General Resources

Resources and education for people experiencing grief.

Meditation/Relaxation/Mindfulness Resources:
Find meditation, relaxation and mindfulness exercises on this website.
Information about the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.

This online therapy program can help patients suffering from chronic insomnia and reduce the need for sleep medication use. This program has been researched and shown to have clinical efficacy.
Information and tips on healthy sleep.
This website describes a type of psychotherapy to treat insomnia called cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia. This can be used as a start, but the actual treatment requires working with a therapist trained in this type of therapy.

Smartphone/Tablet Applications:

Virtual Hope Box, National Center for Telehealth & Technology
The virtual hope box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Patients and their provider can work together to personalize the VHB content on the patient’s own smart phone according to the patients specific needs. The patient can then use the VHB away from the clinic, continuing to add or change content as needed. The VHB has been researched and shown to be effective clinically.

Social Networking and Support:
Social support for young people with mental illness.
Support and information for patients and their caregivers/families.

Suggested Reading*:

Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life
Paperback– December 1, 2011 by Matthew McKay PhD (Author), Martha Davis PhD (Author), Patrick Fanning (Author)
This book contains useful information and techniques on dealing with a variety of mental health concerns based on cognitive behavior therapy approaches. Can be read by both patients and professionals.

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
2010, authors: Bruce M. Hyman PhD, Cherry Pedrick, RN
This book is a self-help workbook where obsessions and compulsions related to obsessive compulsive disorder can be addressed using exposure response techniques among other methods. Interventions for disorders of hair pulling and skin picking discussed. Includes a child and family section.

*self-help books should be used with the guidance of a licensed therapist and should not serve as a substitute for the services of a psychotherapist, instead used as a supplement.

Workplace Accommodations for Mental Illness:
This informational page from the American Psychiatric Association provides good information on what types of conditions warrant accommodations and possible remedies for them in the workplace to keep you working at your highest level.
This link from the Job Accommodation Network provides information on the process of requesting workplace accommodations.


Disclaimer: Mental Fitness Clinic is not responsible for the content of the third-party websites listed on this page. Mental Fitness Clinic reports no financial conflicts of interest with any of the listed resources.