Mental Health Resource Guide



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If you or a loved one are struggling with mental illness, you are not alone.

The resources listed in this guide will direct you to free, reputable information available online. For further research, ask a librarian about relevant resources in our print collection and our cardholder-exclusive databases.

Websites Read & Listen COVID-19 & Mental Health
Exercise & Meditation Webinars & Videos Helplines
Activities For Teens For Kids & their Caregivers

Websites

MedlinePlus: Mental Health
Produced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine (the world’s largest medical library), this site is the most reliable online source for current health information. No advertising or endorsements, just excellent coverage of 1000+ diseases and conditions. Check out their Medical Encyclopedia, research drugs and supplements, locate a provider, and find information in multiple languages.

MentalHealth.gov
A project of the Department of Health & Human Services, this site is the one-stop shop for mental health resources from the U.S. government. Compiles information from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), MedlinePlus, and more.
 
Mental Health America
The nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. For screening, information on mental health, getting help, and taking action.​
 
Mental Health First Aid
A national program to teach the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use. Use their online tool to locate a Mental Health First Aid Course nearby.
 
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
With over 500 local affiliates, NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization committed to mental health. Find discussion groups, personal stories, and explore their Fact Sheets for clear concise information on mental health conditions and treatment options.

For in-depth coverage of crisis warning signs, what to do and how to take care of yourself, see “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis” – includes a 33-page downloadable guide.

Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls, created by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a licensed psychologist, speaker and the host of the popular mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls.​

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Read & Listen
For more information on how to download and access our Overdrive and Hoopla collections, visit our eBooks & more page. If you need assistance from a librarian, email us at chplref@chplnj.org. A librarian is available for help Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m - 5 p.m.

eBooks

eAudiobooks​

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    COVID-19 & Mental Health

    Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
    A full toolkit of mental health resources curated by experts in the field, specifically for those struggling during the pandemic. Articles, meditations, advice, access to mental health professionals, and more.

    Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
    Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer pioneered ‘mindful self-compassion’ - a practice that encourages treating oneself with the same kindness extended to a good friend in hard times. This site includes online courses, training videos, the Self Compassion Test, and many other resources.  
    Click here for “10 Self-Compassion Practices for COVID-19”
    Click here for hoopla titles by Dr. Kristin Neff on this topic 

    McLean COVID-19 & Mental Health Webinar Series
    We are living in challenging times and the compassionate team at McLean Hospital recognizes how stressful the COVID-19 pandemic is for everyone. We are committed to helping the people in our communities by providing support resources when they need us the most. 
    Join us for this free webinar series offered by McLean experts to help you feel mentally balanced and safe during these difficult times.

    Mental Health during Covid-19 from Mental Health America
    For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. And for the one in five who already have mental health conditions – or the one in two who are at risk of developing them – we need to take personal, professional, and policy measures now to address them.

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    Exercise & Meditation

    Insight Timer (app for download on Apple and Android devices) 

    Calm your quarantine anxiety or get a better night's sleep with this free meditation app. Over 40,000 meditations from which to choose.

     

    Metal Yoga with Black Widow Yoga 

    This is not your mom’s yoga class. Yoga with a Heavy Metal soundtrack, because right now you may need to scream and swear while breaking a sweat!

     

    Yoga Center of Haddonfield

    A full daily schedule of live-streamed yoga and meditation classes from this great local business. Donations are requested but not required to attend.

    Yoga with Adriene
    Get your on-demand exercise and meditation time in with free videos from this popular online instructor. For all levels.

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    Webinars & Videos

    The Science of Well-Being

    Many Coursera classes, including this one, are currently being offered for free. Learn how our habits impact our happiness levels and craft a strategy to incorporate more wellness into your life. Sign up for free and learn at your own pace.

    Health Stigma and Discrimination: A Global, Cross-cutting Research Approach (NIMH)
    This webinar highlights findings from several articles on global health stigma and discrimination that was published as a “Collection on Stigma Research and Global Health” in BMC Medicine in February 2019.

    McLean COVID-19 & Mental Health Webinar Series
    Join McLean Hospital for this free webinar series offered by McLean experts to help you feel mentally balanced and safe during these difficult times.

     

    Meditation at Work Club
    Third Thursday of each month from 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST, starting May 21

    We will introduce a variety of simple meditations that you can practice during work. Meditation provides us with more clarity, confidence and calm which are essential for being a World-Class leader -- regardless of your occupation, role or title. The online session is for people at all levels of experience -- including beginners. Click HERE to join the Zoom meeting on the Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m.

     

    Mini Videos

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    Helplines

    7 Cups (app for download on Apple and Android devices)
    7 Cups is an on-demand emotional support service. Users can connect for free with listeners around the world trained in Active Listening by a course developed by psychologist Dr. Glen Moriarty. While it is not a substitute for mental health treatment with a licensed clinician, it can be a source of support for a variety of emotional issues.

    Crisis Text Line
    Text HOME to 741741 for support.
    Crisis Text Line provides free, confidential support via text message 24/7 to those in crisis situations.

    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    NAMI HelpLine: 800-950-NAMI or Text 741741 to NAMI if you are in crisis.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    24/7 response: Call 1-800-273-8255 if you or someone you love is in distress.

    PerformCare - NJ Children's System of Care
    Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-877-652-7624
    PerformCare is a full-service behavioral health managed care organization, serving as the single point of access to a wide array of behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disability services as well as substance use treatment for youth and families throughout New Jersey.

    SAMHSA Helpline
    Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is a free, confidential information service that provides treatment and support referrals 24/7 to people facing mental illness and addictions.

    Telehealth Helpline
    The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey Telehealth Helpline is available to help individuals cope with stress and anxiety during this challenging time. To book your 30-minute session with a licensed JFCS therapist, please email Kimberly Gerardi: kgerardi@jfedsnj.org.

    The Trevor Project
    Call 1-866-488-7386 for support.
    The Trevor Project provides free, confidential support 24/7 to LGBTQ youth via a helpline, text and online instant messaging system.

    Veterans Crisis Line
    24/7 response: Call 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) – for veterans, all service members, National Guard, Reserve, and family/friends.

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    Activities

    CHPL Virtual Puzzle Table
    Check out our online collection of puzzles that you can relax with and complete from home.

    Free Adult Coloring Book
    Download and print out these free coloring pages from Flipster by EBSCO.

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    For Teens

    Girlshealth.gov - Mental Health
    There are several different kinds of mental health disorders that affect young people. You can learn about many of them here. The links below have lots of useful information on symptoms, treatments, and more. There’s one key point, though: If you are suffering, you can feel better. Get the help you need and deserve to have a good life!

    Young Men's Health - Emotional Health Guides
    A website for teen guys and young men featuring up-to-date health information. Navigate the emotional health index for informational guides on a variety of mental health-related topics including abusive relationships, ADHD, depression, eating disorders and more.

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    For Kids & their Caregivers

    CDC Social Story for Kids: Coping After A Disaster
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created this activity book to offer parents and educators an interactive way to talk to kids about how to cope after a disaster. ​

    Time to Come In, Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing
    written by Kim St. Lawrence and read by Ryan St. Lawrence
    This insightful and heart-warming story video may help put your child at ease if they are distressed by quarantine and social distancing practices.

     

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