Additional Resources

Family Support

King's College London, Institute of Pshychiatry
Free Online Course for Family Members & Caregivers

Families Healing Together connects families around the world in a shared purpose of broadening perspectives on mental health and emotional distress. Courses are facilatated by persons in recovery and have both personal and professional experience with mental health.


First Episode Psychosis

The NASMHPD Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) is a virtual resource center is designed to provide reliable information for practitioners, policymakers, individuals, families, and communities in order to foster more widespread adoption and utilization of early intervention programming for persons at risk for (or experiencing a first episode of) psychosis. The site includes information from a national RWJF-funded demonstration to identify and prevent the onset of psychotic illness – the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP) ¬– as well as other early intervention initiatives.

Early Assessment & Support Alliance is a virtual resource center for practitioners, policymakers, individuals, families, and communities to provide up-to-date resources.


Peer Support

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) was developed by a group of people who experience mental health challenges. These people learned that they can identify what makes them well, and then use their own Wellness Tools to relieve difficult feelings and maintain wellness. The result has been recovery and long-term stability. Your WRAP® program is designed by you in practical, day-to-day terms, and holds the key to getting and staying well. It does not necessarily replace traditional treatments, but can be used as a compliment to any other treatment options you have chosen.

The SAMHSA-funded Recovery to Practice (RTP) initiative includes two complementary components: Recovery‐oriented training materials for the identified mental health professions and Resource Center for all mental health professionals complete with recovery-oriented web‐based and print materials, training, and technical assistance for professionals engaged in the transformation process. The Recovery to Practice project was created for more than those who provide peer support services; it was created for all of the professions involved in the delivery of mental health and behavioral health care.

The Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) is a credential for persons with lived experience of mental health challenges, who wish to provide support to others in their recovery journey. A person with the CRSS credential uses unique insights gained through personal recovery experience. The CRSS credential assures competence in advocacy, professional responsibility, mentoring, and recovery support. Persons with the CRSS credential are employed specifically to use their personal recovery experiences to facilitate and support the recoveries of others and to help shape the mental health system to be more person-centered and empowering.

A web site for young people who have had mental health issues that emphasizes peer support and networking. “The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of 'mental illness' rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework.”


Other Resources

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill national web site

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Chicago

Information about schizophrenia from a very reliable websource.

The oldest – and probably best – schizophrenia site that is managed by a family member.

A world renowned rehabilitation program with many faculties and programs in the greater Chicago area.

This is the Illinois department of mental health website that can get you started on services and policies for persons with serious mental illness living in Illinois.

This is the most extensive international resource on hearing voices you can find on the web. This information includes both ways of overcoming the difficulties faced by people who hear voices, as well as the more positive aspects of the experience and its cultural and historical significance.

Is a nationally-based networks around the world joined by shared goals and values, incorporating a fundamental belief that there are many ways to understand the experience of hearing voices and other unusual or extreme experiences. It is part of an international collaboration between professionals, people with lived experience, and their families to develop an alternative approach to coping with emotional distress that is empowering and useful to people, and does not start from the assumption that they have a chronic illness.

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