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I provide the following links that contain information on a number of topics. I have found these websites to be helpful sources of information. Please note, however, that I may not agree with all of the specific content in the websites listed. Please contact me by e-mail if you have questions or find specific content in any of these websites to be objectionable.


General Mental Health Information

HealthyPlace.com is a general website providing information on mental health issues, treatments, and resources.
www.healthyplace.com/index.asp


The National Institute of Mental Health website is an exhaustive resource for all aspects of mental health.
www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/index.shtml

DiscoveryHealth is another general website providing an abundance of information on mental health topics.
http://health.discovery.com/centers/mental/mental.html


Depression

For general information on depression, visit the HealthyPlace.com Depression Community:
www.healthyplace.com/Communities/Depression/index.asp


Depression Screening

The following websites offer online depression inventories to assist in assessing whether you might have an issue with depression:
http://psychcentral.com/depquiz.htm
http://discoveryhealth.queendom.com/depression_abridged_access.html


Anxiety

The following website offers general information concerning anxiety:
http://www.healthyplace.com/Communities/Anxiety/index.asp


Services for Those Caring for Elderly Parents

The Family Caregivers Alliance provides a wealth of resources for caregivers – including people attempting to care for sick or elderly parents. For residents of the Bay Area, FCA offers a number of specialized services for caregivers: consultation on care planning (including free in-home assessment of caregiver and care receiver’s needs), free legal/financial consultation, emotional support, counseling, educational programs and information. All services are free or low cost. Based in San Francisco, FCA can be reached at 415-434-3388 or:
http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=355


Settings for Spiritual and Silent Retreats

The different retreat centers mentioned here represent a range of spiritual orientations that not every individual would feel comfortable with. But each center offers a quiet retreat setting for personal prayer and contemplation.

New Camaldoli Hermitage. The monks at the New Camaldoli offer a quiet, worshipful atmosphere for silent retreats in a breathtaking mountainside setting overlooking the Big Sur coastline. The hermitage offers single rooms only and is open to males and females. Located on Highway 1 about 3 hours from the Peninsula, call 831-667-2456 or visit:
www.contemplation.com/Hermitage/retreat.html

Schloss Mittersill. If you are planning a trip to Europe or an extended spiritual retreat, Schloss Mittersill offers a unique venue. This Christian conference/retreat center is housed in a 12th Century castle near Mittersill, Austria. This English-speaking ministry located in the Austrian Alps offers a spectacular setting for personal retreats, and retreats can be combined with conferences from an excellent conference schedule.
www.schlossmittersill.org

The Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, offers personal retreats of different kinds. Individuals can arrange for retreats of various lengths, as short as one day.
www.mercy-center.org/programs+retreats/private.html


Family-Friendly Movie Reviews

These websites can be accessed for parents or others interested in family-friendly or value-conscious movie reviews.
www.kids-in-mind.com
www.pluggedinonline.com
www.parentpreviews.com


Spiritual Perspectives on Literature and Culture

“The Kindlings” is a website offering thoughtful and interesting articles, reviews and audio programming on spiritual topics, including culture and literature (C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, etc.).
www.thekindlings.com


Daily Devotionals

The Henri Nouwen Society offers daily devotionals/meditations from Christian author Henri Nouwen. Subscribers to a free daily service receive short devotionals by email.
www.henrinouwen.org/home/free_eletters/