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This page will be regularly updated with new sources of information and assistance. Areas covered include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, self-harm, SSRIs, psychotic states, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other difficulties. We also cover adverse drug reactions, especially with SSRI antidepressants, and link to a range of other online information sources.

 

We welcome proposals for new resources which could benefit users of this site. Just send us an email with your suggestions

 

..Psychotherapy & counselling ......................................................................
The Wellbeing Foundation does not directly provide psychotherapy, or any other clinical service.

To find a psychotherapist in your area, we recommend you use this website:
psychotherapy-ireland.com/find

For people in the greater Dublin area, we also recommend the Institute of Psychosocial Medicine, where Dr Michael Corry and Dr Áine Tubridy had their practice.

The telephone number is 01 2800084 and the website is ipmed.org

Please do not contact the Foundation for appointments.

We do not make appointments on behalf of any provider.


..Books...............................................................................................................

 

When Panic Attacks By Dr Aine Tubridy. Gill & Macmillan, 2003. €18.99. Panic attacks are one of the most common conditions, far moreso than people realise. They can be terrifying, but are actually one of the easiest problems to control. If you think you've ever had one, read this book.

 

Depression: An Emotion, not a Disease By Dr Michael Corry and Dr Aine Tubridy. Mercier Press, October 2005. €14.99 (stg10.65).

A hard-hitting book that presents a revolutionary new perspective. Corry and Tubridy assert that depression is an emotion, just like fear, anger, or love, which can be consciously influenced, rather than a disease which can only be suffered. This approach promises an end to the cycle of relapse, medication, and possible hospitalisation for sufferers of depression. It puts the sufferer back at the centre of a more individual and tailored approach to healing, and it raises crucial questions about the medical community's focus on medication as primary treatment.

From all good bookshops, direct from the publisher with free postage within Ireland, and at www.amazon.co.uk

 

Beyond Prozac By Dr Terry Lynch. Marino Books, 2001. ISBN 1 86023 136 5. €14.95.

Lynch has written a stunning expose of the medical approach to emotional problems such as depression, and the uncontrolled use of medication such as SSRIs to treat them. A shocking condemnation of current practice, and a valuable resource for sufferers and their families.

 

Going Mad? By Dr Aine Tubridy and Dr Michael Corry. New Leaf, 2003. €14.50.

If you've ever asked yourself the title question, this book is for you. It explores different states of mind by presenting cases based on actual experience of different problems, from panic through depression and on, with a panel of therapists of different backgrounds offering their conclusions on each. Illuminating and enlightening.

 

Medicines Out Of Control? By Charles Medawar and Anita Hardon. Aksant Academic Publishers, Amsterdam: 2004. ISBN 90 5260 134 8. €27.50.

Medicines out of Control? draws on the SSRI antidepressant case history to describe a system of medicines control tainted by secrecy and conflicts of interest, barely accountable to the public, lacking in common sense and losing sight of the meaning of health. Subtitled Antidepressants and the Conspiracy of Goodwill, this book reveals a demonstrably chaotic system of drug evaluation, driven by the almost unquestioned assumption that health is the product of greater 'disease awareness' and more new drugs.

 

 

..Podcasts...........................................................................................................

 

Our audio podcast page allows you to play embedded podcasts right here on our website. Some of these are useful toolkits to help deal with problems such as panic attacks. If you'd like to download any of them you can do so either from our podcast partner, Podomatic, or by subscribing as shown below.

For anyone who has iTunes, we recommend using it as it is the simplest way to subscribe and download new podcasts direct to your computer or mobile device.

 

Subscribe to our podcasts

Video podcast page: Here you can watch the film made by The Wellbeing Foundation in 2006, Soul Interrupted, which explores the experience of several people in their encounters with psychiatry in Ireland, with the mental health services, with medication and psychiatric drugs, with electro-convulsive therapy, and with the consequences of psychiatric interventions. It covers such areas as forced detention, forced medication and forced administration of electro-shock 'therapy'.

 

As we produce further video material, we will make it available here.

Websites and links

 

In all cases, click the name of the organisation to go to their website in a new window

 

. Podcasts......................

 

 

Find Wellbeing audio podcasts here
Video podcasts here

 

. Recovery.....................

 

 

Renew is a caring community of equals, each with vital characteristics to contribute to the good of all. It is dedicated to helping those who suffer psychosocial distress return to greater and greater levels of wellbeing.

Renew has three groups at present:

Bray Group: Doug Ross

Tel 087 2242596

Email [email protected]

Sligo group: Michael Roberts

tel 087 1378077

Athlone group: Dara White

Tel 086 8041625

 

Slí Eile Housing Association: The aim of the Slí Eile approach to recovery through community living is to provide another way of supporting people to recover from their experience of mental distress.

Email [email protected]

 

. Suicide.........................

 

 

The Samaritans provide dedicated help 24/7 to anyone with a problem which is getting them down; also to friends or family who be concerned about someone they know, and a wealth of information to explode the many myths about suicide.

