Illness-specific

Anxiety Disorders Association of Ontario     The mission of the ADAO, a registered charity and non-profit organization based in Ottawa, is to empower, in an holistic way, the lives of those affected by Anxiety through advocacy, education, research support, and community programming.

bp Magazine    For people concerned about Bipolar Disorder, but with generic articles of interest to all.  Available in hard copy for a subscription fee, but many of the major articles and past issues are available free on line here.

Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC), is a national, non-profit, umbrella organization providing leadership in education and advocacy for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) organizations and individuals across Canada.  CADDAC offers a series of one-hour Webinars designed to help increase an awareness and understanding of ADHD.  For a list of Webinars, click here.

Collaborative RESearch Team to Study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder (crestbd.ca)    A Canadian government-funded group that conducts research with people who live with Bipolar Disorder to address the barriers they face in accessing the evidence-based information they need to manage their illness and lead fulfilling lives.

Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.), an international organization of and for caregivers of eating disorder patients, serves families by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.  (see F.E.A.S.T.’s 2014 guide to the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders, below)

Hopewell     A not-for-profit registered charitable organization offering knowledge, support, and hope to those affected by Eating Disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.

Informed Choices about Depression     A resource developed by a team of researchers, professionals, and young adults to answer the questions many people have about Depression, it provides up-to-date information based on the best available research.

International OCD Foundation    The aim of the IOCDF is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them.  (See also: “What You Need to Know about OCD,” below)

McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, launched the Borderline Personality Disorder Patient and Family Education Initiative in 2015 to provide interactive and on-demand resources to support individuals and families affected by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  The hospital offers a series of original, clinician-led Webinars and information to equip family members with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to support a loved one with BPD.

Military Minds    A Website and Facebook group linking those afflicted with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and their families to the right agency and raises funds for vets in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Great Britain.  It is managed by Canadian veteran Scott Casey, a former United Nations peacekeeper who served in the former Yugoslavia.  Visit militarymindsinc.com or facebook.com/MilitaryMindsInc.

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario     The Association’s Depression Hurts Web site provides a description of the symptoms of depression, information about treatment options, and techniques for affected individuals to manage it.  The Mood Disorders Ottawa Support Group is a peer-run volunteer organization providing resources, programs, support groups, social, and recreational activities for members and their families and friends.

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario     The Association serves individuals and families across Ontario by providing awareness, education and training; family and youth clinical support; recovery programs; and peer support.

National Eating Disorder Information Centre     NEDIC focuses on awareness and the prevention of eating disorders, food and weight preoccupation, and disordered eating by promoting critical thinking skills and a healthy, balanced-lifestyle.

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder     NEA.BPD was initially created as a resource and support group for the families of the BPD diagnosis.  NEA.BPD has grown to be a large community of both people and information.

Neurobiology of Eating Disorders    Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.), an international organization of and for caregivers of eating disorder patients, produced a guide to understanding eating disorders and the brain.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Ottawa     OCD Ottawa provides information to those seeking a support group in Ottawa.

Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic     The OSI Connect Website, developed at The Royal in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, provides information about OSIs and how to seek help from one of the 10 OSI Clinics across Canada, including the clinic at The Royal. These clinics care for members of the Canadian Forces, veterans, and RCMP members.  The network of clinics also offers telehealth services for those who don’t live near a clinic.

Ottawa Support Group for Trauma, Child Abuse and Neglect     The purpose of this peer-led group, which borrows meeting space at The Royal, is to provide compassionate support for adults who have experienced trauma, childhood abuse, or neglect.  The group is overseen by the Ottawa Peer Recovery Centre (OPRC).  For information, Email compassionate_group@rogers.com.  Free.

Support Group for individuals with a Mood Disorder     A family support group for adult relatives and friends of people with mood disorders meets on the third Thursday of each month, except in December and July, from 7 to 9 pm at the Orleans United Church, 1111 Orleans Blvd.  Contact: Madeleine Bertrand, 613-737-7791.

The Ottawa Hospital – First Episode Psychosis     The On Track program is a community service of The Ottawa Hospital providing mental health treatment, education, case management, and many other essential services that help people with psychosis to get their lives back on track.  Dial 613-737-8069

The Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder     The Network helps friends and family cope when someone they love has BPD.

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario     The Society offers programs and services across the province that support, educate, engage, and empower individuals, families, and communities impacted by schizophrenia and psychotic illness.

Treating Psychosis     “Psychosis can be associated with a variety of mental health problems, including schizophrenia, severe depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders.”  Here is a Web site for those living with psychosis and for friends, family members, and clinicians of those affected by psychosis.

Understanding Eating Disorders in Adolescence – useful resources and links.

What You Need to Know about OCD    A 24-page booklet published by the International OCD Foundation based in Boston, USA.