MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
– Recently diagnosed? Simply want to know more about a mental illness? Do yourself a favor — stay away from Wikipedia, which can be quite frightening, and check out the National Institute of Mental Health. Yes, they may be best known for a childhood cartoon about rats, but they fund a lot of excellent research, and their website provides some of the best information I’ve seen online.
– SuicideHotlines.com has resources for all states in the US, as well as a listing for the National Suicide Hotline (1-800-SUICIDE).
– If sexual assault is a component of your mental health issues, RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) is your go-to. I especially like how they have counselors available to chat online — and a quick getaway should your abuser enter the room.
– Someday, I hope to do work as influential and helpful as Julie Fast’s. The creator of her own bipolar treatment system, Julie is frank (and often funny) about bipolar disorder without being either facile or scary.
– I used to spend a lot of time on Crazyboards, a forum for people with mental illness, and I will say that if community is your aim, I have yet to find a better resource. They’ve been around forever. Be warned that conversations can at times become inflammatory or triggering, though the moderators certainly do their best to keep things cool.