Kristin Brooks Hope Center

kristen brooksOn April 7, 1998, Kristin Brooks committed suicide.  It was a horrible tragedy for those who knew and loved her.  What could be done, wondered her husband Reese Butler, to help those who were still alive and hurting like Kristin was that horrible April day?

The 1-800-SUICIDE phone number is just one of the many causes that were created because of Reese’s and the Center’s help and Kristin’s tragic end.  There is also an online crisis chat, college campus awareness events of suicide and its’ effects on not just the person committing the acts but their family and friends; and also music therapies.  They are also located on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

You can volunteer to help, or you can call to get help.  Either way, it’s a win-win situation.

The International OCD Foundation: Hoarding Center

international OCDHave you seen the television show The Hoarders?  Many people who watch this show may feel that this is just a very few people who experience such things, and those people on that show are not exactly “normal.”  Well, unfortunately, this is more normal than most people think.  Hoarding is very closely related to obsessive compulsive disorder, and there are people who have rooms and buildings and storage sheds that are full of items of things that they may never see again (or know they even have to begin with).

Thankfully, there are places that know about this kind of situation and are willing to help.  The International OCD Foundation:  Hoarding Center has many different options:  Journal Articles, Facebook Page, Research, Training, Assessments, and Resources such as Books, Videos, Links and more.  There are Community Services as well, and very importantly, Help for Hoarding for those who need it the most.

By opening the crack of light on hoarding a little more, we can make a light shine on this, and get more help for those who need it.

Homeless Resource Center

homeless resource centerSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) has an interactive learning community about homelessness and how to deal with and hopefully abolish it.

There are people from Federal, State and local levels, as well as those in need of services.  Offered as well is free online training, a library, and topics.

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit national organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. Especially important to APSAC is the dissemination of state-of-the-art practice in all professional disciplines related to child abuse and neglect.

Our Mission: The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is the leading national organization supporting professionals who serve children and families affected by child maltreatment and violence. As a multidisciplinary group of professions, APSAC achieves its mission in a number of ways, most notably through expert training and educational activities, policy leadership and collaboration, and consultation that emphasizes theoretically sound, evidence-based principles.

Our Vision: APSAC envisions a world where all maltreated or at-risk children and their families have access to the highest level of professional commitment and service.

As a multidisciplinary group of professions, APSAC achieves its mission in a number of ways, most notably through expert training and educational activities, policy leadership and collaboration, and consultation that emphasizes theoretically sound, evidence-based principles.

APSAC is Strongly Committed to:

  • Preventing child maltreatment
  • Eliminating the recurrence of child maltreatment
  • Promoting research and guidelines to inform professional practice
  • Connecting professionals from the many disciplines to promote the best response to child maltreatment
  • Ensuring that America’s public policy concerning child maltreatment is well informed and constructive
  • Educating the public about child abuse and neglect

Our Sponsor


ISTSS: International Studies for Traumatic Stress Studies

ISTSS provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma around the world. We are the premier society for the exchange of professional knowledge and expertise in the field.

Members of ISTSS include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, researchers, administrators, advocates, journalists, clergy, and others with an interest in the study and treatment of traumatic stress.

ISTSS members come from a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings around the world, including public and private health facilities, private practice, universities, non-university research foundations and from many different cultural backgrounds.

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.

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.

Yellow Ribbon

Yellow Ribbon is dedicated to preventing youth suicide and attempts by
Making Suicide Prevention Accessible to Everyone and Removing Barriers to Help by
empowering communities and individuals through leadership, awareness and education and
by collaborating and partnering with support networks to save lives.