Updated November 21, 2018

An extensive collection of resources for mental health, wellness, and personal development. Explore evidence-based practices for mental illness and to 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. Lastly, this list has a section for Washington, DC area resources, including help for domestic violence and a link to register for a free naloxone administration training.

ultimate resource list


Education and Advocacy Websites

Mental Health Advocacy and Research

American Mental Wellness Association

Prevention, intervention, and articles and information

Basic Needs

A site dedicated to transforming the lives of people experiencing mental health problems in the world’s poorest communities

Bring Change to Mind

An organization dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health

The Campaign to Change Direction

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.

Provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information

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

Mental Health Research Network

A site dedicated to mental health research

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

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

Addiction and Recovery

Center for Substance Abuse Research

A university-based research institute addressing issues related to alcohol and other drugs

Center on Addiction

Science-based, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding, promoting, and enacting solutions for the addiction crisis

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse

Addiction and recovery information and resources for finding help

Moderation Management

A non-profit site dedicated to reducing the harm caused by the abuse of alcohol

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

An advocacy organization dedicated to fighting addiction

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

A site providing support and guidance for families affected by addiction

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.

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Elder Abuse

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

An international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to making society safer by preventing sexual abuse

National Center on Elder Abuse

Resources for elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

Speak with an advocate or access resources for domestic violence and healthy relationships

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.

One in Three Women

A global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women

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.

UN Women

Dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women


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

Child Abuse and Bullying

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

Ark of Hope for Children

Brings care and awareness of children victimized by trafficking, bullying, and abuse

Child Help

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

Darkness To Light

A site dedicated to ending child sexual abuse

Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

An organization that supports and conducts research to expand the understanding of child sexual abuse and educates policymakers and the public to develop proven strategies for the prevention of child abuse

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization

Training, policies, and ways to help


Adolescent Self-Injury Foundation

Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hope and resources for adolescents and young adults who self-injure and their families 

International Society for the Study of Self-Injury

An organization dedicated to advancing research and treatment for non-suicidal self-injury

Self-Injury and Recovery Research and Resources

Resources for self-injury

Self-Injury Foundation

Research, education, advocacy, and support for self-injury

Self-Injury Outreach and Support

Information and resources for those who self-injure, those who have recovered, or those who want to help

Self-Injury Support

Support and resources for women and girls

To Write Love on Her Arms

A nonprofit movement dedicated to providing hope and help for individuals who struggle with self-injury, depression, addiction, and suicide

Suicide Prevention and Recovery

Alliance of Hope

A charitable nonprofit that provides online healing support and other services for people who are coping with suicide loss

American Association of Suicidology

A nonprofit organization that promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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

International Association for Suicide Prevention

A site dedicated to preventing suicidal behavior, alleviating its effects, and providing information for mental health workers, advocates, and suicide survivors


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.

Suicide: Finding Hope

Information on suicide, mental illness, and coping with loss

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Suicide prevention resources including trainings, toolkits, programs, and more

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Resources for suicide survivors and for mental health professionals

Grief and Bereavement

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those grieving the death of a pet

Bereaved Parents of the USA

A national nonprofit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope to bereaved parents grandparents or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings

The Center for Complicated Grief

A site dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from complicated grief by helping clinicians and the general public learn how to recognize complicated grief

The Compassionate Friends: Supporting Family After a Child Dies

Provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to families experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family

Miscarriage Matters, Inc.

A public charity offering global support to parents devastated by miscarriage, stillbirth, and early infant loss through programs that educate the public, inspire healing through service to others, and empower the hurting

National Alliance for Grieving Children

A nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them

National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children

Providing support and assistance to all survivors of homicide victims

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

A nonprofit site offering compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in the Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service

Widowed Parent

Supporting widowed mothers and fathers with children in the home


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.

National Autism Center

A nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating evidence-based information about the treatment of autism spectrum disorder, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive and reliable resources for families, practitioners, and communities

Anxiety and Mood Disorders

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

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.

National Social Anxiety Center

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

Shyness: Sponsored by the Shyness Institute

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

Eating Disorders

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

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

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.

Personality Disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified

Information and resources for individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder

BPD World

Providing information, advice, and support for those affected by personality disorders

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

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

TARA: Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline Personality Disorder

A national not-for-profit education and advocacy organization providing information on BPD and other personality disorders to families, consumers, and providers

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

Early Assessment and Support Alliance

Provides information and support to young people experiencing symptoms of psychosis for the first time

An internet community dedicated to providing high quality information, support and education to the family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been impacted by schizophrenia

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America

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

Trauma and PTSD

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Resources for assessing and treating traumatic stress disorders

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.

The Trauma Informed Care Project

Trauma resources for consumers and providers

Other Mental Disorders

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

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.  

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)

Tourette Association of America

Information and resources for tourette syndrome


American Mindfulness Research Association

Mindfulness research and practice

Mindful: Healthy Mind, Healthy Life

A nonprofit dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness


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.

Stress Management Society

A nonprofit organisation dedicated to helping individuals and companies recognise and reduce stress

Additional 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.

Greater Good: Science-Based Insights for a Meaningful Life

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

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

Science Daily

The latest research and news in science and health

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.

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.

Additional Resources for Mental Health Professionals and Self-Help

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

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


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

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.

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

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 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

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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