Important Links, Websites and Resources
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DRUG and ALCOHOL RECOVERY WEBSITES
Children of Addicted Parents and People - a website for young people affected by another person's addiction. Includes personal stories, discussion/support forums, newsletters, creative corner, internet safety, and important links.
LifeRing (unhooked.com) - Online secular (non-religious) support site for those people seeking sobreity from alcohol / drugs. Website features chatrooms with regular meetings, member discussion forums, email lists & support, bookstore, scientific research articles, news items, links to related websites and treatment resources, poetry, art, music and recreation pages.
Smart Recovery - Self Management And Recovery Training online services include message boards and chat rooms, which allow members to post information, provide feedback, and interact in real-time. Website also includes resources for those with addiction problems, and their family and friends, as well as an online bookstore
and recommended reading materials.
SoberSources Network - An online guide to recovery resources, information, directory and forums.- includes a member-built directory of resources in the mental health and alcohol / substance abuse areas.
Talk to Frank - A UK based, government funded website aimed at providing information and education about drugs and their dangers, as well as helping those people (or their friends and family) who have drug problems. This website has general information and education about drugs, as well as a search function that provides a comprehensive list of drug and alcohol services (counselling, detox, rehab, information & advice, and needle exchange) in various towns within the UK.
SoberTeens Online - A Recovery Site for Teens with alcohol and drug problems. Includes a number of message boards and forums covering a wide range of issues, chatroom, and news updates.
The effects of Alcohol on your body - How your body is effected by different amounts of alcohol
Overview of Addictions and Substance Abuse - From the website Real Mental Health, this webpage contains links to information about various different types of addictions, such as drug & alcohol addiction; sex, shopping, gambling & internet addictions. Addiction information that is included - causes, risk factors, signs, symptoms and treatment options; new medications available, psychotherapy/counselling, detox, short & long-term rehabilitation programs; online screening tests - 'Are you an addict/alcoholic?'; drug tests; handling a relapse; new medications
The Partnership for a Drug Free America - A well presented, informative and comprehensive website containing information about drugs and related issues. Contains a comprehensive list of drug descriptions and effects, as well as personal stories and video clips, current news reports and articles, drug research and statistics, book recommendations, and special features, like - 'How to know if someone is using drugs'. *Highly recommended!*
Calculate your 'Clean time' - Find out how many days you've been clean with this 'clean time' Calculator
Do you have a problem with alcohol / drugs - Take these online Quizes to assess whether your alcohol and/or drug use is becoming a problem in your life.
Telephone Support Lines:
Al-Anon (family and friends of alcoholics)
028 90 682368
020 74 3088
Alcohol & Drugs Helpline
Freephone: 1800 507 400
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Important Links, Websites and Resources
Anxiety / Depression / Bipolar and Mood Disorders
Anxiety and Depression Solutions - A Personal Mental Health Resource for Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety & Related Symptoms.
Anxiety Disorder Information - website Real Mental Health provides helpful info and resources about Anxiety Disorders - signs, symptoms, types, and treatments; medications, therapy, EMDR, relaxation techniques, alternative treatments, current news, audios and videos.
Bipolar Disorder Information - website Real Mental Health provides information and resources about Bipolar Disorder - how to talk to your doctor about Bipolar Disorder; risk factors, signs & symptoms of depression and mania, treatment options & guidelines for treatment; medications; mood charting & tracking your moods; help for families; special considerations for women & children; audios and videos; personal stories & journals; current news.
Depression Information - website Real Mental Health provides information and resources about Depression - causes, risk factors, signs, symptoms, treatment - medications, psychotherapy, ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), antidepresant medications, alternative treatments, self help, suicide, depression current news, audios and videos.
DepressionServices.org.au - a comprehensive website providing a 24/7 resource of information, help and peer support for those touched by depression.the Icarus Project - "Navigating the space between brilliance and Madness" - a unique website for people living with bipolar disorder or other psychiatric conditions, which aims to help members "overcome alienation and tap into the true potential that lies between brilliance and madness". This site offers community discussion forums, blogs, interesting articles, galleries to display members' artwork, community radio show, hosts community events & groups, and contains resources for increasing community awareness and participation.
