Links for Consumers and Families

Alzheimers.net If you know someone with Alzheimer's disease or have been diagnosed yourself, this is your community. This website grew out of the need to have a social network that will be a respite, a resource and a way to connect with others who share a common bond. Get authoritative, up-to-date resources and advice from professionals with expertise about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

American Psychological Association has a Consumer Help Center site which provides brochures, fact sheets and an online psychologist referral service for persons affected by mental disorders, their families and others who care about them.

American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse is a Self-Help Sourcebook OnLine! Database of over 800 national/model self-help support groups, local self-help group clearinghouses worldwide, group research summaries, and how-to's on starting groups.

Choices in Recovery: Support and Information for Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective and Bipolar Disorder This is a website about the mental health recovery process - a website about living a full, productive life after a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar I disorder. If you love or care for someone who lives with one of these conditions this website is helpful for you too.

Consumer/Survivor Mental Health Information: SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) supports the meaningful participation of mental health consumers/survivors in all aspects of the mental health system including the planning, design, implementation, policy formulation and evaluation of mental health services. To accomplish this goal, CMHS sponsors a variety of consumer affairs activities such as scholarships to attend national conferences, meetings to address the needs of consumers/survivors, regional consumer meetings, programs to address discrimination and stigma and other issues related to mental illness, the development and dissemination of educational materials, and much more.

CHARG Resource Center provides mental health treatment, advocacy, self-help and support, and recreational opportunities; offers information about mental illness to the public.

DBSA (Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance) serves people living with all kinds of mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other illnesses.

Depressed Anonymous is a 12 step program of recovery for persons with depression.

Depressionforums.org offers a platform for open peer discussion on the Internet for members in an atmosphere that is both supportive and informative. Participants discuss their experiences with depressive illnesses, other mental health issues, treatment options, and related topics.

Factsforhealth.org was created by the not-for-profit Madison Institute of Medicine to increase the understanding of mental health disorders. Helps people identify, understand and find treatment for social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Provides clinician referrals and free online CME courses for PTSD and PMDD.

Healing Touch: A Self-Injury Website offers resources for people who self-injure.

HealthyMinds.org is a consumer-oriented Web site designed to inform users about mental health treatment and resources. The site has information about warning signs of mental disorders and prevention measures, as well as access to other mental health resources and a psychiatrist locator feature. Sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association (APA),

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

National Anxiety Foundation provides information on anxiety disorders for professionals and the general public. An international directory of anxiety health care professionals is also available on this site.

Panic Survivor: This online community provides a forum for people who have been through trauma to tell their stories.

People Who is a U S 501 (c) (3) organization incorporated in California. The web site includes information on a wide range issues that impact on the consumer/survivor community.

The Procovery Institute website is a clearinghouse of Procovery information, resources and ideas for building hope, healing and life for persons with mental illness.

Psychology Self-Help Resources on the Internet provides links to noncommercial sites providing information and help about specific disorders. Lists of brochures and articles, commercial psychology-related Web sites, psychology journals on the Web, other psychology resources, and scholarly psychology resources are available here.

Recovery, Inc. is a self-help mental health program based on the ground breaking work of our founder a neuropsychiatrist, the late Abraham A. Low, M.D. It is non-profit, non-sectarian, and completely member managed. Recovery Inc. has been active since 1937 and we have groups meeting every week around the world.

Strength of Us Developed by young adults, this user-driven social networking community allows young
adults to connect with their peers and share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups, posting status updates on “The Wire” and sharing videos, photos and other news. Strengthofus.org offers a variety of resources on issues important to young
adults, including healthy relationships, family and friends, independent living, campus life, employment, mental health issues and much more.

Support, Technical Assistance, Resource Center (STAR Center) is a national consumer and consumer supporter technical assistance center that develops, produces, disseminates, and stores a wide range of culturally appropriate materials, resources, and tools for consumers, consumer-operated programs and self-help groups that strengthen skills, organizational capabilities, and service capacity. The Web site is also translated in Spanish El Centro STAR.

The Anxiety-Panic Internet Resource is a self-help network dedicated to the overcoming and curiosity of overwhelming anxiety.

The Medicine Program was established by volunteers seeking to help those individuals who could not afford the cost of their prescriptions.

The National Empowerment Center website is filled with practical information that will help you recover if you have been labeled with a mental illness.

The National Mental Health Association’s National Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center strives to strengthen consumer organizations by providing technical assistance in the form of research, informational materials and financial aid.

The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse is a consumer-run national technical assistance center serving the mental health consumer movement. The Clearinghouse helps connect individuals to self-help and advocacy resources, and offers expertise to self-help groups and other peer-run services for mental health consumers.

THRIVEnet is a place to learn about survival. Covers change, agility, resilience, hardiness, creative adapting, the survivor personality, overcoming job loss, serendipity, successful schizophrenia, synchronicity, the synergistic personality, and other issues related to life skills and mental health.

Transformations: A Forum for Self-Help and Recovery is dedicated to helping those in recovery and seeking spiritual growth. The site includes resources and a calendar for live support and recovery group meetings.

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) is based in Melbourne, Australia. It is a consumer/survivor-run advocacy organization for people with mental health problems.

Wellness Institute The Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives of CSP-NJ (Institute) promotes and provides innovative, state of the art services aimed at creating wellness and recovery for persons living with disabilities.  We offer educational resources as well as trainings and consultation designed to assist organizations in developing a workforce and service delivery system focused on recovery and wellness.

Will I Go Crazy? This site addresses mental disorders and related issues, including stigma.