Self-Help and Community Resources

Virtual Pamphlet Collection

Compiled by many universities, the Virtual Pamphlet Collection is a unique sample of "virtual" informational pamphlets on various specialized topics such as substance abuse, anxiety, cultural issues,relationships, depression, eating disorders, family issues, and study skills.

These pamphlets are designed to provide information about steps one can take to deal with a particular problem and answer common questions about issues.

Local & National Mental Health Organizations

Psychological Association Links

Mental Health Resource Links

Self-help Resources

Here you will find information on a wide variety of topics that can help you understand many of the mental health issues that may be relevant to college students. You can scroll through to find general topic areas, or you can click on the links below to go directly to the topic area of your choice:

Alcohol
Anger
Anxiety
Athletes
Attention Deficit
Culture Shock
Depression
Drugs
Eating Disorders
General Mental Health
Health & Wellness

Learning Disabilities
Positive Psychology
Relationships
Sexual Orientation
Smoking
Stress
Suicide Prevention
Test Anxiety
Time Management
Twelve Step - Fellowships

Alcohol

About.com: College Drinking Provides articles which explore the problems and solutions of today's college drinking culture

Alcoholics Anonymous A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem of alcoholism.

Al-Anon- AlateenDesigned to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend.

Alcohol Screening: Find out how much is too much

All California Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous Provides resources and support groups for young people suffering from alcoholism.

Adult Children of Alcoholics.  A Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.  

College Binge DrinkingA website provided via About.Com - Is the drinking on college campus as wide-spread as reported? It is as dangerous as the media says it is?

Examining the Culture of College Drinking.   Produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - interactive information including the myths about alcohol, newsroom, college alcohol policies, government issues, other resources

Facts on TapA comprehensive alcohol and other drug education, prevention, and intervention program for college students.

Friends Drive Sober A website devoted to impaired driving prevention. This website also discusses what steps you can take to prevent impaired driving and what you can do to actually make a positive difference in your community.

The Higher Education CenterHelp for college and community leaders to develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies to reduce student problems related to alcohol and other drug use and interpersonal violence.  

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. This site provides up-to-date information on alcohol and substance abuse issues

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and AlcoholismWebsite filled with publications, databases, graphics gallery, and other resources related to substance abuse.

The Other Bar is a confidential counseling and referral resource for California Lawyers, judges, law students and their families for help with alcoholism, drug abuse and related personal problems.

San Francisco Young People's Alcoholics Anonymous is uniting San Francisco's sober young people working to bring the ACYPAA roundup to San Francisco.

Smart RecoveryThis site teaches self-reliance rather than reliance on a higher power; Views addiction as a complex maladaptive behavior rather than as a disease.

Women on Campus: Are You At Risk?  This site provides s tatistics from a studies conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism between 1998 and 2002 - "College Drinking: A Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences"

Anger

Anger Management  resources from the Virtual Pamphlet Collection. This webpage will provide ways you can deal with angry thoughts and feelings more effectively.

Anxiety

Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to informing the public, health care professionals, and legislators that anxiety disorders are real, serious, and treatable.

The Anxiety Network InternationalA website filled with information about anxiety.  

About.com - Generalized Anxiety DisorderMore information about anxiety, types of anxiety, and ways to manage anxiety. 

About.com - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and TraumaFor people who have been traumatized and would like to learn more about PTSD.  

About.com - Social AnxietyFor people with social anxiety disorder or social phobia, everyday social situations that may involve overwhelming anxiety and self-consciousness.  

Go Ask Alice - Stress & AnxietyProvided via Columbia University, this website provides information and resources for all types of stress and anxiety issues. 

Mental Health Matters.   A website with resources and information about mental health issues of all types

National Self-Help Clearinghouse.  A not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1976 to facilitate access to self-help groups and increase the awareness of the importance of mutual support.

Athletes

About.com - College Athletes with Eating DisordersAn important site for athletes who have questions or may be at risk for eating issues.

