Mental Health.Gov

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Discovering Psychology

Discovering Psychology

Highlighting major new developments in the field, this updated edition of Discovering Psychology offers high school and college students, and teachers of psychology at all levels, an overview of historic and current theories of human behavior. Stanford University professor and author Philip Zimbardo narrates as leading researchers, practitioners, and theorists probe the mysteries of the mind and body.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends

Year after year for nearly four decades, The Compassionate Friends has spread hope to more and more bereaved families. TCF has been widely recognized as a unique lifeline for those who are dealing with the tremendous grief that follows the death of a child. The organization has built this reputation in spite of struggling with the financial ups and downs that plague nearly all nonprofits.

From these financial struggles emerged the idea that a foundation might be created with the sole purpose of guaranteeing enough financial stability for The Compassionate Friends to always “be there” to provide emotional support to those who may see no hope. In 2000, thanks to the dedication and commitment of many members and friends of TCF, that dream came true with the creation of TCF Foundation.

While TCF Foundation has come a long way since its inception, there is still a long way to go before its mission can truly be reached. As a member of TCF or simply as a caring individual, you can support TCF Foundation through donations that can take many different forms.

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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Therapy, Ethics, Malpractice, Forensics, Critical Thinking (and a few other topics)

articles researchKen Pope, Ph.D., ABPP, has set up this site to provides free access articles from journals such as American Psychologist,  Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice; Psychology, Public Policy, & Law; and Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, among others — as well as the complete book titled Children, Ethics, & the Law.

It also links to licensing agencies in Canada and the United States, ethics codes, informed consent; forensic assessment checklists and more!

Global Autism Collaboration

global autismWith at least 33 sites located to Autism on its’ webpage, Global Autism Collaboration is truly a boon to the many suffering from this mental health disorder.  Here they provide information about support groups, the disorder itself, as well as public education on autism and new research.

You may also join the Global Autism Collaboration and help support those who need your help.

1 in 6

you are not alone1 in 6 men have experienced sexually abusive issues by the age of 18.  Why does this have to happen?  This website (and yours truly) thinks that this number is probably a low estimate, considering many people do not report their sexual abuse issues.  If you are that 1 in 6, or that 2 in 6, or whatever–remember, and keep this in mind–you are not alone.  This site, and many others will help you remember this and keep supporting you along the way.

There is Online Counseling, Support and Therapy for you, if needed, as well as newsletters, jobs, internships and volunteers.  You do not have to suffer alone.  You are not 1 against the world–you are 1 with others, who need each other.  Don’t be alone anymore.

Center for Prevention of School Violence

centerfor the prevention of school violenceThe North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (NCDJJDP) has created a website to help stop school violence.  Finding out positive ways to deal with youth development for ALL youths can help curb some of the horrible violence that happens now.  Education is the best knowledge–the best way to help children understand that violence IS NOT the answer to issues in school.

The NCDJJDP has an alternative learning resource page with information about alternative learning, webcasts and resources about wanting to end the violence in schools, and a cafeteria page, dealing with nutrition and healthy eating.

There is a “question of the month” each month in the library which is very interesting to check out, and a parents resources and principals’ office.

The idea behind this website is that if every child can get a good, overall, balanced healthy school meal and school day while being treated fairly and responsibly, perhaps our days of school violence could be put behind us.  Wishful thinking perhaps, but one less school violence issue is well worth it, psychologically-wise as well as socially-wise.