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Crisis Center of King Co http://crisisclinic.org/ 1-866-427-4747
National Suicide Prevention Phone number 1-800-276-TALK or 1-800-276-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Veterans Administration Crisis Line: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ 1-800-273-8255 press 1
The internet abounds with information – and misinformation- about mental health. We have compiled a list of noncommercial /nonprofit links that provide accurate information about psychiatric conditions and offer resources for patient support and advocacy. PMA is not responsible for the content of any particular site.
1. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) maintain the most comprehensive, noncommercial websites concerning research and treatment of all health conditions. The following are particularly relevant for mental health care.
2. American Psychiatric Association http://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families Clinically focused, evidence based information about anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric conditions, updated regularly
3. Anxiety and Depression Association of America http://www.adaa.org/ An easy to navigate format that provides patient support and advocacy as well as educational information
4. American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/index.aspx Articles and information related to psychological issues affecting general health and wellbeing. Especially helpful articles on coping with trauma http://www.apa.org/topics/trauma/index.aspx or the impact of chronic disease
5. National Center for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/index.asp Although this site is maintained by the VA, the information and resources here are extremely useful for anyone (military or civilian) recovering from a traumatic experience.
National Alliance on Mental Illness: http://www.nami.org/ Venerable patient advocacy group, works nationally and locally to destigmatize mental illness, emphasizes support for families
Psych Central http://psychcentral.com/ Patient Centered articles on emotional wellness as well as specific disorders. Not commercial free (some ads). Easy to read with broad appeal.
The websites below focus on specific conditions. These sites may provide a different perspective or emphasize patient advocacy and support.
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) http://www.aaap.org/patient-resources/
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) http://www.asam.org/for-the-public
VIDEO: Best advice for People Taking Opioid Medication: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Na2m7lx-hU&feature=youtu.be
Alzheimer’s and other dementias:
Alzheimer’s Association, Patient advocacy and information: http://www.alz.org/
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
Attention Deficit Disorder Association: https://add.org/new-to-adhd/
Cancer and Mental Health:
National Institute of Health, Coping with Cancer: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping
American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/index
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
ECT: A Light in the Darkness: http://www.ecttreatment.org/
National Institute of Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/brain-stimulation-therapies/brain-stimulation-therapies.shtml
Up To Date: ECT Therapy (Beyond the Basics) http://www.uptodate.com/contents/electroconvulsive-therapy-ect-beyond-the-basics#H1
Obsessive compulsive disorder
International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) https://iocdf.org/
Trichotillomania Learning Center: http://www.trich.org/index.html
Washington Physicians Health Program (WPHP) http://wphp.org/ Helps identify, refer for evaluation or treatment, monitor the recovery and endorse the safety of healthcare practitioners who have a condition, mental or physical, which could affect their ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/
Forefront Inovations for Suicide Prevention & Bereavement: http://www.intheforefront.org/help/bereaved
Women’s Mental Health:
Office of Women’s Health: http://www.womenshealth.gov/mental-health/ A noncommercial government website that compiles information on women’s health and women’s mental health, including menopause, postpartum issues
NIH Postpartum Fact Sheet: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2005/December2005/docs/01features_02.htm
National Institute of Mental Health information on depression in women: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-in-women/index.shtml
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