Student Against Depression - information, resources, and real student stories about depression.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD-UK - A website run by sufferers of OCD, with the aim to bring the facts about OCD to the general public and within the medical community and to support those who suffer from this often debilitating anxiety disorder.
Obsessive Compulsive Foundation - OCD Foundation website with educational resources and information, as well as conforence schedule
Compulsive Skin Picking - information on Compulsive Skin Picking (CSP) as a form of OCD, from PsychNet UK website
Obsess NI, support for OCD (Northern Ireland)
028 91 884185 (answer machine 4pm - 10am)
Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia Information - website Real Mental Health provides valuable info and resources about Schizophrenia - signs and symptoms, treatment, anti-psychotic medications & side effects, videos, current events/news, personal stories/journals.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD Support- a website developed by people with PTSD who wanted to establish a reliable resource addressing the emotional and day-to-day problems experienced by those who live with the condition. Features a discussion forum, useful articles about PTSD, news feeds, publications, and video resources.
Suite101.com - Ritual Abuse - articles on PTSD and Ritual Abuse. (*content may trigger*)
Personality Disorder Information - website Real Mental Health provides helpful information and resources about Personalities Disorders - overview of the different types of personality disorders, the signs and symptoms, diagnostic criteria, treatment options, therapy and medication.
www.selfinexile.com- website providing information and personal stories about recovery from schizoid disorder. This site may be helpful if you tend to : isolate or get into abusive relationships (or alternate between the two) ; live in fantasy; suffer from intrusive thoughts; have difficulty defending yourself in relationship .... or if you'd like a deeper understanding of personality and personality disorders, and more.
Dissociative and Depersonalization Disorders
A Mind's Journey - A internet website community for people with Dissociative Identity Disorder or Dissociation / Depresonalisation symptoms - contains member discussion forums, chatrooms, resources and links.
Dissociative Disorder Information - website Real Mental Health provides helpful info and resources about Dissociative Disorders - general information - causes, signs, symptoms, treatment options, and prognosis; different types of disorders; info on traumatic memories, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), DID (dissociative identity disorder), videos and audios.
Understanding dissociative disorders - description to be added.
Insomnia and Nightmares
Insomnia - 30 Simple Tips to help you get to sleep
General Mental Health Links
Psych Central - Large and informative mental health website that contains numerous discussion support forums for a variety of mental health disorders, articles and informational resources, chatrooms, blogs, mental health in current news, Ask a therapist online advice, and therapist search.
ReachOut - ''A website that enspires young people to help themselves through tough times' This Australian website offers information on a range of mental health issues, and provides to its members, features such as community forums, member journals, podcasts, personal stories, referrals to supports within the local community, and interactive games designed to teach coping skills, problems solving & communication.
Real Mental Health - A comprehensive 'social networking' mental health website focusing on mental health and wellness. This supportive and interactive online community is open to individuals & their loved ones, who want to learn more about mental health disorders - the signs, symptoms and treatment. Website contains factual information & resources; regular moderated Support Groups; educational videos & audios; current news articles in mental health; member discussion boards; chatrooms; blogs & social groups.
PsychNet - UK - An award winning UK website about mental health and pyschology practises, originally created for mental health professionals, but also for other interested people. Contains psychology articles & publications, recommended books, career information, conferences/events, newsgroups, discussion forums, chatrooms, blogs, mental health training and lecture materials, associations and societies.
Find the Light - An Online Support Group focusing on Mood Disorders, Anxiety, and Substance Abuse.
Therapies / Coping Strategies
DBT Self Help - A website for people who have had experience with DBT (Dialectal Behavior Therapy)or who areseeking information about DBT. This website contains a comprehensive range of informative articles, links, and educational materials about the wide range of skills, techniques, and strategies used as part of DBT training.
Mind guide to surviving life - description to be added
How to increase your self esteem - description to be added
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United Kindom Suicide Hotlines - Samaritans - 24 hour telephone hotline and email contact.
United States of America Suicide Hotlines - USA - Telephone hotlines organised state by state
Australian Suicide Hotlines - Befrienders, Lifeline, Samaritans - Telphone hotlines and email support.
International Suicide Hotlines - Countries outside of the USA - Telephone hotlines organised by country
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