Updated July 19, 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.

ultimate resource list

Education and Advocacy Websites

Mental Health

The Advocacy Alliance

American Mental Wellness Association

Basic Needs

Bring Change to Mind

The Campaign to Change Direction

Canadian Mental Health Association

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

Give An Hour

Half of Us

The Kennedy Forum

Mental Health America

Mental Health Research Network

Mental Health Resources

MindFreedom International

Minds on the Edge

National Alliance on Mental Health

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

The National Institute of Mental Health

The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)

Open Sourcing Mental Illness

Safe Harbor (“Alternative Mental Health”)

Addiction and Recovery

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Center for Substance Abuse Research

Center on Addiction

The Coalition to Prevent ADHD Medication Misuse

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery

Moderation Management


National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Recovery Research Institute


SMART Recovery

Start Your Recovery

William White Papers

World Health Organization on Management of Substance Abuse

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and stalking

1 in 6

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

Helpmate: Domestic Violence Advocacy

Love Is Respect

Male Survivor

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

One in Three Women

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)

SafeHouse Center

Stalking Resource Center

UN Women


human trafficking

End Slavery Now


Child Abuse and Bullying

ACEs Connection 

Ark of Hope for Children

The Bully Project

Child Help

Darkness To Light

Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

elder abuse

National Center on Elder Abuse

Children and families

National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

National Parenting Center

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Separated Parenting Access and Resource Center

Adolescents and young adults

Active Minds

Born This Way Foundation

Boys Town


The Glendon Association

The JED Foundation

Love Is Louder

Minding Your Mind

National Runaway Safeline

Safe Place

Seize the Awkward

Sources of Strength

The Steve Fund

U Lifeline



Gender Spectrum

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association

It Gets Better Project

No More Fear Foundation

OutRight Action International

Trans Lifeline

TransYouth Family Allies

The Trevor Project


Adolescent Self-Injury Foundation

International Society for the Study of Self-Injury

Self-Injury and Recovery Research and Resources

Self-Injury Foundation

Self-Injury Outreach and Support

Self-Injury Support

To Write Love on Her Arms

Suicide Prevention and Recovery

Alliance of Hope

American Association of Suicidology

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The Columbia Lighthouse Project

International Association for Suicide Prevention

The Jason Foundation

Means Matter

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Please Live


Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Suicide: Finding Hope

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Grief and Bereavement

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Bereaved Parents of the USA

The Center for Complicated Grief

The Compassionate Friends: Supporting Family After a Child Dies

Miscarriage Matters, Inc.

National Alliance for Grieving Children

National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

Star Legacy Foundation

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

Widowed Parent

Trauma, Dissociation, and PTSD

DIDiva – A Dissociative Identity Response Compendium

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Trauma Dissociation

The Trauma Informed Care Project

military and Veterans

Lifeline for Vets (National Veterans Foundation)

Military OneSource

National Center for PTSD

Real Warriors

Service Women’s Action Network

The Soldiers Project

Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Calm Clinic

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The Depression Portal

International Bipolar Foundation

National Social Anxiety Center

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Support International

Shyness: Sponsored by the Shyness Institute

Eating Disorders

The Center for Mindful Eating

Eating Disorder Hope

National Association of Anorexia Nervousa and Associated Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association

Project Heal

Something Fishy

Personality Disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified

BPD World

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

TARA: Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline Personality Disorder

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

Early Assessment and Support Alliance


Paranoid Thoughts


Strong 365

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America

ADHD and Autism

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

Autism Speaks

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Living with ADD

National Autism Center


Other Mental Disorders

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation 

International OCD Foundation

The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors 

Tourette Association of America

emotional intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence


American Mindfulness Research Association

Mindful: Healthy Mind, Healthy Life

Mindfulness Exercises

Tara Brach


The American Institute of Stress (AIS)

Stress Management Society

Resources for finding help

American Addiction Centers

Harm Reduction Coalition

Legal Action Center

The National Association for Free and Charitable Clinics

National Empowerment Center

Needy Meds

Project Know



SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

other Resources

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

Charter for Compassion

Greater Good: Science-Based Insights for a Meaningful Life

International Cultic Studies Association

Journey Free – Recovery from Harmful Religion

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Sleep Foundation

One Mind

Recovering from Religion

Science Daily

Spread The Vote

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. 

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.

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse

A peer-run resource center

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.

Additional Resources for Mental Health Professionals and Self-Help

12-Step Recovery Groups

Books and Resources for Therapists

Free Online Academic Journals for Mental Health Professionals

Free Online Assessment and Screening Tools for Mental Health

Free Online Education for Mental Health Professionals

Free Printable PDF Workbooks, Manuals, and Self-Help Guides

Drug and Supplement Safety Websites

Dietary Supplements for Exercise and Athletic Performance

Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss

DEA List of Controlled Substances

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 in Northern Virginia

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


Legal, social, and language services for vulnerable immigrants in the DMV area

Bethany House

An emergency shelter in Northern Virginia that assists women and children who are victims of domestic violence. 

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

Christian Relief Services

A nonprofit organization in Northern Virginia dedicated to ending poverty by working through partnerships and in collaboration with charities, churches, and human services agencies. 

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.

Cover Virginia

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.)

Curb The Crisis

Information on the opioid epidemic in Virginia

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


A nonprofit organization in Northern Virginia dedicated to ending homelessness and the cycle of poverty. 

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.

George Mason Center for Psychological Services

Offers a range of evidence-based treatment services and has a sliding scale fee

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 Family 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. 

Northern Virginia Intergroup (AA)

Northern Virginia Mental Health Foundation

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

Postpartum Support Virginia

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

Shelter House

A nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, safe housing, and supportive services to the homeless and to victims of domestic violence in Northern Virginia. 

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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