Telephone:

Ireland 1850 60 90 90

Northern Ireland 08457 90 90 90

Email: [email protected]

Find a branch: Ireland N & S

 

1Life suicide helpline

1800 247 100

Teenline

1800 833 634

Suicide or Survive
Tel 0402 41487


. Depression.. .................

 


GROW is an alliance of people who suffer or who have suffered from 'mental illness'. Local groups provide a welcoming and helpful environment which supports the process of regaining wellness.

Infoline: 1890 474 474

Email: [email protected]

 

BLACK DOG: Aimed at men, this site provides much useful information on psychological health, with chatroom and discussion groups.

 

SANE: Wide range of information and useful advice. Helpline not accessible from the Republic.

 

SAMARITANS: First recourse for anyone suicidally depressed. Do nothing! Call the Samaritans first! See Suicide above for phone numbers, or email [email protected].


. Panic & Anxiety.............

 


PANIC ATTACKS: Useful Australian site.

 

ADAA: Online home of the US-based Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

 

PODCASTS: Download Aine Tubridy's emergency drills and anti-panic techniques from the Wellbeing Foundation.

 

. Eating disorders............

 

 

ICEBERG ED: This is a self-help site set up by the Marino Therapy Centre on Dublin's north side, with forums, discussions and tips and a huge range of resources to help with this dangerous set of conditions.

 

MARINO THERAPY CENTRE: We strongly recommend this centre for its long experience and high success rate in treating eating distress and eating disorders. Multi-language site includes Russian, Polish, French and German as well as English.

 

. Sexual abuse ................


 

RAPE CRISIS NETWORK: Site of national network with help and extensive information including links to other organisations and agencies.

 

DRCC: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Provides contact details, help and resources for victims of abuse, rape, and other sex crimes.

Helpline: 1 800 778 888

E-mail: [email protected]

Crisis centres around Ireland here

 

. Bullying ........................


 

ANTI-BULLYING CENTRE: The Anti-Bullying Centre at Trinity College, Dublin. Excellent resource for victims of bullying, and the centre provides guidance and counselling.

Tel: 01 896 2573 or 896 3488

E-mail: [email protected]

 

BULLY ONLINE: Tim Field runs this UK site, the world's largest resource on workplace bullying and related issues — another excellent resource covering all forms of bullying and what to do about it.

 

CHILD BULLYING: The school bullying section of Bully Online. Important resource to help deal with school or peer bullying and empower victims. Important new section on bullycide — children driven to suicide by school bullying.

 

EQUALITY AUTHORITY: This agency has a role in relation both to workplace and school bullying. Workplace bullying may breach your equality rights, so call the EA for help. The Authority has initiatives in respect particularly of homophobic bullying in schools.

 

BELONG TO: BeLonGTo is an organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23. Information and advice on a range of matters including gender-related bullying.

 

. Self harm .... ....................

 

 

REACH OUT: Information on many issues to do with mental wellness, including self-harm, anxiety, panic and others. Ten per cent of Irish teens self-harm.

 

NSHN: British National Self Harm Network.

 

. Substance abuse................

 

 

ALANON: Alcoholics Anonymous

For full list of contact details and locations, see here.

 

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: Irish organisation for recovering addicts.

Helplines are listed here

 

NA BRITAIN: Narcotics Anonymous in England. Scotland and Wales.

Helpline: 0300 999 12 12

 

. SSRIs & other medication ..

 

 

WITHDRAWAL FROM SSRIs: Prof David Healy's protocols for getting off antidepressants slowly.

Other protocols:

Prof Heather Ashton on withdrawing from SSRI and benzodiazepine (e.g. Valium) cocktail.

Download the ICARUS PROJECT guide to slow withdrawal from anti-psychotics and other drugs.

 

DRUG AWARENESS: International Coalition for Drug Awareness. Hugely helpful website run by Dr Ann Blake Tracy, with a wealth of information on drug dangers and on alternative approaches.

 

ANTIDEPRESSANTS FACTS: An extensive source of information on the side-effects and safety of SSRIs. Features research, articles, studies, personal experiences, views of doctors plus a range of links to further sources. Comprehensive directory on antidepressants, side effects, papers, articles, books, and doctors.

 

PSYCHIATRIC DRUG FACTS: Peter Breggin MD's extensive library of material on all psychiatirc drugs and their effects.

 

SSRI STORIES: A collection of 3700+ news stories with the full media article available, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) or that were part of testimony at FDA hearings in which antidepressants are mentioned.

 

. Miscellaneous................

 

 

WOODY MATTERS: A beautiful memorial and informational site developed by Kim Witczak, who lost her husband Woody to an SSRI-induced self-killing. Here you will find research on and knowledge about these drugs all in one place. Kim says that no one should have to experience what her friends and family did. Be smart. Be informed. Avoid these drugs.

 

. More links? . .................

 

 

We welcome suggestions from readers for more useful links. Send them to:
editor[at]wellbeingfoundation.com