Ministry of Health
Provides integrated, comprehensive, accessible mental health services, focusing on promotion, prevention, early detection, treatment, and rehabilitation, and emphasizing community-based services and respect for the human rights of people with mental illness and their care providers.
Canadian Psychological Association
Information and resources for a variety of health care
issues, including mental health.
The PTSD Association
Veterans Affairs Canada
Offers information and links to National Centre for Operational Stress Injuries (NCOSI), which cooperates with its partners to ensure the development, delivery, and coordination of clinical mental health services. The NCOSI also contributes to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and practices regarding clinical services, particularly in the field of
operational stress injuries.
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Provides information, evidence-based research, and best practice; facilitates understanding; and offers support.
Phone: (09) 300-7030
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)
Mental Health Information Centre of South Africa
Offers information about mental health as well as links to directories of service providers.
Combat Stress is the United Kingdom’s leading military charity, specializing in the care of veterans’ mental health, including delivery of dedicated treatment and support to ex-service men and women with conditions such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety disorders. Services free of charge to veterans.
Tyrwhitt House, Oaklawn Road
Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 0BX
Lists qualified/registered counselors and psychotherapists and offers articles and sources of information about PTSD and the effects of trauma.
Also some FAQs on how to choose a therapist and what counseling/psychotherapy means.
Inspires young people to help themselves through tough times and find ways to improve their own mental health and well-being by building skills and providing information, support, and referrals in ways that work for young people. Run by the Inspire Ireland Foundation (www.inspireireland.ie), whose mission is to help young people lead happier lives.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
17 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8PG
Phone: 020-7235-2351, ext. 6259
UK Trauma Group
A managed clinical network and resource for advice
and information for the general public and for health professionals about posttraumatic stress reactions.
U.S. Military and Veterans
A mental wellness resource for service members, veterans, and military families.
American Veterans with Brain Injuries
A peer chat room and forum for American service members and veterans, as well as for family members and caregivers. Both the forum and chat room are
interactive and designed for participants to ask questions, get information, and share personal experiences with others.
Association of the United States Army
AUSA’s “Family Programs Directorate” is dedicated to
providing Army families with information and resources to help them manage the challenges of military life and to addressing Army family concerns through legislative efforts and by being active on a number of Department of Defense and Department of the Army councils and working groups.
Brain Injury Association of America
Devoted to creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy, the BIAA offers extensive resources and links to related websites.
Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF)
Dedicated to improving the outcome of traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients worldwide by developing best practices guidelines, conducting clinical research, and educating medical professionals and consumers.
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007
A national multimedia project offering information and
resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI, funded by Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) and a service of WETA, the public TV and radio station in Washington, DC.
Courage to Care Campaign
Provides fact sheets relevant to military life developed by experts from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Give an Hour
A nonprofit group providing free mental health services to U.S. military personnel and families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Service members, veterans, and families can call 24/7 to speak to a masters level consultant.
Phone: in the United States, 1-800-342-9647; outside
the United States, (country access code) 800-342-9647 (dial all 11 numbers)
International toll-free: 1-800-464-8107
My HealtheVet is the new Veterans Health Administration health portal created for veterans and their families, as well as for VA employees. It enables you to access health information, tools, and services anywhere in the world you can access the Internet.
The National Center for PTSD
Aims to help U.S. veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD; offers information about PTSD and links to assist you in locating VA facilities and mental health services in your area.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation provides resources and
support to injured service members, veterans, and their families, building a movement to empower communities nationwide to take action to successfully reintegrate our nation’s injured heroes—especially those who have sustained the “hidden injuries of war”—back into their communities so they may thrive physically, psychologically, socially, and economically.
Bob Woodruff Foundation
PO Box 955
Bristow, VA 20136
Sesame Street’s Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes
A bilingual educational outreach initiative designed
for military families and their young children to share.
Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration as a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. The website includes a veterans resource locator to assist in locating crisis and mental health services at medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics in your area.
Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (800-273-8255), veterans press 1; (Spanish/Espanol: 888-628-9454)
24-hour Veteran Combat Call Center help line answered by combat veterans: 1-877-927-8387 (WAR-VETS).
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
American Association of Suicidology
This national clearinghouse for information about suicide offers books and resources such as fact sheets, statistics, and public education materials. Website describes what steps to take to get help for someone thinking of committing suicide. Offers referrals to suicide survivor support groups.
5221 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Provides information and support, including programs to help survivors cope with loss and a national directory of survivor support groups in U.S. states for families and friends. The website lists the warning signs that a loved one may be contemplating suicide. The list of resources includes videos, books, personal stories, and studies on suicide.
