References

Aging & Health

Mental Health America

www.mentalhealthamerica.net/finding-help

Visit Mental Health America’s site for information on mental Health, getting help, and taking action.

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

This hotline is available 24 hours a day.  Calls are free and confidential, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  This service also has a special feature specifically for veterans, their families and friends.

 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

888-333-2377

www.afsp.org

AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.

 

American Association of Suicidology

www.suicidology.org

American Associatin of Suicidology is an inclusive community that envisions a world where people know how to prevent suicide and find hope and healing.

 

Alcoholics Anonymous

www.aa.org

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

 

Nar-Anon Family Groups

www.nar-anon.org

The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind.

When you come into the family group, you are no longer alone, but among true friends who understand your problem as few others could. We respect your confidence and anonymity as we know you will respect ours. We hope to give you the assurance that no situation is too difficult and no unhappiness is too great to be overcome.

 

Al-Anon/Alateen

www.al-anon.org

Our personal situations may be different, but we share as equals because of what we have in common: our lives have been affected by another person’s drinking. Al-Anon is a mutual support group.

We can find understanding and support when we share our common experience with each other. Some of us are here because a spouse or partner has struggled with alcoholism. For others, the problem drinker is a parent, child, or grandchild. Sometimes a brother, a sister, or some other friend or relative brings us to Al-Anon. Many of us have had more than one alcoholic family member or friend.

Alcoholism has similar effects on us all, even though our relationships to the alcoholic may be different. Many newcomers are most interested in hearing about situations and relationships that are similar to their own. Over time, however, we come to understand that we can benefit from hearing how the Al-Anon principles worked in many different circumstances.

 

Families Anonymous

www.familiesanonymous.org

Families Anonymous is a 12 Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems.

 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

www.dbsalliance.org

The Depression and Bipolar Alliance (DBSA) envisions wellness for people living with mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder). DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

 

NOVA – National Organization for Victim Assistance

https://www.trynova.org/

Our mission is to champion dignity and compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis.

 

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

https://adaa.org/

ADAA helps people find treatment, resources, and support. ADAA strives to improve patient care by promoting implementation of evidence-based treatments and best practices across disciplines through continuing education and trainings and accelerating dissemination of research into practice.

 

TERRAP Anxiety Programs

http://anxietyandpanic.com/

TERRAP (acronym for territorial apprehension) is a comprehensive and effective treatment program created by Arthur Hardy, MD for panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, general anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and others.

 

National Institute of Mental Health

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

 

Psycom

https://www.psycom.net/

Psycom.net, a property of Remedy Health Media, was founded by renown psychiatrist and clinical psychopharmacologist Ivan K. Goldberg, MD. In the early days of the Internet, Dr. Goldberg saw a need for a discussion group for clinicians who could use it to share and exchange information and advice. The site has evolved into a highly-regarded and trusted mental health resource for consumers. Content covers a variety of mental health conditions including bipolar disorder, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and generalized anxiety disorder.

 

Help Guide

www.helpguide.org

HelpGuide is a nonprofit mental health and wellness website. Our mission is to provide empowering, evidence-based information that you can use to help yourself and your loved ones.

 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

https://afsp.org/

Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

 

S.A.F.E. Alternatives

https://selfinjury.com/

S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® is a nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and educational resource base, which is committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior.

 

Family Care

Child Welfare League of America

https://www.cwla.org/

CWLA leads and engages its network of public and private agencies and partners to advance policies, best practices and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for children, youth and families that are vulnerable.

 

Children’s Bureau

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb

The Children’s Bureau (CB) partners with federal, state, tribal and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families.

 

AARP

https://www.aarp.org/

AARP’s mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age.

Grief & Loss

Grief Share

https://www.griefshare.org/

Grief Share is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

 

The Beginning Experience

www.beginningexperience.org

The purpose of the Beginning Experience ministry is to facilitate the grief resolution process for separated, divorced and widowed persons, and children of these losses, thereby enabling them to again love themselves, others and God.

 

Share: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

http://nationalshare.org/mission/

Share’s mission is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. We strive to set a standard of personalized perinatal bereavement care through a lifetime of support, hope and healing – one family at a time.

 

The Compassionate Friends

https://www.compassionatefriends.org/

The mission of The Compassionate Friends: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family 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.

 

Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance

https://www.plida.org/

PLIDA serves as leaders in perinatal and neonatal bereavement care.

We do this through education, advocacy and networking for health care providers and parent advocates. We promote the highest quality of consistent evidence based care for all families. Providing perinatal bereavement care is imperative. It is not an option.

 

M.E.N.D – Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death

https://www.mend.org/

M.E.N.D. is a Christian, non-profit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.

 

Parents of Murdered Children

www.pomc.org

POMC provides the on-going emotional support needed to help parents and other survivors facilitate the reconstruction of a “new life” and to promote a healthy resolution. Not only does POMC help survivors deal with their acute grief but also helps with the criminal justice system.

