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!

National Coalition for the Homeless

national coalition for the homelessThe National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.

We envision a world where everyone has a safe, decent, affordable and accessible home. We are committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness. We take as our first principle of practice that people who are currently experiencing homelessness or have formerly experienced homelessness must be actively involved in all of our work. Our programs are centered around public education, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing, and are focused on the issues of housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights.

student mental illness lifeline

SMILe was formed in 2008 after its founder discovered that she was not the only one suffering in (relative) silence through University with mental illness. Students she talked to felt their universities didn’t want to admit their students were ‘unhappy’, especially in the long term, and that as students their vulnerability was overlooked.

One of the worst parts of mental illness is that it is so emotionally draining that looking and fighting for the help and support you need becomes almost impossible. SMILe was set up to make finding the right information and help easier. It is built on careful research and the personal experiences of mental illness sufferers from several universities.

We hope you find it helpful. Please get in touch if there is any information that you would like adding to the site or if you find a broken link that needs updating.

ReachOut

ReachOut is an information and support service using evidence based principles and technology to help teens and young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues. All content is written by teens and young adults, for teens and young adults, to meet them where they are, and help them recognize their own strengths and use those strengths to overcome their difficulties and/or seek help if necessary.   The Inspire USA Foundation oversees ReachOut.

Reachout.com has 4 key sections:

  • The Facts provides information on a range of mental health issues
  • Real Stories shares personal experiences with mental health issues from teens and young adults and how they got through these issues
  • Get Help provides information about how you might find the help you need
  • Add Your Voice presents opportunities for you to contribute content to ReachOut and have your opinions become part of the larger ReachOut community.

Our Sponsor


CopeCareDeal

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands created its Adolescent Mental Health Initiative to synthesize and disseminate scientific research on the prevention and treatment of mental disorders in adolescents. The Initiative creates books and Web materials for adolescents on topics including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and suicide prevention. CopeCareDeal is administered with the assistance of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Trauma and Attachment Report

The Trauma and Attachment Report is a weekly online research report published out of York University in Toronto.  Its purpose is to provide clear, accurate information to members of the community, on the topic of interpersonal trauma.  The report will cover topics such as the causes and consequences of trauma; treatment, prevention, and implications of trauma for society at large.  The articles draw upon primary sources such as interviews with survivors, therapists, and others who work in the field of interpersonal trauma.  The Trauma and Attachment Report seeks to disseminate knowledge by discussing research findings published in reputable scientific journals, in a manner that can be easily understood by readers.

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Addictipedia

A resource for people who use drugs, people who are considering using drugs, and people who care about people who use drugs.  Includes over 70 user defined addictions.

Half of Us

Did you know that depression affects about 19 million people in the United States every year? College students are especially at risk with half reporting that they have been so stressed that they couldn’t function during the past year. The impact of mental illness is so devastating that suicide is the third leading cause of death among all people ages 15-24. With so many people struggling, why is it still hard for us to talk about “mental health?”

Nearly all mental health issues can be improved with proper treatment. When we decrease the stigma around mental health and encourage students to seek help if they need it, we are changing and saving lives.