International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO)

International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO)

The International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO) was formed in 1997 to promote the understanding, use and development of online communication, information and technology for the international mental health community. ISMHO is a nonprofit organization.

ISMHO conducts all of its official business via the Internet, as our board members (and membership in general) reflects a diverse, international makeup. Most of the active discussion of the organization is conducted on the Members-only mailing list and Board Forums. You must be a member in order to subscribe to our Members Discussion List and Board Forums or access it extensive, multi-year archive. The list archive serves as a valuable resource for researchers, clinicians, and anyone interested in the topic of online mental health.

ISMHO provides an online forum for students, teachers, researchers, practitioners and online mental health professionals to discuss current issues and collaborate on projects in the field of online mental health. Subjects which we discuss and about which we share our areas of expertise include current research and publications, standards for online practice, self-help resources such as online communities and forums, online counseling and psychotherapy, online peer supervision, education and training programs, international information and resources, business and technical aspects of online counseling, and online technology and applications.




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National Institutes of Mental Health

National Institutes of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead Federal agency for research on mental illnesses. The mission of the NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
The urgency of this mission arises from the public health burden. According to recent estimates, mental illnesses account for 21.3 percent of all years lived with disability in the United States. An estimated 9.6 million American adults suffer from a serious mental illness (SMI) in which the ability to function in daily life is significantly impaired. Those with SMI die 10 years earlier than individuals in the general population, on average. Furthermore, over 41,149 Americans die each year from suicide, more than twice the annual mortality from homicide or AIDS. Beyond the morbidity and mortality, a conservative estimate places the direct and indirect financial costs associated with mental illnesses in the United States at well over $300 billion annually. Mental illnesses rank as the third most costly medical conditions in terms of overall health care expenditure, behind heart conditions and traumatic injury.




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Bite Back

Bite Back

BITE BACK is anonymous.
No real names: We like to be creative and make up fun and different usernames. Not only is it entertaining, it also has the added bonus of protecting everyone’s identity. It means everyone can share their stories and express themselves in their entries and comments with complete honesty.
Public posts or private? The choice is up to you. Every time you make an entry on BITE BACK, the upload form gives you the option to make your post public (with your username shown), private (just for your eyes), or public but without your username shown so no one knows which user posted it. There are bookshelves, things to do, think tanks, and mental fitness. It is such a complete user experience.




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Real Warriors

Real Warriors

The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds. Launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) in 2009, the campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to encourage warriors and families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns.

To reach the broadest audience possible, the campaign features a variety of strategies including outreach and partnerships, print materials, media outreach, an interactive website, mobile website and social media. The campaign features stories of real service members who reached out for psychological support or care with successful outcomes, including learning coping skills, maintaining their security clearance and continuing to succeed in their military or civilian careers. These Real Warriors are proving through example that reaching out is a sign of strength that benefits the entire military community.

In addition, the campaign encourages use of the DCoE Outreach Center, a 24/7 call center staffed by health resource consultants to provide confidential answers, tools, tips and resources about psychological health and traumatic brain injury.




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1 in 6Researchers estimate that 1 in 6 men have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before age 18. This is likely a low estimate, since it doesn’t include non-contact experiences, which can also have lasting negative effects.
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Don’t ever feel that it is hopeless.  Don’t ever give up.  There is always someone willing to listen,to talk to you and listen to what you have to say.    With the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, there is a free, 24 hour hotline you can call that will enable you to not feel that all is lost.  It will let you speak to others and understand that you are not alone and to help you along in life.  It is important to keep moving on in life–not to give up.   You can volunteer and donate here as well.  There are crisis centers for that, and most importantly, remember you can call anytime whenever you need help.  People are always here to help.  You are important, and you are worth the time, forever and a day.




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Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone

Things you should know about Kids Help Phone:

We’re Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counseling, web counseling and referral service for children and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide support to young people across the country.

  1. The service is completely anonymous and confidential – we don’t trace calls, we don’t have call display. You don’t even have to tell us your name if you don’t want to.
  2. We rely on donations from individuals, companies, clubs and associations to run our service. We also have over 10,000 volunteers who help us raise funds and spread the word about our services. Find out how you can get involved on the website.

 




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Self Mutilators Anonymous

Self Mutilators Anonymous

Self-Mutilators Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from physical self-mutilation. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop mutilating oneself physically. There are no dues or fees for SMA membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. SMA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stop mutilating ourselves and to help others to recover from self-mutilation.




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