Suicide Prevention Line: 800-273-TALK or 800-273-8255
NoStigmas – NoStigmas is an inventive and unique website offering online peer support, as well as ally training, with a course focused in the areas of “self-care,” “peer support,” and “advocacy.” The goals are for individuals to be able to “communicate effectively about mental health and suicide, build sustainable mental health practices, provide mental health support to peers, recognize mental health crisis situations, and be an advocate for mental health equality.” In addition to online support and resource listings, NoStigmas offers offline meet ups, raises awareness with local (member organized) events, and has some pretty cool merchandise.
In order to become a member you’ll need to register and watch a 20 minute introduction video. Sadly, I did not see a closed captioning option for the video, but the transcript is available for download.
Mental Health First Aid – “Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.”
This is a course taken in person, locations can be found on the website. The value of a course such as this one, in a time when calling 911 to respond to mental health crises in some neighborhoods and metropolitan areas can end in tragic violence, is immeasurable. If we can care for our community within our community, we can save lives.
Forums at Psych Central – With close to 500,000 members and forums categorically organized – from general topics (where you can find relationship advice and day-to-day life chit chat), mental health categories broken down by specific disorder, and a section for other health topics (including things like chronic pain, transgender support, and healthy parenting) – this is a very active resource for individuals looking to reach out online and find some company.
University of Maryland Drug Interaction Tool – It’s not uncommon for people with a mental illness to vary the ways in which they treat their various diseases and symptoms. I, for example, might treat my bipolar with a mood stabilizer, but my anxiety with an herbal remedy. Generally speaking there’s very little information about interactions between pharmaceutical drugs and herbs but if there is a known interaction, this is the place that will know about it. This drug interaction tool is the only one I’ve ever encountered that will churn out results for just about any herb you enter, even in combination with pharmaceuticals. (The larger website also has some great, science based information on herbs and their uses.)
This page is still under construction! While I add new links and resources, feel free to send me anything you think should be here but isn’t. You can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org.