The NAMI Hearts & Minds program is an online, interactive, educational initiative promoting the idea of wellness in both mind and body. Wellness is an ongoing process of learning how to make choices that support a more successful, healthy life. Wellness is about the individual; you can decide what parts of your life you would like to change and you can determine your own success. NAMI Mass has limited quantities of the materials. To download the program materials and watch a brief video: http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=hearts_and_minds
DBSA Wellness Tracker is a free online tool to help you better recognize potential health problems and mood triggers in your daily life. Each section of the DBSA Wellness Report provides helpful information to help you better partner with your clinicians on treatment plans that address your overall health and well-being.
Finding Optimism symptom tracking software: a proactive approach to mental health; helps find the causes of new episodes; helps recognize the warning signs of decline; helps to discover strategies for staying well; and promotes active involvement in treatment: http://www.findingoptimism.com
e-hub’s suite of online self-help services is based on the best available evidence and evaluated through high quality research. They can be used anonymously, 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world. All programs are provided free of charge thanks to funding by the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.
Fraser South Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program website. This site promotes early detection, educates about psychosis and provides direction for seeking help. The main objectives of the EPI Program are to increase understanding of psychosis, decrease stigma associated with having this disorder and provide direct treatment.
Massachusetts Healthy Changes Initiative Exemplifies Pledge for Wellness. Initiated by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, The Pledge for Wellness promotes wellness for people with mental illnesses by taking action to prevent and reduce early mortality by 10 years over the next 10 year time period. The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) has created the Healthy Change Initiative with resources and tools designed to improve the health and lifestyles of individuals living with psychiatric disabilities. Visit the Massachusetts DMH website to learn more at: http://bit.ly/bKKDqk
Hammered.org is a refreshing and helpful resource for anyone looking for ways to have a good time without alcohol and other drugs.
Advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and Conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics. Choosemy plate.gov http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
Mealtime.org, the Web site for the Canned Food Alliance, is home to easy, free, healthy recipes featuring canned food. On Mealtime.org visitors will find many new and exciting canned food recipes, health and nutrition facts and creative mealtime solutions for the entire family. http://mealtime.org/
EX is a whole new way to think about quitting smoking – it’s about re-learning life without cigarettes. We can help you learn how to do everything you currently do with a cigarette, but without one. http://www.becomeanex.org/
Smoking and tobacco addiction reduces quality of life for millions of people each year. QuitDay strives to inspire people to quit smoking, and have a positive impact on their lives. They have a guide on promoting mental health through helping smokers quit.
The Daily Plate, helping you eat smarter, the easy free way to track what your eating each day: http://www.thedailyplate.com/
So you wannna get a cheap home workout? there are many ways to get a proper workout without having to spend major amounts of money or blow three hours of your day. Read more:
Greater Boston Cycling & Walking Map http://trailmap.mapc.org/
The following link details “real life” stories of folks who have overcome their addiction to nicotine.
The Stress Reduction Program at UMASS Boston – The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one day-long class on a Saturday or Sunday. Morning or evening courses are available. This highly participatory, practical course includes: Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices; Gentle stretching and mindful yoga ; Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life; Individually tailored instruction; Daily home assignments; Four home practice CDs and a home practice manual; The course is challenging and life-affirming:
Stress Reduction Program, the program consists of eight 2-hour classes and a half-day workshop held at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA, body scan meditation (a directed tour of attention through the body), gentle stretching and hatha yoga , and sitting medication, instruction in informal mindulness meditation:
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a stress reduction technique that uses the mind’s ability to be aware. The course consists of weekly group classes. Participants will be introduced to and will practice guided mindfulness meditation, relaxation techniques , gentle yoga stretches and self-inquiry exercises. It is beneficial for anyone who wants to cope with stress in a healthy manner, classes in Boston and Medford:
This course is modeled after the internationally recognized Stress Reduction Program established by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA. The course consists of weekly group classes. Participants will be introduced to and will practice guided mindfulness meditation, relaxation techniques, gentle yoga stretches and self-inquiry exercises. Classes in Concord: http://www.stressresources.com/
Professional Organizers Web Ring, group of several organizers in Massachusetts :
New England Association of Professional Organizers:
Christian Professional Organizers in Massachusetts:
DebtAdvice.org is designed to help consumers understand the wise use of credit and locate a trained, certified counselor if you are in need of assistance. DebtAdvice.org is a service provided by the members of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, (NFCC), most of them known as Consumer Credit Counseling Service : http://www.debtadvice.org/
Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc., help families end financial crisis and solve money management problems through education and professional counseling. By utilizing educational programs, professional counseling and money management instructions, Consolidated Credit establishes a customized program that fits your needs: http://www.consolidatedcredit.org/default.aspx?PartnerID=1098
Consumer Action serves consumers nationwide by advancing consumer rights, referring consumers to complaint-handling agencies through our free hotline, publishing educational materials in Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages, advocating for consumers in the media and before lawmakers: http://www.consumer-action.org/
National Federation of Credit Counselors, find a credit counselor for, in person, phone or internet counseling:
Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies, find a credit counseling agency:
Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, consumer protection, workplace rights, heath care, and forms and publications:
Annual Credit Report, site set up by the big three credit reporting agencies in the U.S., to furnish free annual credit reports, as required by federal law:
Equifax, one of three credit bureaus:
Experian, one of three credit bureaus:
TransUnion, one of three credit bureaus:
MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you maximize your financial decisions. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 Federal agencies and Bureaus designed to help you make smart financial choices.
The Massachusetts PCA directory, working with Rewarding Work Resources, provides a comprehensive and current list of people in Massachusetts who are ready to provide personal care assistant (PCA) services in your home:
Massachusetts Do Not Call Registry:
Federal Do Not Call Registry:
Catalog Choice, eliminate unwanted catalogs you receive in the mail: http://www.catalogchoice.org/
Federal Trade Commission, Unsolicited Mail, Telemarketing and Email: Where to Go to “Just Say No”:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Learn about CAM basics and statistics on use.
Website for non-drug approaches for mental health, Directory of alternative mental health practitioners, Bookstore, support groups, email lists, free monthly newsletter. http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/default.htm