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Academic Accomedatoin Resources

Some students with mental illness may require accommodations to allow them equal access to classes, programs, and coursework.This webiste provides information about psychiatric diagnoses, their respecitve functional impairments, and reccomendations for instructional strategies and academic accomedations. 

Active Minds

Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community. 

Addiction Recovery

This organization aims to provide information and answers for people fighting addiction. It provides extensive information on specific types of drugs as well as the various treatment options that are available. Their mission is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources, and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP): Anxiety Disorders

This is an online resource center that aims to educate families about child and adolescent anxiety disorders. It provides facts, videos, clinical resources, books, and information about getting help. 

APA Help Center

This website is provided by the American Psychological Association. It is an online resource for brochures, tips and articles on the psychological issues that affect an individual's physical and emotional well-being, as well as information about referrals. 

ASCD Whole Child Initiative

The Whole Child Approach: Each child, in each school, in each of our communities deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. That’s what a whole child approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement really is. 

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities. 

Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program

The Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program (BHRP) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill can help you with training, staff development, technical assistance, and leadership consultation. This program is part of the Jordan Institute for Families in the UNC School of Social Work and acts as a bridge between a research–oriented academic setting and community professionals. 

The Child Anxiety Network

The Child Anxiety Network is designed to provide thorough, user-friendly information about child anxiety. It is also designed to provide direction for those who are not sure where to turn when they think their child or a child they know may need professional help to cope with anxiety. 

Eating Disorders Program – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The UNC Eating Disorders program offers evidence-based approaches to the treatment of eating disorders. Our focus is primarily cognitive-behavioral—exploring the unhealthy cognitions that lead to and maintain eating disordered behaviors and assisting patients with replacing them with healthier alternatives. Families are actively involved with treatment and recovery at all levels of care. 

Estate Planning for Parents of Special Needs Kids

This website discusses what it means to plan your estate when you have a child with autism. It address the basics – like what exactly estate planning is and the challenges it can bring – as well as what documents you need to have in order in your estate planning, which documents your child needs to be successful and in compliance with the law, and how you should proceed once you have put your affairs in place.

Education World

This section of Education World’s website is “devoted to providing resources to help prevent problems in the lives of students ‘At-Risk,’ and to find positive and supportive ways to intervene if problems do arise.

Grading the States

A report by the National Alliance for Persons with Mental Illness (NAMI) on America ’s health care system for severe mental illness.

Jordan Institute for Families

The Jordan Institute for Families of the UNC School of Social Work is engaged in a variety of research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance projects. These projects address problems that threaten to undermine some families--such as poverty, abuse, mental illness, school failure, and substance abuse--as well as challenges that confront most families—such as providing for aging family members, or the safe care for children.

North Carolina Clearninghouse on Family and Child Well-Being

To connect NC professionals, communities and families with training, learning resources and information needed to protect children and promote family well-being. is a safe place for kids to help each other deal with grief and loss. It's a place to deal with feelings in our e-mail support group, to share and view artwork and stories, and for parents and kids to ask questions and find answers.

The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment

The Melissa Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and prevention of violence through education, community service, research support and consultation. Its mission is to bridge the gap between research and direct application of that information to reduce the incidence of violence and to assist victims and their families.

Mental Help Net

In September 1995, Mental Help Net was created as a free service to the worldwide mental health community of professionals and laypeople. Mental Help Net is a comprehensive source of online mental health information, news and resources. Mental Help Net seeks to advance the state of online mental health communications.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a coalition of 54 treatment centers funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the US Department of Health and Human Services through a Congressional initiative, the Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. The Network develops and disseminates effective, evidence-based treatments; collects data for systematic study; and helps to educate professionals and the public about the effects of trauma on children.

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health is the lead Federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders.

National Institute of Mental Health – Publications

Publications available from the National Institute for Mental Health

National Institute on Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is an institute in of the National Institutes of Health that supports research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. NIDA also works to ensure the rapid and effective transfer of scientific data to policy makers, drug abuse practitioners, other health care practitioners and the general public.

National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children was founded in 1990 to provide school professionals, crisis intervention teams, medical and mental health professionals, child care professionals and clinicians with trauma education, training, consultation, referral services and trauma-specific intervention programs and resource materials needed to help children, parents, families, and schools traumatized by violent or non violent trauma-inducing incidents.

