Expert Reveals the Best FREE Mental Health Resources to Have

by Dr. Jonathan Prousky ND

45 best psychiatric resources and references for anyone interested or working with mental health.

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Editor’s Note: Dr. Jonathan Prousky, ND is well known for his research and clinical experience with psychiatric conditions. These are his resources, articles and recommended websites for anyone interested or working with mental health. Read more on his website http://jonathanprouskynd.com.

26 Best Psychiatric Resources

  1. Authentic Happiness – “The purpose of this website is to provide free resources where people can learn about Positive Psychology through readings, videos, research, opportunities, conferences, questionnaires with feedback and more. There is no charge for the use of this site.”
  2. Beyond Meds – “This blog documents and shares many natural methods of self-care for finding and sustaining health in body, mind and spirit. This blog also deals with wider issues in the socio/political and spiritual realms as they pertain to mental health and human rights issues surrounding psychiatry.”
  3. Coalition Against Psychiatric Assualt – “CAPA is an organization that is focused on strategic activism… Strategic activism involves developing actions that are part of a larger campaign aimed at achieving specific goals. Currently, CAPA members are working on developing strategies and actions aimed at curtailing the use of psychiatric drugs and electroshock.”
  4. Critical Psychiatry Network – “On the site you will find papers and documents written by CPN in response to consultation documents from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in England (NICE). You will also find responses to documents from other organisations, including the British Government’s consultation process that lead to the 2008 amendment to the 1983 Mental Health Act.”
  5. David Carmichael – “A few days after I started taking Paxil again, I was having suicidal thoughts. I thought I could get rid of the thoughts and recover more quickly if I increased my dosage. On July 17, I started taking 60mg. of Paxil a day. Three days later, I planned my suicide. I went from planning my suicide to planning a murder-suicide to planning a murder. On July 31, 2004, I killed my 11-year-old son Ian.”
  6. Dr. David Healy – “Adverse drug events are now the fourth leading cause of death in hospitals. It’s a reasonable bet they are an even greater cause of death in non-hospital settings where there is no one to monitor things going wrong and no one to intervene to save a life.”
  7. Psychiatric Drug Facts with Dr. Peter Breggin – “Peter R. Breggin, MD, has been called “The Conscience of Psychiatry” for his many decades of successful efforts to reform the mental health field. His scientific and educational work has provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and ECT, and leads the way in promoting more caring and effective therapies.”
  8. ECT Resources Center -“ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) involves the application of two electrodes to the head to pass electricity through the brain with the goal of causing an intense seizure or convulsion. The process always damages the brain, resulting each time in a temporary coma and often a flatlining of the brain waves, which is a sign of impending brain death… These harmful effects worsen and some become permanent as routine treatment progresses.”
  9. International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery – “The International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery gathers prominent survivors, professionals, family members, and advocates from around the world to work together for new clinical and social practices in response to emotional distress and what is often labeled as psychosis.”
  10. International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry – “The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry, Inc. (ISEPP) is a non-profit volunteer organization of mental health professionals, physicians, educators, ex-patients and survivors of the mental health system, and their families.”
  11. Jay Joseph, Psy.D. – “We have now reached a pivotal moment in the history of the social and behavioral sciences. Although researchers have argued for decades that twin studies show that genetic factors exert an important influence on human behavioral differences, for the most part, despite decades of attempts, they have failed to produce confirmed evidence of specific genes that underlie differences in IQ, personality, socially disapproved behavior, and the major psychiatric disorders.”
