Online Crisis Support:
7 Cups of Tea – Free, anonymous, and confidential conversations with trained active listeners.
Understanding Mental Illness:
Psychcentral – A comprehensive list of symptoms and treatments
E-Mentalhealth.ca – Information sheet of mental health topics
Mental Health America – Recognizing warning signs and how to cope
Our Healthy Minds – Living with mental illness – A guide for family and friends
Mental Health First Aid (Canada) – Training program to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
NAMI Family to Family (USA) Free educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness.
Tools for Friends/Family/Caregivers:
Here to Help – Guide to supporting friends and family with mental illness
Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere– Coping tips for families and friends
E-Mentalhealth.ca (Canada) – A search tool for mental health services
Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (Greater Toronto Area) – Support group services for families and friends
CAMH (Toronto) – Support group for families and friends
Tools for Newcomers (Canada)
CMHA – Mental health services for support during migration
Online Support Groups:
Reaching Families Project – online family mental illness support groups
The Spark – A mother’s story of nurturing, genius and autism
Hardwiring Happiness – The new brain science of contentment, calm and confidence
Gifts of Imperfection – A book about building shame-resilience through vulnerability and self acceptance
Of Two Minds – explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of three unique and compelling people living with bipolar disorder.
Free the Mind – a documentary about the brain, neuroscience and meditation, told through the stories of soldiers with PTSD and a young boy with ADHD.