A Guest Spotlight for my friends at WhatWorks4U ~ National Suicide Prevention Month

Hello Recovery Friends and New Visitors,

IN HONOR of *National Suicide Prevention Month* I wanted to have a helpful website as a *Guest Spotlight* this week, and so I picked my good friends at http://WhatWorks4U.org
There a Great organization who help young people who may have Mental & Emotional problems, illness and disorders. I’m NOT only *Spotlighting them here on my Recovery
Blog, but they are also my *WEEKLY GUEST BLOG* on my Writer/Book Blog as well at:
http://www.simplesite.com/CatherineLyonAddictedToDimes  Here is more of what they do to help others!

About WhatWorks4U.org

WhatWorks4U.org aims to improve treatment for young people with mental health problems by gathering information about what works in the real world.

If you have experience of mental health problems, you can help us build knowledge about symptoms and treatments by reporting:

  • what treatments have worked (or are working) for you
  • which health professionals you have found (or are finding) helpful
  • some of the side effects from the treatments you have tried

How does WhatWorks4U.org work?

  • The information you give will be combined with information from other young people and reported on whatworks4u.org.
  • Your information directly helps to build knowledge on what works for young people with mental health problems.
  • You give information anonymously. Whatworks4u.org does not ask for your name, address or any other information that could be used to identify you.

Who is behind WhatWorks4U.org

WhatWorks4U.org is run by researchers in the Population Mental Health Group at The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH), Australia. The MSPGH is a leading health research centre in Australia, with its current research programs looking at the factors affecting mental and physical health in the community, and on improving health and well-being.

Click here for more detailed information about MSPGH, The Population Mental Health Group and what we do.

Why WhatWorks4U.org?

  • Most mental health problems start in teenagers and young adults. In fact, as many as one in four people younger than 24 have a mental health problem. The most common ones are depression, anxiety and alcohol misuse.
  • We don’t know enough about treatments for people in this age group. The most common treatments are psychotherapies (talk therapies) and drug treatments but there haven’t been enough good studies on a wide enough range of mental health problems.
  • The studies that have been done don’t tend to last long enough to get good information about what works in the long-term and they don’t tend to consider what happens in the ‘real world’.
  • Most of the studies on treatments for mental health problems have been done in adults Some psychotherapies and drug treatments work differently in young people so just because a treatment works in adults, that doesn’t mean it will necessarily work in younger people.
  • We need to find out more about what works for young people in the real world.

**They also have a Great Resource Page as well on how to get some Information**

Get More Info

General Links

If you want to find out more information about mental health problems, treatments and where to get help, please check out the following websites:

Reach Out

Information, help, support, and advice for young people to manage mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety, bullying, depression and more


Mental health and wellbeing information for young people on a range of topics, including advice on how to get help

Orygen Youth Health

Fact sheets about a variety of mental disorders especially for young people, including advice on how to get help for a friend

Mind Check

Use online screening tools to check out your mental health, plus learn about a range of disorders and where to find support

Re Think

Lots of mental health tips and advice, plus listen to some FREE ‘feel good’ tunes

The Site

Information on how to recognize  mental health problems, advice on how to deal with them and how to seek treatment

Back to top

Links by Disorder

Or if you want more specific information, select a disorder below:

Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Youth Beyond Blue

Fact sheets and info specifically for young people about depression and anxiety


FREE online self-assessment and online help program plus stacks of depression info including causes, treatment and prevention tips

Anxiety Online

Online mental health service offering information, assessment, online diagnosis and treatment programs (“e-therapy”) for anxiety disorders

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria

Specialist mental health organization  providing support, recovery and information to people and families living with anxiety disorders

Check up from the Neck up

FREE online mental health check-up, plus learn more about mood disorders and find resources to help yourself or friends


Find out more about Bipolar and learn how others live with this disorder

Help for Depression

Learn more about the many different types of treatments out there for Depression


Psychosis Sucks

Find out everything about psychosis, from causes, early intervention and associated problems to advice for helping a friend


