The resources below are useful for people who deal with nearly any type of mental health disorder. Please feel free to suggest additions and/or revisions through my contact page!
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
AFSP is a non-profit organization that uses the following strategies to fight against suicide: “fund scientific research; offer educational programs for professionals; educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention; promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention; [and] provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation.” There are 75+ local chapters nationwide, and donations can be made individually or by participating in Out of the Darkness Walks.
American Psychiatric Association: Mental Health
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is “the world’s largest psychiatric organization” and “the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry.” The APA combined expert research and diagnostic classification in the field of mental health to produce the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the DSM-5®. This section of the APA website provides the general public with information about mental disorders. Particularly useful pages include the APA Let’s Talk Facts brochure series, the Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives blog, and key mental health topics.
The JED Foundation
Kids in the House
Mental Health America (MHA)
Mental Health First Aid
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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The Guide to Compassionate Assertiveness: How to Express Your Needs and Deal with Conflict While Keeping a Kind Heart
by Sherrie Mansfield Vavrichek, LCSW-C
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha
by Tara Brach, Ph.D.
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
by Harold S. Kushner
Fidgetland Fidgets for Kids and Adults
Trying to focus when you have ADHD, dermatillomania, general anxiety, and/or other disorders can seem impossible, but sometimes keeping your hands occupied with a small sensory object (fidget) helps. There are many fidgets available for purchase online—stress balls, tangle puzzles, silly putty, flexible toys—but Fidgetland fidgets are made specifically to be held in one hand, are quiet and non-intrusive, and can be used by people of all ages. The developer Jason Burns has already changed many lives by his creations, and he is sure to help many more in the future!
For Windows, Mac, Internet, iOS
I have only recently begun to use this program, but so far it seems very beneficial—and it’s free! According to the website, Optimism is a series of “self-tracking applications, designed to help you increase your understanding of all the things that affect your mental health. The apps act as a springboard to detect patterns in your health and develop strategies to proactively manage depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions.” Within the app, you can do the following: 1) record your symptoms, triggers, and the like through sliding scales and check boxes; 2) look at or print charts and reports of your data, which is good for visual learners and giving to health professionals; 3) filter your data “to discover patterns in your records more easily and examine areas of interest to you;” and 4) develop a stay-well plan that includes stay-well strategies, triggers, symptoms, signs that you need help, and how to get help.
* = tool available as an app
° = tool only available as an app