Helpful Information

Gulf Coast Mental Health Counselors Association (GMHC) maintains this page as a service to its members and the community. It is intended as a resource to inform and to educate. Included are direct links to other Internet sites, which we believe may be helpful. However, this does not imply that GMHC endorses the information provided at each of these sites. Furthermore, while we attempt to monitor and update our listings on a regular basis, GMHC cannot make any claims or assume responsibility as to the reliability or functionality of the internet addresses (URL’s) provided or the information contained at these sites.

Readers are encouraged to evaluate the material on their own and to use what they find to be helpful. Information provided in our web page and at other Internet sites is not intended as a substitute for assistance from a qualified mental health professional.

Florida Mental Health Counselors Association

Florida Mental Health Counselors Association is the State Chapter of American Mental Health Counselors Association. Learn More

American Mental Health Counselors Association

For more than 30 years, AMHCA has served the professional needs of mental health counselors. Learn More

Suicide Prevention

All counties in Florida are served by the1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) hotline and the 1-800- 273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

This site is the national strategy for Suicide Prevention and presents info on national and international strategies for suicide prevention. Publications as well as info by state is available.

Si usted o alguien que usted conoce esta pensando en el suicidio, obtenga informacion aqui.

Domestic Violence

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information, and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends, and families. If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224.

Florida has 42 certified domestic violence centers serving 67 counties. To access the nearest domestic violence center by telephone, just dial 1-800-500-1119 and you will be connected to the domestic violence center nearest to you

This site is for victims of violence, their families and friends, and the agencies and programs which serve them, both public and private. Issues addressed here currently include: domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

Disaster Relief

Lee County Disaster Relief Resources: This site provides a list of post-disaster relief resources in Lee County

Substance Abuse Support This site provides a list of meeting places, dates, times and contact information for Alcoholics Anonymous in the Lee County area. This site provides a list of meeting places, dates, and times for Alcoholics Anonymous in the Collier County area. This site provides a list of meetings, places, dates, and times for Narcotics Anonymous in the Lee, Charlotte, and Hendry counties. National Narcotics Anonymous This site on the Narcotics Anonymous World Service provides basic info on NA, research, links to regional activities as well as a search engine to locate NA meetings. This site provides help for those dealing with compulsive gambling. The 24-hour hotline can also be accessed by calling: 1-888-236-4848 (1-888-ADMIT-IT) Rehab referrals for the Fort Myers area.

General Issues in Mental Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) resources for National Recovery Month:

The link above is to the American Mental Health Counselors Association’s code of ethics Code of Ethics

American Counseling Association Code of Ethics

This link is to Mental Health America for directions to providers and support groups.

Self Help Groups:

SWFAS Listing of self-help groups:

This site provides information regarding recognition of triggers and strategies for dealing with anger management

Co-Occurring Disorders: Information about co-occurring disorders from

Anxiety Information: A service of the U S National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health is devoted to health topics, drug info, news and other resources.

National Institutes of Mental Health: The National Institute of Mental Health contains health info, quick links, publications about various mental health conditions, as well as info on clinical trials and research. American Psychological Association’s Help Center is your online resource for brochures, tips and articles on the psychological issues that affect your physical and emotional well-being, as well as information about referrals. This site provides info about substance abuse and mental health services. Topic info ranges from children’s mental health issues, bullying, school violence to a mental health dictionary. El Centro de Información es parte del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estados Unidos Administración de Programas de Salud Mental, Prevención Adicción a los Drogas y Alcohol. Centro de Servicios de Salud Mental.


The American Counseling Association
A site dedicated to the counseling profession and those who are served. The ACA has a blog that can be accessed here:

The National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists
The NACBT is the leading organization dedicated to supporting, promoting, teaching, and developing cognitive-behavioral therapy and those who practice it.

Victor Frankl’s Logotherapy
The Viktor Frankl Institute was founded in 1977 in Berkeley California as an educational, credentialing, and publishing enterprise. The Institute serves to acquaint the public with the philosophical and therapeutic concepts of Viktor E. Frankl, MD, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna, Austria, until the time of his death in 1997.

The American School Counseling Association
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

The American Red Cross
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization.

The Institute for Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
The Institute for Solution-Focused Therapy is committed to providing outstanding training, counseling, and research in the growing field of Solution-focused Brief Therapy.

The Online Counseling Blog
This online counseling blog is written by Tina Cannon, Ph.D, LMHC. She is a psychotherapist with 20 years experience in Mental Health Counseling and has a private practice in Winter Park, Florida which is in Central Florida, close to Orlando.

Drug Watch Dot Com
is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.