Over the years I have made use of a lot of available resources. I figured I would pass some of them along. I will keep adding to the list as I remember or come across more of them. These are primarily US resources at the moment, but when I have time/energy, I will look up additional international ones as well.
The first I would like to list are online chat resources in times of crisis:
Crisis Chat and Suicide Prevention Lifeline Chat are available 24/7 as of January 2015. They both connect you pretty much to the same people, but sometimes it’s nice to have options to choose from. They will chat with you about pretty much anything, it doesn’t have to be suicide (that was a big thing for me, as much of the time it’s emotional crisis and not necessarily suicidal thinking that I need to talk about).
If they are not available for chat, another good place to chat (if you have any sexual assault issues, and sometimes even if you are not talking about that) is the chat offered through RAINN. They are available 24/7 also. They have an app for self-care and I think you can chat through it too… worth the exploration. They also offer support for military/DoD.
If you prefer talking, or the above chats are not available, here are a few of the hotlines available in the US:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
RAINN’s hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE(4673)
The Kristen Brooks Hope Center runs 1.800.442.HOPE (4673)
For support outside the US, or additional support links, try one of these:
unsuicide on wikispaces for online help (rather large list, but organized by country and type of help), or a list of mental health aps. I have not used either of these pages much, but they were suggested multiple times on another support forum.
The Samaritans (looks like primarily the UK, but I have heard people talk connecting with them from around the world)
for more peer-support (NOT crisis support), you can check out the following forums also:
The forums at PsychCentral. There’s also articles, a therapist-finder, “fun” quizzes, etc.
If you are just looking for info, here are some useful links:
ReachOut.com has a ton of info on a bunch of stuff (they also run a hotline 1.800.448.3000)
To Write Love on Her Arms offers self-harm info and support
S.A.F.E. Alternatives also has good info and is a good treatment resource (1.800.DONTCUT/1.800.366.8288)
Bodies Under Siege has been around forever and is a good place for support
The Sidran Institute is a great US-based clearing house for trauma info and resources. They offer a decent list of trauma treatment centers in the US (it’s a pdf, so you can save it if needed). Just an aside: I was a certified trainer for their Risking Connections program, and it really is informative for treatment providers who may not have much formal trauma training. It is mainly geared towards adolescent residential treatment centers, but you can generalize. When I first took the training, it was more geared towards getting clinicians and treaters up to speed on current best practices for trauma treatment, but they have since narrowed it down to adolescent treatment providers in a congregate care setting…
Speaking of Suicide is a blog that has a ton of useful info and resources. There’s stuff for prevention, family & friends, treatment providers… all sorts of good stuff. Check it out. Wander around, read different articles, respond, get resources, put it in your favorite places. ❤
Dr. Bill Tollefson was recommended by one of the therapists I saw at group. She said he is good people, and is the person who trained her in trauma treatment. I haven’t really looked at his site, but I will put it here in case I want easy access to it, and in case anyone else is interested. (there were a few pages that came up when I typed his name into google, but the one linked was the one she pointed out to me). He also has this blog, but I haven’t looked at it yet.
Finally, there’s this blog I just saw recently, and it seems to have some helpful info. It’s called Maintain Happiness. I have not read through all of it, but some of it seems good. It also has some forms that I downloaded for myself that may be helpful to others.
And because I am not sure how comfortable I am with the level of detail my wife goes into on her page, I will bury the link to it here. In-Between Both Sides of the Wall is the sister blog to this. On there you will find my wife’s take on my struggles, and her own struggles in dealing with the mess that is me. It’s really a good counter to my blabbering on about things. And it gives you another perspective on life. I’m hoping she will find support through there as much as I have found through here.
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation’s website is pretty neat. They have lots of info for everyone from clients to seasoned trauma professionals. Sometimes their links do not all work, but the main info is always accessible. I wanted to check out some of the webinars they mentioned, but those links seem broken at this time (8/19/14). If you are interested in learning more about trauma and dissociation, this site’s a good source of information and research.
The blog WorthIt2BMe – Healing from Complex Trauma & PTSD. It has a really comprehensive overview of trauma theory, it’s effects, and useful links. It also has a great “outside” library of reputable trauma information sources.
The APA’s overview of changes to PTSD diagnostic criteria in the DSM-V. It’s a .pdf, and written in relatively “plain english” to highlight the differences in diagnosing PTSD as of the release of the new DSM. While they have a lot of progress to make around understanding the effects fo trauma, this is a decent start.
Taylor and Francis Online have made a rather large number of articles free to read and/or download for yourself. It’s a great educational/scholarly resource. Check out what they offer. I found them through a link from an art therapy organization, but they also offer free articles on other subjects as well.
The magazine Psychology Today has expanded its resources over the years and now offers a pretty comprehensive website. There’s a therapist-finder, resource links, articles, blogs, and much more. It’s a bit pop-pschology slanted, but there’s still good stuff there.