  12. Kelly Brogan, MD- Holistic Women’s Health Psychiatry – “Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a holistic women’s health psychiatrist on faculty at George Washington University and in private practice in Manhattan. She is board-certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms.”
  13. Madness Radio – “Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health explores ‘madness’ from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, featuring survivors, authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.”
  14. MindFreedom“MindFreedom International is a nonprofit organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities.”
  15. Mind For Better Mental Health – “We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.”
  16. Mindful – A Better Future for Children’s Mental Health – “MINDFUL’s mission is to fill the gap in treatment towards mental health by educating parents, youth and health professionals on the importance of diet and nutrition.”
  17. Orthomolecular Medicine – “Orthomolecular medicine, as conceptualized by double-Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, aims to restore the optimum environment of the body by correcting imbalances or deficiencies based on individual biochemistry, using substances natural to the body such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements and fatty acids.”
  18. Rethinking Madness – “After being bombarded with so many mixed messages and propaganda, you are likely to find great relief in the way the major research studies are skillfully disentangled, separating fact from fiction, and arriving at a message of real hope that is backed up by rock solid research.
  19. Robert Whitaker – Anatomy of an Epidemic – “Anatomy of an Epidemic investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of adults and children disabled by mental illness skyrocketed over the past fifty years? There are now more than four million people in the United States who receive a government disability check because of a mental illness, and the number continues to soar.”
  20. Rufus May.com – “I have worked as a clinical psychologist for 19 years in the NHS in England. I am currently offering training and consultancy in holistic approaches to mental health and wellbeing.  My interest in recovery from psychosis and other difficulties is rooted in my own experiences of psychosis when I was 18 and subsequent recovery journey. “
  21. Shrink Rap Radio < – “When outside of the pod, “Dr. Dave” is also known as David Van Nuys, Ph.D. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University and served as that department’s Chair for seven years. The department has a longstanding reputation for its commitment to humanistic, transpersonal, and existential approaches to psychology.”
  22. The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care – “We connect the passion of private philanthropy with the world’s top researchers and programs to bring recovery–based care and supports to every community.”
  23. The Icarus Project – “The Icarus Project is a support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We advance social justice by fostering mutual aid practices that reconnect healing and collective liberation. We transform ourselves through transforming the world around us.”
  24. The International Community for Hearing Voices – “Working across the world to spread positive and hopeful messages about the experience of hearing voices. If you hear voices, know someone who does or want to find out more about this experience – then this site is for you.
  25. Toxic Psychiatry – “ToxicPsychiatry–News and Resources is an expanding news archive and library of the growing body of information documenting the false science, dangers and other issues relating to biological psychiatry.  The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education & Living was founded by Peter R. Breggin, MD and Ginger Breggin to encourage and illuminate better approaches to emotional overwhelm and crisis.”
  26. Wild Truth – “My name is Daniel Mackler and I am a filmmaker, writer, and musician based in New York City.  I also worked for ten years as a psychotherapist in New York, though I ended my therapy practice in 2010.  My writings focus on the causes, consequences, and radical significance of childhood trauma.”