American Board of Sports Psychology.  A national organization with information for athletes and sports psychologists. 

Athletes Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids and other drugsInformation about athletes and how they can avoid abusing certain substancesProvided via Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

The Female Athlete Triad.  A description of this disorder commonly found in physically active women who have a combination of disordered eating, lack of menstrual periods (amenorrhea), and bone weakening (osteoporosis).

Attention Deficit

Attention Deficit Disorder AssociationA national organization for resources of all types for attention deficit disorder.

Additude.comA website filled with information, news, books, etcon attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Addvance.comAn online resource for women and girls with attention deficit disorder.

ADHD.com.  This on-line community is for families with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).   

Culture Shock

Cultural Adjustment: Customs of the US links to Kansas State University article on Crossing Cultures

Cultural Differences links to University of Eau-Claire suggestions on coping with culture shock

Homesickness links to University of Eau-Claire suggestions on overcoming homesickness

Depression

National Foundation for Depressive Illness.  A general website with resources of all types related to depression.   

Depression Central.  Provided by Ivan Goldberg, M.D., this site is Internet's central clearinghouse for information on all types of depressive and other mood disorders.

The Samaritans.  A charity, founded in 1953, which exists to provide confidential emotional support to any person, who is suicidal or despairing; and to increase public awareness of issues around suicide and depression.

About.com Depression.  This website has links to information and resources for all types of depressive disorders.

How Psychotherapy Helps People Recover From Depression  Provided via the American Psychological Association’s website. 

Psych Central.  Regularly maintained by Dr. John Grohol , this site is an annotated guide to the most useful websites, newsgroups, and mailing lists online today in mental health, psychology, social work, and psychiatry.  

Depression and Bipolar Alliance.  A website for support, information and resources for depression and bipolar disorders

Go Ask Alice - Blues and Depression.  Provided via Columbia University, this website provides information and resources for all types of depressive disorders . 

Drugs

Cocaine Anonymous.  A twelve-step recovery program for cocaine addiction. 

Crystal Meth AnonymousA twelve-step program for people who abuse crystal meth

Ecstasy (MDMA or “E”) drug information.  A website provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse outlines some basic information about this drug often abused by college students

Marijuana  Anonymous.  A twelve-step recovery program for marijuana addiction. 

Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women for whom drugs became a problem.

Eating Disorders

Adios Barbie A body image site for every body…no matter what your size or background .Provides resources, personal stories, and interactive games they hope to inspire you to love your body through thick and thin!

About.Com - Compulsive Overexercising.  This site incorporates information from the Women's National Health Information Center and provides information on how to determine if your exercise is healthy    

The Academy for Eating DisordersThis is a multidisciplinary professional organization focusing on Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and related disorders. 

Anorexia Nervosa and related eating disorders.  Information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other less-well-known food and weight disorders.  

Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED-SF) is an affiliation of private practitioners (psychologists, licensed counselors (MFT's), social workers, physicians, psychiatrists, nutritionists, dance and movement
therapists) involved in treating people with eating disorders.

Boston College Information Center.  Sponsored by the Boston College Eating Awareness Team, this helpful website focuses on Eating disorders and disordered eating. 

Bulimia.comSpecializes in information about eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating, plus related topics such as body image and obesity.    

CaringonlineFor those with negative body image or Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating.

Eating Disorders - Mirror, Mirror.  This Canadian website provides the reader with definitions, signs and symptoms and physical/medical complications for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and compulsive eating.  

The Female Athlete Triad.  A description of this disorder commonly found in physically active women who have a combination of disordered eating, lack of menstrual periods (amenorrhea), and bone weakening (osteoporosis). 

Food Addicts in Recovery Anoymous for food addicts, whether they be undereaters, bulimics, overeaters, or otherwise food-obsessed.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Information offered by the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Established in 1980, the clearinghouse provides information about digestive diseases.  