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC)

This website is described as a "gateway to resources for professionals, parents, youth and individuals working to prevent and end violence committed by and against young people."

North Carolina Evidence Based Practices Center

The North Carolina Evidence Based Practices Center is dedicated to the support of evidence based mental health practices, treatments, and interventions. We offer training, consultation, and other assistance to help practitioners and administrators make the changes required by ongoing mental health reforms in North Carolina . The Center provides training programs that prepare mental health clinicians and other service providers to implement the evidence based models (modalities) shown by research to be effective in treating patients with severe and persistent mental illness.

The Parenting Institute

Several articles about child mental health are available through this website. The Parenting Institute seeks to help communities across the state identify quality parenting instructors, promote successful parenting curricula, implement successful parenting workshops, and link programs together statewide to share ideas and support (parenting network).

Positive Action

The mission of the Positive Action program is to improve society by educating and motivating everyone to do positive actions that lead to success and happiness. The goals are to provide tools for individuals, schools, families and communities to use that enable them to carry out this vision.

President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

The Commission's Final Report, Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America, is available at this website. Goal Four of the document is Early Mental Health Screening, Assessment, and Referral to Services Are Common Practice. Two subsections of the goal are:4.1 Promote the mental health of young children.4.2 Improve and expand school mental health programs.

Reports of the Surgeon General, U. S. Public Health Service

The Surgeon General of the Public Health Service has focused the Nation's attention on important public health issues. Reports of the Surgeon General on the adverse health consequences of smoking triggered nationwide efforts to prevent tobacco use. Reports on nutrition, violence, and HIV/AIDS-to name but a few-have heightened America 's awareness of important public health issues and generated major public health initiatives. Some reports of particular interest are:1988 - The Surgeon General's Letter on Child Sexual Abuse1999 - Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General2001 - Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General/ Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General

Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping

About 5 percent of the population is estimated to suffer from some form of sensory processing disorder. This website provides information about sensory overload, how to detect it in chlidren, and ways of hlpeing loved ones cope with sensory overload while shopping.  

Resiliency In Action

This website has a number of resources which explore resiliency factors in people's lives and how they can help overcome the difficulties of life. Resiliency In Action is a private organization that provides training, consultation and resources to help people develop the resiliency factors needed to be succeed in life.

Resources for Military Families

This website provides the following resources for military personnel and their families: books, websites, mental health resources, national organizations, and local organizations. 

Stop Bullying Now!

This website was developed by the U.S. Health Resources Services Administration. Designed for older children and adolescents, it is also very helpful to educators.

Stop Sigma

SAMHSA's Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma (ADS Center) provides practical assistance in designing and implementing anti-stigma and anti-discrimination initiatives by gathering and maintaining best practice information, policies, research, practices, and programs to counter stigma and discrimination; and actively disseminating anti-stigma/anti-discrimination information and practices to individuals, States and local communities, and public and private organizations.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Publications

List of publications offered by SAMHSA.

Technical Assistance Collaborative

The Technical Assistance Collaborative is a national non-profit organization that works to achieve positive outcomes on behalf of people with disabilities, people who are homeless, and people with other special needs by providing state-of-the-art information, capacity building, and technical expertise to organizations and policymakers in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, human services, and affordable housing.

Teen Screen®

The Columbia University TeenScreen Program is a national mental health and suicide risk screening program for youth. The goal of the National TeenScreen Program is to make voluntary mental health check-ups available for all American teens. TeenScreen works by assisting communities throughout the nation with developing locally operated and sustained screening programs for youth. Screening can take place in schools, doctors’ offices, clinics, youth groups, shelters, and other youth-serving organizations and settings.

Worry Wise Kids

This website provides parents, educators and mental health professionals with comprehensive, user-friendly information on the full range of anxiety disorders: how to identify symptoms, find effective treatments and, and prevent anxiety from taking hold in a child's life.

Youth Change

While this is a commercial website, it does have considerable information about helping youth with various problems.

Youth Suicide Prevention Programs: A Resource Guide

This website of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control provides to the resource guide listed above. Eight different suicide prevention strategies are delineated in this guide:· School Gatekeeper Training· Community Gatekeeper Training· General Suicide Education· Screening Programs· Peer Support Programs· Crisis Centers and Hotlines· Means Restriction· Intervention After a Suicide.