Self-Help Resources & Links
Counseling Center Resource Room
The Counseling Center & Disability Services Office is an excellent resource for educational materials to assist students in learning about themselves and to help students grow interpersonally and professionally. The Center offers a free Resource Room of materials covering a broad range of well-being, mental health, substance use/abuse, disability, and special needs issues. The Resource Room is located in Room 205 of the Campus Center.
There are many resources on the Internet and Web that are geared specifically to the needs of students. You may wish to check out some of the following sites. Holy Family University is not responsible for the content on these sites and does not claim to agree or disagree with any content or the accuracy of the content found on these sites.
Healthy Minds and Healthy Lives
Let's Talk Facts. This FACEBOOK link sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association provides direct access to behavioral health education information and self-assessment tools on issues relevant to college students, including alcohol and other drug abuse, anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, and suicide.
Everyday Health - College Health
This site, created by Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, is specifically designed for college students and their families. College Health at Everyday Health offers valuable support to assist college students with the pressures of being away from home, adjusting to the demands of college life, and other stressors. Information on mental and sexual health, relationships, healthy lifestyle choices, and personal safety is readily available and frequently updated.
Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection
The University of Chicago counseling center has compiled a referral base of virtual pamphlets (originally compiled by Dr. Robert Hsiung) from colleges and universities dedicated to behavioral health and wellness needs of college students. Search here for information on a variety of behavioral health topics that may interest you.
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society
This site identifies numerous self-help groups, agencies, and other behavioral health resources in the Philadelphia area, including locations and contact information. Current information, articles, and events in behavioral health services can also be found on this site.
Friend’s Hospital Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center at Friends Hospital provides information, literature, training, programs, and consultation for family members with a loved one who is mentally ill. Many of the services are free of charge to the community.
MHASP - Mental Health Association of
This is a non-profit citizen’s organization that develops, supports, and promotes innovative education and advocacy programs serving adults, children, and family members. This association was founded in 1951 to help improve the lives of individuals with mental health challenges and their family members.
This is the Internet’s largest and oldest mental health social network created and run by mental health professionals. Use this resource for reliable behavioral health information and support communities.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: This is a free, comprehensive national directory of mental health treatment programs. The substance abuse treatment program locator is also found on this page.
Specific Issues - Local Resources
Philadelphia Police Department
Special Victims Unit:
Located on Temple-Episcopal Hospital campus, this is the SVU for reporting crimes of sexual assault/abuse.
Women Against Abuse: Comprehensive services for domestic violence (also children). 24-HOUR HOTLINE: 215-386-7777.
Women Organized Against Rape: An organization in Philadelphia "helping survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse through counseling and advocacy."
24-HOUR HOTLINE: 215-985-3333
AA/BA of Philadelphia (American Anorexia/Bulimia
Association): Offers support groups for individuals with anorexia and bulimia;
separate support groups for families and friends; informational meetings with
guest speakers; and psychological/medical referrals. Phone: 215-221-1864
Renfrew Center in Philadelphia
Specializes in treatment of eating disorders; offers residential, day, and intensive outpatient programs, and support groups for individuals and their families and friends. Phone: 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739)
Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania: Professional services to the public to assess the causes of the weight problem, determine its medical and psychological consequences, and then plan a program accordingly. Phone: 215-898-7314
Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Addiction Resources
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services: This is a free, comprehensive national
directory of alcohol and other drug abuse treatment programs. Use this site
to find outpatient, inpatient, detox, and other level-of-care recovery programs
to meet your individual needs. The mental health program locator is also
found on this page.
Recovery Online: This site is committed to providing the most comprehensive resources currently available for those in need of information on residential treatment programs and outpatient rehabilitation programs nation-wide. Download a free relapse prevention workbook from this site.
Treatment 4 Addiction:
This is the net’s most comprehensive and frequently updated treatment center
directory in the United States. This national directory of treatment centers
includes the SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
database, as well as many private treatment centers, therapists and addiction
professionals. Also provided is valuable information
through articles, videos and blogs on types of treatment, addictions, and mental
Alcoholics Anonymous: The 12 Step/12 Tradition fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Inter-group Association of Alcoholics Anonymous: Primary purpose is to carry the message of recovery to the alcoholic who still suffers. Search here for books, pamphlets, and inspirational support for the recovering person. The AA meeting directory can be found here.
Al-Anon Family Groups: A 12 Step/12 Tradition program for teens and adults affected by the alcohol use of their loved ones. The Al-Anon meeting directory can be found here.
ACOA: Adult Children of Alcoholics: A 12 Step/12 Tradition program of people who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.
Narcotics Anonymous: A 12 Step/12 Tradition fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from drug addiction. The NA meeting directory can be found here.
Nar-Anon Family Groups: A 12 Step/12 Tradition fellowship of relatives and friends who are concerned about the addiction or drug problem of another. The Nar-Anon meeting directory can be found here.
Gamblers Anonymous: A 12 Step/12 Tradition fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. The GA meeting directory can be found here.
Gam-Anon: A 12 Step/12 Tradition fellowship of relatives and friends who are concerned about the gambling problem of another. The Gam-Anon meeting directory can be found here.
Co-Dependents Anonymous: A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The CODA meeting directory can be found here.
Philadelphia Area CoDA Inter-group: A website for the Philadelphia Area Inter-group of Co-Dependents Anonymous serving Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey.