Below we have listed resources that we or our members have found helpful. The information is categorized as “Help in a Crisis,” “National Advocacy and Education,” “Prescription Assistance,” “Statewide,” and “For Students.” Some government agencies are listed, as well as large, well-known organizations, and radical grassroots groups as well. Recovery is not one-size-fits-all. Take what you need and leave the rest. If you have suggestions for what should be included here, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP IN A CRISIS
United Way – offers a listing of resources for each region of our state. Just type in your zip code at the top of the page and they will connect you to your local area website.
Numbers for the National Suicide Prevention Crisis hot line: 1-800-784-2433 and 1-800-273-8255
The Crisis Text Hotline allows anyone to speak with a crisis counselor by texting 741741
The Disaster Distress Helpline number is 1-800-985-5990 or text “talkwithus” to 66746
NATIONAL ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION
Anxiety Disorders Association of America – provides an extensive source of information about several types of anxiety disorders, treatment options, support group information, etc.
American Psychological Association – website offers an abundance of professional literature about several different types of psychological disorders as well as a link to help find a psychologist in your area.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – offers an array of information on Depression and Bipolar Disorder and provides information about support groups and related events all over the country. Also home to Befrienders Worldwide.
Emotions Anonymous – Free 12 step group to support individuals with emotional difficulties in their efforts to live a more manageable life. Find an existing group or get tools to start your own. Inexpensive pamphlets about emotions are available here.
Give an Hour has a mission to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society, beginning with the mental health needs of those who serve (veterans) and their families.
The Icarus Project – envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of ‘mental illness’ rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework.
Hearing Voices Network – Raising awareness about voice hearing, visions and other unusual or extreme experiences
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights – is a non-profit, tax exempt public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic legal campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock is the United States.
Mind Freedom – MindFreedom International is a nonprofit organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities.
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Nonprofit support and advocacy organization of consumers, families and friends of consumers.
The National Association of Peer Specialists – a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to peer support in mental health systems. This website offers information on the peer specialist movement and is setup to share ideas, strategies, and information about innovative programs that work.
National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations – Mission: ensure that consumer/survivors have a major voice in the development and implementation of health care, mental health, and social policies at the state and national levels, empowering people to recover and lead a full life in the community.
The National Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse – connects consumers to self-help and advocacy resources and offers expertise to and about peer-run programs. They also offer an online self advocacy training program that can be found here.
National Eating Disorders Association – Find a support group, research study, helpline and chatline. Telephone hotline available at 1-800-931-2237.
National Empowerment Center – Mission: to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people with lived experience with mental health issues, trauma, and extreme states.
National Institute of Mental Health – the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health. Their website contains research information on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of various mental illnesses.
SAMHSA – SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. The website is a treasure trove of information but the sheer volume can be intimidating. Free BRSS TACS webinars about recovery and other topics are archived here. SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach is also worth checking out.
The TLC Foundation – The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors helps people overcome and heal from body-focused repetitive behaviors like skin-picking and hair-pulling.
“Embracing Our Humanity by Acknowledging Our Trauma” – written by Chris Cavaliere, long-time VOCAL member. Her certifications include Peer Specialist Trainer, WRAP Facilitator, WHAM Facilitator, DBT Facilitator, UVA Whole Health Advanced Directives Facilitator and Mental Health First Aid Responder)
Pathways to Well-Being This 27 page booklet compiles ground breaking research (specifically on people labeled with a mental health condition) on how alternative approaches to well-being such as yoga and meditation, enhance our emotional, mental and physical health and can reduce the need for medical care by 43%. Simple practice exercises are included.
FREE-Foundation – Free rehabilitative and mobility medical equipment at sites across Virginia. This is not prescription assistance.
MedlinePlus – an extensive and all-encompassing guide to drugs (prescription, non-prescription, generic), supplements and herbal remedies.
Virginia Drug Card – Prescription assistance program for Virginia residents.
Pharmacy Checker – Online tool for comparison of pharmacy prices.
RIP Medical Debt – Rip Medical Debt works to abolish medical debt. For Good. Apply for yourself or consider making a donation for others.
RX Dangers – Information on defective drugs and medical devices.
A friend compiled these “Community Resources for Mental Health” on Dropbox. It has 13 topics: 1) Pre-Discharge. 2) Housing. 3) Employment. 4) Financial. 5) Social Security. 6) Legal. 7) NGRI. 8) Medical. 9) Crisis Management. 10) Community Resources. 11) Life Hacks. 12) State-by-State Directory for Financial Resources. 13) Re-Entry Tool Kit. If you want free access, send an email to email@example.com (It is a large file – you’ll need to download the free Dropbox software at: https://www.dropbox.com/)
ABLE Accounts – ABLE Accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families.
disAbility Law Center of Virginia Advocacy and protection of the legal rights of persons with disabilities through education, training, the promotion of self-advocacy skills for people with disabilities, and through information and referral services. They also provide direct advocacy services in particular cases that fall within our Strategic Goals and Focus Areas.
OAR – Offender Aid and Restoration Restorative justice, community re-entry programs and other programs for people in and those leaving the prison system.
Useful Links – This site was created by a VOCAL member who compiled all sorts of useful links, not only about mental health, but also ideas for starting a garden, purchasing a bike and constructing an eco-friendly dwelling.
Virginia’s Accessible Housing – Provides a resource for Virginians with disabilities to find an affordable, accessible place to live.
Virginia Association of Free and Low-Cost Clinics Online directory of many free and low-cost medical services including dental clinics, health departments and prescription assistance.
Virginia Fair Housing Law in regard to service animals.
Virginia Legal Aid Society – Website offers legal information. Free legal help for those who meet income and other criteria.
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services – The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.
Active Minds – Empowers students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses.
Balancing Student Stress – An online guide of expert advice on how to balance stress and get help if needed.
Best Colleges – Potentially a good source for scholarship information and other resources (apps, adaptive technologies) for students diagnosed with psychiatric labels.
Breaking the Silence – Lesson plans, games and posters created to break the silence about mental illness in our schools.
College Suicide Prevention – Guide for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, as well as friends and family.
To Write Love on Her Arms – A Christian-based organization, that believes in recovery and works with persons facing depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.
The Virginia Department of Health 2016 Suicide Prevention Directory is a 24 page document available here. It includes information about crisis centers, warm lines, regional coalitions, support groups, online resources and more.
Lock and Talk Virginia seeks to prevent suicide by “limiting access to lethal means for a person in crisis.” They provide safety devices, like safety locks, and free or low-cost suicide prevention training.
DISCLAIMER This page is offered strictly for informational and support purposes. We assume no liability whatsoever for any consequences arising out your use of information or connections provided through any of the above organizations. VOCAL does not necessarily agree with information provided by these organizations, their websites, members or other affiliations.