Through the Code Blaze program, the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center provides quick access to community and online resources. Below is an extensive catalog of tools for solving stressful situations, relaxation and techniques for managing difficult emotions. All Code Blaze resources can be saved and accessed any time or place through a computer or smartphone.

How to save online resources for easy mobile access: iOS users | Android users.

 

Community & Online Resources

Additional online and community resources will be added on a regular basis.

Addiction & Recovery

Addiction & Recovery Resources | Addiction & Recovery Support Groups


Addiction & Recovery Resources


UAB Addiction Recovery Program

The UAB Medicine Addiction Recovery Program offers an individualized approach to the assessment and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse. They offer confidential evaluations to discuss the inpatient and outpatient treatment options available through the program. UAB Medicine Addiction Recovery offers a proven way to overcome addiction and take back control of your life, without the stigma or “one-size-fits-all” approach associated with some recovery programs.
Phone: 205-975-7350


Bradford Health Services

Bradford Health Services offers a continuum of care approach to treating individuals with alcohol and drug dependency. Bradford offers a variety of inpatient, intensive outpatient and specialty services and they are committed to providing treatment options that are efficacious and meet families and referents at their need. Services include offer no-cost consultations, a concerned person’s group, intervention specialists who can assist in making appropriate referrals.


211 Connects Alabama

Dialing 2-1-1 from anywhere in Alabama connects you to a trained operator 24/7 that has access to a comprehensive database with a multitude of services in your community. The 2-1-1 system serves as the initial contact point for a variety of programs — including crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, and drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation.


Addiction Prevention Coalition

The Addiction Prevention Coalition (APC) is a non-profit community resource that aims to eliminate addiction in Central Alabama. Originally named The Freedom Source, APC has been providing support for the greater Birmingham area for over a decade. Through their in-school prevention programs, educational events, and collection of support services, APC aims to be a convener of organizations united to prevent addiction and relapse.


The Recovery Resource Center

The Recovery Resource Center is a collaborative initiative dedicated to simplifying that process by providing a central point of information. The center’s staff and volunteers have the expertise to answer questions, initiate the treatment process, and make referrals as needed.


NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator

The Alcohol Treatment Navigator, designed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use tool to help individuals and their loved ones navigate the complicated process of choosing treatment for alcohol problems. With many treatment options available, the navigator makes the search easier by telling you what you need to know, and what you need to do, to find appropriate, quality care.

 

reSTART Life

The reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program is designed to help launch tech dependent youth and adults back into real life interactions. The individually tailored program assists individuals with an Internet and/or computer based behavioral problem break the cycle of dependency.

 

Recovery Connection

Recovery Connection aims to connect people in need of treatment with the information and resources needed to find quality treatment that is right for them. For those seeking help for themselves or their loved ones, Recovery Connection's website features a Resources section with infographics, recovery guides and other tools to help answer your urgently asked questions.


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, promotes and implements prevention and early intervention strategies to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders in America’s communities. Learn how health care professionals address common mental illnesses and substance use disorders, and how SAMHSA helps people access treatments and services, on the Treatments and Services section of the website.


The Addicted Brain

An article about how the brain responds to addiction: We don’t understand it completely, but we know much more than we did 20 or even 5 years ago about how the brain responds to addictive drugs, and that knowledge is beginning to affect treatment and prevention.



Addiction & Recovery Support Groups


Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.


Narcotics Anonymous

Their vision is that every addict in the world has the chance to experience the NA message in his or her own language and culture and to find the opportunity for a new way of life. NA is a support group for people addicted to narcotics, committed to recovery.


Overeaters Anonymous

Meetings are gatherings of two or more compulsive eaters who come together to share their personal experience and the strength and hope OA has given them. They are usually held once a week and run from an hour to an hour and a half. Though there are many types of meetings, fellowship with other compulsive eaters is the basis of them all.


Gambler’s Anonymous

Gambler’s Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.


Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.


Al-Anon

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.


Nar-Anon

The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind.


Gam-anon

Gam-Anon has created this website to provide information for the general public and professional community about problem (compulsive) gambling and its financial and emotional effects on the gamblers' families and loved ones.


Sex Addicts Anonymous

Sex Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may overcome sex addiction and help others recover from sex addiction or dependency.

Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety | Depression


Anxiety


National Institute of Mental Health

Signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment and therapies, and more information on Anxiety Disorders, provided by NIH, the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to the understanding and treatment of mental illness.


Anxiety & Depression Association of America

Strategies to help you cope with anxiety and stress, plus therapist directory, monthly webinars and online support groups from ADAA, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive and trauma-related disorders.


American Psychological Association

Anxiety definition, as well as links to research and news articles about anxiety.


MentalHelp.net

Information on understanding anxiety and anxiety disorders.


HelpGuide

Information and strategies for recognizing and managing anxiety.



Depression


Mental Health America Online Depression Test

Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Please note — online screens are not a substitute for consultation with a health professional. Regardless of the results of a screen, if you have any concerns, see your doctor, counselor or other mental health professional.


American Psychological Association

Resources and information on psychotherapy and other treatments to help people recover from depression, provided by the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.


Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Non-profit organization provides information and support for patients and health professionals, with details of conditions, and lists of resources.


National Institute of Mental Health

Signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment and therapies, and more information on Depression, provided by NIH, the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to the understanding and treatment of mental illness.


