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Websites

Essential information

  • www.ementalhealth.ca
    eMentalHealth.ca is your source for mental health help and events in Ottawa-Carleton.
  • www.cmha.ca
    The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

Basic information about psychosis

  • www.psychosissucks.ca/epi/
    This site for the British Columbia Fraser Health Authority Early Psychosis Intervention Program promotes early detection, educates about psychosis and provides direction for seeking help.
  • www.chovil.com
    Written by a mental health patient, this site gives an insider’s perspective on the experience of schizophrenia and psychosis.
  • www.itsallright.org
    This site, which features the fictional blogs of four young people touched by mental illness, is produced and managed by SANE Australia—Australia’s leading mental health charity.
  • www.prime.unc.edu
    This site, presented by a U.S. research group called PRIME, describes early symptoms of psychosis

More detailed information about psychosis

  • www.gethelpearly.ca
    This site, developed in partnership with the Ontario Working Group on Early Intervention in Psychosis, includes stories written by patients.
  • www.mentalhealth.com/home/index.html
    This site presents detailed information about medical treatment and mental health diagnoses.
  • www.schizophrenia.ca
    The website of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada features general information about schizophrenia, resources, news and more.
  • www.sane.org
    This Australian site features fact sheets about mental illness and treatment.
  • www.rcpsych.ac.uk
    This U.K. site features information about mental health, including podcasts.
  • www.world-schizophrenia.org
    This international site features information about mental illness and family interventions.

Early intervention programs and information

  • hss.gov.yk.ca/realityrules/
    This Canadian site features information about psychosis and describes the early intervention program for the Yukon Territory.
  • www.eppic.org.au
    This Australian site features information about psychosis and early intervention.
  • www.pepp.ca
    Prevention & Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) is a community-focused Ontario mental health program. Its site offers very detailed information about psychosis and early treatment.
  • www.lynxtracks.ca
    The website of the Lynx program offers youth-friendly information about psychosis.
  • www.hopevancouver.com
    The website of this program, which serves youth living in Vancouver or Richmond, British Columbia, offers information about psychosis.
  • www.cdhb.govt.nz/totara/default.htm
    This New Zealand site includes information about getting treatment early and understanding the basic biology behind psychosis.

More about mental illnesses

  • mindyourmind.ca
    This youth-friendly site focuses on depression and suicide prevention.
  • www.beyondblue.org.au
    This Australian site contains information about anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.
  • www.schizophrenia.on.ca
    The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is a leading mental health service. Its site offers general information about schizophrenia, educational resources, information for families and more.

Stigma and action

  • www.camimh.ca
    The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) offers information about political action regarding mental health and mental illness.
  • miaw.ca/en/about/about.aspx
    This is the website for Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW).
  • www.reintegration.com
    This U.S. site provides basic information for families about how someone who is recovering from a mental illness can get “back to work and back to life.”
  • www.openthedoors.com
    This international site promotes the facts and aims to get rid of the stigma, or bad reputation, surrounding mental illness.

Community supports and connections

  • ottawa.cioc.ca/start.asp?UseCICVw=13
    This is the search engine for Ottawa-Carleton area health and social services.
  • www.ontario.cmha.ca
    The site of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offers mental health information, as well as information about services, support, policies, and research.
  • www.pleo.on.ca
    This self-help group assists parents and families of children, youth and young adults being treated for mental illness.
  • www.nami.org
    This is the site of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an organization that speaks out on behalf of people with mental illness and their families.

Suggested reading

  • Adamec, C. (1996). How to Live with a Mentally Ill Person. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Amador, X. (2000). I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! Peconic, NY: Vida Press.
  • Keefe, R. and Harvey, D. (1994). Understanding Schizophrenia: A Guide to the New Research on Causes and Treatment. Toronto: The Free Press, Macmillan.
  • Marsh, D. and Dickens, R. (1998). How to Cope with Mental Illness in Your Family. New York: Tarcher/Putnam.
  • Mueser, Kim T. and Gingerich, S. (2006). The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia. New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Mueser, K.T. and Gingerich, S. (1994). Coping with Schizophrenia: A Guide for Families. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
  • Torrey, E. F. (2001). Surviving Schizophrenia. 4th edition. New York: HarperCollins Perennial (paperback).
  • Woolis, R. (1992). When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Family, Friends, and Caregivers. New York: Putnam’s Sons.