A - Z list of
International: Alzheimer's Disease International is an
international organisation based in the UK bringing together all
the national Alzheimer societies throughout the world. The site is
interesting both to people with an interest in dementia generally
as well as people who are interested in the international
perspective. There is a good educational section on dementia for
both patients and carers. The society has a dementia research group
and is doing invaluable work on dementia in the developing
The Alzheimer's Society gives support to families by
linking them through membership and provides information on
Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. Lots of useful information
including leaflets on dementia, treatments and other problems,
sections for carers, and support services.
Talking Point is an
online forum for anyone affected by dementia. It's open 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week and is a place to ask for advice, share
information, and join in discussions.
Forum: Alzheimer's Research Forum a site interested in
primary research into the causes and mechanisms of all forms of
dementia. The site allows researchers to discuss hypotheses and
recent and classic papers, research tools and techniques and even
look for jobs and grants in the United States. There are regular
live discussions on the site with researchers which should be a
model for all professional web-sites in this field. There is also a
section of Alzheimer's Disease for patients and the carers.
The Alzheimer Society of
Ireland: This organisation provides support services
to individuals with Alzheimer's in Ireland, including day centres,
home care, and respite services, as well as offering carer support
groups and information to the general public.
The Trust supports people with dementia and their carers,
both in the community and in residential settings, by providing
one-to-one support, advice and counselling.
British Association for Behavioural
and Cognitive Psychotherapies: The major British CBT
organisation with over 3500 members. Details of training events
(including Royal College approved CPD events). Accreditation via
BABCP and Registration are available.
Psychoanalytic Council (BPC): The BPC is a
professional association, representing the profession of
psychoanalytic and psychodynamic
Centre: Supports bereaved people on a range of
practical issues via a single freephone number. It offers advice on
all aspects of bereavement from registering the death and finding a
funeral director through to probate, tax and benefit queries.
Partners Support Group: Support group for people who
lose their loved ones to cancer. The aim of the group is to create
a regular space for people to share stories and experiences with
others who have experienced a similar kind of loss – a place for
them to talk, listen, or just be.
Brake: A national road
safety charity which offers help and support to those bereaved in a
road crash. Their helpline provides emotional support and practical
information and the website contains lots of advice for all ages,
including how to support children bereaved in road crashes.
Scotland: Experienced advisors available to listen and
give advice and information to those who are depressed and need to
The Child Bereavement
Charity: Works to help bereaved families where a baby
or child has died, or where children are bereaved of someone
important in their lives. It trains and supports those who
come into contact with child bereavement in the course of their
work within healthcare, education, social care, the emergency
services and the voluntary sector. Offers a confidential
information and support service for professionals and families,
providing a listening ear and signposting to further local and
national sources of support.
Friends: An organisation of bereaved parents and
their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to
others after the death of a child or children. The helpline is
always answered by a bereaved parent who is there to listen when
you need someone to talk to; you can also email the helpline:
Care: Offers a service of counselling, advice and
opportunities for social contact to all bereaved people.
Information on the grieving process, and how to help children
grieve are included.
Foundation for the Study
of Infant Deaths: This charity is devoted to
preventing infant deaths, and promoting baby health. They provide
support services to those who have lost an infant, as well as
information on cot death and advice on avoiding potentially
National Association of
Widows: A self-help organisation, run by widows,
for widows, that offers comfort, friendship and a listening ear to
widows and unmarried women who have lost a partner through
PAPYRUS: PAPYRUS is
a set of UK resources for people dealing with suicide, depression,
or stress. It is aimed at teenagers and young people. There are
sections on help for friends, parents, healthcare professionals,
and schools, as well as bereavement support.
A specialist UK charity dedicated to supporting and
representing road crash victims. They provide emotional
support though their helpline, a network of befrienders, and local
Stillbirth and Neonatal Death
Society : 'Support for parents and families whose
baby is stillborn or dies soon after birth. Largely a support forum
and memorial site for grieving families, there is also some
information on medical research being done. Leaflets are available
on a number of topics.
Foundation: An organisation for people who have become
widows or widowers at a young age. The foundation has a support
group, and the site has links to other relevant sites.
Winston's Wish is a charity that helps children deal with
bereavement. There are sections on helping children with the
grieving process, including online activities and a 'skymap' of
memories where they can remember their loved ones. The helpline
helps parents and children with the process of loss.
Carers UK: Provides
basic information about being a carer, as well as working to raise
awareness and provide basic help for carers. Members get a magazine
Carers: Crossroads for Carers is a charity providing
'in home care' and support to carers in the UK. They provide
volunteer carers to give the regular carer time off to do things on
their own and have a break. There is a scheme finder for people to
find services in their area.
SCBNetwork (Supporting Carers
Better): The Supporting Carers Better Network was set
up for all people who support carers in mental health in
England. It aims to identify and share good practice, and connect
people. The forums offer a place for discussion and there is access
to news, information, training advice and documents.