HelpGuide

Tips for coping with depression from HelpGuide.org, an online guide to mental and emotional health, a collaboration with Harvard Health Publications.


WebMD

Depression support to help manage your mood and enjoy your life to the fullest, from WebMD.


Non-traditional Approaches:

Asian American Pacific Islander Resources

Birmingham | Huntsville | Online Resources | Social Media Accounts


Birmingham Resources


Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation

501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2005 that aims to support Asian artistic & cultural organizations in Birmingham metro area & state of Alabama.


Japanese American Society of Alabama

Nonprofit organization founded in 1989 promotes international networking of business professionals & individuals interested in pursuing Japanese business ventures in Japan or promoting Japanese businesses in Alabama.


Birmingham Chinese Festival Association

Promotes Chinese Culture through annual festivals strengthening the multicultural connections in Birmingham metro communities. Events held at Boutwell Auditorium, Linn Park & at the Birmingham Museum of Art.


Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) at UAB

Organization for pre-health students at UAB engages through projects & initiatives addressing special health issues related to AAPI communities in order to promote health of the AAPI community and create future culturally competent healthcare workers.


UAB Asian American Organization Facebook Group

A UAB student organization promoting the integration of Asian and American cultures through its annual Bhangra/ Bollywood fusion event


Birmingham Chinese Community Facebook Group

Communicates community events and activities organized by Chinese American communities.

 


Huntsville Resources


Huntsville India Association

Nonprofit organization representing Asian Indian Community of North Alabama through educating community about India through charitably, educational, scientific, & cultural programs in the community.


Online Resources


Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA)

Aims to advance the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.


NAMI: Asian American Pacific Islander

Mental health organization highlighting AAPI identity & cultural dimensions.


Asian American Health Initiative

An organization based in Montgomery County, Maryland aiming to improve the health & wellness of Asian Americans through applying equity, community engagement, & data driven approaches while offering educational information& resources on mental health in English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, & Hindi.


National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

A federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) AAPI organizations promoting local LGBT AAPI Groups through developing leadership, promoting visibility, collaboration, community education, grassroots movement, & challenge anti-LGBTQ bias & racism.


National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)

Promotes mental health and wellbeing of Asian Americas, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders through advocating for public policy, providing trainings, developing mental health fact sheets, & working closely with community-based organization addressing mental health and health related issues.


Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta

Nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia and the Southeast.


Asian Mental Health collective

Aims to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community.


Mental Health America: Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities & Mental Health

Mental health facts and information on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the United States.


South Asian Sexual & Mental Health Alliance (SASMHA)

Organization that aims to create a safe space to educate & empower South Asian American youth through providing resources on sex, sexuality & mental Health.


Asian Americans Pacific Islander Philanthropy (AAPIP)

National membership organization working to expand and mobilize philanthropic & community resources for underserved AAPI communities in order to build a more just and equitable society.


Federal Asian Pacific American Council

Nonprofit organization promoting equal opportunity & cultural diversity for Asian Pacific Americans in the government through encouraging participation & advancement of AAPI’s in the Government workforce.


Stop AAPI Hate

Organization founded during COVID-19 pandemic in response to the increase hate against AAPI communities that is working to end all structural racism and address anti-Asian racism occurring in the United States.


Asian American Feminist Collective

AAPI collective focused on intersectional feminist politics providing public events and resources that provides space for identity exploration, political education, community building, and advocacy.


Chinese Progressive Association

Organization founded in 1972, that aims to educate, organize, and empower the low income and working class Chinese immigrant community in San Francisco in an effort to create a collective power benefiting other oppressed communities demanding better living and working conditions and justice.


Center for Asian Pacific American Women

Aims to nurture Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities by expanding leadership capacity, addressing awareness of AAPI issues, cultivating a supportive network of AAPI women leaders, and strengthening the community.


National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

Organization focused on promoting AAPI women and girls in order to influence critical decisions revolving around their lives, families and communities through a reproductive justice framework that elevates changes of policies and drive systemic change in the United States.


Red Canary Song

Grass roots organization supporting Asian migrant workers & sex workers.


Biden’s Executive Order: Racial Justice for AAPI persons. Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States


Social Media Accounts


Instagram Accounts

  • @asiansdotherapy Normalizing therapy in Asian Communities, created by Yin J. Li MA, LMFT

  • @asianmentalhealthcollective Building a community for Asian mental health support

  • @asiansformentalhealth Jenny Wang, PhD Clinical Psychologist & speaker on Asian American identity, mental health, & social justice.

  • @browngirltherapy Promoting therapy, biculturalism, social justice & serving mental health community for children of immigrants.

  • @itsjiyoungkim Justice-oriented therapy for collective liberation

  • @hieupham.lcsw Mental Health Service
  • @projectlotusorg Youth-led organization aiming to destigmatize mental health in Asian American communities

  • @southasiantherapists South Asian Mental Health community & South Asian therapist directory.

  • @themindhealthspot Mental Wellness education & advocacy

  • Caregivers & Older Adults

    COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults | Home Care & Assistance | Additional Resources


    COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults

    Government Information

    • Coronavirus.gov: Get the facts about Coronavirus and take steps to care for yourself and help protect others in your home and community. Here you can also review resources for daily activities and staying safe when you go out.
    • Medicare: The source for your Medicare questions about COVID19. This site has resources on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus, coping with stress, medicare related needs, and how to stay safe as our states reopen.

    Benefits and Services

    • Benefits Checkup (National Council on Aging): Here you can search your benefit programs to get relevant program information about benefits available in your state. Search for information on medication, healthcare, income assistance, transportation, and many more.

    Caregiving

    • Family Caregiver Alliance: The Family Caregiver Alliance is committed to supporting caregivers through the evolving situation associated with the Coronavirus. During this time of heightened awareness about public health and reducing risk of exposure for ourselves and those we care for, it is very important to gather updated information from trusted sources.

    Finances

    • Protect yourself financially from the impact of the Coronavirus: Protect yourself financially from the impact of the Coronavirus and review information on how to bills and other financial obligations, what to do if you experience loss of income, how to get more help with your money issues.
    • COVID-19 Fraud: Financial scams related to the Coronavirus are becoming more prevalent. Use these resources to protect yourself from COVID19 scams and related Medicare fraud.

    Mental Health & Social Isolation

    • How to stay connected while intentionally isolated: The Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness is monitoring the situation closely and has put together a compilation of resources on the physical, behavioral, and mental health effects of physical distancing and how to stay connected with others while intentionally isolating oneself.

    Veterans

    • Department of Veterans Affairs — Public Health: The Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans, their families, health care providers, and staff in the face of this emerging health risk. The VA is working directly with the CDC and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the virus.


    Home Care & Assistance


    Right at Home: In-Home Care & Assistance

    1446 Montgomery Highway, Suite B | Birmingham, AL 35216
    Phone: 205-203-0007 | Fax: 205-460-1063

    Right at Home offers caregiving services for almost any family and practically any situation. Our in-home care lets loved ones enjoy healthy lives in the comfort of a familiar environment. We tailor our care to your unique situation through a Custom Care Plan. These individualized care programs include whatever your loved one needs from any of our care categories: skilled nursing, hygiene, physical assistance, Alzheimer’s and other Dementias, companionship and homemaking, home health aide, health reminders, non-medical home care, respite care and wellness.


    BrightStar Care: Home Care/Medical Staffing

    4 Office Park Circle, Suite 309 | Birmingham, AL 35223
    Phone: 205-578-6637

    Our local professional care teams led by our Registered Nurses provide a Higher Standard of Home Care. We help your loved ones stay at home doing the things they love, offering full continuum of care, personalized care plans and caregiver screening.


    Always Best Care: Senior Services of Birmingham

    6 Office Park Circle, Suite 315 | Birmingham, AL 35223
    Phone: 205-874-9730

    Always Best Care offers a wide continuum of senior care services including companionship services, home helper services and personal care services (assistance only).


    Choice Home Care

    3928 Montclair Road, Suite 202 | Birmingham, AL 35213
    Phone: 205-445-0705

    Home healthcare specialists offering sitters, personal care, personal therapy, light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication assistance, errand service, hospital sitters, RN/LPNs.


    Family Private Care, LLC

    402 Office Park Drive, Suite 240 | Birmingham, AL 35223
    Phone: 205-870-8855 | Fax: 205-870-8866

    Whether you are looking for friendly companionship to assist with everyday activities so you can continue your independent lifestyle, or you need more advanced personal care or medical assistance in your home, Family Private Care can match you with a caregiver who will help you achieve your goals and provide you and your family with peace of mind.


    Embrace Sitters and Homecare Services LLC

    713 72nd St. S | Birmingham, AL
    Phone: 205-390-6335

    Embrace Sitters and Homecare Services offers personal care assistance, companion and sitter care for the elderly, disabled, medically frail, or chronically ill. We also provide services for postoperative patients, the mentally and physically handicapped, diabetic patients, and those with congestive heart failure, COPD and other chronic diseases. Our highly trained, screened and credentialed staff provide assistance with personal hygiene care, mobility, meal preparation and light housekeeping, medication administration and monitoring vital signs, and transportation for our clients to appointments, errands or social gatherings. We also have registered nurses that can provide nursing care in collaboration with our client's physician.


    Homewatch Caregivers

    300 Vestavia Pkwy, #2300 | Birmingham, AL 35216
    Phone: 205-639-0180

    Services offered include elder care, 24-hour care, child care, respite care, senior transportation services, companion care, hospital discharge, dementia care and personal care.


    Fair Haven Retirement Community

    1424 Montclair Road | Birmingham, AL 35210
    Phone: 205-956-4150

    Fair Haven has a long-established reputation for being a trusted, faith-based, full-service senior care provider in Birmingham. It is known for its full spectrum of housing and care options, and is the only local retirement community with UAB geriatric physicians and UAB-trained dentists on-site to serve all of our residents.


    South Highland Adult Care Center

    Located in South Highland Presbyterian Church
    2035 Highland Ave. South | Birmingham, AL 35205
    Phone: 205-933-2332

    South Highland Adult Care Center staff is specially-trained to care for those with dementia and other conditions characterized by a neurological decline or language impairment. The care we give extends beyond our program participants, and includes their caregivers at home too. Our program offers an affordable alternative to long-term care and allows a few hours of freedom during the day. Whether participants are enrolled full-time or one day a week, our program is designed to improve quality of life for caregivers and care recipients alike.



    Additional Resources


    The Life Services Toolkit

    Resources and tools to support you and your beneficiary, from UAB life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment provider, The Standard.