120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Phone: 888-333-2377 or 212-363-3500
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association Help Center
offers useful guidance on various topics related to trauma and families. Referrals to psychologist also available through the website.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
The ABCT (formerly AABT) maintains a database of therapists.
Badge of Life—Psychological
Survival for Police Officers
The police volunteers at Badge of Life will help you with presentations and training seminars to create a better quality of mental health for police officers and to prevent suicide. Their board of directors consists of retired and active cops, a psychiatrist, clinical social worker, a psychiatric nurse, and major consultants in the mental health field. The website also provides information for grieving families.
Andy O’Hara, Executive Director
Badge of Life
PO Box 2203
Citrus Heights, CA 95611
Assists families toward the positive resolution of grief
following the death of a child of any age and provides
information to help others be supportive.
Phone: 877-969-0010 or 630-990-0010
Gift from Within
This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to those
who suffer from PTSD, those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Includes essays, articles, poetry and art, meditations, Q&A on PTSD, podcasts, book reviews, and more.
Mental Health America
(formerly known as National Mental Health Association)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is a grassroots mental health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI offers education and support for persons afflicted with mental illness and their families.
Information Helpline: 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264)
National Association of Social Workers
The therapist locator page for the National Association of Social Workers.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Established by Congress in 2000, this unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers is devoted to raising the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and attention to cultural perspectives, the NCTSN serves as a national resource for developing and disseminating evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and public and professional education.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The website contains information for making a safety plan, protecting families, and finding state and local resources to support victims of domestic violence; information on domestic violence; and links to other helpful organizations.
NCADV’s Main Office
1120 Lincoln Street, Suite #1603
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (303) 839-1852
TTY: (303) 839-8459
Fax: (303) 831-9251
National Institute of Mental Health
The National Women’s Health Information Center
The Sexual Assault Information Page of the U.S. federal government’s source for women’s health information.
Support and resources for survivors of rape and sexual
abuse. Provides information, facilitates peer support, and offers assistance to male and female survivors of sexual violence and their friends and family. Sponsors the Internet’s largest support community for those who have been the victim of sexual violence. Available 24 hours a day and free of charge to any survivor who has Internet access, the Pandora’s Aquarium message board and chat room offer victims of sexual violence
a refuge to share experiences, seek advice, and provide support.
The organization also operates a free sexual assault lending library, maintains resource lists for survivors in need of face-to-face support, and organizes retreat weekends for survivors ready to take their healing one step farther.
Pandora’s Project is managed and staffed by more than 50 survivors, all of whom are unpaid volunteers.
3109 West 50th Street, Suite #320
Minneapolis, MN 55410-2102
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, helps victims, and attempts to ensure that rapists are brought to justice. Its website contains statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, and news.
RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE in partnership with 1,100 rape crisis centers across the nation, providing free, confidential advice 24/7.
It also operates the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, providing live, secure help to victims through an interface as intuitive as instant messaging.
2000 L Street NW, Suite 406
Washington, DC 20036
SAMHSA’s Disaster/Trauma Information Page
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) website. SAMHSA is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
SAMHSA’s National Mental Health Information Center
The SAMHSA National Mental Health Information Center provides public information and referrals on mental health services. The center offers a tollfree number and crisis hotline, and people may also write for information.
Free publications on a range of mental health issues are also available. The center’s information specialists answer callers’ questions and refer them to federal, state, or local resources for more information and help. The center offers up-to-the-minute information on issues such as prevention, treatment, and recovery services for mental illness and on subjects ranging from advocacy to suicide prevention.
PO Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20847
Phone: 800-789-2647,240-221-4021 (international callers)
TDD: 1-866-889-2647 or 240-221-4022 (international callers)
SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Treatment Locator
Find services for the general public as well as veterans.
SIDRAN Institute Help Desk
This nationally focused nonprofit organization devoted
to helping people who have experienced traumatic life
events offers a referral list of therapists, as well as a fact sheet on how to choose a therapist for PTSD
and dissociative disorders.
Sesame Street Parents
Advice by Sesameworkshop.org about how to talk with
children about tragedy, and when to seek professional help.
WebMD PTSD Information Page
www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/post-traumatic-stress-disorder material, and online community programs.
The PTSD & Trauma Resource Page contains a comprehensive listing of information, resources, links, and support groups on a wide array of topics related to trauma, particularly incest and child abuse.
Web-based support for a variety of concerns. This is the PTSD forum link.
David Baldwin’s Trauma Information Pages
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
111 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100
Deerfield, IL 60015
Aims to help PTSD sufferers and their spouses and families help themselves through others’ experiences, guidance, and education.