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The National Depression Alliance offers support and information about depression.
Additional information about depression can be found here.
An award winning depresion site for students:
Information about depression and bi-polar disorder:
The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder. www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Bipolaruk: An organisation that supports people living with a bipolar diagnosis. A range of support services is being offered.
The Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Maudsley Hospital is a leader in both research and clinical treatment of anxiety in the UK.
OCD Action is the largest national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. The charity provides support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and frontline healthcare workers and strives to secure a better deal for people with OCD.
Trauma and PTSD:
The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, founded in 1985, provides care and rehabilitation to survivors of torture and other forms of organised violence:
You can print out easy to read leaflets about how to cope with a traumatic event here:
Men’s studies and research on male psychology:
American Men’s Studies Association: www.mensstudies.org
American Psycholocial Association: Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity – Division 51:
The European Men’s Health Forum (EMHF) presents a new and major opportunity for a wide range of organisations and individuals to work together to raise the profile of men’s health at a Europe-wide level and within individual states:
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has produced a leaflet about men and depression, you can access it here:
Just Fight On: A not-for-profit anti-bullying organisation
The International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) www.schematherapysociety.org
UK addiction resources:
Here are links to websites on drug and alcohol related addictions, detox and rehab treatments. Many of these provide useful information on symptoms and treatment options, and where to get advice and support.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
DrugScope is the UK’s leading independent centre of expertise on drugs.
For families affected by drug addiction –Adfam.
Action on Addiction is the only independent research charity dedicated to seeking new ways to prevent and treat nicotine, alcohol and drug abuse.
Families Anonymous – support for family members of addicts:
A report by Columbia University titled “Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice” is available here:
National Self-Harm Network.
Headspace is a project designed to demystify meditation. Using the wonders of science and technology, Headspace makes it easy-to-learn, fun-to-do, and relevant to peoples everyday life.
The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University:
CMRP’s vision is to enhance wellbeing and alleviate the effects of ill health and stress through offering and promoting good practice in the delivery of evidence-based mindfulness practice to all who want it.
The Oxford Mindfulness Centre is an international centre of excellence within Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry that works with partners around the world to prevent depression and enhance human potential through the therapeutic use of mindfulness.
London Buddhist Centre. At the LBC people can learn meditation and other mindfulness practises:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:
The Compassionate Mind Approach
Set up in 2006 the Compassionate Mind Foundation aims to promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion.
Several Compassionate Mind exercises can be downloaded from Kristin Neff’s website:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT):
Centre for Clinical Interventions
Boarding School Survivors:
Boarding School Survivors was founded in 1990 and has three principal activities:
Raise awareness of the psychological effects of sending children away to school. Provide therapeutic help for adult ex- boarders. Inform and train the therapy profession.
Thinking about suicide:
Maytree is a North London refuge for people in extreme suicidal distress and despair. During a single, short stay of up to four nights we can offer support and befriending to help people get through a crisis.
The Centre for Suicide Prevention at the University of Manchester brings together for the first time a number of projects that aim to inform future policy and service planning: www.medicine.manchester.ac.uk/suicideprevention
Befrienders work worldwide to provide emotional support, and reduce suicide. Befrienders listen to people who are in distress. They don’t judge them or tell them what to do – they listen: www.befrienders.org
International Association for Suicide Prevention IASP is dedicated to preventing suicidal behaviour, to alleviate its effects, and to provide a forum for academians, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors: www.med.uio.no/iasp/index.html
The Centre for Suicide Research at University of Oxford: http://cebmh.warne.ox.ac.uk/csr/
Bereaved by suicide:
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
Console was established in 2002 by Paul Kelly after he had experienced the grief of losing a loved one by Suicide. Through his loss, Paul recognised a need for a dedicated Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Service. Since then Console has developed into a International Organisation supporting people in Suicidal Crisis and those Bereaved by Suicide through Professional Counselling, Support and Helpline Services.
Information for highly sensitive people:
For people with high sensitivity: www.highlysensitivepeople.com
Help for personality disorders:
The International Stress Management Association UK is a registered charity with a multi-disciplinary professional membership. It exists to promote sound knowledge and best practice in the prevention and reduction of human stress.
Private psychiatric hospital in London:
The Nightingale Hospital is London’s leading mental health hospital
Mayo Clinic Resources:
The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is a world center for medical practise and research, it provides expert treatment and information on many issues for patients from all over the world.
Mayo Clinic on depression:
Mayo Clinic on bi-polar disorder:
Mayo Clinic on anxiety:
Mayo Clinic on personality disorders:
24 hours helpline when you experience accute distress:
The Samaritans – Tel: 116 123
Online journal for psychotherapy:
Contemporary Psychotherapy is a leading online journal for therapists of all modalities.
Emotional wellbeing through Dogs, Horses
BorrowMyDoggy: Connecting dog owners with local dog lovers to share the care of a dog.
Therapy Animals provides a Holistic Specialist Programme to a carefully chosen dog trained to deliver a range of beneficial skills.
EAGALA training organisation offering teaching in therapy with horses.
IFEAL Qqualifications. Established as best training standards in the field
of Equine Facilitated Human Development since 2007
Though the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation is not connected to the world of psychotherapy yet it is such an important organisation that it is worth listing it here. The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation is a non-profit organization focused solely on rescuing abused and neglected animals including campaigning against the dog meat trade in many countries. This shocking video features some A-list actors speaking about against the dog meat trade.