These may be a bit random, just would like to share a few I’ve come to learn about over the years, whether you are a mental health provider or individual. These resources will not serve as a cure but are likely to be helpful in the preliminary study of certain psychological conditions, or methods to offer psychological relief. If you are experiencing acute psychological distress, please schedule an appointment with a mental health professional, or speak with your primary care provider for a referral to therapy.
For depression and bipolar disorder, among other conditions, check out Black Dog Institute
Activating the soothing and compassionate mind (Paul Gilbert)
For more self-compassion resources (Kristen Neff)
For “body-focused repetitive behaviors” (e.g. hair-pulling, skin-picking)
For relationships (John Gottman)
For working with intense emotions (Tara Brach)
For anxiety (note, although some may consider this a sort of joke, this little website will probably make you laugh and teach you a good deal about the state of the ‘busy mind’)
I’m definitely forgetting some, but that’s enough for now. If you have a favorite psychology-related website, please share!
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Since you suggested some books, here is a site that lists almost 2,000 free psychotherapy books for downloading.
Though it would be useful to list come call centers here too:
With the primary aim of keeping you going even in the darkest of times, this suicide prevention hotline is available 24/7 to offer a compassionate ear—no matter what you’re dealing with. Pour your heart out to a skilled staffer without fear of being judged, and if you’d like referrals to local mental health care services after your call, hotline representatives can set you up.
If you’ve recently been the victim of a disaster (whether caused by nature or man), this is your go-to contact for all things related to counseling and relief. The trained counselors staffing the Disaster Distress Hotline provide help to those suffering in the wake of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, droughts, and earthquakes as well as incidences of mass violence or health epidemics (like the Ebola crisis). The call center is also open to friends and family members of victims. An alternative way to connect: Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
If you’ve been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder—or you have a hunch you or a loved one may be displaying symptoms of BPD—the social workers staffing the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center’s hotline can arm you with all the information you need about local resources and provide immediate over-the-phone counseling.
Trichotillomania is a disorder involving compulsive pulling of the hair and can also be accompanied by obsessive skin picking. If you’re suffering from this behavioral issue, it can seriously help to speak with people who can relate and share coping mechanisms. Use the link above for an email that will give you access to the confidential telephone number and call times.
Need more info on eating disorders? Looking for treatment for yourself, a friend, or a loved one? ANAD’s national helpline is here for you. Whether you’re looking for immediate counseling or recommendations for treatment and support, this is the number to call. Folks who prefer to connect with a volunteer or counselor but aren’t in the mood to pick up the phone can take advantage of ANAD’s services via email.
If you’ve been the victim of any type of crime, this toll-free, confidential help line can connect you with the resources that best address your current situation—from directing you to specific counseling centers and resources to connecting you with legal advice. Whatever the crime, this hotline is a trustworthy first step in getting you the assistance you need, STAT.
Trained domestic violence advocates are available to help those trapped in dangerous home situations 24/7. To receive immediate counseling free of charge and gain access to local resources that can assist you in implementing a safety plan and seeking refuge, call The National Domestic Hotline’s toll-free number ASAP.
Need some help figuring out where to go and who to turn to when dealing with an eating disorder (your own or someone else’s)? Call a trained NEDA representative at this hotline and they’ll hook you up with information about eating disorders, treatment options, and referrals.
Whether you’re a victim or a witness to a crime (or even if you’re a criminal justice or mental health professional seeking services for a client), NOVA’s hotline can help you. Though the association doesn’t offer counseling, NOVA representatives can connect you within minutes to a counseling hotline that best fits your needs. They also provide information about crime and crisis recovery as well as referrals to victim advocacy.
You don’t have to suffer in silence if you’ve been sexually assaulted. This hotline can offer counsel and link you to resources that can help you navigate this traumatic situation. The group’s website also hosts a free and confidential online chat, if that’s easier than picking up the phone.
Maybe you want to connect with others who can relate to the obsessions or compulsions that are weighing on you, but you can’t attend in-person meetings. That’s where this call center can step in. The conference call can help lift you out of isolation and link you up with peers who know exactly what you’re going through. Modeled after AA, OCA’s conference calls follow the basic format of a 12-step meeting. Visit the group’s website for times of calls and additional resources related to OCD.
Staffed by rigorously trained volunteers, this 24/7 suicide prevention hotline is free of charge and here to help by lending a compassionate, non-judgmental ear when you’re in crisis. This is the ideal resource for anyone who can’t afford therapy but desperately needs to talk and be heard. Call the Samaritans morning, noon, or night if you’re feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or isolated and can’t turn to family and friends.
For LGBTQ youth who need help grappling with urges to self-harm or thoughts of suicide, this number can literally be a lifeline. Available free of charge and at all hours, this number is manned by a trained staffer ready to field your call and let you open up about whatever issues you’re facing. Not into phone calls? Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 to connect with a skilled support line responder. Substance Abuse Treatment Locator
A service built to help people find treatment help based on samhsa data, but with more control over selected criteria, such as insurance accepted, Medicaid, as well as treatment types (inpatient/outpatient), and even program type (e.g. female only).
Another 24-hour helpline, this crisis call center gives Nevada residents support for emotional distress—whatever the reason—and connects them with resources throughout the state that they can take advantage of. Pick up the phone when you need to talk or text “ANSWER” to 839863 to connect.
Hey thanks for putting this together. I really appreciate you.
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