 

Living with Loss

www.Livingwithloss.com

The mission of Living With Loss is to offer compassion and hope by providing the most current resources, information and tools for coping with life’s losses. We provide individuals, businesses and organizations the best in hope and healing, when suffering a loss associated with death, terminal illness, cancer, jobs, natural disasters, finances, divorce, mental health and physical challenges, ecumenical faith and spirituality, pet loss and military loss. Our beautiful and affordable products and resources are offered from traditional and alternative perspectives that address the issue of living with loss. Most importantly, we invite you to consider alternative and innovative ways to cope with the diverse issues and concerns that makes your grief journey unique.

 

Rainbows for All Children

www.rainbows.org

Rainbows for All Children (Rainbows) is dedicated to being the premier source of support for all youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss, whether from death, divorce, deployment, or other trauma. Rainbows fosters awareness that youth require support to heal. We nurture a community of effective Rainbows-trained Facilitators, supported with a repository of resources designed to guide youth in their grieving process.

 

Grief.com

www.grief.com

Grief.com is dedicated to help everyone deal with the often unknown terrain that comes along with all kinds of grief. Through education, information and other helpful resources we hope to make the challenging road of grief a little easier.

 

G.R.A.S.P. (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing)

www.grasphelp.org

Anyone who has lost a loved one through substance use knows that society treats this loss differently than a death from any other cause. Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP) was created to offer understanding, compassion, and support for those who have lost someone they love through addiction and overdose.

 

The Conversation Project

https://theconversationproject.org/

The Conversation Project is an initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a not-for-profit organization that is a leader in health and health care improvement worldwide.

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

 

The National Funeral Directors Association

www.nfda.org

The National Funeral Directors Association is the worldwide source of expertise and professional resources for all facets of funeral service. Through education, information and advocacy, NFDA is dedicated to supporting members in their mission to provide families with meaningful end-of-life services at the highest levels of excellence and integrity.

 

Funeral Consumers Alliance

https://funerals.org/

Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.

 

FTC Funeral Rule

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0300-ftc-funeral-rule

The Funeral Rule, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), makes it possible for you to choose only those goods and services you want or need and to pay only for those you select, whether you are making arrangements when a death occurs or in advance.

 

Healthcare

American Cancer Society

www.cancer.org

Whether you or someone you love has cancer, knowing what to expect can help you cope. From basic information about cancer and its causes to in-depth information on specific cancer types – including risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment options – you’ll find it here.

American Childhood Cancer Organization

www.acco.org

The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) is one of the nation’s largest grassroots organizations at the forefront of the crucial battle against childhood cancer. We are dedicated to improving the lives of children living with childhood cancer or its long-term impacts, and to offering critical advice, support, and assistance to families engaged in this life-altering struggle.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

www.nhpco.org

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the nation’s largest membership organization for providers and professionals who care for people affected by serious and life-limiting illness. Its broad community of members includes local hospice and palliative care providers, networks serving large regions of the United States, and individual professionals.

American Lung Association

www.lung.org

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. Our work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.

American Chronic Pain Association

https://www.theacpa.org/

American Chronic Pain Association helps facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain.  And to help raise awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public at large about issues of living with chronic pain.

Administration for Community Living

https://acl.gov/programs/support-caregivers

Many caregivers work and also provide care, experiencing conflicts between these competing responsibilities. Research indicates that caregiving also exacts a significant emotional, physical, and financial toll. With nearly half of all caregivers older than age 50, many are vulnerable to a decline in their own health. Studies have shown that coordinated support services can reduce caregiver depression, anxiety, and stress, and enable them to provide care longer, which avoids or delays the need for costly institutional care.

ACL programs and councils help support and empower those caring for older adults and people with disabilities.

National Alliance for Caregiving

www.caregiving.org

Established in 1996, the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition dedicated to improving quality of life for friend and family caregivers and those in their care, by advancing research, advocacy, and innovation.

Alzheimer’s Association

www.alz.org

The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way toward ending Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Donate today so we can continue accelerating critical research and providing 24/7 support during this global emergency and beyond.

Eldercare Locator

https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/index.aspx

The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. Since 1991, the Eldercare Locator has been linking those who need assistance with state and local agencies on aging, as well as community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers. Whether help is needed with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator is there to point that person in the right direction.

The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

VNAA – Visiting Nurses Association of America

https://www.vnaa.org/

VNAA is the catalyst to ensure the advancement of home-based care as the preferred solution to high-value, high-quality care.

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

www.aahpm.org

Family Caregiving Alliance

https://www.caregiver.org/caregiving

The mission of Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care. For over 40 years, FCA has provided services to family caregivers of adults with physical and cognitive impairments, such as Parkinson’s, stroke, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.