    Alabama Agencies on Aging

    Alabama Agencies on Aging assists older adults, people of all ages with disabilities, and their families in coordinating resources and services that will enable the older adult to maintain their independence for as long as possible.


    Alabama Ageline

    201 Monroe Street, Suite 350 | Montgomery, AL 36104
    Phone: 800-243-5463 | Fax: 334-242-5594

    Official site of the Alabama Department of Senior Services providing several state and local programs such as Disaster Preparedness, Elder Abuse Prevention, Long Term Care, Medicaid, Nutrition, and Legal Assistance.


    United Way Area Agency on Aging

    3600 8th Avenue South | Birmingham, AL 35222
    Phone: 1-800-Age-Line (1-800-243-5463)
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 320189 | Birmingham, AL 35232-0189

    Under the direction of the Alabama Department of Senior Services, the United Way Area Agency on Aging (UWAAA) of Jefferson County assesses the needs of older persons, distributes funds for the provision of services, implements a wide range of programs and provides counseling and information about available resources to senior citizens, people with disabilities and caregivers. Through a comprehensive and coordinated system, UWAAA is enhancing lives in meaningful ways — from providing hot, nutritious meals and monitoring long-term care facilities to training caregivers and helping individuals take full advantage of their Medicare benefits.


    Senior Talk Line

    A free telephone reassurance service for senior citizens, their caregivers, retirees and widowed persons, grandparents and others who might find comfort in having a counselor call them on a regular basis to talk, provided by the Crisis Center of Birmingham. The primary service area is central Alabama, which includes Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker counties.
    Phone: 205-328-8255


    Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama

    ACA serves 21 counties across central Alabama and 100 percent of the money raised stays in Alabama. Each year over 400 patients and their families benefit from services such as scholarships to attend adult day care centers or to receive continence products, Project Lifesaver bracelets to diminish the risk of wandering, education through support groups, a newsletter, website, community awareness/education programs, and telephone helpline.


    The Caregiver's Handbook

    The PBS program, Caring For Your Parents, features videos, doctor interviews and a printable handbook with information and advice on topics including finances, healthcare, housing and transportation and caring for the caregiver.


    Johnson Sterling

    Johnson Sterling is an independent, fee-based financial advisory firm. Founded in 1976, it serves clients throughout the U.S. Johnson Sterling is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an Investment Advisory and Pension Consultancy. It deliver clients an array of specialized, research-driven, risk managed investment advisory and financial consulting services, including Retirement Plan Consulting, Financial Planning Services, Employee Benefits Consulting, Retirement Transition Services and more.


    Positive Maturity

    Positive Maturity offers three volunteer placement programs that each serve adults 55 and older; the RSVP Program, Senior Companion Program, and the Foster Grandparent Program. Each program meets the needs and desires of both the volunteer and community. In addition, Positive Maturity has three other programs that support the aging community and their families.


    Care Patrol

    Care Patrol can help seniors and their families during a time when many emotional and practical issues must be considered. They can recommend appropriate levels of care such as Independent Living, Assisted Senior Housing, Memory Care or In-Home Care.


    Caliber Care & Transport

    Caliber Care & Transport offers non-emergent transport for individuals in wheelchairs or stretchers. It is the nations largest NEMT service.


    White Arnold & Dowd, PC

    Complex legal issues can come out of left field at any time to blindside companies, individuals and families. From litigation to mediation and private disputes to internal investigations, the attorneys White Arnold & Dowd P.C. excel at finding creative strategies to minimize disruptions and help clients keep moving forward in business and in life.


    South Highland Adult Care Center

    Located in South Highland Presbyterian Church
    2035 Highland Ave. South | Birmingham, AL 35205
    Phone: 205-933-2332

    South Highland Adult Care Center staff is specially-trained to care for those with dementia and other conditions characterized by a neurological decline or language impairment. The care we give extends beyond our program participants, and includes their caregivers at home too. Our program offers an affordable alternative to long-term care and allows a few hours of freedom during the day. Whether participants are enrolled full-time or one day a week, our program is designed to improve quality of life for caregivers and care recipients alike.


    UAB Pastoral Care

    We care for the whole person — body, mind, and spirit at UAB Hospital, UAB Highlands, The Kirklin Clinic, or at home. As professional board-certified Chaplains, we offer care and compassion to you regardless of your faith background. Listening and walking alongside you in your journey while you are our guest is what we do best. We nurture and pay attention to your inner resources that can provide hope, meaning and healing even in the most challenging of times. UAB Pastoral Care has a Chaplain on call 24 hours a day.
    Page us by calling 205-934-3411, ask any nurse to contact a Chaplain for you 24/7, or call 205-934-4254.


    UAB Veterans Online Toolkit

    UAB proudly supports the policies and practices of equal opportunity in education and employment, including the hiring of veterans and their families. Here you will find links to information, forms and other resources that you may find helpful as a veteran at UAB.


    National Resource Directory

    A resource website that connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, and their families and caregivers to programs and services that support them.


    VIVA Medicare

    VIVA Medicare can offer Medicare education and benefit explanation. They can also consult with you on providers, appropriate plans to fit your budget, health and wellness resources, and more.


    Senior Placement Services

    Senior Placement Services is dedicated to the goal of finding the perfect retirement community, assisted living, or memory care for you or your loved one. We begin by consulting with you and identifying the best communities for your budget and desired location. We will then arrange facility tours designed to help you learn more about each prospective community. Accompanying you on these tours, we will act as your advocate, helping you to get the answers you need to make the right decision for you.


