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The Mental Health Board offers the follows links to resources and information available on the internet. Some of the links are connected to services that involve potential fees and the Board does not endorse or recommend for or against these services but share the free information as a way to help share information. (Below: veteran-related links section, PTSD-related links)

10 Ways To Promote Mental Wellness with meaningful suggestions that make a difference.

Addiction Group offers a helpful list of resources, ideas and explanations on a range of alcohol and substance abuse issues, treatments and more.

ADHD and Depression: What You Need to Know takes a look at a potential link that may aggrevate an already serious situation.

Affordable Care Act information can be found with these Health Insurance Marketplace Educational Tools.

The Alcohol Rehab Guide offers this informative article on the connection between alcoholism and anxiety.

Living with Anxiety: How to Cope

Resource for Anxiety and Depression

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) offers information for faith leaders.

You’ve Just Been Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder – What Now?

Bipolar Hope online

Bipolar News Network – wide range of news, information and updates, including recent research, on bipolar disorder and depression.

Brain & Behavior Foundation Planned & Archived Webinars offers links to upcoming and archived webinars on everything from ADHD to adolescent depression. is a program to reduce stigma related to mental health.

Body image and mental health is the topic of an informative article at this link.

Cancer and Mental Health: The Emotional and Psychological Effects of Cancer

Childhood Trauma and Addition in Adulthood

The Complete Guide To Understanding Bullying is a comprehensive collection of articles.

Talking to Children About a Sibling’s Mental Illness

Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occuring Disorders information—Educating individuals about the dangers of alcohol & drug addiction.

Decluttering Your Home after the Loss of a Loved One: A Step-by-Step Guide to Moving through the Difficult Process

Depression and Addiction: How are they related?

Depression and Dental Health: Exploring the Connection, and How to Get Back on a Healthy Track

Depression and Senior Adults

The Distinction Between Binge Drinking and Alcoholism

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Virtual Support Groups: See McCallum Virtual Support Groups - McCallum Place

The Emotional and Psychological Effects of Cancer is another resource addressing a topic that can be missed and cause problems down the road.

Grieving an Unexpected Death – Common Reations and Ways to Cope

A Family Guide to Psychiatric Hospitalization

Financial Advice for Mental Diseases and Disorders

Financial  support to help with internet access for those with household income less than twice the federal poverty level

Food and Mental Health: Excellent article from Rider University

How to Start the Conversation About a Loved One’s Mental Health

For Teens: Am I Depressed or is It Just a Phase?

Geriatric Depression is an online rating tool and other information.

Show Me Hope Offers Support is a statewide effort to help with several COVID related mental health issues.

Three Hobbies to Try in Addiction Recovery that will Boost Your Mental Health

Home After Rehab: The Guide to Finding the Right Place for Recovery

How to talk to your kids about addiction

How to Apply for Disability Benefits with Drug Addiction

The ins and outs of Inpatient Care

KCUR Public Radio has an excellent news page on mental health issues.

Leaving Therapy

Living Without Family: 5 Stages of Self Care Seniors Should Know - Preparing for the Rest of Your Life as an “Elder Orphan” provides good information on a rarely covered topic.

Longterm residential care for alcohol and substance abuse in Missouri

Mental Health America "Finding Health: When To Get It and Where to Go."

Mental Health America archived and upcoming webinars on everything from from how genetic testing can impact depression to mental health for children dealing with COVID impacts like remote learning and more.

Mental Health America of the Heartland also provides a large range of information of interest to those concerned with mental health issues in this area. A good start is to signup for their e-newsletters.

Mental Effects of Mesothelioma – A good collection of mental health information for a form of cancer that could help many facing depression, anxiety and other issues from serious illness.

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Missouri Department of Mental Health offers information and services. Their Kansas City regional office offers additional service.

Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Health Care,

Mental Health Ministries is an interfaith web based ministry to provide educational resources to help erase the stigma of mental illness in our faith communities.

Mental Health Net offers information and help from the National Institute of Mental Health., by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an excellent resource for consumers, family members, community leaders and educators. The site has educational information, tips for effective communication, videos of hope and recovery, community strategies and more.

The Metropolitan Council of Community Mental Health Centers offers lists of resources in the region.

Missouri Ask LIsten Refer (MOLR) training to help recognize and prevent suicide.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness ( offers a wide range of information, links and more. NAMI Missouri has moreregionally focused information. For veterans and their loved ones, check out NAMI's Homefront (

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Missouri is the statewide volunteer-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and recovery for children and adults with mental health needs. The national NAMI website is also a good resource.

