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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)

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.

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 Kansas City Area Support Group Brochure (PDF)

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

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

Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri offers a large range of information of interest to those concerned with mental health issues in this area. A recent example included a directory of area support groups available at http://mha-em.org/self-help-groups/group-db.html.

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.

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

Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Health Care, www.mocoalition.org.

Mental Health Net offers information and help from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Geriatric Depression is an online rating tool and other information.

Bringchange2mind.org is a program to reduce stigma related to mental health.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsors MentalHealth.gov, 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.

Substance Abuse and Anxiety Attacks offers good information.

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

Good ideas: Here's a great article that provides some good thoughts on 10 Ways To Promote Mental Wellness with meaningful suggestions that make a difference.

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

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (nami.org) 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 (https://nami.org/homefront/)

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intervention eBook: What to do if your child is drinking or using drugs

Co-Occurring Disorders

Promoting Mental Health at Home

How to Apply for Disability Benefits with Drug Addiction

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

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

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

Seasonal Affective Disorder

How to talk to your kids about addiction

Know The Signs & Symptoms To Prevent Suicide

Surviving Your Child’s Suicide: Finding Peace After Tragedy


Especially for Vets

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.

AIMS Anger & Irritability Management Skills – Learn to manage your anger. veterantraining.va.gov/aims/

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

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

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

PTSD Coach Online – Get support in managing PTSD symptoms. Also available as an app (iOS and Android). ptsd.va.gov/apps/ptsdcoachonline/

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

After Deployment – Resources for psychological health and personal growth. afterdeployment.dcoe.mill

AboutFACE – Learn about PTSD from other veterans. ptsd.va.gov/apps/AboutFace/

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

PTSD Related Links

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.

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 – PTSD patients experience symptoms that include re-experiencing the trauma, avoiding triggers, and arousal to the vivid memories.

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.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment – Treatment of PTSD usually involves psychotherapy and prescription medication to relieve depression and anxiety.

PTSD Fact Sheet (PDF) – Anyone who has experienced a traumatic event or has lived through a life-threatening situation can be at risk for developing PTSD.

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

REM Sleep Disturbances and PTSD – Patients with a PTSD diagnosis may also experience disturbed or reduced amounts of REM sleep, which may make symptoms worse.

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.

What Dreams May Come – Treating the Nightmares of PTSD – A psychiatrist examines the sleep problems that can accompany PTSD and what is being done to address them.

What Is PTSD? Examples of life-threatening events that can lead to PTSD include natural disasters, military combat, serious accidents, and assaults.


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