    Caregiver.com

    Search for programs and services, caregiver support groups and homecare specials by county.


    Eldercare Locator

    A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connects you to services for older adults and their families — search by location or topic. Contact an eldercare locator information specialist by phone at 1-800-677-1116.


    Home Instead Senior Care

    Home Instead offers an individualized approach to keep seniors safe and sound at home, instead of anywhere else.

    Concierge Services

    Cleaners | Errands | Grocery/Meal Delivery | Carry Out Family Meals


    Cleaners

    Aladdin Cleaners & Laundry, Mountain Brook
    2819 Cahaba Road, Birmingham
    205-879-6917

    Champion Cleaners
    US-280 #101, Birmingham
    205-408-2797

    Deluxe Cleaners
    400 Old Hwy 280 (at the intersection of Hwy 280 & 119)
    205-980-7114

    Vogue Cleaners
    910 23rd St. South (convenient to the UAB campus)
    205-322-5519



    Errands

    Xpress Concierge Lifestyle Management, LLC
    210 Fieldstowns Road, Suite 100, Gardendale
    888-660-5504
    info@xpressconcierge.org



    Grocery/Meal Delivery

    Shipt Grocery Delivery
    205-502-2500 | 888-807-5537
    Sign up with your UAB email address and receive $20 off annual membership.

    Waitr
    Browse local restaurants, customize orders and arrange delivery or carryout options.

    Katie's Plates
    4500 Montevallo Road, Suite E105, Birmingham
    205-502-7924

    The Takeout Bham
    205-823-7524

    The Fresh Market (only at participating locations)
    • Homewood (549 Brookwood Village, 35209)
    • Inverness (4700 Hwy 280, 35242)
    Discount for UAB employees: 10% off total purchase excluding alcohol and gift cards. Show your valid UAB ID at check-out at participating locations.

    KATs Delivery
    Alabaster (50 Gilbert Drive, 35007)
    Kats delivers from a variety of places with a full listing of products and stores online.
    Discount for UAB employees: No delivery fees on all orders over $100. Email choosekats@gmail.com from your UAB email to receive a discount code.



    Carry Out Family Meals

    Publix
    Multiple locations

    Panera Bread
    Multiple locations

    Taziki’s
    301 18th Street S., Birmingham
    205-731-9001

    Cafe Iz
    2514 Rocky Ridge Road, Birmingham
    205-979-7570

    Nabeel’s Cafe & Market
    1706 Oxmoor Road, Homewood
    205-879-9292

    Zoe’s Kitchen
    Multiple locations

    Sprouts Farmers Market
    Multiple locations

    Ashley Macs
    Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

    • Cahaba Heights
      3147 Green Valley Road | Cahaba Heights, Alabama 35243
      Phone: 205-822-4142
    • Homewood
      1831 28th Ave South, Suite N101 | Homewood, Alabama 35209
      Phone: 205-582-0062
    • Inverness
      5299 Valleydale Road | Hoover, Alabama 35242
      Phone: 205-346-6186
    • Riverchase
      4730 Chace Circle | Hoover, Alabama 35244
      Phone: 205-259-5044

    Crisis & Mental Health

    COVID-19 Resources | Anger Management | Anxiety | Depression | Suicide Prevention


    COVID-19 Resources for Mental Health

    Explore additional resources from UAB HR designed to help UAB employees and their families through the COVID-19 public health crisis: go.uab.edu/covid19hrresources



    Anger Management


    IMPACT Family Counseling

    Provides a six-week anger management courses designed to help individuals recognize their triggers; understand, anticipate and diffuse conflict; and help adults change their thoughts, feels and behavior in relation to anger.


    Covenant Counseling

    A Christian-based service providing individuals working through anger an opportunity to not only explore the causes of the anger but also strategies to reduce its unhealthy expression.


    Logan Group

    Offers anger management classes online for a fee in a stress free environment to meet court, school and employer requirements from the convenience of your home.


    Anger Management Online

    Offers 10 hours, 20 hours, 30 hours or 40 hours of anger management classes online or face-to-face (fee based).


    Open Path Mental Health Network

    Offers 4 to 52 hours of anger management classes for a small fee and is accepted by courts, probation officers, and employers throughout the country. Students can receive a pdf certificate or a mailed certificate with a raised, notarized, embossed seal.



    Anxiety


    EACC Trauma Handouts

    • 10 Common Reactions to Trauma: Because everyone responds differently to traumatic events, you may have some of these reactions more than others, and some you may not have at all.
    • Healing from Trauma: Trauma symptoms typically last from a few days to a few months, but even when you’re feeling better, you may be troubled from time to time.
    • Helping Others Deal with Trauma: Here are five ways to help a loved one who is recovering from trauma.


    National Institute of Mental Health

    Signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment and therapies, and more information on Anxiety Disorders, provided by NIH, the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to the understanding and treatment of mental illness.


    Anxiety & Depression Association of America

    Strategies to help you cope with anxiety and stress, plus therapist directory, monthly webinars and online support groups from ADAA, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive and trauma-related disorders.


    American Psychological Association

    Anxiety definition, as well as links to research and news articles about anxiety.


    MentalHelp.net

    Information on understanding anxiety and anxiety disorders.