Advisory Centre for
Education: This organisation provides free advice
about state education in England and Wales for 5-16 year olds.
: Brook provides a free and
confidential sexual, health advice and contraception by young
people up to the age of 25.
Bullying UK: This
site offers a range of resources centred around the topic of
bullying. On-line help and advice is provided for parents and
children, including legal advice and problem pages for both parents
and children. In addition, further reading and details of the
bullying guidelines issued by the National Association of Head
Teachers are also provided.
services for young men living in Manchester, Merseyside, and
Bedfordshire. The site addresses some of the issues that might
cause depression or anxiety, and offers a free, confidential advice
line. There are also stories of people who have used the
Tel: 0800 1111. Childline is a registered UK charity that aims to
help children and young people in trouble or danger. Resources are
provided for both adults and children. A variety of comprehensive
factsheets are available on varying aspects of child well being for
example bereavement, bullying, child abuse, eating disorders, exam
stress and stepfamilies. Information is also provided on how to
obtain help for these various problems.
organisation provides support for families of babies who cry
excessively. There is some advice for soothing the child, a
helpline, and a book list of relevant publications.
The HandsOnScotland Toolkit is an online resource for anybody
working with children and young people. This website is designed to
help you make a difference to children and young people's lives, by
giving you tools to respond helpfully when they are troubled.
It is a one-stop shop for practical information and techniques
on how to respond helpfully to children and young people's
troubling behaviour, build up their self-esteem and promote their
positive mental wellbeing.
ERIC: ERIC (Education
and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) offers
advice and support for children with incontinence. The site
includes sections for various age groups, parents, and
professionals, as well as an online shop for specialty items.
Facts for Families:
Facts for Families is a series of
over 60 brief factsheets from the American Academy of Child &
Lives: A charity offering support and advice to anyone
parenting a child. Information is given generally or for specific
ages. There are 'hot topics' and news articles in addition to tools
for handling difficult situations and online and telephone support
Great Ormond Street Hospital
: Aimed at
teenagers, this website acts as a one-stop educational resource,
signposting users to further sources of specialist help and
information. The content, which has all been clinically approved by
Great Ormond Street Hospital, in collaboration with other
organisations, covers many aspects of mental health related
conditions, treatments and therapies.
The Greenwood Institute of Child Health - University of
Information is provided on current research activity, selected
publications from the Institute and links to other relevant
Friends: is a health social network where people can
connect with people with similar health conditions, and learn more
about the health issues that affect them and their families.
Support and practical help for families with at least one child
under-5. Help offered to parents finding it hard to cope for
many reasons. These include PND or other mental illness, isolation,
bereavement, illness of parent or child.
is the registered national children's charity committed to keeping
children safe from harm or abuse. Practical information for
children and parents on bullying, including leaflets and
information booklets on abuse, bullying and abduction.
Rethink: mental health info for young people: This
area can help you think about looking after your own mental health,
how you can support friends and family if they are experiencing
mental health problems and the places where you can get support and
National Children's Bureau:
The National Children's Bureau is a registered UK charity
that aims to identify and promote the interests and well being of
children and young people. Information is provided on membership,
conferences and seminars, research, publications and associated
bodies. Links are provided to the Early Childhood Unit, the Policy
Unit and the Children's Residential Care Unit. In addition the site
hosts forums on children and violence, drug education and sex
National Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC): The NSPCC is a
registered charity that is concerned with child protection and the
prevention of cruelty to children. General information is provided
about the maltreatment of children, news, campaign details
including details on how to obtain support.
A health guidance site for young adults,
offering factsheets and information on aspects of health that
concern young people. It includes basic information about mental
health, as well as advice and discussion forums.
Freak: Website primarily aimed at younger teens. Has a
large question and answer section that users can write in to. The
main focuses are alcohol and drugs, weight issues, and teenage body
changes. There is also a blog from a teenager that kids may be able
to relate to.
Young People in
: Young People in Focus (YPF) enable
organisations and individuals to improve the lives of young people
and families, by promoting evidence-based practice.
YoungMinds is a national charity that promotes the mental health of
children and young people. Resources available include on-line
leaflets, resource sheets, YoungMinds publications, including
details of the contents of the YoungMinds magazine and links to
other relevant Internet sites.
Youthnet (Voluntary Youth
Network for Northern Ireland): Youthnet is an
'umbrella agency' for voluntary youth organisations in Northern
Ireland which provides services, promotion, and help to the members
of its network. Information is provided about Youthnet, including
aims, activities, funding, services offered and access to an
Teenager Website which focuses on how to handle
teenage behaviour and build a positive parent/teen
Complementary and Alternative Medicines
Council: The Aromatherapy Council has a national
register of aromatherapists who meet the agreed national standards
for training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
British Academy of Western Medical
Acupuncture : The British Academy of Western
Medical Acupuncture trains health care professionals.
Physiotherapists and osteopaths have their own acupuncture
Council: The British Acupuncture Council
represents non-medically qualified practitioners trained in
traditional Chinese acupuncture.
