This list is just beginning. It is my hope that it will continue to grow with your assistance, both in terms of the issues it covers, and the help it offers. Please email me if you have any suggestions or additions.
Addiction & Alcoholism
Addiction Center https://www.addictioncenter.com/ This site declares itself to be “your comprehensive addiction information hub” and it delivers in many ways. Information on substances, treatments, and the path of recovery are all presented simply, often with high quality graphics, charts or flash animation. The treatment reviews offer a seemingly non-biased way for seekers to get practical opinions on interventions.
Alcoholics Anonymous www.aa.org/ The site offers information on alcoholism, the organization, and a local meeting finder which will get you to a free twelve step based meeting immediately.
Free Addiction Helpline www.freeaddictionhelpline.com/ or (866)569-7077 The site offers information on many addictions and helpful resources.
Futures of Palm Beach http://www.futuresofpalmbeach.com/sober-living/like-attend-first-meeting/ The downside is that this isn’t a national site, the upside is that, hey–it’s in Palm Beach! Futures says that it’s mission is to “create an integrated multidisciplinary approach that is extensive and life-changing, working at both the core emotional level…and at the practical level, creating coping skills and a detailed life plan that prevent the individual from relapsing back into old patterns.” Essentially, that’s the key to addiction recovery.
Mayo Clinic Alcoholism Resources www.mayoclinic.com/health/alcoholism The site provides in-depth information on all aspects of the issue and help links.
Narcotics Anonymous http://na.org/ You will find information on the disease, the organization and a local meeting finder which will get you to a free twelve step based meeting immediately.
National Addiction Hotline (866)301-0367 24 hour support and guidance offered to anyone who knows they have a problem, or just think that they may have one.
AIDS and HIV
The Body Site http://www.thebody.com/ One of the most comprehensive information sites on the net, sections for the “just diagnosed,” “living,” “personal stories” and “grief” mingle with scientific explanations and research.
AIDS Counseling Hotlines by State www.thebody.com/index/hotlines/state.html
The Stress Group www.stressgroup.com/anger.html This site includes Anger Management information, a self test, a step-by-step guide to deciding on treatment and online counseling.
Anxiety & Panic Site www.anxietypanic.com/offers information, treatment resources and walkthroughs of basic panic attack management techniques.
Calm Clinic http://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety-depression is an incredibly comprehensive site which was born of a collaboration between an “almost ex-anxiety sufferer” who was dissatisfied with the online resources he had found, a psychologist and a writer. You will find an anxiety test, in-depth articles and targeted coping skills. There is also information on disorders that co-occur with anxiety such as depression.
National Institute of Mental Health Hotline (888)ANX-IETY
The Lost and Found Art Studio Facilitated by Rosalie Justine, the studio “is the space to get creative and explore your ideas…to unleash your muse! Gain confidence in your individual art making process.Practice the freedom to experiment, combine and create with many types of art media. Embody the knowledge of how to use the mindful based practice of art for well being.” Rosalie Justine Skakum, ATR-BC earned her Masters in Art Therapy from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University and has been registered and board certified with the National Art Therapy Credentials Board. The studio is located near Doylestown, PA and can be found at www.lostandfoundartstudio.com.
Rainbow Mandala Workshops The workshops and events are a “form of active meditation that combines the mindful based practice of art, science, and spirituality to achieve a greater connection with the authentic Self. The mandala process promotes physical, spiritual and emotional well being and can be practiced individually or within a group.” www.rainbowmandala.org has a page where you can find a a certified Mandala Facilitator based on the work of, and trained by Dr. Judith Cornell. In the Pennsylvania area, the person I know professionally is Art Therapist Rosalie Justine Skakum, ATR-BC ( further credentials above).
The Mesothelioma Group www.mesotheliomagroup.com/ They call themselves “a small team of healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and communication specialists…supporting and encouraging mesothelioma patients and their families.” What I see is an engaging site that is part online support group, part medical or financial insight and all around helpful.
Child Help.org http://www.childhelp.org/2009/home This site provides many resources and contacts for children or caregivers.
National Child Abuse Hotline (800) 4-A-CHILD
NOVA ( Network of Victim Alliance) http://www.novabucks.org/ A child physical and sexual abuse counseling and advocacy center in Bucks County, PA with whom I’ve worked and referred clients.
ASHIC (American Self Harm Information Clearinghouse) www.selfinjury.org/ A wonderful and thorough resource for anyone looking to erase the stigma and discover the truth about this disorder, and how very common it is becoming.
S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) www.selfinjury.com This site, and it’s program, is a great resource for the self abuser seeking help and for the counselor interested in current treatment or referrals.
Self Abuse Hotline (800) DON-TCUT
Depression at Psychology Info Online www.psychologyinfo.com/depression Though it lacks pictures, this site is one of the most comprehensive information resources on all aspects of depression, including how to get help.
Find a Psychologist by State www.psychologyinfo.com/directory
National Domestic Violence Hotline (800)799-SAFE
Drug Rehab.com DrugRehab.com An organization that aims to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.
Eating Disorders (or Disordered Eating)
The Renfrew Center www.renfrewcenter.com (800) RENFREW The Renfrew Center is one of the best eating disorder clinics, and this site is a great first step in finding help there, or in your local area.
Overeaters Anonymous www.oa.org This program is based upon the 12 steps of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous and uses similar techniques to combat compulsive eating and was placed here at the wise recommendation of a dietitian colleague.
Weight Watchers www.weightwatchers.com Yes, Weight Watchers. Some meetings are all about recipes and water, but the new program and style is based around the Stages of Change therapeutic model. At least, the meeting I go to is. I was surprised to find it that way, but it helps and I’m glad.
American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy www.aamft.org/faqs/index_nm.asp From learning more about signs your family needs some help, to finding where to get it from, this site is the best place to start.
The Extended Grief Cycle
http://changingminds.org/disciplines/change_management/kubler_ross/kubler_ross.htm Information and links for more specific aid.
Grief Hotline Page http://healthhotlines.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/hotlines/FindOrg?IndexString=Bereavement Multiple hotlines for grief and loss counseling.
Find a Psychologist by State www.psychologyinfo.com/directory
Military OneSource http://www.militaryonesource.mil/ (800)342-9647 Offering all manner of counseling and other services to help military personnel and their families “tackle every challenge in every stage of military life.”
The Soldiers Project http://www.thesoldiersproject.org/ (877) 576-5343 Free, confidential counseling of all varieties for Military Service Members, Veterans and their Loved Ones.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
O.C.D. in the Help Guide www.helpguide.org/mental/obsessive_compulsive_disorder_ocd.htm Helpguide is a rich resource for many of life’s issues and it has a great page on O.C.D.
See the Anxiety listing above, since current thought puts O.C.D. under that umbrella.
Rape and Sexual Abuse
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) www.rainn.org/ If you, or someone you know has been abused, begin finding help with RAINN.
National Sexual Assault Hotline (800)656-HOPE
Runaway or Homeless Services
(800) RUN-AWAY – National Runaway Switchboard 24 hours
National Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-784-2433
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) www.save.org/ SAVE has some great information for those close to a person who has tried suicide or those not currently in crisis seeking more understanding. However, if you are currently in crisis don’t read information, call one of the hotlines above.
Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)
TLC (Trichotillomania Learning Center) www.trich.org/I came across this site at the recommendation of one of the leading psychologists in the field of Trich assistance, while working with a young lady who wanted help. It is the best site on the net for Trich information and aid.
(800) 999-9999 24 hour National Hotline