    HelpGuide

    Information and strategies for recognizing and managing anxiety.



    Depression


    Psych Hub

    With options for every audience, Psych Hub is the world's largest online platform for digital mental health education. Our revolutionary Learning Hubs have taken online mental health courses to a new level with certifications proven to take learners from knowledge learned to behavior change. Psych Hub’s free micro-video library hosts more than 200 consumer-facing, animated videos focused on improving mental health literacy and reducing stigma about seeking care.


    Mental Health America Online Depression Test

    Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Please note — online screens are not a substitute for consultation with a health professional. Regardless of the results of a screen, if you have any concerns, see your doctor, counselor or other mental health professional.


    American Psychological Association

    Resources and information on psychotherapy and other treatments to help people recover from depression, provided by the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.


    Anxiety and Depression Association of America

    Non-profit organization provides information and support for patients and health professionals, with details of conditions, and lists of resources.


    National Institute of Mental Health

    Signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment and therapies, and more information on Depression, provided by NIH, the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to the understanding and treatment of mental illness.


    HelpGuide

    Tips for coping with depression from HelpGuide.org, an online guide to mental and emotional health, a collaboration with Harvard Health Publications.


    WebMD

    Depression support to help manage your mood and enjoy your life to the fullest, from WebMD.


    Non-traditional Approaches:



    Suicide Prevention


    Crisis Center of Birmingham

    Available to serve the needs of people experiencing personal crisis or mental health issues and respond with services that promote coping, emotional health and wellbeing. Primary service area is central Alabama including Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker counties.
    Phone: 205-323-7777


    Survivors of Suicide Support Group

    Support from the Crisis Center of Birmingham in a group setting for those people who have lost a loved one to suicide. This bi-monthly support group allows individuals to openly express feelings associated with death by suicide. Issues unique to suicide survivors are discussed and explored within this group. Facilitated by professionals, the SOS group provides an open, non-judgmental atmosphere of support without the stigma often associated with suicide. Group members share their stories as well as various coping skills they have found to be helpful in the healing process.


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    No matter what problems you are dealing with, by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255), you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.


    NAMI Birmingham

    An affiliate of the nation’s leading advocacy organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of persons with mental illness through education, advocacy, research and support.


    2-1-1 Connects Alabama

    Are you facing difficult times and don’t know where to turn? Are you looking for help with everyday needs? Are you wanting to volunteer? Dialing 2-1-1 is your first step. 2-1-1 is a free, easy to remember number for easy-to-find information about health and human service organizations in your community. A service of the United Ways of Alabama.


    Mental Health Resource Directory for Alabama

    This searchable database of mental health resources in Alabama also provides a list of local/statewide and national resource links for a wide variety of mental health issues. An initiative of the Jefferson County Mental Health Group.


    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Alabama Chapter)

    The leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.


    American Psychological Association

    Suicide warning signs and resources for individuals, teens and families, as well as links to additional resources.


    HelpGuide

    Suicide prevention information and resources for individuals, as well as information for loved ones.


    National Institute of Mental Health

    Signs and symptoms of suicide, risk factors, treatments and therapies, and a list of additional resources regarding suicide and suicide prevention.


    American Association of Suicidology (AAS)

    AAS is a nonprofit organization that promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. It serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide, publishing and disseminating statistics and suicide prevention resources. AAS also hosts national annual conferences for professionals and survivors.


    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

    The NIMH website has a section on suicide prevention that includes information and resources useful for a variety of audiences, including researchers, health care professionals, and consumers. NIMH also conducts research on suicide and suicide prevention.


    Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

    SAVE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma, and serve as a resource to people affected by suicide. Its prevention and education programs are designed to increase knowledge about depression, suicide, and accessing community resources and to increase understanding and use of intervention skills to help prevent suicide.


    Jed Foundation

    The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit organization that protects emotional health and prevents suicide among college and university students by: (1) helping colleges and universities create comprehensive programs to promote mental health and prevent suicide, (2) helping parents recognize and find support for a child’s mental health problems, and (3) helping young people recognize and find help for their mental health problems as well as those of their peers and friends.


    Children's Safety Network (CSN)

    CSN is a national resource center for injury and violence prevention, including suicide prevention. CSN provides technical assistance on injury prevention planning, programs, and best practices; analyzes and interprets injury data; partners with national organizations and federal agencies to promote child and adolescent health and safety; disseminates injury prevention research; conducts trainings and presentations; and produces publications.


    Indian Health Service (IHS)

    The IHS Community Suicide Prevention website provides American Indian and Alaska Native communities with culturally appropriate information about best and promising practices, training opportunities, ongoing activities, potential partnerships, and other information regarding suicide prevention and intervention. This information can help communities and schools create or adapt suicide prevention programs that are tailored to their needs.


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    The Lifeline provides immediate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline also provides informational materials, such as brochures, wallet cards, posters, and booklets featuring the Lifeline number.


    Trevor Project

    The Trevor Project is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth ages 13-24, educates young people and adults on detecting and responding to suicide risk among LGBTQ youth, and advocates for laws and policies that will reduce suicide among LGBTQ young people.


    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

    AFSP is a nonprofit organization that funds research to advance understanding of suicide and suicide prevention. It also offers educational programs and resources for professionals, survivors of suicide loss, and the public about suicide prevention. AFSP's Public Policy Division, SPAN USA, promotes and keeps track of policies and legislation related to suicide prevention. AFSP's chapters organize suicide awareness events and build connections among local resources and services addressing suicide prevention.


    National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

    NCIPC, located at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a valuable source of information, resources, and statistics about suicide, suicide risk, and suicide prevention. Its website includes links to a number of statistical databases, including WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System), YRBSS (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System), the National Violent Death Reporting System, and the National Vital Statistics System.

    Domestic Violence


    Alabama 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline

    The hotline will direct your call to the shelter nearest you: 800-650-6522


    Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    A nonprofit organization dedicated to working toward a peaceful society where domestic violence no longer exists. The ACADV serves domestic violence victims throughout the state through its 19-member shelter programs and 24-hour crisis line for domestic violence.


    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    NCADV gives a voice to victims and survivors of domestic abuse by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence and providing programs and education that drive that change.


    YWCA Central Alabama

    Information on safety planning, domestic violence support and teen dating violence prevention. YWCA 24-Hour Crisis Hotline — in Birmingham 205-322-4878, statewide 1-800-650-6522


    Legal Services Alabama

    Legal Services Alabama (LSA) is a non-profit law firm offering free legal aid statewide. LSA has eight offices and a centralized Call Center, working together to fulfill its mission statement: To serve low-income people by providing civil legal aid and by promoting collaboration to find solutions to problems of poverty. These offices are located in Anniston/Gadsden, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Selma and Tuscaloosa. They provide legal assistance for divorce when there is domestic violence involved OR the parties agree to all issues and custody when there is domestic violence.


    Daybreak Shelter

    Daybreak is a private not-for-profit shelter in Walker County that addresses the specific needs of victims of domestic violence, including a 24-hour crisis line at 205-387-1157, shelter, court advocacy, SAIL, conduit to financial aid, safety planning, case management, community education and independent living transition services.


    SafeHouse

    SafeHouse is a 501©3 non-profit United Way organization providing critical domestic and sexual violence response, prevention and intervention programs for the communities of Shelby, Coosa, Clay, and Chilton Counties in Central Alabama. SafeHouse offers free and confidential services that are designed to the needs of each survivor.
    Please contact our 24-hour Crisis Line to speak with a trained advocate: 205-669-7233 (SAFE).


    Crisis Services of North Alabama HOPE Place

    Crisis Services of North Alabama's HOPE Place offers two facilities, providing safe, confidential, emergency shelter to adults and their children who are fleeing their home due to intimate partner violence. HOPE Place provides trauma-informed, comprehensive services to victims, including court advocacy, counseling for adult and child victims, case management, information and referrals, and educational instruction regarding health and safety issues, legal rights and employment interviewing.
    To access our shelter, trained advocates and a Forensic Nurse call our HELPline: 256-716-1000 (SAFE).


    AshaKiran

    AshaKiran provides free ‘culturally competent’ services in 49+ languages throughout the state of Alabama to individuals from multicultural backgrounds that are experiencing traumatic/stressful situations such as domestic violence, sexual assault, depression, violence/crisis of any kind, developmental disabilities and more.
    24-hour crisis line: 256-509-1882 or 800-793-3010


    Family Sunshine Center

    Provides a variety of services to residents of a seven-county service area, which includes Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery counties. The shelter provides a safe haven for victims of family violence and/or sexual assault who are being physically, sexually or emotionally abused and have no safe place to go or way to get there. They also provide counseling services, court advocacy, support groups, and a 24 hour crisis line at 800-650-6522.


    One Place Family Justice Center

    ONE PLACE Family Justice Center is where victims can go to plan for their safety, have an advocate, talk with a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, obtain information on shelters and obtain sexual assault services and it serves Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Montgomery and Lowndes Counties in Alabama.
    STAR Crisis Line: 334-213-1227


    2nd Chance, Inc.

    2nd Chance, Inc. is a non-profit 501©3 organization that provides safe shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and offers educational outreach to the communities served to create awareness of and strengthen the movement to end this violence. 2nd Chance serves Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph and Talladega Counties in Northeast Alabama providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, assistance with permanent housing, court and legal advocacy, counseling, lethality assessment, community referrals, thrift store vouchers, training and presentations on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence and abuse in later life.


    Turning Point

    The mission of Turning Point is to provide comprehensive quality services to primary and secondary victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and to empower survivors to make productive decisions to improve their futures. Serving West Alabama Counties: Tuscaloosa, Lamar, Fayette, Pickens, Sumter, Marengo, Greene, Hale, and Bibb.
    24-hour Crisis Line: 205-758-0808

    Eating Disorders


    A Center for Eating Disorders

    ACED offers research based treatment methods such as individual, group, and family counseling, art therapy, and transitional planning. Medical and nutritional staff assist the clinical treatment team for individual care planning.


    Magnolia Creek

    Magnolia Creek is a residential treatment center for women 18 and over. Issues such as mood disorder, OCD, PTSD, in addition to eating disorders are treated with an emphasis on individualized treatment in a peaceful setting.


    Alsana Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

    Alsana Eating Recovery Center provides innovative client focused and evidence based eating Disorder Treatment in residential, partial hospitalization and Intensive-Outpatient settings. Their world renowned clinical leaders which consists of Nurse, Dietitians, Psychologists, Therapists and Psychiatrists are committed to providing you with an inspiring healing experience focused on your total health.
    Phone: 205-552-0417

    Finances

    Budgeting & Debt Management | Savings & Retirement | Insurance | Estate Planning | Additional Resources


    Budgeting & Debt Management


    Budgeting 101

    A guide to personal budgeting from The Balance, an online resource for financial empowerment.