Association and Faculty of Homeopathy: British Homeopathic
Association and Faculty of Homeopathy In the UK, the Faculty of Homeopathy trains
medical doctors and other health professionals.
British Institute of Hypnotherapy: The
British Institute of Hypnotherapy is an association of
hypnotherapists, Psychotherapists, and neuro-linguistic programming
Medical Acupuncture Society: The British Medical
Acupuncture Society is a registered charity established to
encourage the use and scientific understanding of acupuncture
within medicine for the public benefit.
British Wheel of Yoga:
The British Wheel of Yoga is recognized by the Sports Council as
the national governing body for yoga in Great Britain. It
represents the UK at the European Federation of National Yoga
Organisations and offers a training and accreditation programme for
Hypnotherapy Register: The General
Hypnotherapy Register is the registering agency for the
General Hypnotherapy Registering Council.
National Council for
Hypnotherapy: The National Council for
Hypnotherapy represents over 700
practitioners within the United Kingdom.
Royal London Homeopathic Hospital: The Royal London
Homeopathic Hospital has been part of the NHS from its beginning in
1949. The hospital offers a whole range of other complementary and
Society of Homeopaths: The Society of Homeopaths
represents non-medically trained practitioners; it is the
UK Reiki Federation:
All members of the UK Reiki Federation of practitioners and
teachers, have undersigned to the Federation’s code of ethics, have
Reiki insurance and hold Reiki certificates.
Debt and Mental Health
Northern Ireland: Network of independent
advice agencies in Northern Ireland.
Community Legal Advice: Free legal
help and information for clients eligible for legal aid.
Counselling Service: Charity offering free
debt advice and free debt management.
Scotland: Provides details of free and independent
advice agencies in Scotland.
Advice Service: Information about a range of financial
issues, including the “debt test”. They also provide free,
confidential online, telephone and face-to-face support and
Debtline: The helpline provides free confidential and
independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.
NHS Financial Stress: Practical information
and advice from trained health advisors.
offering free debt management service.
Mental Illness: A national voluntary
organisation that helps people with a severe mental illness, their
families and carers. Rethink has 160 members' support groups,
produces a variety of publications and operates a range of services
including employment projects, day care centres, drop-in
facilities, training initiatives and accommodation schemes across
England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Depression: Assists and supports those suffering from
depression and their families in Scotland.
Association for Post Natal
Illness : Support site for those suffering from
postnatal illness. Offers leaflets on postnatal depression, links
to related websites and publications, and a newsletter. There is
also a system pairing sufferers with volunteer supporters.
AWARE: Assists and
supports those suffering from depression and their families in
Ireland. A helpline is available as well as support groups,
lectures, and current research on depression.
Depression: Assists and supports those suffering from
depression and their families in Northern Ireland. A helpline is
available as well as support groups, lectures, and current research
Information about Manic Depression, including self help groups.
Also runs a legal information helpline. There is a self-assessment
tool, and a section on employment advice.
Alliance: Information, support and understanding for
people who suffer with depression and for relatives who want to
help. Self help groups, information, and awareness raising for
Organisation run as a source of support for
sufferers, complementary to professional care. Offers some basic
information about depression and its treatment, as well as running
SADA (Seasonal Affective
Disorder Association): SADA supports and advises
people with SAD and informs the public and health professionals
about the condition.
Addaction: A wide
variety of information on drugs and alcohol addiction, including
diagnosis and treatment, but also including information on taking
drugs more safely, and an individual's rights upon arrest. There
are sections for families and young people.
Addiction NI is
a registered charity working at community level providing a service
for people who are abusing alcohol and drugs and dealing with
people who are concerned about alcohol and drugs. The treatment
service provides individually tailored treatment programmes to
individuals and, if necessary, their family. All counsellors are
professionally trained and offer counselling on a one-to-one
Group: Support group for friends and families of
alcoholics. Includes a frequently asked questions section,
pamphlets and other literature, and information on group meetings
in the UK.
Concern: This site provides information and articles
on a range of topics surrounding alcoholism. Includes 18 excellent
factsheets crammed with information that would be very useful for
professionals such as Alcohol and the Law and Drink-drive
accidents, a search engine, and a good list of alcohol related
Scotland: The national volunteer organisation for
alcohol issues in Scotland. Provides information about alcohol,
including legal matters, frequently asked questions, and tips for
Anonymous: Contact details for all English AA
meetings. There is a quiz to determine whether AA is the right type
of organisation for an individual, and a frequently asked question
section about AA and alcoholism.
Ireland: This site provides information about the
organisation, as well as contact numbers for local services. There
is also a magazine for members.
Drinksense provides counselling, information, and support for
individuals with alcohol related problems and their families. There
are factsheets, links to related bodies, and a telephone helpline,
as well as information for families.
works with individuals, communities and policy makers to
reduce the harm caused by problem alcohol and drug use.
