The President’s plan to protect our children and our communities by reducing gun violence directs the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education to launch a national dialogue on mental health with young people who have experienced mental health problems, members of the faith community, foundations, and school and business leaders. The national dialogue, which MentalHealth.gov is a part of, will take place through:
- Community conversations. Several geographically/demographically diverse cities will host structured conversations facilitated by deliberative democracy groups that will result in community specific action plans. Other communities may choose to use SAMHSA’s Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health to help host their own conversations.
- Public/private partnership commitments. Outside groups such as national associations of schools, colleges and universities, faith based groups, medical providers, and others are being asked to commit to including some form of mental health awareness or discussion in their upcoming activities. The idea is that this form of conversation will reach communities that aren’t limited to geographic designations, but are communities of likeminded citizens (i.e. teachers, churchgoers etc) across the country. When layered on top of the cities hosting the facilitated conversations, the dialogue begins to have a nationwide reach.
- Social and online media. HHS will launch MentalHealth.gov as an online resource for people looking for information about signs of mental health problems, how individuals can seek help, and how communities can host conversations on mental health. The website will include videos of people who share their stories about mental health problems and recovery.
Free psychology videos dealing with a myriad of topics, from Mood Disorders to Cognitive Behavioral Therapies to Anxiety Disorders. Also listed are clinical psychology, developmental psychology, therapy, learning psychology, cognitive psychology, memory and other forms of psychotherapies. Psychotube is a new way to share video and audio clips with other psychology teachers.
Many psychology teachers use short video and audio clips to facilitate their teaching of psychology and this site provides a way of organizing these clips.
The majority of these videos are Youtube or TED talks, but are very interesting and well worth the views! You may subscribe, view the amazingly full dictionary, or glossary or of course, view the videos!
Many people think things or have questions that they are afraid to ask others and wonder, “Is it normal to feel this way?” The average citizen may or may not be able to afford a psychologist or have a friend who can inform them in the manner that they best feel necessary. In this website, “Is It Normal,” you can ask others questions and get responses without feeling awkward and odd about asking that question you wanted to know.
They also are located on Twitter and Facebook, and do have password protected user information, moderated questions (of course, everyone does ask questions to find out if it is all normal, but it IS moderated), and there is also an IIN Gold Membership, which you can pay to have special membership duties, such as quicker moderation, jazzier profile pages, and more.
Behavior Online was just recently relaunched in 2013. It wants to be the main website for professionals in the mental health field. There are many different trusted contributors on the website, from Dr. John Grohol to Jefferey Zeig. There are forums and a RSS feed for those who are interested. There are discussions on emotions, therapy, and neuropsychology. A great site to visit and one well worth staying at!