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Psychiatric Services 2000; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.51.3.307
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Assertive Community Treatment Association—www.actassociation.com Offers the latest news about the association and its training seminars, publications, and upcoming conferences. The site also provides newsgroup-style chat forums on several different topics.

Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics—www.sdbp.org Features of the site include information about the society's goals, its research mentorship program, and its conferences and meetings. The "hot topics" feature provides society position statements and links to other sources of information about developmental and behavioral pediatric medicine.

Neuroscience-Net—www.neuroscience.com An electronic scholarly journal devoted to publishing research reports in basic and clinical neuroscience.

Department of Veterans Affairs —www.va.gov Sections include current news and information about VA benefits, special programs, organization of the department, and communications to Congress.

Awakenings—www.parkinsonsdisease.com This open forum was designed and written specifically for persons with an interest in Parkinson's disease, including patients, caregivers, primary care physicians, and specialists. It aims to improve understanding and management of the condition.

Yahoo! Health—health.yahoo.com/health/community.html Features a "spotlight" topic of discussion, presented in the style of a newsgroup, with selected users' comments on the front page of the site. Also offers message boards, chat events, and news searchable by various health conditions and concerns.

Behavioral Technology Transfer Group—www.behavioraltech.com This site contains information about dialectical behavior therapy for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, including workshop schedules.

Virtual Drugstore—www.virtualdrugstore.com This site contains a database of information on drug indications, actions, side effects, interactions, and instructions on how best to use the drugs. References to research articles are also included.

BPD Central—www.bpdcentral.com Billed as "a collection of resources for people who care about someone with borderline personality disorder," this site currently offers papers entitled "Hope for Parents: Helping Your BP Child," "Love and Loathing: Protecting Yourself," and "Stop Walking on Eggshells." Users can participate in discussion groups, take an on-line quiz to determine whether someone they know suffers from the disorder, and learn about therapies and find practitioners who specialize in the disorder.

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SA\VE: Suicide Awareness:Voices and Education—www.save.org

The mission of SA\VE is to educate people about brain diseases that if untreated can lead to suicide and to provide a forum for suicide survivors (people who have experienced loss of a loved one through suicide). Based in Minneapolis, SA\VE was started in 1989 by five suicide survivors and has about 300 active members. The organization's Web site provides information on depression and suicide, featuring special topics such as hospitalization and what to tell children about suicide. Guidelines for starting a survivors' support group and an annotated list of books about suicide and depression are also posted on the site. As part of a public awareness campaign, SA\VE sponsors billboards in major cities, which state that untreated depression is the primary cause of suicide and urge depressed people to see a doctor.

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