Institute of Alcohol
Studies: The IAS is a charity aimed at improving
education about alcohol in the UK. The site provides publications
on alcohol, as well as news. There are a large number of factsheets
dealing with all aspects of alcohol in society, complete with facts
NHS Smoking Helpline:
This site is produced to help individuals stop smoking. It offers
information on the harmful effects of cigarettes, as well as tips
for giving up and not starting again. There is also an 'ask the
expert' feature for site users to ask specific questions.
drug, legal, and human rights information. The organisation
produces a range of educational literature, including 'bust cards'
for with information about peoples' rights upon arrest. The site
also includes extensive information on a number of illegal
Talk to Frank:
Free, confidential drug information, aimed at young people. The
site provides fairly bias-free information on most recreational
drugs, information on getting help, and support for people worried
about friends and relatives. There is also a telephone
Turning Point is a large national charity helping people with
drink, drug, mental health and learning disabilities. They provide
services as well as a list of services in a given area.
Addictions: The site provides factual information
about alcohol and other drug addictions, in order to combat
misinformation. The site includes factsheets and materials relevant
to individual drugs, links to Internet resources related to
addictions and places to get help.
beat: beat (for the
Eating Disorders Association) is the main British charitable
organisation providing independent information about eating
disorders. This comprehensive website provides accurate information
about the main eating disorders. Also included is information on
eating disorders for male sufferers, sportspeople and
older people, issues that are frequently omitted from other
web sites. For young people there are interactive user-friendly
pages to help them identify if they may have an eating disorder
followed by practical, sensible advice regarding help available.
Details of the youth and adult telephone help-lines are provided
and there is a wealth of information about beat and other self-help
and support groups.
Information about eating disorders,
coupled with online support and advocacy. Large selection of links
applicable to both Ireland and the rest of the UK.
Eating Disorders Unit - Research and Information:
site is the website of the Eating Disorders Unit at the Institute
of Psychiatry. There are sections for service users, carers, and
health care providers offering information and on-line resources on
a broad range of topics, including early recognition of eating
disorders, evidence-based treatments of eating disorders, risk
assessment and management, confidentiality, eating disorders and
the mental health act and many other topics. There are also
research sections giving an overview of current studies the unit is
involved in with links to more detailed information about
National Centre for Eating
An independent organisation set up to
provide solutions for all eating problems, compulsive or "binge"
eating, failed or "yo-yo" dieting, bulimia and anorexia. Their
services include: counselling, professional training and
information. The website also includes information for men
with an eating disorder.
Overeaters Anonymous is an international charity supporting people
with obesity and compulsive-eating disorders. Support groups meet
around the country to help members deal with underlying issues as
well as weight concerns. Descriptions of compulsive-eating disorder
are provided. The site is mostly aimed at patients.
: This describes itself as a "pro-recovery"
site and is compiled by an American woman recovered from anorexia
nervosa and her husband. Its approach is particularly orientated
towards sufferers. Although there is some factual information about
diagnoses, medical complications and current research the emphasis
is on helping sufferers explore the emotional issues underlying the
disorders. There are practical tips on alternative coping
strategies, methods to help increase motivation, self-esteem and
body image. .
Action on Elder
Abuse: This national organisation was established in
1993 by a multidisciplinary group of practitioners, academics and
representatives of the voluntary sector who were concerned about
the lack of information and assistance for those who were abused or
were at risk of abusing. It has a national profile and the
organisation provides information, a telephone helpline, affordable
training and also lobbies for changes in the law and promote good
Age UK : An
excellent site, providing information and advice to older people
and their carers, including over 40 in depth, full text factsheets
and a similar number of reading lists from abuse to transport, and
an extensive list of links to related web sites.
Age Exchange is a unique organisation which "aims to improve the
quality of life for older people by emphasising the value of their
memories to old and young, through pioneering artistic,
educational, and welfare activities". It runs courses 'reminiscence
projects', and publishes manuals on reminiscence for professionals
(including publications which deal with dementia and ethnic
elders), provides 'reminiscence boxes' resources to encourage
reminiscence, and has a professional reminiscence theatre
Care: Counsel and Care helps older people with a wide
range of issues. Their work is mainly advice given largely by
telephone, letter and advice sheets. The organisation also carries
out studies on the quality of care of older people including elder
abuse dementia depression user participation restraint and risk
taking and the difficulties of looking for a care home.
Trust : The Gender Trust offers information and
support to Transsexual, Gender Dysphoric and Transgender people. It
also offers information and support for their families, partners
Care: Provides information and support for patients
with arthritis and their families and carers.
BBC Health: This
site provides up to date news and archives of media stories. The
main page can be searched for individual topics, including mental
health and stigma. This is a very large site with a lot of
interesting features and articles.
Foundation: Supports research into and provides
information on heart disease, including depression and the
British Lung Foundation
Information, support and understanding for people affected by
lung disease, including the Breathe Easy support
Department of Health: The
Department of Health's aim is to improve health and well being and
to promote effective care for those who need it. Information on
publications, press releases, research and links to the Public
Health Group, the NHS Executive and the Social Care Group. The site
also provides information on statistics and surveys, including
links to the Government Statistics Service 'StatBase', through
which national statistics can be accessed on-line.
