NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness. An excellent page with massive resources, for those with mental illness and those who care about them. There are fact sheets on many mental illnesses which include symptoms, how it is diagnosed, causes, treatments, and sometimes other information. The NAMI website has links to state NAMI organizations, research, advocacy, discussion groups, support and programs, and many more things that relate to Mental Illness.
NIMH National Institute of Mental Health. Another great website with many resources and much helpful information. Again information on specific mental illnesses and a primary site for information on research and funding.
DBSA Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. This website focuses on Depression and Bipolar with information geared towards those who have a mental illness and those who care about them. There are suggestions for wellness, peer support, and education. Soon they will add information for mental health professionals
Psych Central A large website with information on medications, mental illnesses, treatments, quizzes and screenings, research, current news, many blogs some devoted to specific illnesses or treatments.
SAMSHA The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A government funded website with information on Substance Abuse and Mental Health/Illness. Great resources including a section called “Publications” where you can download PDF files on numerous helpful topics such as recovery, shared decision making, making and keeping friends and more.
MentalHealth.gov which is a new government run website that was established shortly after the National Confrence on Mental Health. The website includes: what to look for in specific disorders, myths and fact sheets, how to help and I am sure more will be added as the website evolves.
It Gets Better Project Blogs, videos and more dedicated to the LGBT youth. The main theme is adults both young adults and older adults telling LGBT youth that it gets better. Often times sharing their own struggles with the contrast that is their life right now. Videos are done by individuals, groups, couples and more both gay and straight.
Schizoaffective Disorder Simplified by: Martine Daniel (Schizoaffective Disorder)
What A Life Can Be: One Therapists Take On Schizo-Affective Disorder. By Carolyn Dobbins PhD (Schizoaffective Disorder)
My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness. by Sandra Yuen MacKay (Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorder)
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison (Bipolar Disorder)
The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing up Bipolar By: Terri Cheney (Bipolar Disorder, especially in regards to childhood)
Related post with review and quotes.
Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with BPD by: Robert O. Friedel, Perry D. Hoffman, Dixianne Penney and Patricia Woodward (Borderline Personality Disorder)
Borderline Personality Disorder: New Reasons for Hope (A John Hopkins Press Health Book) by Francis Mark Mondimore M.D. and Patrick Kelly M.D. (Borderline Personality Disorder)
Book review, quotes and charts
The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living with BPD. by: Alex L. Chapman PhD. and Kim L. Gratz PhD. (Borderline Personality Disorder)
The Buddha and The Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating. by Kiera Van Gelder (Borderline Personality Disorder)
The Happiness Project By: Gretchen Rubin (Self-help/Discovery)
God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked by Darrell Hammond. (Trauma/Addiction/Self-harm)
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by: Kay Redfield Jamison (Suicide)
It Gets Better: Coming out, overcoming bullying, and creating a life worth living. Edited by: Dan Savage and Terry Miller (Homosexuality)
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Diary: Monitoring Your Emotional Regulation Day by Day. By Matthew McKay PhD and Jeffery C. Wood PsyD. (Dialectical Behavior Therapy/Borderline Personality Disorder)
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The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercise for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance. By: Matthew McKay PhD, Jeffery C. Wood PsyD. and Jeffery Brantley MD (Dialectical Behavior Therapy/Borderline Personality Disorder)
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Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by: Steven C. Hayes and Spencer Smith (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Apple Store Apps:
Habits Pro- Organizer for Goals, Tasks, and Health Tracking $4.99 *Added Visual scale for $1.99
DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach $4.99
Buddhify 2 $1.99
Crisis Phone Numbers and Websites:
National Suicide Hotlines in the USA- 24 hours a day/7 days a week- Toll Free
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
The Trevor Project- Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention for LGBT Youth- Free- 24 hours a day/7 days a week
Trans Lifeline- Transgender Suicide hotline
Crisis Text Support Line
Local Emergency Services
Call 911 or go to local emergency room
You can also search online for crisis services that may have information on your specific state, chat crisis if you do not use the phone, deaf service phone numbers, and other resources.
American Association of Suicidology www.suicidology.org (also provides listings of state-by-state suicide crisis lines).