IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS: We recommend you seek out Seacoast Mental Health Center at 431-6703. You can also find a link to their website below.
The Catherine Athanasiou Memorial Library, located at the rear of the St. James church sanctuary, has over 200 books relating to Mental Illness. Its books are available for checkout (“honor system” log book) whenever the church is open, typically when the parish office is open, 8:30am – 4:30pm, Mon. – Fri. Click here for an inventory (as of Sep. 26, 2016)
MENTAL ILNESS/HEALTH INTERNET RESOURCES The Internet is a great resource, but it can also become a source of information overload. In creating this list, we have tried to assess site usefulness. Should you know of other sites you have found particularly useful, please let us know; we might add them to our lists. Also, should you find an out-of-date/broken link, let us know; we’ll try to fix it.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Includes three worthwhile sections: Understanding Suicide; Preventing Suicide; and Coping with Suicide. Site: http://www.afsp.org/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Site: www.nami.org
NAMI, New Hampshire (NAMINH) The state chapter of NAMI. Site: www.naminh.org
Seacoast Mental Health Center The local community mental health facility with local information. Site: www.smhc-nh.org
Mental Health America (MHA) A primary goal of MHA is to educate the general public about the realities of mental health and mental illness. Site: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-information
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) The leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder. Site: http://www.dbsalliance.org
The Facing Us Clubhouse Brought to you by the DBSA, the Clubhouse is an online home for anyone seeking inspiration and support for a life of health and well-being. Site: http://www.facingus.org/
DBSA Boston While this site is particularly focused on resources in the greater Boston area, it has good information in its “Directories” section, including the location of NH support groups. Site: www.dbsaboston.org
Helpguide.org Established in 1999 by parents whose 29 year old daughter committed suicide in 1999. This ad-free resource’s aim is to help resolve four health challenges: Mental & Emotional Health; Healthy Lifestyle; Children & Family; After 50. Site: www.helpguide.org
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, and related disorders. Site: www.adaa.org
The Balanced Mind Foundation Provides family resources for kids with mood disorders. Site: www.thebalancedmind.org
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry While this is a “professional medical association,” it provides good consumer information under its “Families & Youth” link. Site: http://www.aacap.org/
National Catholic Partnership on Disability Seeks to work collaboratively to ensure meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspect of life of the Church and society. Site: www.ncpd.org
Healthy Place – America’s Mental Health Channel A consumer mental health site providing comprehensive, trusted information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view. Site: www.healthyplace.com
The Treatment Advocacy Center a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness. The organization promotes laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Site: www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org
Drug Prevention 4 Teens A collaboration between Learning for Life and the Drug Enforcement Administration, which, among other things, discusses: Extent of the Problem; Drug Prevention and Awareness; and How Teens Can Assist with Drug Awareness Programs. Site: Drug Prevention 4 Teens
OK2talk.org A NAMI sponsored online community where kids and teens can share their thoughts and stories about dealing with mental health conditions. Site: http://ok2talk.org/
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide stands by its mission to offer suicide prevention awareness resources ad training to teachers and parents who interact with our nation’s youth on a daily basis. Site: http://www.sptsusa.org
The Campaign to Change Direction. A national movement whose goal is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being, and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. Click here for the national website, and here for the New Hampshire initiative.