Sclerosis Society: Provides information on multiple
sclerosis (MS), including MS and depression.
UK National Kidney
Federation : Provides support services for
patients with kidney disease.
NHS Direct: Tel:
0845 46 47. The site provides access to information and advice
about healthy living, healthcare, illness including conditions and
treatment, and health services with an A-Z guide to the NHS. In
addition, frequently asked questions are answered on a variety of
issues relating to health and illness.
Patient UK :
This site offers information and contact details for a wide range
of health services. There are sections on advice for various
conditions, support groups, information leaflets, and links to
BBC Mental Health: This subsection of the BBC homepage
provides detailed information about various aspects of mental
health for both patients and carers. There is advice on treatment
options, frequently asked questions, and coping strategies.
This site offers information on mental health (primarily
Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression).
News, key facts, and background about treatment are coupled with a
discussion forum and large set of links to related resources.
Action: Provides information for people with epilepsy,
including information on epilepsy and depression, and a telephone
and email helpline.
Help is at Hand : The Royal College of
Psychiatrists series of leaflets were first published on the web
over three years ago and have been read by tens of thousands of
people. The leaflets can be printed out from this site.
Health : Internet Mental Health is an
award-winning site that provides a wealth of information on mental
and emotional disorders and their treatment. There is a large
section on medication and side effects. There is information on 52
types of mental disorder which includes descriptions, diagnosis,
treatment, and research findings. The site includes an "online
diagnosis" feature that, as the site notes, is not a substitute for
seeing a trained mental health professional.
Care : Mental health information and the latest
research from the Institute of Psychiatry, the South London
and Maudsley NHS Trust and Rethink Mental Illness. This site is
particularly suited to the friends, family and carers of anyone
with a mental illness.
A community where members can get
mutual support, and discuss mental health policy and service
development issues. This forum serves people experiencing mental
health issues, their friends or relatives, and people working in
the mental health field (from support worker to service manager and
from nurses to psychologists and psychiatrists).
The Mental Health
Foundation : The Mental Health Foundation aims to
help people dealing with any aspect of mental health. Their site
offers information on different mental health problems, as well as
news and treatments/coping strategies.
Works to support mental health in Ireland, and to assist people
with mental health problems. The site offers information on various
mental health problems, types of treatment, and medicines.
MIND : Provides
information and advocacy services for people with mental health
problems. Frequently asked questions on both mental health and
legal matters are available. Also information on the MIND CHI
project to evaluate mental health care in the NHS.
Psych Central :
This site provides basic facts about a wide range of mental health
disorders. There are also book reviews, a news-blog,
self-assessment quizzes, and information about medicines for mental
Psych Web :
Resources available include on-line books, brochures and journals.
In addition, the site provides links to other psychology-related
web sites and a comprehensive list of on-line psychology journals,
many of which are relevant to child and adolescent mental health.
Self-help resources containing information about psychological
disorders, including those relevant to children and adolescents are
Interesting site offering information about various mental health
issues. Offers 'self-check' options, news, and tips for having
successful visits to the doctor.
Mental Illness: A national voluntary organisation
that helps people with a severe mental illness, their families and
carers. Rethink has 160 members' support groups, produces a variety
of publications and operates a range of services including
employment projects, day care centres, drop-in facilities, training
initiatives and accommodation schemes across England, Wales and
08457 90 90 90. Email: email@example.com National
organisation offering support to those in distress who feel
suicidal or despairing and need someone to talk to. Samaritans have
204 branches around the country open 24 hours a day, every day of
the year. The telephone number of your local branch can be found in
the telephone directory.
SANE is a
national mental health charity which aims to raise awareness of
mental illness and campaign to improve services and initiate and
fund research into the causes of serious mental illness through its
research centre. Information and emotional support is also provided
to anyone affected by mental illness via the helpline, SANEline and
by email, via SANEmail.
SAMH (Scottish Association
of Mental Health): A Scottish mental health charity
that works to support people who experience mental health
problems, homelessness, addictions and other forms of social
International attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder online
ADDISS : The
National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service
provides people-friendly information and resources about Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance -
parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.
AFASIC (Association For All
Speech Impaired Children): Parent-led organisation for
children and young people with speech impairments. Provides
information about various problems, techniques and treatments,
news, and a helpline.
Trust : This association is dedicated to the
protection from abuse of adults and children with learning
disabilities. The website provides information mainly to workers in
the field on becoming a member, relevant publications, research and
Frequently Asked Questions Memo: The site is in the
form of a documentation of facts about autism. Information is
provided on the definition of terms, book references, useful
organisations and treatment programs. There is also information
about controversies surrounding autism and famous people with the
Charity for people and carers with special needs. The charity
arranges holidays (with or without other family members) for the
special needs individual at resorts with trained carers to give
family members time off from caring.
