The Jed Foundation has two purposes: promoting mental health awareness and preventing suicide. They accomplish this goal by creating well written educational materials and offering programs & services to high-schools and colleges that address mental health and suicide, including Half of Us and ULifeline. This site is recommended for high-school and college students needing information about and help for mental illness.
The International OCD Foundation is a good place to find relevant, accurate, and user-friendly content about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)and finding help for OCD. There is child-specific information, helpful information about conditions that have overlapping symptoms with OCD or that have symptoms that can be mistaken for OCD, and content for families of people with OCD. The site is recommended for its comprehensive and detailed information about all aspects of OCD and related conditions.
F.E.A.S.T. serves families and caregivers of people with eating disorder by providing basic information about how it presents and supportive resources. There is an extensive & active online forum, as well as links to blogs written by current sufferers, those in recovery, family members, and medical professionals. This site is recommended as a good starting place to begin learning about and how to help your loved ones with eating disorders, but other sites are necessary to learn about specific eating disorders.
Active Minds brings awareness to mental health issues associated with the high school & college experience, especially suicide. The site provides access to many resources that offer support for young people with mental health problems, especially those that may involve contemplation of suicide. This website is recommended for providing abundant resources for students, family & friends, and administrators by linking to supportive organizations and additional information for those diagnosed with mental health conditions.
Medical Xpress publishes brief news updates on the latest happenings in health research and policy. The website allows searches by individual topic or condition for those interested in a specific subject. Each article on Medical Xpress includes the original scientific source. This site is a recommended a place to browse for some of the recent advances in medical science, but readers should be aware of the possibility that data may be misinterpreted.
The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) website consists predominately of brief overviews of common mental health conditions and issues affecting children and teens. ADHD, Autism, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder are covered in detail, as are the symptoms of other common conditions. The site is recommended as basic introduction to some conditions and issues in child and adolescent psychology, much of it superficial and outdated.
SAMHSA is worth visiting for it's many topics related to substance abuse and mental health, such as discussions about treatments, resources, and other associated issues and information about specific substances & many mental health issues. The site is a recommended source of mental health or substance abuse condition information & resources for consumers and providers.
American Psychiatric Association is an introductory general mental health resource for patients and providers. The writing for patient education information about these common mental health conditions is presented clearly. The site is recommended to provide a basic understanding of mental disorders and links to supportive resources.
MedlinePlus - Mental Health and Behavior is a starting point for accessing websites about many mental health and behavioral disorders. The section includes a medical encyclopedia and links to a variety outside resources with information about common psychiatric issues, personality disorders, behavioral problems, and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This MedlinePlus section is recommended for information provided by some of the most authoritative and reputable sources in the medical field.
The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Mental Health section provides brief overviews of many mental health issues. Visitors will find a strong collection of data and statistics that show the prevalence of mental health disorders in the U.S. Although the information is limited, the website is recommended for its large collection of external websites and resources.