Medline Plus- Eating Disorders Provides information relating to eating disorders, as well as resources for screening, treatment, and organizations

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.  Information about eating issues of all types...”Accept Yourself...Accept Others”.  

National Eating Disorders Association  Dedicated to eliminating eating disorders and body dissatisfaction (previously known as Eating Disorders and Awareness). 

SNAC - Student Nutrition (and Body Image) Action Committee.  This is a University of California, Los Angeles website created by professionals to help college students eat well, be active, and feel good about their bodies.    

Something Fishy.  This website is dedicated to raising awareness and emphasizing that Eating Disorders are NOT about food and weight.     

General Mental Health

CampusBlues Social Networking with a Purpose: The Pursuit of Intellectual and Emotional Freedom

Discovery Health Channel Offers various resources as well as information regarding mental health. Some issues covered are autism, depression, and schizophrenia.

Gambling questions that may help you consider whether or not you have a gambling problem

Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation created a campaign to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on campus and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.

MentalHelp.net.  Website with resources, news, psych self-help, books, etc.  

Relaxation Exercises This links to Hobart and William Smith Colleges site which provides two relaxation exercises that can be downloaded

Self injury Information on self injury, as well as related topics such as depression and anxiety. This website also includes an online library of web links, informal self-assessment quizzes, and access to several online “advice” sites.

Student Counseling and Resource Service.  This website from the University of Chicago has it all!  It contains virtual pamphlets on all types of issues – you can even search by topic area.   

Sweet Dreams: California Center for Sleep Disorders. Visit this site and take The Epworth Sleepiness Scale, a standardized test to see how likely you are to doze off or fall asleep.

Ulifeline.  A mental health library, drug database, mental health screening tests, how to help a friend, support groups, crisis centers, suicide prevention information and much more.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

AIDS Education Global Information CenterDaily updates regarding HIV and related illness.     

Awakenings: Simple Tools for Life’s Problems

Centers for Disease Control.  A website with information about medical and disease topics of all types

Drug Information Database  Drug information provided via the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Harvard Medical School’s Consumer Health Information.  Resources for health topics of all types.

Helpguide: Expert, non-commercial information about Mental Health & Lifelong Wellness

Med Help International.  A website with a variety of resources for medical topics of all types.  

Mental Health Information & Support the largest consumer mental health site, providing comprehensive information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view

National Center of Excellence in Women's Health UCSF Medical Center site providing comprehensive health care for women, as well as educating tomorrow’s health care providers about the principles of women’s health through professional education programs.

Stop AIDS Project works to prevent HIV transmission in San Francisco through multicultural, community-based organizing, resources, special events, and fundraising.

WebMD.  Health related topics of all kinds.     

LEARNING DISABILITIES

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. Click here for the local chapter.

LDOnline.  A good resource including full text articles all about learning disabilities - for parents, teachers, and professionals

National Center for Learning Disabilities.  A website with various resources about learning disabilities of all types.   

SchwabLearning.Org.  A parents guide to helping kids with learning differences.  Valuable brief articles covering a wide range of learning and associated problems.        

Virtual Hospital - Learning Disorders.  A broad range of topics can be found on this website that covers information for kids, teenagers, and adults.

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

AuthenticHappiness.Org.  Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

RELATIONSHIPS

Divorce Support Groups at St. Ignatius Church

Relationship Surveys from the University of Alambana Counseling and Psychological Services

Stalking or other forms of intrusive contact This website provides information on how to manage this common and difficult experience.

SEXUAL ORIENTATION

GenderROOTS This is a great place to get the latest news, events and support on the struggle to end discrimination and violence caused by gender stereotypes

LYRIC- Lavender Youth Recreation Information Center provides programs and resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

National Youth Advocacy Coalition provides information, resources and ways to learn about legislation decisions, for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well being.

