Patient and Family Education Resources

The resources listed below are provided to help individuals and their families become better-informed about mental health issues.  For information on how to get help in Texas, please visit our page on how to get help for mental health concerns or how to get help for substance abuse problems.

Suicide Prevention Resources

Adult Mental Health Resources

  • Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University
    Living Well with a Psychiatric Disability at Work or School provides resources for persons who have a psychiatric condition and are working, at school, or reentering the workplace. The resource page has a wealth of information that is disorder-specific for individuals with mental illness and their families.

  • DBSA - Depression Bipolar Support Alliance
    Marked by changes in mood, depression and bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) are both highly treatable medical illnesses. Unfortunately, many people don't get the help they need because of the misunderstanding surrounding the illnesses or the fear associated with stigma. includes brief descriptions of depression and bipolar disorder as well as more in-depth information.

  • Help Starts Here
    Mental illness and severe emotional stress affect millions of Americans, and far too often, many problems go untreated. They don’t have to – because help starts here with information about a variety of mental illnesses. is sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers.

  • National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
    The NIMH publications webpage provides access to a broad array of publications that relate to the treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    NIDA brings the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction by providing strategic support and conducting research across a broad range of disciplines to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides information about mental illnesses, medications, NAMI programs, and support. The site includes a search feature to find your local NAMI affiliate.

  • National Empowerment Center
    The mission of the National Empowerment Center Inc. is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people who have been labeled with mental illness. We carry that message with authority because we are a consumer/survivor/expatient-run organization and each of us is living a personal journey of recovery and empowerment.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) ADS Center
    The ADS Center helps to promote acceptance, dignity, and social inclusion.

  • Via HOPE
    A training, education, and consulting organization providing recovery focused services. 

Resources for Children and Adolescents with Behavior and Emotional Disturbances

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
    AACAP provides approximately 100 " Facts for Families" are provided in English, Spanish, Malaysian, Polish, Icelandic, Arabic, Urdu and Hebrew. There is a keyword search option (e.g., type in depression or autism) or the "Facts for Families" can be viewed in alphabetical or numerical order.

  • Help Starts Here provides basic information in the following categories: Kids & Families, Mind & Spirit, Health & Wellness, Seniors & Aging, and Issues & Answers. The site provides definitions, personal stories, professional advice, and recent articles on related topics. If desired, it can connect you with a social work resource in your community. The website is sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers.

  • Mayo Clinic
    Clinical experts provide current medical information and news on health topics such as diseases and conditions, symptoms checker, drugs and supplements, and tests and pocedures at

  • New York University Child Study Center The NYU Child Study Center site provides numerous links for families and professionals are available, including condition-specific handouts and fact sheets.

  • Oasis @ MAAP addresses developmental and childhood disorders. Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS). This site provides articles, educational resources, links to local, national and international support groups, sources of professional help, lists of camps and schools, conference information, recommended reading, and moderated support message boards.

  • Psychotropic Medication Utilization Parameters for Foster Children
    In February of 2005, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) released a "best practices" guide to ensure the proper use of psychotropic medications for the children in foster care. Both the current Psychotropic Medication Utilization Parameters for Children and Youth in Foster Care and additional information are availble on the DFPS web page concerning psychotropic medications.

  • Texas Child Study Center
    A searchable Children’s Health Encyclopedia from Dell Children’s Hospital including information on neurological disorders and mental health disorders.

Child Abuse Prevention

The resources listed below are provided to help individuals and their families prevent child abuse.

General Resources

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    The Mental Health Work Group section of the CDC site includes information about mental health treatment, data & statistics, publications, and prevention of mental illness.

  • MedlinePlus
    The National Institutes of Health MedlinePlus website provides information for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the site features access to information about diseases, conditions, medications, and wellness issues in English, Spanish and many other languages as well as information about the latest treatments, information on a drug or supplement, the meanings of words, or medical videos or illustrations for viewing. It also provides links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.
Last updated August 9, 2018