Association : The BDA aims to help create a
dyslexia-friendly society. It promotes early identification and
support, and works with dyslexics in the criminal justice system.
The site provides information about the charity's work, and a wide
range of information about dyslexia and various strategies for
addressing the needs of a dyslexic individual.
: is a national rights
organisation led by disabled people. They campaign for
equal rights for all people with learning disabilities.
Family : Contact a Family is a UK charity which
helps families who care for children with any disability or special
need. They are a main source of information about rare disorders
and are able to assist affected adults as well as children. The
site is easily searchable, and information on a wide range of
conditions is easily accessible to parents, carers and
professionals, with the option of ordering further items.
Department of Health Learning Disabilities Web
This site aims to provide up to date
information from the Government for professionals in the field, and
is working on being accessible to learning disabled people
themselves. Content is comprehensive, navigation easy and there are
an impressive number of links and essential downloadable PDF
Developmental and Behavorial
: This site is designed to promote
effective treatment and outcome for children and families affected
by learning, developmental and behavioural problems. The site
provides access to clinical and educational information including
short articles for parents, links to other relevant Internet sites,
job and research opportunities and hosts a developmental and
behavioural paediatrics discussion list for professionals.
Association : Information for living successfully
with Down's Syndrome. Facts and reassurance for parents, a members
group with news, literature and research. There is also an online
magazine for people with Down's Syndrome.
Action : This site provides information to
epileptics of all ages and those working with them. Interesting
features include chat facility and online shop. Smart and easy to
navigate, site search available. Up to date news, and many contact
: This site is mainly geared towards
patients, and includes a number of factsheets on treatments for
epilepsy, as well as tips for living with epilepsy (including
information on life stages, such as pregnancy). There is also a
knowledge quiz, forum for users, and a membership scheme that
allows individuals to keep up with the latest research.
Based Bulletins Wales - Learning Disabilities :
Thorough review of evidence on various aspects of the management of
people with LD. Scientific overviews of many aspects of LD.
Feedback can be given by email: or online form.
People with Learning Disabilities : Research
organisation working with people with Learning Disabilities to
improve their quality of life. Site has variety of information and
research findings, mainly on services and support systems. Very
professionally laid out for fast loading and navigation. guestbook,
gallery, bulletin boards and forums encouraging contributions from
IPSEA (Independent Panel For
Special Education Advice) : IPSEA exists to
ensure that children with special education needs are given the
benefits to which they are entitled. They provide free, independent
advice on local authorities' legal responsibilities, in an attempt
to see that all of these children are diagnosed and provided
Society : Largest UK charity working for people
with autistic spectrum disorders. Useful list of publications,
information and comprehensive set of links to autism sites. Content
for professionals as well as those with such disorders and their
families. Independently accredited as being accessible. The site
also includes the PARIS database of support groups, schools, and
services for people with autistic spectrum disorders within the
Norah Fry Research
Centre : Research centre producing research on
services and lives of people with Learning Disabilities. Has a
variety of publications including online documents and a Strategies
For Change section giving advice on the implementation of "Valuing
People". Simple to navigate through, regular updates, numerous
points of contact.
On-line Asperger Syndrome
Information and Support (OASIS) : Information is
provided about related disorders, social skills, education,
including links to research papers and support groups. There are
also sections for children, and to express thoughts about
MAMH - European Association of
Intellectual Disability Medicine : A European
group organised to promote all aspects of the study of the medical
(including psychiatric) needs of people with Learning Disabilities.
Includes a description of services in various countries and long
list of links. This group seem to be doing an interesting and
UKAAN (UK Adult ADHD
Network) : Professional body that aims to support
practitioners in rolling out the NICE clinical guideline 72 and
establish clinical services for adults in the UK.
Disabilities and Health : A website presenting
commissioned information about various aspects of Learning
Disabilities, for all people. Provides a wealth of information on
many aspects of learning disability, in the form of articles. The
site is somewhat skewed towards Down's Syndrome. There is also a
'walking tour' of learning disability psychiatry for people
interested in studying it as part of their psychiatric
All : this website aims to provide factual
information on bipolar affective disorder and the treatments
available, as well as information and support for anyone
affected by bipolar disorder.
Scotland : Information about bipolar disorder,
including self help groups. Also runs a legal information helpline.
There is a self-assessment tool, and a section on employment
UK: Information about Manic Depression, including self
help groups. Also runs a legal information helpline. There is a
self-assessment tool, and a section on employment advice.
information on bipolar disorder and related disorders. Information
about BPD, articles, books, humor, related disorders, medications,
links, and support.
IMHL : This
organisation was set up to ensure that its members are kept fully
up to date with mental health law. They run training courses and
send out newsletters to members.
Health News : This is easily the best site
about the Act. Designed and maintained by Mark Walton, it contains
the whole of the act and the code of practice. It also contains
information about the Human Rights Act, consent and capacity. There
is extensive coverage of the latest court judgements and links to
related items in the news. There is also Information about
Men’s Health Forum
that provides an independent and authoritative voice for male
health in England and Wales and tackles the issues and inequalities
affecting the health and well-being of men and boys.
