Resources

Updated May 4, 2020

An extensive collection of resources for mental health, wellness, and personal development

Updated 5/4/20: A resource list – 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 links to free downloadable worksheets, toolkits, and assessments for mental health professionals.

ultimate resource list

Education & Advocacy Websites

Mental Health

Addiction & Recovery

Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Schizophrenia & Related Disorders

Trauma, Dissociation, & PTSD

Personality Disorders

Eating Disorders

ADHD & Autism

Other Mental Disorders

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, & stalking

human trafficking

Child Abuse & Bullying

elder abuse

Children & families

Adolescents & young adults

LGBTQ

military & Veterans

Self-Injury

Suicide Prevention & Recovery

Grief & Bereavement

Cult & Harmful Religion Recovery

Torture Survivors

wellness, self-care, & emotional intelligence

Mindfulness & Meditation

Stress

Resources for finding help

Homelessness

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.

HelpGuide.org 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.

Moodgym Interactive self-help book for depression and anxiety. (This resource used to be free, but now there’s a small fee.)

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse A peer-run resource center

Psychology Help Center A consumer resource featuring information related to psychological issues that affect emotional and physical well-being

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 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 & Self-Help

Drug & Supplement Safety Websites

Free Online College Courses

Local Resources in Northern Virginia (and Surrounding Areas)

2-1-1 Virginia A free service that can help with finding local resources (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Adventist Health Care Support groups, seminars, lectures, health programs, fitness classes, and more

AEquitas A nonprofit organization focused on developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices related to gender-based violence and human trafficking

Arlington Free Clinic Provides free, high-quality healthcare to low-income, uninsured Arlington County adults

Ayuda 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

Boat People SOS Assists Vietnamese victims of trafficking and 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 Bar Pro Bono Services Free legal assistance

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.

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project Operates free, walk-in clinics throughout the District so victims of abuse and domestic violence (and other needy DC residents) can access free legal services on a wide range of issues, social services referrals, crisis support, and safety planning

Emergency Mental Health and Detox Services in Fairfax County

FACETS 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

House of Ruth Provides services for women and children dealing with homelessness, domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, and recent incarceration

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

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

Jubilee Jobs Employment services

Knowledge Commons DC Free, volunteer-run classes on various topics

Legal Counsel for the Elderly (DC) Free legal services

Martha’s Table Working to increase access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family support

Mary House Provides housing and support services to at-risk immigrants and refugees

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

My Sister’s Place Empowers victims of domestic violence to live healthy, independent lives free from abuse and violence

Narcotics Anonymous (Northern Virginia Area)

Network for Victim Recovery of DC Victim assistance services

New Endeavors by Women Provides services to homeless women

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

Recovery Program Solutions of Virginia Nonprofit promoting access to treatment and assisting individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders

Rock Recovery A nonprofit organization supporting freedom from disordered eating. Programs include clinical services, recovery coaching, and community education.

Safe Journeys For victims/survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock 

The Safe Sisters Circle (DC) Provides free services to black women survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse

Second Story A shelter house for teens in crisis, young mothers, and homeless youth

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)

Tzedek DC Legal services for individuals who are in debt

United Community Empowers adults, children, and families to transform their lives

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)

Virginia Victim Assistance Network Provides training for victim assistance professionals and advocates for the needs of crime victims

Washington Regional Alcohol Program Working to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking in the DC area

Wendt Center for Loss and Healing Services for grief, loss, and trauma in Washington, DC

The Women’s Center A nonprofit counseling and education center

Women’s Law Center of Maryland Advocates for the physical safety, economic security, and autonomy of women throughout the state by providing direct legal representation, information and referral services, and legislative advocacy


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