As 2011 winds down I wanted to share with you some of the top online mental health sites I have used with clients (both in-person and online) in the past year.
Before I recommend a site to a client I check that the URL is still active and I review the site. I inform clients that referring them to a website is not a wholesale endorsement of everything on the site. I also encourage my clients to use their own judgment about what they read.
And now…here they are!
Resources to Resolve Health Challenges (covers a wide variety of topics) – I frequently suggest clients read the articles, tips, toolkits.
Mental health and substance use information you can trust – a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Fabulous site.
AnxietyBC™ provides a rich resource of self-help information and programs, as well as resources for parents and caregivers. What I particularly like about this site is the description of CBT.
The Antidepressant Skills Workbook (ASW) gives an overview of depression, explains how it can be effectively managed according to the best available research, and gives a step-by-step guide to changing patterns that trigger depression. I often use this with clients – directing them to specific sections or exercises.
What? Me Worry!?! – a Centre for Clinical Interventions workbook designed to provide some information about chronic worrying and generalised anxiety disorder and suggested strategies for how to manage worrying and anxiety. The modules are well organized, well written and I have found them to be effective with clients.
This website provides information about self-compassion and is intended for students, researchers, and the general public. I have used this quite often this year, referring clients to the definitions and the exercises to increase self-compassion. I have also recommended that clients read some of the articles that relate to their specific issues.
The author of “Angries Out” mission is to help people learn to use their anger in ways that empower them (both children and adults). I have used the exercises and articles with children and adults.
Insight, wisdom and practical methods to relax. Need I say more?
Relaxation, mediation and self-screening tools – what I like about this one is that you can sit and listen to the relaxation exercises – saves one reading them for oneself!
A guide to separation and divorce for children, parents and professionals. I have been recommending this site to families since it first came out and they have found it to be useful as they navigate through difficult times.
An initiative of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada sexualityandu.ca is committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information and education on sexual health. It’s good to have reliable information from a credible source!
If you have any favourite sites I would like to hear about them!
Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season.
Dawn Schell, MA, CCC is an affiliate of Worldwide Therapy Online Inc.
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