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A - Z list of organisations

Alzheimer's disease

 and Dementia

Alzheimer's Disease 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 world.

Alzheimer's Society: 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.

Alzheimer's Research 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.

Dementia UK: 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.

Behavioural therapies

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.

British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC): The BPC is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy.



Bereavement Advice 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.

Bereaved 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.

Breathing Space Scotland: Experienced advisors available to listen and give advice and information to those who are depressed and need to talk.

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.

Compassionate 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:

CRUSE Bereavement 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.

Dying matters: This website has been created primarily for people approaching the end of their life, and their carers, relatives and friends. It will also be of interest to anyone thinking about what they want for their own end of life, including information on coping with bereavement.

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 dangerous situations.

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.

RoadPeace: 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 groups.

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.

The Way 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: 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.



Carer's Trust:  with Network Partners, provides information,

advice and practical support for carers across the United Kingdom.


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 about caring.

Crossroads for 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.


Children and young people

Advisory Centre for Education: This organisation provides free advice about state education in England and Wales for 5-16 year olds.

Brook: 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.

CALM: Depression 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 service.

Childline: 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.

CRY-SIS: This 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.

HandsOnScotland: 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 & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Family 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 services.

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 Leicester
Information is provided on current research activity, selected publications from the Institute and links to other relevant information sources.

Health 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.

HomeStart : 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.

Kidscape: Kidscape 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 advice.

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 education.

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.

The Site: 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.

Teenage Health 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 Focus: Young People in Focus (YPF) enable organisations and individuals to improve the lives of young people and families, by promoting evidence-based practice.

YoungMinds: 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. HeadMeds gives young people in England general information about medication. HeadMeds does not give you medical advice. Please talk to your Doctor or anyone else who is supporting you about your own situation because everyone is different.

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 on-line newsletter.

Your Teenager Website which focuses on how to handle teenage behaviour and build a positive parent/teen relationship.

Debt and Mental Health

Advice Northern Ireland: Network of independent advice agencies in Northern Ireland.

Community Legal Advice: Free legal help and information for clients eligible for legal aid.

Consumer Credit Counselling Service: Charity offering free debt advice and free debt management.

Money Advice Scotland: Provides details of free and independent advice agencies in Scotland.

Money 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 advice.

National 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.

Payplan: Organisation offering free debt management service.

Rethink 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.



Action on 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.

Aware Defeat 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 on depression.


Bipolar 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.

Depression 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 depression.

Depression UK: 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 a helpline.

SADA (Seasonal Affective Disorder Association): SADA supports and advises people with SAD and informs the public and health professionals about the condition.


Drugs and alcohol

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.

AddictionNI: 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 basis.

Al-Anon Family 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.

Alcohol 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 links.

Alcohol Focus Scotland: The national volunteer organisation for alcohol issues in Scotland. Provides information about alcohol, including legal matters, frequently asked questions, and tips for safe drinking.

Alcoholics 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.

Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland: This site provides information about the organisation, as well as contact numbers for local services. There is also a magazine for members.

Drinksense: 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.

Foundation 66: Foundation 66 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 and figures.

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.

Release: Provides 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 drugs.

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 helpline.

Turning Point: 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.

Web of 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.


Eating disorders

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.

BodyWhys: 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: This 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 each.
National Centre for Eating Disorders: 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: 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.

Something Fishy : 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. .

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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 practice.

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: 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 group.

Counsel and 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.



The Gender 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 and friends.


General health advice

Arthritis 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.

British Heart Foundation: Supports research into and provides information on heart disease, including depression and the heart.

British Lung Foundation : Information, support and understanding for people affected by lung disease, including the Breathe Easy support network.

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.

Multiple 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 related organisations.


General mental health advice

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.

E-mental-Health: 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.

Epilepsy 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.

Internet Mental 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.

Mental Health 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.

Mental Health Forum : 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.

Mental Health Ireland :
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 health conditions.

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 also accessible.

Psychiatry24x7 : Interesting site offering information about various mental health issues. Offers 'self-check' options, news, and tips for having successful visits to the doctor.

Rethink 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.

Samaritans: Tel: 08457 90 90 90. Email: 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 : 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 exclusion.


Learning/Developmental disabilities

Adders : International attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder online information service.

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.

Ann Craft 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 training.

Autism 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 condition.

BREAK : 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.

British Dyslexia 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.

Change: is a national rights organisation led by disabled people. They campaign for equal rights for all people with learning disabilities.

Contact a 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 site
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 documents.

Developmental and Behavorial Pediatrics : 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.

Down's Syndrome 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.

Epilepsy 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 points.

Epilepsy Society : 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.

Evidence 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.

Foundation for 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 all.

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 for.

MENCAP (Royal Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults) : Provides support services for people with disabilities. The site has pages that are designed to be easy to use for people with disability. There are also audio functions for those who cannot read. Information on housing, jobs, education, and leisure pursuits.

National Autistic 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 UK.

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 autism.

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 important service.

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.

Understanding Intellectual 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 training.

Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar 4 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.

Bipolar 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 advice.

Bipolar 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.

Pendulum : Site for information on bipolar disorder and related disorders. Information about BPD, articles, books, humor, related disorders, medications, links, and support.

Mental Health Act

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.

Mental 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 Scotland's provisions.



Men’s Health Forum : Charity 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.
Men to Men : An innovative group looking to challenge society's and men's own view of the role of men.

Obsessive-Compulsive disorder

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 groups.


Patients' Rights

Direct Government Mental Health : The government's website, providing information about all aspects of legislation and opportunities.

Patient's 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.


Personality Disorder

Emergence : 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.

Personality disorder: no longer a diagnosis of exclusion: This website provides information, resources and learning opportunities for those with a personality disorder and their carers.

Scottish 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.


Phobias and Anxiety

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.

Dental Fear 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.

Flying Without Fear: This informative site is filled with useful tips to help anyone overcome the debilitating fear of airline travel.

No Panic : Offers support for sufferers of  Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Tranquilliser Withdrawal.

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 stress.


Shyness & Social Anxiety Treatment Australia : Information about social anxiety, the treatment options, group therapy & workshops, support groups, articles, resources and links to other sites.

Triumph Over 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 groups.

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Physical Activity and Exercise

Active 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 information.

Disability Sport Events : Organisation that supports and promotes sport for people with disabilities.


Walking the 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 Walk Finder


Keep Fit : Find out about keep fit aerobics classes, and search for classes across the UK from 65 nation-wide Local Associations.


Paths For 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.


The Ramblers 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.


Sustrans : 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 website.

Professional bodies

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 find interesting.

British Psychological 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.

General Medical 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 members.

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.



RELATE : 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

Bandolier : 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.

Centre for 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 healthcare.

The King's 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.

Society for 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 particular focus.



Support in 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.

Schizophrenia World : An interactive site that offers helpful information including: forums, chat-rooms, journals and blogs.



LifeSIGNS : 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.

The Silent 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.

Insomniacs : 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.

The National Sleep Foundation : American website with information on sleep and sleep disorders
The Sleep Council : Promotes the benefits of sleeping well. Provides information leaflets on sleep and beds.

Sleepnet : 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 religions.

The National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum : The National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum is an independent registered multi-faith charity.



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 section.



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.

Family 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 parenting.

Motherisk : 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 nicotine.

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

National Childbirth 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 father.

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 groups.


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