: An innovative group looking to challenge
society's and men's own view of the role of men.
OCD action :
The national charity for OCD and related disorders. OCD action
provides information, advice, and support to those with OCD and
their families, and acts to raise awareness about the condition.
The site offers information about getting help, and where to find
it, as well as providing support groups and space on the website
for individuals to share their experiences.
OCD-UK : OCD-UK aims
to improve awareness of the condition both amongst the general
public and within the medical community, with the long term aim of
ensuring every sufferer receives the quality of treatment they
deserve. The site offers information for patients and carers on the
condition as well as a location finder service for support
Direct Government Mental Health : The
government's website, providing information about all aspects of
legislation and opportunities.
Association: The Patient's Association works to be the
voice of patients in the UK. The site provides information on
making complaints or changes in medical care, accessing medical
records, and finding support groups. There are also campaigns for
various healthcare issues.
Emergence is a service user-led organisation supporting all people
affected by a diagnosis of personality disorder, whether you are a
service user, carer (which is a family member or friend of a
service user) or a professional in the field.
no longer a diagnosis of exclusion: This website
provides information, resources and learning opportunities for
those with a personality disorder and their carers.
Personality Disorder Network: Contains information
about the network set up by the Mental Health division, and
provides information about the services available for those with
personality disorders in Scotland.
Anxiety UK :
National membership organisation providing help and advice for
sufferers, their carers and families. Offers information factsheets
and self-help guides for a wide range of phobias.
Central : Useful site full of information for
anyone with: an extreme phobia of dentists, with specific
dental fears, or for dental professionals and dental students with
an interest in dental anxiety management.
Virgin Atlantic’s ‘Flying
Without Fear' : Leaders in the industry providing
free newsletters, website help and courses from 10 UK airports to
help overcome fears of flying.
Fear: This informative site is filled with useful tips
to help anyone overcome the debilitating fear of airline
Panic : Offers support for
sufferers of Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Tranquilliser
Relaxation for Living Institute : A free
membership organisation that provides information and advice on
self-help methods and techniques to cope with all kinds of
Phobia : Triumph Over Phobia runs a series of
self-help groups to help people with phobia learn to overcome their
fears through small interactions with their phobias. Includes some
information on phobias, but the focus is on the self-help
Physical Activity and Exercise
Places: This website allows you to search for sports
facilities anywhere in England. You can browse an interactive map
of the country, search for facilities in your local area, or use
the name and address of a specific facility to find out more
Events : Organisation that supports and promotes
sport for people with disabilities.
Way to Health : A nationwide scheme of group
walks backed by the British Heart Foundation and Natural England.
The website offers information and support to all, from complete
beginners to health/leisure professionals. The initiative supports
over 400 local health walk schemes – find your nearest using the
Fit : Find out about keep fit aerobics classes,
and search for classes across the UK from 65 nation-wide Local
All : Covers walking schemes across Scotland. Use
the website to find a local health walk in your area. It also
offers support and information about resources and grants for
setting up your own walking club.
Association : Britain's biggest walking charity.
Contact them to find out more about where to walk in your area, how
to locate your nearest walking group and additional information
about how to include children, walk in urban areas and advice for
people with disabilities.
Provide advice on cycling opportunities locally and further afield,
including the National Cycle Network.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
David Baldwin's Trauma
Information Pages: There is up-to-date comprehensive
information about trauma including leading articles.
PILOTS database of the National Center for PTSD
(USA) : This database is an electronic index to
the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health
consequences of exposure to traumatic events.
UK Psychological Trauma
Society : The organisation has a comprehensive
clinical network of UK Traumatic Stress Services listed on the
British Association for Counselling
and Psychotherapy : A member group for
counsellors and psychotherapists. The site offers a training
directory, information on finding a therapist, and information
about the organisation itself. There are also sections on
professionalism and ethics.
British Association of
Psychopharmacology : This site provides
information on psychopharmacology, which is aimed primarily at
professionals in the field. There is information about conferences
and educational opportunities. There are also several consensus
statements on things such as anti-depressants, which people may
Society : This site offers information about
training as a psychologist, how to find a psychologist, and career
development events. In addition, there is some recent research on
psychological topics, and an FAQ section about the Society and
psychology in general.
Council : The GMC sets and enforces standards for
medical doctors within the UK. It provides both standards which
must be followed, and guidelines for good and ethical practice. It
is also the regulatory body for medicine in the UK, and handles
complaints against doctors or health professionals once other forms
of regulation have been exhausted.
Royal College of General
Practitioners : The professional member body for
general practitioners in the UK. Information on becoming a GP,
professional standards, and College publications.
Royal College of
Physicians : The professional member body for
physicians in the UK. Information on becoming a physician,
professional standards, and College publications.
Royal Society of
Medicine : Interdisciplinary organisation for all
medical practitioners, offering continuing professional
development, multidisciplinary viewpoints and conferences for
United Kingdom Council for
Psychotherapy : A voluntary regulatory body for
psychotherapy in the UK. Provides information on using and
practicing psychotherapy. The frequently asked questions section
differentiates the different types of psychotherapy and discusses
the merits of each. There is also a section to help individuals
locate an appropriate psychotherapist in their area.
Information on relationships, including counselling. Relate can be
contacted by phone, online, or in person. There are frequently
asked relationship questions. Sections are separated into
relationships, sex problems, and family life.
Research and Policy Organisations
Summarised systematic reviews of randomised trials by searching
Medline and Pubmed. Bandolier Knowledge Bazaar assembles stories
from Bandolier under discrete headings such as healthy living.
Evidence-Based Mental Health : Provides
information on recent research in evidence based mental health.
Also offers training and continuing professional development
courses of interest to people in the field. The site has links to
useful websites, resources and publications, training events and
checklists for critical appraisal and journal clubs.
Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) University of
Birmingham : The HSMC aims to promote better
health and to strengthen the management of health care services,
including those relevant to child and adolescent mental health
services. Information about news, research and consultancy,
publications and educational programmes. Recent publications
include assessment of potential indicators of clinical
effectiveness and international approaches to priority setting in
Fund : The King´s Fund is an independent health
care charity, which carries out research and development work to
bring about better health policies and services. Information on
health systems, public health, community care, primary care,
effective practice, including access to the abstracts of a number
of King's Fund publications.
National Institute of Health and Care
Excellence (NICE) : NICE was developed to provide
the NHS with authoritative, robust and reliable guidance on current
best practice. The site provides information on clinical
guidelines, clinical audit, appraisals and conferences. In
addition, it contains a section on frequently asked questions,
provides access to a database for literature on quality improvement
and links to other related Internet sites.
Psychotherapy Research : A multi-national
organisation promoting psychotherapy research in all forms. Each of
the four international divisions produces a newsletter, and they
meet for conferences to exchange ideas. The site provides a list of
special interest topics that may offer some insight into their
Mind Scotland : The NSF offers support for individuals
affected (as patients, carers, or families) by schizophrenia. There
are support and information sections, as well as useful sections on
legal matters and treatments for schizophrenia.
Is probably the best-established "user-centred" site. Provides lots
of information about the condition as well as contact details for
support groups, online discussion forums, and a large variety of
other materials dealing with schizophrenia.
World : An interactive site that offers helpful
information including: forums, chat-rooms, journals and blogs.
Provides information about self-injury to those who self-injure,
their family/friends, schools, and healthcare professionals (they
regularly provide training for the NHS).
National Self Harm
Network : The NSHN promotes understanding about
self-harm, and supports people who self-harm. Their site provides
information about the condition, and a support service.
Cry : A charity to help people to deal with
self-harm whether a sufferer, relative or partner.
British Snoring and Sleep
Apnoea Association : Helps snorers and their
sleeping partners worldwide.
A website that offers expert advice on how to treat and cure
insomnia. Includes over 90 articles covering topics such as sleep
patterns, stress, counselling and overcoming problems.
The Narcolepsy Association
(UKAN) : Information about narcolepsy including
causes, diagnosis, and the effects on everyday life.
Sleep Council :
Promotes the benefits of sleeping
well. Provides information leaflets on sleep and beds.
Information is provided about sleep disorders, sleep deprivation,
support groups, research centres, organisations and links to other
sites with relevant resources. There are also public discussion
forums and tips for sleeping better.
The Multi-Faith Group for
Healthcare Chaplaincy : The Multi-Faith Group for
Healthcare Chaplaincy website has valuable information about
traditions, symbols, teachings and practices of nine world
Spirituality and Mental Health Forum :
International Stress Management
Association : An easy-to-use site offering
information pages about various types of stress, as well as
stress-relief tips and a referral service for stress counsellors.
Lists of conferences and events, as well as a very extensive links
Association for Post
: Support site for those suffering
from postnatal illness. Offers leaflets on postnatal depression,
links to related websites and publications, and a newsletter. There
is also a system pairing sufferers with volunteer supporters.
Action : Support and practical help for families
affected by mental illness. Includes 'Newpin' services
- offering support to parents of children under 5 whose mental
health is affecting their ability to provide safe
Motherisk provides evidence-based information about the safety of
drugs, chemicals, and disease during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The site addresses issues such as cancer and HIV during pregnancy,
as well as the effects of things such as folic acid and
National Association For Premenstrual
Syndrome : Information about PMS, it's symptoms,
causes, and treatments. There is an 'ask the expert' feature, as
well as an online forum
Trust : Very informative site on all aspects of
pregnancy and childbirth. Sections on child development by age,
support for breastfeeding, and information on becoming a
Netmums : A
website offering support and information on pregnancy and
parenting. There is a specific section of the website offering
support. There is also information on local resources and support