PFLAG- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays A volunteer organization with grass-roots affiliates .They provide resources, group membership, and education which seek to help change negative attitudes and to create an environment of understanding so that all gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans gendered people can live with dignity and respect.

SMOKING

About Smoking Links to websites dedicated to providing information on quitting smoking, therapy as well as testimonials by people who have quit smoking and what helped them

Action on Smoking and Health- ASH.  A National Charitable Antismoking & Nonsmokers' Rights Organization with smoking statistics, quitting smoking, smoking risks, and other smoking information  

American Cancer Society provides help and assistance in matters regarding cancer survivors, supporters, and health information. Also provides information on resources and volunteer opportunities.

American Heart Association provides resources and links to leading a healthier life. Gives information on warning signs as well as the various health conditions that can occur.

American Lung Association of California provides information on lung disease as well as resources on volunteering and taking action in your community. Resources also cover local news on asthma, air quality, and diesel pollution, etc.

CDC's Tobacco Information and Prevention Sources (TIPS) Provides useful resources on preventing smoking, educational materials, as well as information on how to quit smoking

Clean Break This site provides six online learning sessions, interactive homework with feedback, as well as individual telephone and e-mail counseling.

The Foundation for Innovations in Nicotine Dependence Provides links to various websites dedicated to helping smokers to quit and providing quitters with a support system and resources

National Cancer Institute Provides information on cancer research and funding, as well as discussion on cancer topics, and various statistics on cancer

SmokeFree.Gov Provides links and resources on how to quit smoking. Has an online guide and provides the ability to talk to an expert who can help you to quit smoking.    

QuitNet.  Launched in 1995, QuitNet is one of the web's original quit smoking sites QuitNet operates in association with Boston University School of Public Health and is dedicated to the assistance of helping smokers to quit with a support from professionals and people who have quit smoking. The website provides community support for smokers with expert advice and statistics.

STRESS

Burnout:Signs, Symptoms and Prevention

Fly Guy: take some time out with this stress relief game

Relaxation Exercises This links to Hobart and William Smith Colleges site which provides two relaxation exercises that can be downloaded

Stress at Work by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), the Federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related illness and injury

Stress Busters provides resources related to anxiety and stress

Tools for Coping onsite manuals for coping with a variety of life's stressors

Workplace Blues career counseling and information about mental health in the workplace

SUICIDE PREVENTION

American Association of Suicidology an educational resource on suicide, crisis centers, support groups, treatment, and upcoming events. They do not provide direct services

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides information on funding research, developing prevention initiatives. Also offers educational programs and conferences for survivors, mental health professionals, physicians and the public.

The Jed Foundation provides programs, important facts, and information about depression in order to strengthen the mental health safety net for college students.

San Francisco Suicide Prevention provides telephone intervention to people experiencing suicidal crisis as well as general counseling services 24 hours a day

The Suicide Prevention Center.  The SPC is an integral part of Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, a Los Angeles area-based non-profit community specializing in suicide prevention. 

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Provides information on suicide teen help, advice, awareness, education, prevention, intervention, as well as valuable resources.

TEST ANXIETY

Managing Test Anxiety.  A site provided by the University of Western Ontario on how to manage test anxiety. 

Study Habits & Test Anxiety.  A website provided via the University of Buffalo Counseling Services.  

TIME MANAGEMENT

IAMNEXT.COM Academics.  A user-friendly website with tips about time management and personal planning for your days in college.

TWELVE STEP - FELLOWSHIPS

Adult Children of Alcoholics is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes

Alcoholics Anonymous A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem of alcoholism.

Cocaine Anonymous.  A twelve-step recovery program for cocaine addiction. 

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships

Crystal Meth AnonymousA twelve-step program for people who abuse crystal meth

Debtors Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from compulsive debting

Marijuana Anonymous.  A twelve-step recovery program for marijuana addiction. 

Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women for whom drugs became a problem.

Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous is a Twelve Step - Twelve Tradition oriented fellowship based on the model pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous.