What is Brain Health? Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health presents a Ted Talk on reframing the term “mental disorders” to start understanding them as “brain disorders” here.

Trusted Apps

Aloe Bud is a self-care companion.  It provides a space to complete self-care activities, check in on your overall well-being and reflect.  The app encourages writing to reduce overwhelming feelings.

Better SleepUnderstand and improve your sleep with our sleep tracker, premium sounds and guided content curated just for you.

Connections App, a smartphone app to help with recovery. Addiction Policy Forum partnered with CHESS Health to launch Connections.  This is an app scientifically proven to support patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement.

Daylio is a diary, journal and mood tracker.  It helps you track and understand your habits better to become more productive.

Eternal Sunshine- inspirations, meditations, blog prayer and podcasts.

Headspace features mini meditations, stress relief exercise, and sleepcasts.

Insight Timer is a smartphone app and online community for meditation. The app features guided meditations, music and talks posted by contributing experts.

KidsDoc was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this app helps identify illnesses in children in 3 easy steps by selecting the most significant symptom, deciding a course of action, and following suggestions from a self-care guide to help. Available for purchase on Apple/Android devices.

MoodTools is designed to help combat depression and anxiety.  It contains several different research-supported tools including a though diary, activities, safety plan, information, and videos.

MindShift, a free app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It includes strategies and tools to help tackle everyday anxiety.

Relax Melodies is a soothing app that makes sleep easy.  This app features countless soundscapes, helps create bedtime routines and learn to meditate for sleep.

Smiling Mind is a tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.  This app provides daily meditation and mindfulness exercises.

Trusted Websites

1N5 lists resources to help faculty and staff, students and parents.  The website lists social emotional resources and programs, suicide-prevention programs, and information about brain health conditions.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
AACAP provides consumer-friendly definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, clinical resources, expert videos, and abstracts from the JAACAP, Scientific Proceedings and Facts for Families relevant to each disorder.

Center on Media and Child Health
This website is a product of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital.  It aims to help your child learn by turning school work into play, and features a free database on research and information about children and teens use of media.

Center for Young Women’s Health
CYWH works in collaboration between the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and the Division of Gynecology at Boston’s Children’s Hospital to provide teen girls and young women carefully research health and educational resources.

Child Mind Institute
The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
As a world renowned medical center and local partner with MindPeace, CCHMC is ranked number 3 among all Honor Roll hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report survey of best children’s hospitals. Located in Cincinnati, CCHMC provides comprehensive clinical services to patients, research-based education and training to professionals, and expansive pediatric research.

A parenting website backed by 67,000 pediatricians is founded by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is available in both English and Spanish

Kids Health
The most-visited website for information about health, behavior, and development from birth through the teen years.

  • Anxiety:  This link helps parents identify what anxiety is, anxiety disorders, causes, signs& symptoms, treatment, and tools to help their child cope
  • Depression: This link helps parents, caregivers and teachers understand depression.

Mental Health America
A nationally recognized nonprofit promoting the impact that mental health has on one’s overall health by providing ample amounts of resources.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
A professional association that represents more than 25,000 school psychologists, graduate students, and related professionals.  NASP works to advance effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.

NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness focusing on education, advocacy, and support.

On Our Sleeves
On Our Sleeves is a national movement to break stigmas around children’s mental health.  The mission is to provide free mental health educational resources to every community in America to educate families and empower advocates.

An agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that focuses their efforts on substance abuse and mental illness reduction.

Tristate Trauma Network
The mission of the Tristate Trauma Network (TTN) is to create a community-wide commitment to the prevention of and recovery from trauma and toxic stress by building awareness, offering high-quality training to professionals, serving as a clearinghouse for information and resources, fostering collaboration, and developing trauma-informed, trauma-responsive systems of care.

Young Men’s Health
Produced by the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital