Helpful Links

Alcohol and Drug Information
Alcoholics Anonymous -- This Web Site is created and maintained by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Club Drugs -- a service of the National Institute on drug abuse
Facts on Tap -- excellent site for information on drugs, alcohol

Contraceptive Choices/STDs:
American Social Health Association -- Great jumping off point from the organization that runs the National AIDS and National STI hotlines. Has links to sites about herpes, HPV, Hepatitis B, etc.
Dr. Drew --Web page contains general health information, frequently asked questions, information on sex and STDs, information on piercing, and general health information ranging from eating disorders, abuse, suicide, violence, and sex.
It's Your Sex Life -- a project by Kaiser Family foundation
Unspeakable: the Truth about STDs -- a frank, accurate, and unembarrassed guide to the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Health Information:
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
American Lung Association
Berkeley Wellness Online
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-- Web Site for the Centers for Disease Control.
Dr. Koop --Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, chairs this page which offers daily health news; info on issues specific to men, women, children and older adults; medical encyclopedias, and "Drug Checker" to help you avoid harmful drug interactions with both prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Go Ask Alice -- Web site is a question and answer service provided by the University of Columbia covering topics such as general health, fitness and nutrition, emotional health, relationships, sexuality/sexual health, alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs. You can even Ask Alice your own health-related questions!
Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide
Health Central
Mayo Clinic Health Oasis
Medline -- Service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health. Contains health topics, drug (over-the-counter and prescription) information, dictionaries, directories, and other resources.
National Institute of Health National Women's Health Information Center
Oxygen -- This web page contains women's news about health, different medical information, other information regarding how to survive violence, lifestyle assessments, target heart rate, and more. One can also use this site in order to search for more specific information.

American Dietetic Association
Center for Science in the Public Interest --For 30 years, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has been a strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science.
Cyberdiet -- check out the calorie and nutrition calculator
Nutrition Action Health letter
Shape Up America
USDA -- Web page which contains the food pyramid of the different proportions of various kinds of food. Explains what is considered one serving under each category

Mental Health:
Disaster Mental Health
Have a Heart
Mental Health Net 
National Institute of Mental Health

Crisis/Suicide Prevention Information:
If you are in crisis, need help for yourself or someone else, please call 1-800-273-8255 for free, confidential help 24 hours a day.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you are a veteran in distress, please call the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and PRESS “1”.

Local crisis lines for all 58 counties can be found at

An online chat function for veterans in crisis is also available at

More resources about suicide prevention can be found at the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline homepage
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
National Institute for Mental Health
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Office of Suicide Prevention at the California Department of Mental Health includes the California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention
Centers for Disease Control's webpage contains many resources about suicide prevention, including data, resources, and The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Suicide which was published in 1999.



Campus Mental Health - Know Your Rights! This document is from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. The Center is an advocacy center for the rights of people with mental disabilities. This document provides information about the legal rights of students in higher education.

The Jed Foundation the leading non-profit foundation dedicated to decre​asing suicide and emotional problems among college students.

Ulifeline is an anonymous online resource for students, which allows them to explore and learn more about their emotional life.

The National Alliance for Mental Illness is an organization that supports individuals and families with mental illness.

NAMI California is the local affiliate.

Project Hope (peer education)

Half of Us is a joint venture between MTV and the Jed Foundation to raise awareness about mental health issues among college students, and provide links to resources. These resources include general information, personal stories, and how to help a friend in need. This site provides a link to college resources including many CCCs. This link can be accessed at

Active Minds is an organization that seeks to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health issues for students.

Student Mental Health and the Law is a publication from the Jed Foundation that provides information about students’ legal rights related to mental health issues.

Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has a toolkit to help with students who have psychiatric disabilities. This toolkit can be accessed on the Internet at

In the Wake of Trauma: Tips for College Students provides brief tips for students following a traumatic event (from SAMHSA).

Faculty and Staff:

The document, A Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student is the result of the work of a roundtable of college administrators, counselors and other mental health professionals, and attorneys in response to the need to provide a response for addressing issues of suicidal or distressed students. This document contains a comprehensive model for suicide prevention and mental health promotion, entitled “Prescription for Prevention” which can be found in Appendix C of the document, page 28.

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) has a resource page on mental health issues for academic advisors. This page contains a comprehensive listing of various resource topics on mental health and related issues, and can be found on the Internet at


Healthy Minds Study An annual study of mental health among college students, conducted by the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health.

Community college programs and services

Assisting The Emotionally Distressed Student is a publication from West Valley College developed for administrators, faculty, and staff.

Santa Ana College also has a document for assisting faculty in their interactions with students. This document can be found on the internet at

Resource Guide for Serving Students with Psychological Disabilities in California Community Colleges was developed in 1991 as joint project between the Yosemite Community College District and the Chancellor’s Office, DSPS (already on webpage)

Mental Health Education Consortium at Los Angeles City College is a partnership between LACC and Los Angeles County

Department of Mental Health. Among the many resources available at this website is the document, Mental Illness: It Shouldn't Drive You Crazy!


US Department of Veterans Affairs web pages:
Department of Veterans' Affairs Home page for Mental Health
Counseling veteran students

National Center for PTSD is part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Resources specific to PTSD for veterans and family members can be found here.

Screening: military mental health

The Half of Us website has a useful page about student veterans.

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury is a useful resource from the Department of Defense and Military Health Centers.


Bring Change 2 Mind is an anti-stigma campaign that was launched with the help of actress Glenn Close in late 2009.

Active Minds is an organization that seeks to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health issues for students (also in the student section).

The California Strategic Plan on Reducing Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination is the result of a collaborative planning effort spearheaded by the Department of Mental Health.

Eliminating Stigma and Discrimination Against Persons with Mental Health Disabilities can be found on the OAC’s website.

Anti-Stigma information can be found on the webpage of the National Stigma Clearinghouse at

Other Important Web Pages

The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

Background and contact information:

Full text of the law:

A document describing the MHSA’s vision and guiding principles:

From Fail First to Help First:

Subscribe to the Department of Mental Health’s list serv for regular updates at:

Contact your county MHSA coordinator to find out more information about your local planning process for PEI. The list of coordinators can be found at:

To contact the Department of Mental Health:

An analysis of the PEI plans in all 50 counties is provided in the Prevention and Early Intervention Trends Report 2009

The Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC)

General information about the Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission:

The Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI). In response to the tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech, in June 2007, the Commission approved $50 million in grants to help prevention efforts in California’s K-12 and higher education systems. The proposal for the components and funding information can be found at:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website can be found on the internet at

Other States and Countries:

University of Michigan has two useful resources, MiTalk and CampusMindWorks for their students. MiTalk has more of a prevention and early intervention focus, while CampusMindWorks is directed at students who have an ongoing mental health disorder. Both sites are intended to be complementary.

Missouri has a higher education consortium entitled “Partners in Prevention” that was originally formed to address substance abuse issues, and has expanded to include mental health and suicide prevention.

Other Reference Information

Joint Guidance on the Application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

This Emotional Life is a PBS series focusing on emotional and mental health. Various topics covered in the three-part series include depression, anxiety, emotional connections, and resiliency. This website provides information about the series as well as resources.

Stress/Disaster Management:
American Red Cross
Be Ready
Governors Office of Emergency Services​​

Last Updated: 11/4/2013 8:51 AM