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Mental Health Subject Guide

A pathfinder designed to educate people about mental health and treatment.

Electronic Resources

Consumer Health Complete
Remote Access
(use library card number)
Consumer Health Complete™ (CHC) is the single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics, including drugs & alcohol.

World Wide Web Resources

American Psychiatric Association (APA) Public Information Page
Find tips for choosing a psychiatrist, the “Let’s Talk Facts” pamphlet series with useful information on various mental health diseases (Adobe Acrobat Reader required), mental illness health coverage issues, links to check out psychiatric medications and more. Part of APA Online.

APA Help Center

The American Psychological Association (APA) offers information on "How To Find Help with Life's Problems," including when to seek help and where to find it, workplace psychology, stress, depression, family problems, and the connection between mind and body. Searchable and a detailed site map.

Center for Mental Health Services

Welcome to the CMHS Mental Health Services Locator. For state mental health statistics, resources, and services, click on the map below

Internet Mental Health

This site makes good use of frames to organize hundreds of entries on mental disorders, medications, and other topics. Click on a disorder, and you're taken to a menu that includes descriptions, treatments, research, magazine articles, and links to related sites.

Mental Health and Psychology Resources Online

Annotated and rated directory of nearly two thousand psychology and mental health resources on the Internet. Part of the Psych Central pages maintained by Dr. John Grohol, a psychologist and computer consultant.

Mental Health Matters

Information and Resources for Consumers, Professionals, Students, and Supporters.

Mental Health Net

Comprehensive guide to mental health online. Covers information on disorders; such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic fatigue syndrome, substance abuse, and other addictions; professional resources in psychology; psychiatry and social work; journals; and self-help magazines.

NASW Register of Clinical Social Workers
Find a social worker by specialty, location, or name. Provided by the National Association of Social Workers, this site is the online version of their 2001 book/CD-ROM of the same title.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

This organization has created a helpful and timely resource for professionals, patients, and interested bystanders as well. The Helpline Fact Sheets (see bottom part of page) provide concise summaries of disorders while the Education and Research sections include the latest word on disorders, medication, and research, and the Advocacy section provides information on legal rights. Current legislation is spotlighted, and you can join the organization if you wish. The approach is one of advocacy for the mentally ill in a time when all health care is under scrutiny.

NIMH Web Site

This site is about mental health: Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Alzheimer's Disease, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Schizophrenia, etc. It contains information for the researcher (news & events, grants, contracts, & committees, and research activities) as well as the general public (the public information section provides specifics on "mental disorders, diagnosis and treatment," in addition to links to other NIMH programs such as D/ART, the Depression Awareness Recognition Treatment Program). Searchable. From the National Institutes of Health.

Online Dictionary of Mental Health

Europe's largest mental health directory. Searchable information on concepts, theorists, practitioners, disorders, and self-help resources, together with online articles, books and research papers and links to a diverse range of databases concentrating on intellectual and empirical research, psychopharmacolgical substances, and the history of medicine.

The Anxiety Panic Internet Resource (tAPir)
tAPir is a "self-help resource for those with anxiety disorders," panic attacks, phobias, extreme shyness, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, etc. This grass-roots site provides an index and archive of anxiety-related information on the Web, self-help and professional resources, and online support forums. It "educates users about anxiety's causes and treatments" and "works against the social stigma of mental health illnesses.”

Print Resources


The Complete Mental Health Directory Lakeville, CT : Grey House Publishing, c1999. Call # R 362 CO

Depression sourcebook / edited by Amy L. Sutton Detroit, MI : Omnigraphics, Inc., c2012. Call # R 616.8527 DE

The Gale encyclopedia of mental health / Kristen Key, editor Detroit, MI : Gale Cengage Learning, c2012. Call # R 616.89 GA

Mental Health Disorders Sourcebook: basic consumer health information about anxiety disorders, depression, and other mood disorders ... / edited by Karen Bellenir Detroit, MI : Omnigraphics, c1999. Call # R 616.89 ME

Stress - related disorders sourcebook /  edited by Amy L. Sutton Detroit, MI : Omnigraphics, Inc., c2011. Call # R 616.98 ST 2011

Non Fiction

Hazen, Eric P. Mental health disorders in adolescents : a guide for parents, teachers, and professionals New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, c2011. Call # 616.89 HA

Kemp, Donna R. Mental health in America : a reference handbook Santa Barbara, CA : ABC - CLIO, c2007. Call # 362.2 KE

Mental Illness : opposing viewpoints / Tamara L. Roleff, Laura K. Egendorf, book editor San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press, c2000. Call # 616.89 ME

The parents' guide to psychological first aid : helping children and adolescents cope with predictable life crisis / edited by Gerald P. Koocher and Annette M. LaGreca New York, NY : Oxford University Press, c2011. Call # 649.1 PA


Greenberg, Joanne I never promised you a rose garden New York, NY : New American Library, c1964. Call # F GRE

Harper, Andrew Bad karma New York, NY : Kensington Books, c1997. Call # F HAR

Lamb, Wally I know this much is true New York, NY : Regan Books, c1998. Call # F LAM

Educational Videos

This emotional life [videorecording] United States : PBS, c2010. Call # DVD 152.4 THI

Fierce goodbuy [videorecording] : living in the shadow of suicide Harrisonburg, VA : Mennonite Media, c2004. Call # DVD 248.866 FIE

The released [videorecording] Alexandria, VA : PBS Home Video, c2009. Call # DVD 365.6087 REL

Recommended E - Books

The Gale encyclopedia of mental health [electronic resource] / Laurie J. Fundukian and Jeffrey Wilson, editors Detroit, MI : Thomson, Gale, c2008.

Oxnam, Robert B. A fractured mind [electronic resource] : my life with multiple personality disorder Roseland, NJ : Listen & Live Audio, c2005.

Tammet, Daniel Born on a blue day [electronic resource] : inside the extraordinary mind of an autistic savant : a memoir Old Saybrook, CT : Tantor Media, c2007.

Recommended audiobooks

The anatomy of hope [sound recording] [how people prevail in the face of illness] Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, c2004. Call # CD 615 GRO

Northrup, Christiane The power of joy [sound recording] Carlsbad, CA : Hay House Audio, c2008. Call # CD 152.42 NO

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