts hope and schizophrenia together.
- http://www.power2u.org/articles/recovery/people_can.html (The National Empowerment Center) People can Recover from Mental Illness – By Daniel Fisher, M.D., Ph.D. and Laurie Ahern – This article sheds talks about recovering from even the most severe mental illness and the emotional healing that is needed after dealing with mental illness.
- http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/creative-minds-the-links-between-mental-illness-and-creativity-1678929.html Creative Minds: the Link between Mental Illness and Creativity – By Roger Dobson
- http://www.maramcwilliams.com/articles/2005-07_art_therapy.php Using Art Therapy Good for Mental Health – By Mara McWilliams
- The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness by Lori Schiller, Amanda Bennett, Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (January 1, 1996) – An enlightening memoir of a woman’s experience with schizophrenia.
- The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks, Hyperion; Reprint edition (August 12, 2008) – A great memoir of a woman with schizophrenia. Her life demonstrates how high functioning a person can be with this illness.
- Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Second Edition by Carlos W. Pratt, Kenneth J. Gill, Nora M. Barrett, Melissa M. Roberts Academic Press ( 2002) Good introduction to psychosocial rehabilitation. Introduces the experience of psychiatric disorders from the client’s perspective, covers symptoms and etiology of severe and persistent mental illness as well as treatment strategies. The book is simply written, using case illustrations; considered an excellent college textbook.
- Schizophrenia: Cognitive Theory, Research, and Therapy by Aaron T. Beck, Neil A. Rector, Neal Stolar, Paul Grant The Guilford Press; 1 edition (October 29, 2008) This is a book our staff uses at Phoenix of Santa Barbara to help clients question their voices and their distorted thinking. It is aimed for the professional. There are numerous studies, particularly in England, showing that this type of therapy can be helpful for delusions and hallucinations.
- The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns, Plume; Rev Sub edition (May 1, 1999) An excellent book that reviews the basic techniques to overcome depression and anxiety.
- Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthough Program to End Negative Behavior…and Feel Great Again by Jeffrey E. Young Janet S. Klosko, Aaron T. Beck (Foreword), Plume; First Edition (May 1, 1994) A powerful self-help book. If you have read many self-help books and think that you can’t learn much more, pick this one up and be surprised.
- An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison, Vintage; 1 edition (January 14, 1997) An excellent memoir of a woman with bipolar disorder.