As a follow-up to my post 10 Mental Health Websites for Resources, Support, and Information, I felt it was important to include some websites that offer information, support, and resources for the more prevalent mental health issues that people face. It is important that you do not use any of these websites or the information found on them, to diagnose yourself or anyone else. Make sure if you suspect that you or anyone else has any mental health issues, that you seek support from a professional where you live. These websites are meant to provide educational information and support, but you should also seek out support from a local support group in your area. There are so many other mental health issues and so many other great websites with information on the various disorders I have presented below, so make sure to do your own research so you can gather as much information on each topic as possible.
1. Autism Spectrum Disorders
The mission of Autism Support Network is: connect, guide and unite.
Their goal is to short-cut the uphill battle individuals and families undertake when faced with autism – whether that means the initial diagnosis, the day-to-day living and coping needed, relationship and therapeutic strategies and the latest information. Their support community, which is free for anyone to join, is intended to further reduce the need to “reinvent the wheel” and collectively pool global knowledge and support from all those touched by ASD wherever they might live.
Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
2. Tourette’s Syndrome
The National Tourette Syndrome Association is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field. Their mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome. They offer resources and referrals to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with TS. They raise public awareness and counter media stereotypes about TS.
3. LGBT Community
* It is important to realize that homosexuality is NOT a mental health issue, but I felt it was still important to include these websites on this list because of the mental struggle many people in the LGBT community go through.
PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 350 affiliates in the United States. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights
HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.
GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.
4. Mood Disorders: Depression and Bipolar Disorder
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions: depression and bipolar disorder, DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders. DBSA envisions wellness for people who live with depression and bipolar disorder. Because DBSA was created for and is led by individuals living with mood disorders, their vision, mission, and programming are always informed by the personal, lived experience of peers.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is the leader in education, training, and research for anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders.
ADAA leads the way, improving the lives of millions of children and adults:
- Promotes professional and public awareness of anxiety, depression, and related disorders and their impact on people’s lives.
- Encourages the advancement of scientific knowledge about causes and treatment of anxiety, depression, and related disorders.
- Links people who need treatment with the health care professionals who provide it.
- Helps people find appropriate treatment and develop self-help skills.
- Works to reduce the stigma surrounding anxiety, depression, and related disorders.
6. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with ADHD and their families.
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives. They provide hope, empowerment, and connections worldwide by bringing together science and the human experience for both adults with ADHD and professionals who serve them.
Comfort Zone Camp, Inc. (Comfort Zone Camp is the nation’s largest bereavement camp, free to kids 7-17) developed HelloGrief.org to start a discussion about the impact of loss, and how to help grieving persons cope; as well as build a community of support for those living with grief.
Schizophrenia.com is a leading community dedicated to providing high quality information, support and education to the family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been impacted by schizophrenia.
9. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
They are the center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. Although they are a VA Center, their seven divisions across the country provide expertise on all types of trauma – from natural disasters, terrorism, violence and abuse to combat exposure. Their purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of individuals who have experienced traumatic events, with a focus on American Veterans.
A2O empowers people with psychological trauma, to find recovery through education, self-knowledge, skills-building, and committed participation. They are a virtual, online community that spans distance, embraces a small carbon footprint, and brings together people who share a common endeavor: Trauma recovery.
10. General Information
HelpGuide is a trusted non-profit resource site for help with resolving health challenges. It includes information on mental health, children and family, seniors and aging, and healthy lifestyles.
The mission of the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) is to strengthen policies and programs in school mental health to improve learning and promote success for America’s youth. They have a great resources section for clinicians, families, and patients.