Updated April 16, 2019
An extensive collection of resources for mental health, wellness, and personal development
Explore evidence-based practices for mental illness and read about available treatments. Access research, statistics, online courses, and self-help guides. This list also includes free downloadable worksheets, toolkits, and assessments for mental health professionals.
Education and Advocacy Websites
Addiction and Recovery
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and stalking
Child Abuse and Bullying
Children and families
Adolescents and young adults
Suicide Prevention and Recovery
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Grief and Bereavement
Trauma, Dissociation, and PTSD
military and Veterans
Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Schizophrenia and Related Disorders
ADHD and Autism
Other Mental Disorders
Resources for finding help
Alice, . (1971). Go Ask Alice. The story of a 15-year-old American drug addict, based on her own diary
Burroughs, A. (2003). Dry: A Memoir.
Cohen, K. (2008). Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity.
Hamill, P. (1994). A Drinking Life: A Memoir.
Kaysen, S. (1993). Girl, Interrupted.
King, H. (2006). Parched: A Memoir.
Knapp, C. (1997). Drinking: A Love Story.
Wurtzel, E. (1994). Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America.
Zailckas, K. (2005). Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood.
Take psychological self-tests and quizzes, read about symptoms and treatments, compare types of counselling and psychotherapy, learn about secure online therapy, and more
A site for individuals seeking information on DBT. This site includes DBT skill lessons, flash cards, diary cards, mindfulness videos, and more.
Collaborates with Harvard Health Publications to provide a wide range of unbiased, motivating resources and self-help tools for mental, social, and emotional. 100% nonprofit; dedicated to Morgan Leslie Segal, who died by suicide when she was 29.
A peer-run resource center
Test your level of self-compassion, watch videos, and download guided meditations
Providing the principles, patterns, and practices needed for personal development and success; a source for skilled living and personal empowerment
SucceedSocially.com is an extensive, completely free collection of articles on social skills and getting past social awkwardness. It’s written by someone who’s struggled socially himself, and who has degrees in psychology and counseling.
Additional Resources for Mental Health Professionals and Self-Help
Drug and Supplement Safety Websites
A comprehensive database featuring information and news alerts about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. The Web site is dedicated to keeping the public informed about drug recalls, side effects, and pending litigation associated with various drugs and their manufacturers.
Free Online College Courses
Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer free online courses.
Take free online courses from the best universities and institutions in the world — Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley, Microsoft, Tsinghua University, The Smithsonian and more.
All courses in one place. Course Buffet finds and organizes free college courses from over 17 platforms and 200+ universities, enabling you to search for them in one spot.
Local Resources in Northern Virginia
A free service that can help with finding local resources (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
These free workshops are designed for parents, families, individuals and professionals in the disability community and are open to the public.
Support groups, seminars, lectures, health programs, fitness classes, and more
Legal, social, and language services for vulnerable immigrants in the DMV area
An emergency shelter in Northern Virginia that assists women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Affordable counseling services
Graduate-level students provide affordable counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults in the DC metro area.
Low-cost counseling services for individuals, couples, and families
Recovery support and resources for people and families affected by addiction
A nonprofit organization in Northern Virginia dedicated to ending poverty by working through partnerships and in collaboration with charities, churches, and human services agencies.
Graduate-level students provide low-cost counseling services in the Washington, DC area
CARF-accredited behavioral health treatment in Montgomery County, MD. Services include residential rehab, psychiatric rehab, day programs, vocational services, transitional-aged youth services, a vocational art program, clinical services, crisis care, integrated health, and mental health first aid.
On this website you can learn about Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs for children, pregnant women, and adults. You can also find information about health insurance options available through the Federal Marketplace. Use the site’s eligibility screening tool or find someone to help you apply for insurance. (Adults in Virginia between the ages of 19-64 qualify for low or no-cost health insurance if their yearly income is below $16,754.)
Information on the opioid epidemic in Virginia
Book clubs, free classes, workshops, and more
Call the hotline at 202-333-RAPE. DCRCC also provides counseling and victim assistance services.
A nonprofit organization in Northern Virginia dedicated to ending homelessness and the cycle of poverty.
Book clubs, free classes, workshops, tutoring, and more
REVIVE! trains individuals on what to do and not do in an overdose situation, how to administer naloxone, and what to do afterwards. Each attendee also receives a free REVIVE! kit, which includes all the supplies needed to administer naloxone.
Offers a range of evidence-based treatment services and has a sliding scale fee
A unique drug and alcohol treatment center located in Northern VA. Recovery Unplugged’s mission is to provide hope and healing for individuals affected by addiction using the power of music.
Grief support services and groups in Annandale, VA
Free support groups, lectures, and health and fitness classes in Montgomery County, MD
Treatment for substance abuse, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders exclusively for members of the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) located in Upper Marlboro, MD
AA meetings in Springfield, VA
Health and wellness programs, weight loss seminars, lectures, fitness classes, and support groups
Free, volunteer-run classes on various topics
Low-cost counseling services for adults in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and the DC metro area, located at the University of Maryland in College Park
A sober living environment for men in early recovery
Book clubs, free classes, workshops, and more
Victim assistance services
A nonprofit organization that serves the diverse individuals and families in Northern Virginia who live in poverty. Services: Mental health, immigration legal services, foster care and adoption, homelessness and housing, workforce development, health and well-being, early childhood development, and youth initiatives.
A site to raise awareness and acceptance of persons with mental health issues and to provide individuals seeking mental health services with help and information
A free program for seniors (60+) in the Northern Virginia area. Services include social calls, daily reminders (i.e. medications, appointments, etc.), and welfare/safety checks.
A Northern Virginia hotline. Call 703-527-4077
Free smoking cessation program (including free nicotine patches and lozenges) for DC residents
Located in Alexandria, VA. AA, Al-Anon, and Alateen meetings
A nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, safe housing, and supportive services to the homeless and to victims of domestic violence in Northern Virginia.
Pro bono services for individuals who are unemployed, uninsured, or otherwise unable to afford counseling (Burtonsville, MD location only)
A recovery club in Falls Church, VA. (Meetings include AA, NA, CoDA, Debtors Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts, Marijuana Anonymous, Clutterers Anonymous, Love Addicts, Heroin Anonymous, Survivors of Incest Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and more)
Services for grief, loss, and trauma in Washington, DC
A non-profit counseling and education center
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