Military Pathways Mental Health Screening

military pathwaysBeing in the military alone can be severely stressful.  Adding a family, or a war, or threat of war to the equation definitely makes it much more stressful.  This website is tied in with the United States Department of Defense and the nonprofit organization, Screening for Mental Health, who are trying to find via assessments if a military man or woman is experiencing traumatic events.

For instance, these assessments will help a person find out whether or not they might have some common mental health issues including, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, alcohol problems and more. Of course, just as with Psych Central, the screening will not provide a diagnosis – for that you need to see your own professional.   It will help point you towards a direction, tell you what you might have and where best you can seek assistance.

Best of all, your screening can be anonymous.  No one will come up and show your results and say this is Dr. Clyde’s results.  This will definitely help you if you feel you need the help.  Don’t wait any longer!



Behavior Online

behavior onlineBehavior 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!



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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Psychotherapy Brown Bag

Psychotherapy Brown Bag is an online magazine on the use of science in clinical psychology. Our goal is to facilitate conversations and provide information regarding effective treatments and recent research findings.



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.



Creating Your Beyond

Hi! My name is Brenda Bomgardner. I am the founder of Creating Your Beyond, LLC  and your blog host. I started this blog, Creating Your Beyond, because I want to chat with you about moving beyond surviving towards thriving. I want to share my knowledge with you. Together we can discover a life you will love to live.

Do some of these statement sound familiar?

  • I have done the work!
  • When is it my turn?
  • I deserve and want more
  • What now?
  • Why me?
  • I am so done with this!
  • I am ready to get on with my life!
  • Where’s the joy?
  • It never changes
  • It’s always hard

Are you ready to find the answers to your questions? They are within you!

As far back as I can remember I have been curious about how people shaped their lives, or to put it another way, how people’s lives were shaped. I noticed some people had the answers and knew where they were going and how to get there. While others, seemed to be carried along by the currents of events outside their control not knowing how, when, where or why. Me, I was a mixture of both. I knew I wanted a successful career, a satisfying relationship and to be a loving parent. However, I did not know how to create the reality of my dreams.

My Journey

As a young adult I landed a job at a large retail company, began moving up the corporate ladder and started a family. I devoted myself to both my passions of family and career. Along the way I discovered my voice and learned about my personal power. In turn my life became mine to create and design.

With that revelation, I set out to create a life based on my personal values. I loved learning, so, I entered college in my mid-thirties. It was a  juicy endeavor of knowledge and books. Meanwhile, I was promoted from a retail management position to a recruiter in human resources. I worked as a recruiter for over 15 years. I  flourished and I felt satisfied.

At the same time I finished raising my two children and two step children. At this point I had an empty nest. Several years ago I decided it was time for me create another path. I desired a career where I could be of service to people in helping them design and create a life of their choosing. I decided to return to school. I earned a masters degree in counseling.

I am honored to work with adult survivors who are ready to create a life beyond loss. Creating Your Beyond is about you moving towards emotional wellness and personal growth. It is about you defining your values and finding a meaningful life. I will support you in discovering what opportunities exist for reconnecting with your inner wisdom and strengthening your human spirit. Together we can team up to collaborate at designing a life beyond loss. I will gently yet firmly support you.

Final Note:
Having created my path I continue to design my own destiny. Life for me is a spicy adventure filled with fresh experiences. Now I invite you to spice up your life. Come and connect with your creative vitality by realizing your own gifts