Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)

UCI MIND seeks to conduct research to enhance the quality of life for the elderly by identifying factors and life-style approaches that promote successful brain aging. Toward this end, the Institute facilitates and coordinates a number of activities, some of which are listed below:

  • Recruit subjects to maintain a research cohort of memory disorder patients, mild cognitively impaired patients, Down syndrome patients, and healthy elderly control subjects.
  • Follow patients longterm to evaluate their clinical and neuropsychological health.
  • Provide investigators with biological resources such as human brain tissue, serum, DNA and cerebrospinal fluid from well-characterized clinical subjects.
  • Cultivate community-based AD-related programs and transmit new information to community professionals and the general public.
  • Sponsor seminars and meetings to promote scholarship and information exchange.
  • Pursue resource development to stimulate research through individual and collaborative grants.
  • Train and educate the next generation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of brain aging and neurodegeneration.
  • Develop and maintain common facilities.
  • Develop a base of community supporters to facilitate fundraising.
  • Support interdisciplinary, investigator-initiated research and recruit and train the next generation of investigators.

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder characterized by a steady decline in cognitive ability. It is the most common form of dementia. With any endeavor, the efforts of many can easily surpass those of the few; feel free to contribute your experience for the benefit of all. We’ll all be the better for it.

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.

Emergency Mental Health Educational Manual

This manual is written by the University of British Columbia, however; there are many facets here that will provide useful to those of us in the States. Mostly interesting to the the common layperson who is interested in psychology/psychiatry or the student, this manual is a well-thought out guide to how to help others when help is needed right now.

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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.

Fenichel’s Current Topics In Psychology

There are many, many topics here to choose from.  They are listed from A-Z. This site provides useful general references for both professionals and the general public.  There are many good resources here, including information, support groups, and clinical treatment providers.

PSYBlog: Understand Your Mind

This website is about scientific research into how the mind works. The studies have been published in reputable academic journals in many different areas of psychology.

This blog is written, designed and coded by Jeremy Dean who is currently a researcher at University College London, working towards a PhD, having previously completed an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at the same institution. Before that he obtained a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Facing Disability

Like many projects of this nature, FacingDisability.com was born out of personal experience.  In the summer of 1986, after diving into a swimming pool, Vicki Hill, sustained a neck injury resulting in quadriplegia.
During her rehabilitation, Vicki was fortunate to be able to participate in a peer- mentoring program.  The program introduced her to other people who had sustained injuries like hers a few years before.  They helped her learn how to think about her disability and live with her new body.
They offered a lot more than well-meaning help and advice.  They were the undeniably believable and unquestionably honest voices of experience.
And they were an enormous help.
But there was no peer-mentoring program to help her parents, family and friends to deal with the new life situations that they themselves were experiencing as a result of Vicki’s sudden disability. There is still virtually nothing today—no program focused on personally supporting the people around the injured person.
What’s more, even today, there are many people with new spinal cord injuries like Vicki’s who are not able to participate in peer-mentoring programs.

The lack of such programs is the reason behind FacingDisability.com.