If you are depressed, anxious or perhaps being bullied, you need to seek out the programs and tools available for support. It is also important for loved ones and family members to seek support.
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) : An international self-help support group program designed specifically for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse. Offers community, provider and web based self help support groups, as well as, Survivor to Thriver workbooks.
Child Abuse Effects : Identifies the four types of child abuse, including signs, effects and statistics for each. Details the impact on sexual abuse victims, profiles sex offenders, and provides a forum to write your own child abuse story.
Child Help : Founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April.
National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse : The primary mission at NAASCA is to help abused people get into recovery. Secondly, we actively advocate for a better understanding of the many issues that surround the problem of child abuse in America. The information is valid as a general source of information for anyone from anywhere too.
Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse (HAVOCA) : Providing information, support and advice for adults who have been affected by childhood abuse. An international, non profit making volutary organissation, HAVOCA’s ethos believes that every single victim of abuse has the ability to survive and lead a more fulfilling life. Every Survivor has the right to become a Thriver.
Adoption.com is committed to helping as many children as possible find loving, permanent homes. They also provide critical information at the decision-making moment to women facing crisis pregnancies; assist adoptees and birthparents to find birth families; help hopeful adoptive parents make adoption dreams come true; provide adopted adults with support for reunions and issues.
Adopting.org For anyone touched by adoption. This covers the whole picture with articles and resources for everyone – from adoptees to birthmothers to reunions or anyone along the path.
Adoption.org Yet another great full service website on adoption.
Workplace Bullying : To understand, correct and prevent all abuse at work. A site dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying that combines help for indiAll Pagesviduals, research, books, public education, training for professionals-unions-employers, legislative advocacy, and consulting solutions for organizations.
All About Counseling : A rich source of information and discussion on issues that affect people’s lives and the lives of those around them. From personal problems to specialized issues such as careers, education, physical or emotional health, marriage and relationships, sexual behavior, or drug and alcohol addiction counseling.
Emotions Anonymous : Emotions Anonymous is a twelve-step organization, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Our fellowship is composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic status, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally.
Stressing Out – For anyone dealing with anxiety, stress, depression or low self-esteem.
Introvert Zone : A few years ago I found out “no, I’m not weird at all; I’m an introvert! Now that I know that, life makes so much more sense, and I’m able to plan day-to-day life so that I have plenty of time to work with others and spend time with the people I love as well as the necessary time to recharge alone.” This blog is here to help you and me to navigate this world a little better and help each other along the way.
Psych Central : The Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network. A modern voice for mental health information and advocacy with a full listings of information, resources and tools.
Child Welfare Information Gateway : connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. Features the latest topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.
Health Central : To empower 23+ million visitors per month to improve and take control of their health and well-being with 35+ websites. Clinical resources and real-life support to those with life-changing conditions.
Wellness resources and tools help people to live healthier, more fulfilled lives.
Help Guide : Expert, ad-free articles help empower you with knowledge, support & hope.
Steve Pavlina : Great site! Millions of hits monthly. In Steve’s words “You aren’t here to struggle and suffer. You’re here to express and share your creative gifts, to give and receive love, and to be happy. It will take time, but this site can certainly help you get there, and the vast majority of resources here are free.” Check out the forum and do some of the activities and exercises from his articles – it will help a great deal.
depression & mental health
Rethink Mental Illness : A UK voice to people affected by mental illness, their families, carers and friends. We offer advice and information, support and understanding, help and hope.
BringChange2Mind.org : A not-for-profit organization created by Glenn Close, the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), Fountain House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization). The idea of a national anti-stigma campaign was born of a partnership between Glenn Close and Fountain House, where Glenn volunteered in order to learn about mental illness, which both her sister and nephew suffer from.
Time to Change : England’s biggest ever attempt to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems. It is a campaign to change attitudes, and behaviour too. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime – and if we do, we are highly likely to face stigma and discrimination from others.
SANE Australia : A national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness – through campaigning, education and research. Conducts innovative programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. It also operates a busy Helpline and website, with thousands of contacts each year from around Australia.
Canadian Mental Health Association : A nation-wide, voluntary organization, promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and service. It focuses on combating mental health problems and emotional disorders. Tools include research and information services, sponsored research projects, workshops, seminars, pamphlets, newsletters and resource centres.
Divorce Care : Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce – a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. Seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable resources to help you deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life.
Man vs. Debt : In the words of Adam Baker, the site owner – Sell your crap. Pay off your debt. Do what you love.
Earnest Parenting : Born out of a desire to connect with other parents who are honest enough to say, “This is hard!” and has evolved into a place where Heroes In Parenting are celebrated.
Parents Canada : Provide Canadian parents (and parents in general) with the most timely and important information for the many stages of parenthood, from pregnancy through to the teenage years.
30 Day Clutter Bootcamp : Tanja and Patrick at the Minimalist Packrat created this great program to help declutter your life. The blog itself has fresh treasures in articles that help you come to terms with minimalism and your clutter. The bootcamp is an inexpensive way to motivate you and make the changes you need to declutter your life forever.
Becoming Minimalist : Joshua Becker is one of the few blogs I subscribe to, comment on and talk to on Twitter. He not only helps you come to terms with your stuff but his advice helps with your heart too.
This list of resources and tools is forever growing (currently 30+). If you have a great resource or tool to share please contact me and I will give it some consideration. I screen all resources for ease of use, depth of tools and quality of content.
Currently working on these resources. I want to start breaking them into local sources too.
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Hopefully a more localized, active and relevant database can be created in the future with your support.