Learn all about schizophrenia: what it is, its causes, treatment and recovery

Get Help Early

Info about Psychosis, including symptoms, treatment and prevention, with an emphasis on the importance of getting help early

Eating disorders


Here you will find info about eating disorders, how to get help and how to help someone you know with an eating disorder

The Butterfly Foundation

A website all about eating disorders: what are they, how to get help for yourself or someone else

Eating Disorder Expert

A unique reference point on eating disorders, with info on diagnosis, signs, causes, risks and treatments

Eating Disorders Online

Clear, up-to-date information about a wide range of eating disorders, their treatment and recovering, with access to online support groups

Substance use


FREE confidential advice and information for young people about drugs, sex, mental health, body image and relationships

Talk to Frank

Not just your boring substance information site, be sure to check out Frank’s basement and other interactive games!

NZ Drug Foundation

Information for young people about drug use and the harms involved with using drugs

Personality disorders

Reach Out

Find out about the different types of personality disorders, how they’re treated, and how to help a friend that might have a personality disorder

Behavior disorders

Behavior Disorder.org

Information about behavior disorders including signs, treatment and when to seek help

Relationship problems

Love: The good, the bad and the ugly

Relationship advice and stories to help you work out where your relationship is at


Information, help and support for young people for all sorts of problems, from mental health to relationship problems……

Need help now?

Emergency Help Now: If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide or self harm, you should immediately contact your local doctor or go to your nearest hospital. In case of an emergency please call the emergency services.

Whatworks4u.org is not a help line or counselling service. But if you are feeling sad or distressed, and want to talk to someone now, please do not hesitate to contact one of the headlines listed below.

Calling from:




New Zealand:

United Kingdom:

United States:

  • Hope Line1-800-422-HOPE (4673)
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    ***I really HOPE this information is helpful, especially for parents who may worry about there young kids, and all they go through these days. I know when I was that age we didn’t have a lot of the problems that younger kids face today~~ and hope it will help Educate and Make the Public more Aware and cut down on the Loss of Life we seems to hear about DAILY! So THANK YOU TO the Great Folks at
    “What Works 4 U” for Caring and Helping others!***

    Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
    “Addicted To Dimes”, (Confessions of a liar and a Cheat)


4 thoughts on “A Guest Spotlight for my friends at WhatWorks4U ~ National Suicide Prevention Month

    • You know, it really is hard to understand why others feel the need to inflict abuse in ALL forms to another?
      I have found however, most comes from how they may have been raised, thinking that it is OK to treat others the same. Also when a person sexually abuse’s another……in therapy I learned 85% of those who abuse may have been abused themselves.

      It is about breaking the CYCLE that seems to go from generation to generation. My mom was very heavy handed when it came to punishing us kids, she learned it from her father. SO…..it has to take someone setting bounds to STOP the cycle.


  1. Cat.My first husband committed suicide,i was 29,my babies 7 and 3.He left us penniless.I had runaway,because when i asked for a divorce,he said.”the only way this marriage ends,one of us leaves in a body bag”. He wasn’t joking.He wasn’t on drugs,or alcohol.He was manipulative and mean.He shot and killed himself while on the telephone with my dad,who was trying to help. My dad went to his grave,with that sound in his head. It is the one thing,i hope my first husband has to repent for,over and over.I hope someone gets help before they walk my walk,I’m so impressed with your work. Love Cher


    • What heart break Cheri……Sorry for that experience. I can not imagine such an awful thing. I’m sure that was devastating for you. I really appreciate you sharing such a deep time in your life with me and my readers, We can draw strength
      from our past. And with the Beautiful Heart & Soul you have, I’m sure your children turned out to be wonderful adults that your proud of.

      Suicide is an ugly beast. I’m blessed the lord saw fit to spare my LIFE so I can help others in Recovery, and speak for those who can’t about suicide, addiction, and Mental health illness. The more WE share the better others can have a little understanding! Thanks my friend 🙂 🙂

      Hugs & Blessings, *Catherine*


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