19 Psychiatric Diagnoses & Drugs Article References

  1. Anatomy of an Epidemic (2005) – “A review of the scientific literature reveals that it is our drug-based paradigm of care that is fueling this epidemic. The drugs increase the likelihood that a person will become chronically ill, and induce new and mote severe psychiatric symptoms in a significant percentage of patients.”
  2. Denying the Effects of Psychiatric Drugs on Health is Indeed a Scandal (2012) – “… in response to the Editorial by Gray (2012), which introduced a special edition addressing the intersection between physical and mental health.”
  3. Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs (2012) – “This guide brings together the best information we’ve discovered… It is not to persuade anyone to stop taking psychiatric medications, but instead aims to educate people about their options if they decide to explore going off.”
  4. How Do Psychiatric Drugs Work? (2009) – “In this article we question that assumption, proposing that drugs’ action be viewed rather as producing altered, drug induced states, a view we have called the drug centred model of action.”
  5. Limits of Psychiatry (2002) – “Much of the expansion of psychiatry in the past few decades has been based on a biomedical model that encourages drug treatment to be seen as a panacea for multiple problems. Psychiatrist Duncan Double is skeptical of this approach…”
  6. Intoxication Anosognosia: The Spellbinding Effect of Psychiatric Drugs (2006) – “… all somatic psychiatric treatments impair the function of the brain and mind. Intoxication anosognosia (medication spellbinding) is an expression of this drug-induced mental disability.”
  7. Psychiatric Diagnoses as a Political Device (2010) – “… in contrast to the idea that diagnosis should determine treatment, diagnoses in psychiatry are applied to justify predetermined social responses, designed to control and contain disturbed behaviour and provide care for dependents.”
  8. Psychiatric Drugs as Agents of Trauma (2010) – “Drawing on the work of numerous psychiatrists and psychopharmacologists and my own observations, I describe how most common psychiatric drugs are not only toxic but can be chronically traumatic”.
  9. Psychiatric Drug-Induced Chronic Brain Impairment (2011) – “Understanding the hazards  associated with long-term exposure to psychiatric drugs is very important but  rarely emphasized in the scientific literature and clinical practice.”
  10. Why is it so Difficult to Stop Psychiatric Drug Treatment? (2006) – “In this paper, I argue that the problems that occur after discontinuation or reduction of long-term psychiatric drug treatment may be caused by the process of drug withdrawal itself, rather than representing the course of the underlying illness.”
  11. CAM Mental Health Requires More Honesty (2014) – “Mainstream psychiatry is hell-bent on promoting the notion that psychiatric disorders are brain disorders. The new push from the National Institute of Mental Health is that mental illness may be more of a neuronal connection or circuit disorder.”
  12. Naturopathic Doctors’ Perspectives on Mental Health and Psychiatric Drugs: Results of a Pilot Survey (2014) – “This pilot survey presents for the first-time naturopathic doctors’ (NDs) perspectives on mental health and psychiatric drugs.”
  13. Counselling Male Members of the Canadian Forces (2015) – “The lives of men working in the Canadian Forces (CF) are vastly different from civilian life… Counselors need to attune psychotherapy to the specific psychological and sociocultural adaptation stresses that these men have experienced as part of the military acculturation process that shifts them to embrace a more “militarized” worldview.”
  14. Top-down (System Focused) vs. Bottom-up (Patient Focused) Mental Health Care (2013) – “I now see that the most important way for patients to recover is to encourage their self and interpersonal development through the use of numerous resources, for which the provision of orthomolecular medicine is part of a broader plan of coordinated mental healthcare instead of being the primary form of mental healthcare offered.”
  15. Orthomolecular Treatments are Preferable to Psychiatric Drugs (2013) – “Although mainstream psychiatric drugs (MPDs) can help to quickly stabilize patients having mental breakdowns or suicidal crises, there are rational reasons for clinicians to consider orthomolecular psychiatric treatment (OPT).
  16. Orthomolecular Medicine’s Answer to the Uncertainties of Psychiatry (2011) – “As a non-psychiatrist, I am astounded by the number of psychiatric diagnoses given to suffering patients… Given that psychiatric diagnoses are so varied and unpredictable, and that patients with different diagnoses are often given similar treatments, how important are psychiatric diagnoses to providing sound and reasonable psychopharmacologic care?”
  17. Effective Tapering Strategies to Limit Drug Withdrawal and Destabilization (2013) – NEURAPAS® balance is a unique herbal medicine that contains three potent psychoactive herbal extracts… Based on these purported mechanisms of action, NEURAPAS® balance can be used to treat anxiety and/or depression.”
  18. Tapering off Antidepressant Medication (2013) – “One of the most common requests that I receive from patients stems from their desire to reduce or discontinue psychotropic medications. It is entirely appropriate for patients to request this.”
  19. Weaning Patients off Psychotropic Drugs Protocol (2012) – “I need to see that you are stable for at least six-months before there is any consideration for reducing and/or discontinuing your psychotropic medication.”

Other Specific Mental Health Resources

ADHD/ADD

Bipolar Disorder

Depression

Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Alcoholism

Anorexia Nervosa

Anxiety

Autism

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Dementia

Detoxification

Epilepsy

Insomnia

Migraine Headaches

Mild Adrenocortical Insufficiency

Neuropsychiatric Diseases & Disorders

Nicotine Addiction

Parkinson’s Disease

Resilience

About the Author
Dr. Jonathan Prousky ND

Dr. Prousky was the first Naturopathic doctor to receive the “Orthomolecular Doctor of the Year” award in 2010. He is the author of several clinical textbooks, such as Anxiety: Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment (2006), Naturopathic Nutrition (2006), The Vitamin Cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (2010), and the Textbook of Integrative Clinical Nutrition (2012). His clinician-based research involves the neuropsychiatric application of micronutrients to optimize mental and neurological health.