An extensive collection of resources for 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. Free downloadable worksheets, toolkits, and assessments for mental health professionals. This list also includes a section for Washington, DC area resources, including help for domestic violence and a link to register for a free naloxone administration training.

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Education and Advocacy Websites

ACEs Connection

A site dedicated to preventing adverse childhood events, healing trauma, and building resistance

A voluntary health organization that raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides education. AFSP also supports survivors of suicide

The mission of AIS is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence of stress management in education, research, clinical care and the workplace. AIS provides research, statistics, and articles on stress. You can also take an online stress assessment or enroll in a free course.

American Mental Wellness Association

Prevention, intervention, and articles and information

An international nonprofit organization and a leader in education, training, and research for anxiety, depression and related disorders. Access free information and resources

Assisted Living Research Institute: Assisted Living Options for People with Disabilities

A community organization focused on helping older adults maximize the various stages of life. One of their missions is helping people living with disabilities learn about all available care options.

A site dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of individual with autism and their families. This site provides resources, research, advocacy opportunities, and more.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation 

A non-profit site that aims to advance education and understanding of BDD, supporting research and treatments

The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve.

The Center for Mindful Eating

A site for professionals and individuals to explore and learn how to apply mindfulness practices to their relationships with food and eating

Child Help

A non-profit charity aiding victims of child abuse. Call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453

A leading peer-based national organization to provide hope, help, support, and education to individuals with mood disorders. Educational materials, free online screenings, information for clinicians, and a tool to locate a local (peer-led) support group.

Addiction and recovery information and resources for finding help

Greater Good: Science-Based Insights for a Meaningful Life

From the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley (articles, quizzes, and more)

International OCD Foundation

This donor-supported nonprofit organization aims to increase access to effective treatment for OCD and to end the stigma surrounding mental health. The IOCDF provides resources and support for individuals with OCD and their family members and loved ones.  

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Resources for assessing and treating traumatic stress disorders

Mental Health America

MHA – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness

ANAD is a nonprofit organization that provides education, treatment resources, and support programs. ANAD assists individuals struggling with eating disorders and provides information for family members and loved ones

National Center for PTSD

This site is dedicated to providing education and research on trauma and PTSD. The site includes sections for both the public and for professionals.

Eating disorders information including a screening tool, a treatment locator tool, and a helpline. This site also has a collection of educational videos and webinars.

A resource for families and individuals with borderline personality disorder. Provides education, raises awareness, and promotes research.

The largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health

This joint effort between the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) aims to provide a variety of eLearning modules to educate and support you in your efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence.

An organization dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy

National Social Anxiety Center

Promotes evidence-based treatments for social anxiety and provides resources for individuals struggling with SAD and for clinicians


The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)

The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Access free downloadable publications, workbooks, and toolkits for evidence-based practices. Use the treatment locator tool to find help for substance use and mental illnesses.

The latest research and news in science and health

An organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with schizophrenia. SARDAA provides education, treatment resources, and a collection of videos.

Shyness: Sponsored by the Shyness Institute

Resources for people seeking information and services for shyness and social anxiety

The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors 

A site dedicated to sharing knowledge, supporting recovery, and finding a cure for body-focused repetitive behavior disorders (i.e. skin picking, hair pulling)

The Trauma Informed Care Project

Trauma resources for consumers and providers


CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention site. Access tools and trainings, prevention information, and resources

Recommended Reading

Moskovitz, R. (1996). Lost in the Mirror: An Inside Look at Borderline Personality Disorder. Lost in the Mirror takes readers behind the erratic behavior of this puzzling disorder, examining its underlying causes and revealing the unimaginable pain and fear beneath its surface.

Nola, Lisa. Listography: Your Life in Lists. Lists and journaling prompts for personal development

Seal, Moorea (2015). The 52 Lists Project. A year of lists

Torrey, E. F. (2001). Surviving Schizophrenia: A Family Manual, 6th ed. Since its first publication in 1983, Surviving Schizophrenia has become the standard reference book on the disorder. In clear language, this much-praised book describes the nature, causes, symptoms, treatment, and course of schizophrenia and also explores living with it from both the patient’s and the family’s point of view. This new, completely updated sixth edition includes the latest research findings on what causes the disease, as well as information about the newest drugs for treatment, and answers the questions most often asked by families, consumers, and providers.

Books and Resources for Therapists

Armstrong, C. (2015). The Therapeutic “Aha!” Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck.

Belmont, J. (2015). The Therapist’s Ultimate Solution Book.

Ultimate Solution Handouts Free printable handouts for therapists

Finley, J., & Lenz, B. (2014). Addiction Treatment Homework Planner, 5th ed. Provides you with an array of ready-to-use, between-session assignments designed to fit virtually every therapeutic mode.

ACT Mindfully

A variety of free worksheets, handouts, book chapters, articles, and more. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique and creative model for both therapy and coaching; a type of cognitive behavioural therapy based on the innovative use of mindfulness and values.

The Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction – Tools and Resources

The Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) is an internationally recognized research centre based at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. CARMHA conducts innovative and interdisciplinary scientific research related to mental health and substance use, primarily in the areas of clinical or other intervention practice, health systems and population health and epidemiology. Access free downloadable workbooks for stress in the workplace, depression, coping with chronic pain, and other topics.