NAMI Greater Kansas City offers resources and listings for the Kanas City area.

NAMI Archived Webinars at "Ask the Expert" include topics like "Achieving Ideal Heart Health In People With Mental Illness," New Horizons in Schizophrenia Research and Eating for Better Mental Health.

Online Programs for Depression (and other mental health issues)

Opioid Help is dedicated to the mental affects of opioid addition and offers extensives resources and help.

Opiod use and understanding the opiod epidemic is the subject of an informative guide at this link from Maryville University.

Overcoming Isolation in Addiction Recovery is another valuable resource on a delimma that is often overlooked.

Promoting Mental Health at Home

"Room of Refuge and Self Care" at Truman Medical Center. This virtual "room" offerss relaxation resources and more.

The RehabSpot is a national resource for mental health, substance abuse and other related resources. Their family resources page is especially worth noting.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Stress and Anxiety

Substance Abuse and Anxiety Attacks offers good information.

Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What to Do When an Employee Returns from Rehab

Talking to Your Kids About Drug and Alcohol Abuse: The Ultimate Do’s and Don’ts Guide

Ten Unexpected Signs of Addition

Therapist Vs Psychologist : Which One to Choose

Transgender Mental Health Issues: The Challenges of a Binary World

Video Game Addiction: Does It Occur? If So, Why? It is real and may be underestimated.

NAMI Kansas Virtual Connections Group, 7-8:30 pm: Free, monthly, peer-led support group for individuals over 18 years of age, who have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition, such as anxiety, depression, or sleeping difficulties Register at:

Why Do So Many Men Have Eating Disorders? addresses a topic that isn't nearly as discussed as it should be.

Especially for Vets

AboutFACE – Learn about PTSD from other veterans.

AIMS Anger & Irritability Management Skills – Learn to manage your anger.

Moving Forward: Overcoming Life’s Challenges – Resources to overcome stressful problems and meet your goals. Also available as an app (IOS).

Parenting for Service Members & Veterans – Resources to strengthen your parenting skills Also available as an app: Parenting2Go.

PTSD Coach Online – Get support in managing PTSD symptoms. Also available as an app (iOS and Android).

Sesame Street for Military Families – Resources for families with young children.

The State of Veteran Mental Health and Substance Abuse in America

VA Aps for Vets – Excellent collection in one location of smart phone apps that offer help for mental health issues faced by veterans annd others.

VETCHANGE – Resources to cut back or stop drinking Also available as an app (iOS).

Vets Prevail – Earn rewards for behavior changes and get Veteran support. Also available as an app (iOS).

PTSD Related Links

The AddictionCenter website offers good advice on understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its impact.

Conduct Disorder in Relation to Trauma and Sleep – People who have experienced a trauma may develop a conduct disorder that involves some sort of disruptive behavior.

Fear, Safety, and the Role of Sleep in Human PTSD – A patient struggling with insufficient or poor sleep quality may not benefit from PTSD treatments and interventions.

Frequently asked questions about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

How Dogs Can Help Veterans Overcome PTSD – Bonding with a dog can help relieve common PTSD symptoms in patients.

Improving Sleep Can Aid Recovery of Veterans With PTSD and TBI – The sleep disturbance and deprivation that usually accompanies PTSD often makes the condition much more severe.

Let’s Talk About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PDF) – The flashback episodes that plague PTSD patients can involve vivid memories that may be so strong that patients think they are actually reliving the experiences.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Persistent thoughts and memories are hallmarks of PTSD, and these thoughts often bother people during both the daytime and nighttime hours.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD involves intrusive and recurring recollections of a traumatic event, which often leads to agitation, mood changes, and insomnia.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Information – Someone with PTSD may begin avoiding activities that lead to memories of the trauma, trying to prevent flashbacks.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview – Typical symptoms of PTSD include detachment from loved ones, depression, irritability, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and hypersensitive reactions.

PTSD Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment – Strong feelings of guilt, worry, isolation, and sadness typically engulf a person experiencing PTSD.

Sleep and Mental Health – Psychiatric patients with issues such as anxiety and depression usually also experience sleep problems, and this is thought to be due to a strong connection between sleep and mental health.

Sleep Disorder Rates Six Times Higher Among Veterans – Estimates indicate that veterans are six times more likely to experience sleep disorders than people in the general population.

Sleep Problems Persist After PTSD Treatment, Study of Active Troops Finds – Nightmares and insomnia are the two main complaints of people suffering from PTSD.

Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment (PDF) – While it’s typical to have strong memories after a traumatic event, these memories should not persist and interfere with daily functioning for more than a couple of months.

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