Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: UK; misplaced Canadian
*** Disclaimer, FAQ, Online Resources, Toll Free Numbers ***
Straightjackets Optional provides peer support, much like a real life support group. It is not a replacement for any health care provider as we are not trained counsellors. Always talk to your doctor/therapist/psychologist/psychiatrist if you have concerns about your health.
This support forum is for ISSUE SPECIFIC support. No venting, or ranting about other members. No complaining about what happens in another forum. No name calling or bashing.
- Suicide Prevention Information
If you are feeling suicidal right now, if you are thinking about harming yourself or others, pick up the phone and call 911 or your local police or fire department. It is an emergency. There is immediate help for you. Make the call and wait for help to arrive.
*** USA: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) ***
*** CANADA: 911 ***(still searching for a national suicide hotline)
Straightjackets Optional FAQ
will be an ongoing work in progress.
If you have any ideas for the FAQ, please PM Twinklestars
If you find any of these links are
, or the toll free numbers no longer exist,
let Twinklestars or me know ASAP.
What medications are ok to take while breastfeeding?
Check for drug interactions:
Information on specific drugs:
There is a lot of information on the following websites. I have given a brief description of what you'll find at each website.
Relevent Toll Free Numbers in the USA
Addiction Recovery Guide
DrugHelp - referral network, provides information on specific drugs and treatment options, referrals to public and private treatment programs, self-help groups, family support groups and crisis centers throughout the United States.
Substance Abuse Information and Education
National Domestic Violence Hotline - excellent Links page!
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre
Phenomenal Women Of The Web - Against Domestic Violence
Search for a therapist near you or have your therapy sessions online. There is a lot of information here!
Holy Information Batman! Mental Health - About.com. Covers many disorders and diseases!
Find treatment programs close to you.
Marriage counselors listed for many states.
Excellent website, loads of information and resources!
National Mental Health Association - information on various conditions.
Depression - About.com
Social Anxiety, Panic, Generalized Anxiety
Canadian Network For Mood And Anxiety Treatments; includes information on Depression, Anxiety, Bi Polar Disease
Canadian Health Network, links for mental health information
Bi Polar Disease - About.com
Good overview, includes patient and family guides, information on many disorders.
Post Partum Support
Mental Health at WebMD.com
O.A.S.I.S. - Asperger's Syndrome and Higher Functioning Autism
ADDvance - A resource for women and girls with attention deficit disorders.
Online Post Partum Depression Support Group
Wing of Madness - Depression information and support.
Depression Forums - includes disorder specific discussions.
Healthboards.com - Loads of forums! Covers many diagnosis!
Toll Free Numbers in Canada
- Anxiety / Panic Disorders
National Institute of Mental Health Panic Disorder Help-line 800-64-PANIC. Provides information and literature on panic disorders.
Depression Awareness, Recognition and Treatment Help-line 800-421-4211. Provides brochures on depression. Sponsored by National Institute of Mental Health.
National Foundation for Depressive Illness 800-248-4344 Referrals to doctors and depression support groups, disseminates literature, publishes quarterly newsletter, and runs outreach program for adolescents and senior citizens.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233; Information and referrals for victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. NDVH have a website as well.
800-COCAINE; Information and referral service for drug and alcohol addiction, treatment, and groups. Sponsored by National Medical Enterprises.
888-MARIJUANA / 888-627-4582 (24 hrs). Confidential information on substance abuse and referrals to treatment programs, self-help groups, other hotlines and crisis centers nationwide.
Al-A.non/Alateen Family Group Headquarters 1-800-344-2666
American Council for Drug Education (bilingual) 800-DRUG-HELP (24 hrs). Provides information on specific drugs and treatment options, and referrals to treatment programs, self-help groups, and crisis centers. Affiliated with Phoenix House. They also have a website.
National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency 800-622-2255 With touch tone phone, refers callers to counseling and treatment centers for alcohol and drug abuse.
National Council on Alcohol and Drugs 800-475-HOPE (24 hrs) Provides information on local treatment centers.
National Council on Problem Gambling 1-800-522-4700
Help for Parents
Parents A.nonymous Help Line 1-800-345-5044
National OCD Information Hotline 800-NEWS-4-OCD Provides information on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Website: http://www.ocdresource.com
Prescriptions, Low Cost
Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Directory Line 800-762-4636. Provides a directory of various pharmaceutical assistance programs for persons who cannot afford prescriptions on their own.
SAFE (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) Alternative Information Line 800-DONT-CUT Provides information on dealing with self-abuse and self-mutilation and treatment options.
- Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-363-9010; English and French speaking operators.
Al-A.non/Alateen Family Group Headquarters 1-800-443-4525
National Eating Disorders Information Centre 1-866-633-4220
Help for Parents
Parent Help Line 1-888-603-9100
Last edited by gingah; 06-14-2004 at 06:56 AM.