Minds Like Ours (MILO)

minds like oursA mental health support community (abbreviated MILO) for those 1 in 4 living with these kinds of disorders. Of course, even 1 of a million is 1 too many, but at least there is help.

Raise awareness of mental health issues with others–remind people that there are many more people that are good productive citizens who have mental health problems than there are people who are bad, nonproductive citizens!  You can take part in competitions inside MILO, unite with others, and support others like you who need to be supported.  Don’t be in it alone!

They have forums, helplines, blogs, volunteer and shop in their store. Help others and help yourself!

7 Cups of Tea

7 cups of teaIt is important to have someone to listen to you sometimes.  Someone to truly listen to you–and not judge you and to not know your past history or hangups.  Some people just need someone to listen to them, period, and not talk at all.  It is important to have someone to listen back.  I have been there myself!

 With 7 Cups of Tea, listeners are trained in Active Listening. Some of the listeners are free, some charge a nominal fee for their service.  Nominal from what I have seen is from .50 USD down to .003 USD per minute.

 At present they are doing over 100 call and chat requests a day. They currently work with a number of organizations like NAMI, Active Minds, the International Bipolar Foundation and several others.

If you feel you have no one to talk to, here you are.  Someone to listen to you, someone who will definitely hear what you have to say.

Debtors Anonymous

debtorsAre you constantly in debt?  Are you ashamed to even look at your receipts?  Afraid to answer your phone, or check your email or snail mail?  This site may definitely be what you are looking for.

While everyone from time to time may spend a little more money than they intended, it does become a problem when you spend way too much more than you have, or when creditors are calling your house daily, or when you cannot afford to get yourself out of the hole  you just spent yourself into.

You can get started in Debtors Anonymous, you can join and find a way to help with your problem, acknowledge that you have a problem, and find telephone or online meetings.  Today is the first step in your life to becoming debt-free.  Don’t let another day go by without making a change for the good.

Is It Normal?

is it normalMany 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.

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Implicit Association Test (Project Implicit)

project implcitProject Implicit is a group of assessments in which a person is given choices to compare from about a person’s race, sex, identity, religious or other possible biases.  This social psychology assessment basically tries to combine a mental strength of a person’s thoughts with pictures they may see of a person who may fit that profile in order to establish how much of a bias exists.  For instance; with the sex test, you would be expected to see pictures of females and males, for race, one race versus another or more.

While taking this group of implicit association tests–you can take 15 different ones at the beginning–you may feel that your bias is not “correct.”  That is okay!  Please remember that this is just a tool to use to see what kind of possible biases you may have.  If anything else, it is a nice assessment just to try to see what comes up when you try it and find.

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.

The Center for Victims of Torture

center victems tortureHelping those in Minnesota, the United States, Africa, Middle East and Worldwide, the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) a person can receive outpatient care, and have advocates willing and able to speak for them and with them.

They also offer job opportunities, as well as volunteer opportunities.    Speakers for your civic organization can be requested.  There are also Facebook Chats, and a Youtube video page.

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!