Mental Health Knowledge Base
- increase awareness
- Web site should be low-maintenance
- no logins necessary, all changes to site will be submitted through the GitHub project page, but feedback and link suggestions and be sent by email and through a form on the web site.
- links to external web sites added should have relatively fast load times, not be bogged down fetching hotlinked images, etc.
- To accumulate a wide variety of links related to mental health and wellness
- To present information that is not well-advertised by well-known media outlets
- To provide people with
- more information
- more choices
- more freedom to choose how they would like to pursue their recovery goals
- the potential for a more open discussion related to how the mental health care system could be improved
Suggest a link or add one through a pull request
Project and site updates
Do we need a mailing list for updates?
I think our Matrix chat room is a good alternative.
But I'm open to feedback about whether or not an email list is desired.
The content on the web sites linked to from the knowledge base has been written by doctors, consumers, and a wide variety of people who have had no formal education in the medical, psychological, or psychiatric field. Among other things, the information on this site and external web sites and blogs consists of opinions or personal stories - and as such, treated like any other opinions or stories you may hear or read about on any subject.
I (Andy Alt), nor the contributors of the Mental Health Knowledge Base, necessarily endorse, believe, or agree with, the views presented by the various sites to which the Knowledge Base links.
Warning About Discontinuing Medication
Please note: doctors recommend that no one should attempt to withdrawal from psychiatric drugs (Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, Anti-anxiety drugs and ADHD drugs) without a doctor's supervision. If you have firmly decided to discontinue medication without a doctor's supervision, you can find some guides to medication withdrawal (a.k.a. discontinuation syndrome) on book-selling sites, or sites such as The Icarus Project.
About Andy Alt (Project Owner)
I first received treatment for mental health issues (major depression, anxiety, PTSD) in 1991 (age 18). As a patient, I have seen numerous psychiatrists and psychotherapists, and have been prescribed (and used) many types of psychiatric medication. I have read many opinions on the subject of mental health, and the negative and positive experiences consumers have had while using the mental health care system. I have also read information written by journalists and doctors. I have no formal education in biology, medicine, psychiatry, or psychology.
In 1981, when I was eight years old, my father committed suicide. In 2005, I wrote Damned Tears during a healing episode. Many people have told me how much they like it and one father even told me it reminded him to stay alive for his children. I sometimes have posted in places where suicide prevention is discussed.
Contributing to the KB
- Testing your CSS and HTML changes
- List of Contributors (Please add your name if you have contributed)