MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Psychcentral.com Resources is the oldest annotated directory of online psychology and mental health resources. This directory began in 1992 and was transferred to its current Web-based format in 1995. Links are included for abuse, addiction, mental health disorders, self-esteem, grief and loss, parenting, eating disorders, and multiple other topics.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) offers a comprehensive listing of online resources for all mental health issues.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides a vast amount of information about mental illness, as well support information for local groups.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources provides an extensive collection of links to organizations that provide every type of information that might be useful in understanding substance abuse, treatment, and recovery resources, such as AA and NA.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides a comprehensive, evidence-based site for information about drugs, including alcohol.
Jon Kabat-Zinn's Nine Attitudes of Mindfulness are presented by Dr. Kabat-Zinn on this YouTube. He is the founder of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, first writing about the attitudes of mindfulness in his book, Full Catastrophe Living, in 1979. He talks about using these attitudes in mindfulness practice in daily life. He currently teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) around the world.
This page on Relaxlikeaboss.com contains links to dozens of helpful articles in the categories of mindfulness, stress management, relaxation techniques, healthy ways to deal with stress, meditation techniques, and so much more. The Art of Mindfulness is a comprehensive, thorough guide that contains everything you need to know to begin practicing mindfulness.
The Mindfulness Summit has gathered over 40 of the world's leading experts on meditation and mindfulness for a series of online interviews, practice sessions, and presentations. Many are available free at this site, as well as other mindfulness resources.
The UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center offers many resources for learning and practicing mindfulness and mindful meditation. Many guided meditations and body scans (progressive relaxation) are available on this page.
DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
PyschCentral provides a basic overview of DBT for clients that are interested in learning DBT skills, providing information about the four modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills.
DBT Self-Help is a site for written by people who have gone through DBT. Extensive resources for available on this site, including information, videos, handouts, skills-training, and articles.
What is a betrayal trauma? is a page containing definitions and terminology used in discussing the traumatic effects of betrayal.
Dr. Jennifer Freyd, who formulated the language of betrayal trauma theory, betrayal trauma, and betrayal blindness has many resources on her University of Oregon Dynamics Lab website. These include general information, definitions, and articles.
Living With Betrayal offers an explanation of the emotional, psychological effects of betrayal trauma.
ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study and Child Trauma Effects
Information about the ACE study on the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website provides comprehensive information about the first ACE study at Kaiser Permanente, as well as follow-up studies, resources, and articles.
Nadine Burke-Harris, MD, child pediatrician and specialist in child trauma, explains how repeated stress of abuse, neglect, and negative environmental factors (e.g., observing domestic violence; parents with substance abuse and mental health problems) has real, tangible effects on brain development of the child. This enfolds across a lifetime, to the point that those who have experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for developing heart disease and cancer. She presents an impassioned plea for medical providers, particularly pediatricians, to be aware of,, prevent, and treat childhood trauma.
Dr. Gabor Mate details the evidence regarding links between childhood trauma and adult addiction, mental health, and health consequences, stating that prior research is so overwhelming that we don't need more research. Instead, we need to change our way of thinking about trauma, its effects, and how medical and other professionals address this epidemic.
The SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) provides summaries of data, much relevant information about the effects of adverse childhood experiences, and many resources.
IFS (Internal Family Systems)
The evolution of IFS and description of the therapy model and effectiveness is described on the IFS website. The page provides information about the Self, the self-led person, qualities of the self, and parts of us, such as Managers, Firefighters, and Exiles. IFS is an evidence-based trauma therapy that is non-invasive and effective.
Finding Your Parts is a nine-minute YouTube animated video that tells what IFS is and describes the components of the model. This is a wonderful introduction to the IFS model.
Psychology Today provides a brief overview of IFS on its website.
FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT
Health, Yoga, Weight Loss. Disabled Air Force paratrooper was told he could never walk again and to accept where he was at. He gave up hope. Then, when websurfing, he found article about Diamond Dallas Page doing Yoga. He then purchased yoga videos. Belief and work ethic! This video shows the profound transformation of this man. It is a powerful and encouraging video! He says, don't believe other people who say you can't, you can. Ask yourself, what can I do?? Believe it, and do it. Watch Arthur's Transformation.
Health, Running, Age. Ida Keeling, age 102, is a marathon runner. She started running at age 67 and says, "While I was running, I was feeling my strength and felt like I was coming up out of a hole, and I just kept on running." In 2016, she was the first woman to run the 100 meters at age 100. She is a "running tour de force." She says that "My secret is in my head. Get up and get around. Get up and do something." Running is her "secret to living long."
Disability. In 1982, Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs. Today his life and what he has accomplished has inspired millions. He says, "I have the choice to be angry at God for what I don't have or be grateful for what I do have. For every disability that you have, you are blessed with more than enough abilities to overcome your challenges." Oprah Winfrey interviewed Nick in 2013, and over 100 million people had viewed his videos online at that time. He was bullied and tormented at school, but he kept trying. At one time, he wanted to commit suicide, but he kept trying. He didn't give up, and his life and full and rich. He is married and has two children, and his life is an inspiration to all of us!