Mental Health Resources for Consumers and Families
What is Depression? TEDed
Having a Severe Mental Illness Means Dying Young
BringChange2Mind founded by Academy Award Winning Actress Glen Close
7 Cups of Tea – Free, anonymous, and confidential conversations with trained active listeners.
Understanding Mental Illness:
Psychcentral – A comprehensive list of symptoms and treatments
Mental Health America – Recognizing warning signs and how to cope
Our Healthy Minds – Living with mental illness – A guide for family and friends
NAMI Family to Family (USA) Free educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness.
Tools for Friends/Family/Caregivers:
Suicide is Preventable By recognizing these signs, knowing how to start a conversation and where to turn for help, you have the power to make a difference – the power to save a life.
Here to Help – Guide to supporting friends and family with mental illness
Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere- Coping tips for families and friends
E-Mentalhealth.ca (Canada) – A search tool for mental health services
Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (Greater Toronto Area) – Support group services for families and friends
Online Support Groups:
Reaching Families Project – online family mental illness support groups
Mental Health America
Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness, by Jessie Close
A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness by Patty Duke
Fog of Paranoia A sister’s journey through her brother’s schizophrenia
Hardwiring Happiness – The new brain science of contentment, calm and confidence
Gifts of Imperfection – A book about building shame-resilience through vulnerability and self acceptance
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison (and NPR interview on "Fresh Air")
Of Two Minds – explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of three unique and compelling people living with bipolar disorder.
Free the Mind – a documentary about the brain, neuroscience and meditation, told through the stories of soldiers with PTSD and a young boy with ADHD.