Make the Connection: Veterans Stories & Support

make the connectionIf you are a veteran, or a family member or a friend of a veteran and searching for help, you are not alone.  Through the US Department of Veterans Affairs, this website will offer you a plethora of help.  With connections through Facebook and through Youtube, not to mention videos onsite and self-assessments; this site is a very good place to visit when needing help that you earned.

There is also a free Veterans Crisis Line to call, a resource locator, and a very awesome site customizer.  You served our country, and served it selflessly.  Don’t let this site pass you by!

Animal Hoarding: An In-Depth Look At The Phenomenon

animal hoardingMany times animals need good homes.  They are often brought into a home where a person wants to take good care of them, feed them, water them and make sure their every need is taken care of.  However; there are certain people whose idea of taking care of animals, while meaning to be a good provider of animal security, ends up being one of animal destruction and unneeded cruelty.  These unfortunate few do not mean to harm these animals, and actually mean to help the pets they so lovingly bring into their homes–matter of fact, they normally know them by their names or by the dates the brought them in or where they found them or what shelter they got them from.

How do these people (and these animals) get help that they desperately need?  What is the most important thing to treat first–is it to get the animals out, then treat the animal hoarder or is it to treat the hoarder while helping the animals then help get the animals out?

Animal Hoarding:  An In-Depth Look At The Phenomenon helps us to understand this issue.  There are, according to Dr. Patronek, on the website, 1500 new cases every year.  On this website, you will see:

*  Characteristics of Animal Hoarding

* How Animal Hoarding Develops

* Inside Animal Hoarding

* Treatment and Prevention of Animal Hoarding

* Resources

*and a place to report Animal Hoarding

Veterans Crisis Line

vetrans crisis hotlineThe Veterans Crisis Line through the Veterans Administration helps connect veterans with mental health treatment they need.  There are confidential toll-free hotlines to call, online chatrooms, or text messages to help a Veteran in need of therapy and mental health treatment.

It’s all free, is around 24/7 for 365 days a year, and there is support for deaf and hard of hearing customers as well.  There are Suicide and Crisis Resources, and Self-Check Quizzes.

For all the Veterans who deserve all of our support for possibly giving up their lives for our country, the Veterans Administrations Crisis Line is well worth the time for those who gave us all.

General Psychology Youtube Lectures by Professor John Kihlstrom

UC Berkely Youtube Lectures by Professor John Kihlstrom.  Videos 1-25.  Informative for the person who is interested in psychology or may want to research more about it from a highly recommended school.  This is an introductory program, but can be a refresher program for some people as well.

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JST Virtual Science Center Mind Lab

A really great interactive exploration of seeing and perception using well-known optical illusions. Very awesome looking multimedia website exploring the mind and its’ myriad of functions.

APA: This is Psychology

These brief videos are intended to educate the general public about the science of psychology and to illustrate how psychological research can be applied to a broad range of issues and challenges. They are part of an expanded APA public education campaign to increase people’s understanding and appreciation of psychological science. We are particularly excited about their potential for use as part of secondary school psychology and other science programs.

The first release includes an introduction, an episode on bullying, and an episode on young children’s mental health. We hope you find them interesting and informative. Feel free to link to these videos from your professional websites. APA will be linking to them on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Movement for Global Mental Health

About the movement:

The Movement for Global Mental Health (“the Movement”) is a network of individuals and organizations that aim to improve services for people with mental disorders worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries where effective services are often scarce. Two principles are fundamental to the Movement: scientific evidence and human rights.