Centre for Clinical Interventions

Free downloadable workbooks on anxiety, self-esteem, eating disorders, panic, perfectionism, and more

Courtney Armstrong, LPC – Free Tips, Tools, and Handouts

Fresh ideas for healing trauma, depression, and anxiety based on neuroscience. Access articles and handouts.

Favorite Therapeutic Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Interventions

A printable PDF booklet edited by Liana Lowenstein, MSW

Marriage Intelligence: “Love Tools” 

Free downloadable worksheets for surviving infidelity, forgiveness, communication, etc.

Get Self-Help – Free Resources

This website provides CBT self-help and therapy resources, including a large collection of worksheets and information sheets and self-help mp3s; a useful tools for therapists or individuals seeking to manage a mental health condition.

Kim’s Counseling Corner – Therapy and Self-Help Worksheets

Kim Peterson, LPC-S, specializes in child and teen issues, parenthood, play therapy and relationships. She provides links to online worksheets or PDF versions that she has collected over time as a therapist. Topics include abuse, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and more.

Mind Tools

Free management, leadership, and personal effectiveness worksheets and tools. (Join the Mind Tools Club for a fee to access additional tools and online courses.)

National Center for PTSD for Professionals

Free handouts, toolkits, online trainings, and more

Psychology Tools

Psychology Tools is a leading online resource for therapists. Download free worksheets, assessments, and guides.

Therapist Aid

An extensive collection of free evidence-based education and therapy tools. Download customizable worksheets or access articles and treatment guides. An invaluable resource for therapists.

UW Medicine: Harborview Medical Center (Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress)

Handouts/worksheets for clients on coping with challenging thoughts, anxiety, anger, etc. The site also includes a list of assessments.

Recommended Memoirs

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. 

Blogs and Self-Help Websites

Counselling Resource

Take psychological self-tests and quizzes, read about symptoms and treatments, compare types of counselling and psychotherapy, learn about secure online therapy, and more

DBT Self-Help

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.

Janaburson’s Blog – All About Opioid Addiction and Its Treatment with Medication

A blog created to help people better understand the medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction using either buprenorphine (Suboxone) or methadone from a physician, board-certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine

Pete Earley

Advocacy blog for mental health reform

Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff

Test your level of self-compassion, watch videos, and download guided meditations

Sources of Insight

Providing the principles, patterns, and practices needed for personal development and success; a source for skilled living and personal empowerment

Succeed Socially 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.

Drug and Supplement Safety Websites

Dietary Supplements for Exercise and Athletic Performance

Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss

Drug Alert

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.

Course Buffet

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 (Washington DC Metro Area)

2-1-1 Virginia

A free service that can help with finding local resources (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Access Community Lecture Series

These free workshops are designed for parents, families, individuals and professionals in the disability community and are open to the public.

Adventist Health Care

Support groups, seminars, lectures, health programs, fitness classes, and more

Catholic Charities of Arlington

Affordable counseling services

Center Clinic at George Washington University

Graduate-level students provide affordable counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults in the DC metro area.

Center for Family Services

Low-cost counseling services for individuals, couples, and families

The Chris Atwood Foundation

Recovery support and resources for people and families affected by addiction

Community Counseling Services Center

Graduate-level students provide low-cost counseling services in the Washington, DC area

Cornerstone Montgomery

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.

DC Public Library

Book clubs, free classes, workshops, and more

DC Rape Crisis Center

Call the hotline at 202-333-RAPE. DCRCC also provides counseling and victim assistance services.

Emergency Mental Health and Detox Services in Fairfax County

Fairfax County Domestic Violence Community Resources

Fairfax County Library

Book clubs, free classes, workshops, tutoring, and more

Free REVIVE! Trainings to Prevent Opioid Overdose

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.

Harrison House/Recovery Unplugged

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.

Haven of Northern Virginia

Grief support services and groups in Annandale, VA

Holy Cross Health

Free support groups, lectures, and health and fitness classes in Montgomery County, MD

IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery

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

The Independence Club

AA meetings in Springfield, VA


Health and wellness programs, weight loss seminars, lectures, fitness classes, and support groups

Knowledge Commons DC

Free, volunteer-run classes on various topics

Maryland Psychotherapy Clinic and Research Lab

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

The Men’s Home

A sober living environment for men in early recovery

Montgomery County Public Libraries

Book clubs, free classes, workshops, and more

Narcotics Anonymous (Northern Virginia Area)

Network for Victim Recovery of DC

Victim assistance services

Northern Virginia Intergroup (AA)

PRS CareRing

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.

PRS CrisisLink

A Northern Virginia hotline. Call 703-527-4077

Quitline – DC Tobacco Free Coalition 

Free smoking cessation program (including free nicotine patches and lozenges) for DC residents

The Serenity Club

Located in Alexandria, VA. AA, Al-Anon, and Alateen meetings

SMR Counseling Services

Pro bono services for individuals who are unemployed, uninsured, or otherwise unable to afford counseling (Burtonsville, MD location only)

The Unity Club

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)

Wendt Center for Loss and Healing

Services for grief, loss, and trauma in Washington, DC

The Women’s Center

A non-profit counseling and education center



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