The emergence of the world-wide Internet in the past 30 years has utterly transformed communication for all who have access to it and know how to use it. At the same time, it presents many people with a serious problem: how to tell reliable information from unreliable and clearly erroneous information. When one’s need for information is urgent, this problem is all the more critical.
On this page you will find resources that have been rigorously screened for reliability - as much as this is possible. The final screening must be done by the individual information seeker. Blind trust is never advised. Be cautious and thoughtful in considering any information offered to you by someone else, regardless of their intentions or reputation.
One needs also to be persistent in seeking solutions to problems. Success in problem-solving very often is simply a matter of not giving up. Solutions can appear in unexpected places, but only if one keeps looking.
“The laws in most states require helping professions in the front lines – such as doctors and home health providers – to report suspected abuse or neglect. These professionals are called mandated reporters.”
“The hotline” 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) - This exceptionally comprehensive service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, provides access to the following free, confidential services: * Crisis intervention * Domestic violence education * Safety planning * Caller connection directly to service providers, such as local shelters * Agency referrals to legal, economic self-sufficiency, sexual assault, elder abuse, children’s, and other related services
“Interpreter services are available by phone to assist in over 200 languages. The Hotline provides referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
StrongHearts Native Helpline - “A free, safe, confidential, and anonymous helpline for American Indian and Alaska Native victims of domestic and sexual violence. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it offers culturally appropriate support and advocacy including the following: * Crisis intervention * Information and education about domestic and sexual violence; health options * Safety planning * Referrals to Native-centered service providers * Information about jurisdiction and legal advocacy referrals
Drugs, Herbs and Supplements - Available here are detailed drug information sheets written for patients - and much more. This highly trustworthy resource is a collaboration between the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the National Library of Medicine of the US Government’s National Institutes of Health.
Drugs.com - This exceptional resource has two distinct sections, both of great value. The homepage offers access to everything and is a good starting point.
We have also an entire article devoted to Finding a good therapist which you should look at.
Psychology Today therapist directory - probably the largest such directory, with listings grouped by state, city and zip code, as well as having separate listings for online therapists, psychiatrists, and treatment centers.
National Board for Certified Counselors dataabase - NBCC counselors pass a national certification exam to qualify for this database. (Most counselors are not NBCC certified, but listings in this database may not be in other databases.)
EMDR Institute therapist directory - Counselors in this database have been trained by the Institute that originated the best-validated trauma treatment model in existence. They may be located by region, as with other databases. (Listings here are limited - see this note[^2] for more on this.)
EMDRIA Therapist Directory - Counselors in this database are fully EMDR trained and are members of the EMDR International Association, which is a primary source for training and continuing education of trauma therapists.
ISSTD Find-A-Therapist directory - In theory, this should be a good place to locate a dissociative disorders specialist. In actuality, this directory probably works best in the largest cities and states, because membership in ISSTD most certainly does not include many therapists who work with dissociative disorders. In addition, a significant number of directory members are not therapists at all. Still, this resource should not be overlooked, as it is a valid source of people with serious commitments to working in this field.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357 - “A confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.”
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page author: Tom Cloyd | reviewed 2023-02-18:2035