    AnnualCreditReport.com

    Request your free credit reports from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, to ensure that the information is correct and up to date.


    Debt Elimination Strategy

    "7 strategies on how to get out of debt once and for all," from Bankrate.com.


    Debt Snowball Elimination Program

    Gateway's counseling and debt consolidation program is Alabama's most effective and affordable financial counseling service for individuals and families.


    Advantage Credit Counseling

    Advantage offers free and secure financial counseling and debt consolidation services by phone and online.



    Savings & Retirement


    America Saves Week

    Check out online resources from America Saves Week 2018. The annual savings initiative features blog posts, tweet chats, webinars and more to help you save money, reduce debt and build wealth over time.


    Checking & Savings Calculators

    Use Bankrate.com's calculators to compare mortgage, home equity and auto loan costs, perfect your budget, pay down debt and plan for your retirement and savings goals.


    VALIC Financial Education Center

    The Education Center offers useful information on topics like retirement planning and life events, and tools including debt, mortgage and retirement calculators.


    Retirement Planning from TIAA

    TIAA's retirement planning guide features a Retirement Income Planner, Retirement Advisor Tool and more.


    Kiplinger's Retirement Savings Calculator

    Estimate the future value of your retirement savings and determine how much more you need to save each month to reach your retirement goal with Kiplinger magazine's online tool.


    UAB Retirement Programs

    Information and frequently asked questions about UAB Benefits retirement programs.



    Insurance


    TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Guide

    Get the basics on life insurance including information on plans from TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Company, "Life Wizard" insurance calculator and more.


    UAB Benefits

    Information about your UAB Benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance.


    How Does Long-Term Care Insurance Work?

    Information about long-term care insurance from Sapling, "a personal finance site that makes financial adulting easier, simpler and more fun."



    Estate Planning


    Expertise: Top 15 Estate Planners in Birmingham

    Expertise.com looked at over 70 estate planners serving the Birmingham area and scored them on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best estate planners in Birmingham.


    Estate Planning Council of Birmingham

    The Estate Planning Council of Birmingham, Inc. offers advice and guidance with regard to your estate planning needs. You can search for an Accredited Estate Planner or Estate Planning Law Specialist designation holder in your area on the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils website.


    Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Lawyers in Birmingham

    Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in the Birmingham area.


    Probate Court of Jefferson County

    Information on wills and estates in Alabama.



    Additional Resources

    Grief & Loss

    Grief is a natural response to loss — from the major loss of a death of a loved one to more everyday losses that come from normal growth and change. Grief may encompass many emotions and reactions often ranging from sadness and loneliness to anger and numbness. Healing from grief takes time — there is no timetable for grieving and every individual has a different experience of grief. The following resources are available to help you understand the grief process and find support.

     


    Community Grief Support Service

    CGSS provides free support groups and grief counseling for any bereaved adult, 19 years or older. CGSS has support groups throughout the Greater Birmingham area including Homewood, Riverchase, Pelham, Trussville, Huffman, Midtown/Downtown, Inverness/Greystone, and Walker County as well. Whatever your loss – spousal, parent, sibling, adult child, grandparent - and whether yours is a recent loss or one which occurred in the past, if you are struggling with your grief, CGSS is available to provide support. CGSS also provides individual, couples and family counseling at their Homewood office.


    The Amelia Center

    The Amelia Center is a compassionate and caring group of professional grief counselors and support staff who provide counseling and support to parents and families grieving the death of a child, as well as children, teenagers, young adults (ages 19-21), and their caregivers grieving the death of someone in their life. Families attending the Amelia Center find support, comfort and understanding that they are not walking the path alone. The Amelia Center also serves as a community resource for consultation and training to schools, churches, and area organizations in the area of grief support.


    HelpGuide

    Tips for coping with grief and loss from HelpGuide.org, an online guide to mental and emotional health, a collaboration with Harvard Health Publications.


    Compassionate Friends

    Provides grief support after the loss of a child. Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.


    TAPS

    The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.


    Survivors of Suicide Support Group

    Support from the Crisis Center in a group setting for those people who have lost a loved one to suicide. This bi-monthly support group allows individuals to openly express feelings associated with death by suicide. Issues unique to suicide survivors are discussed and explored within this group. Facilitated by professionals, the SOS group provides an open, non-judgmental atmosphere of support without the stigma often associated with suicide. Group members share their stories as well as various coping skills they have found to be helpful in the healing process.


    Open To Hope

    Open to Hope is a nonprofit organization with the mission of helping people find hope after loss by providing online support and resources for grieving individuals.


    Unspoken Grief

    Unspoken Grief is a safe place to share, talk, support and learn about the impact of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal loss and grief.


    National Alliance for Grieving Children

    The National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.

    LGBTQ Issues

    Local & State Resources | National Resources


    Local & State Resources


    Alliance for LGBTQ Equality at UAB

    The Alliance is an employee-resource group at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the UAB Health System, and the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation. It exists to provide advocacy, support, and networking for faculty and staff members of UAB's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies (LGBTA) community. Membership is open to all such employees and retirees.


    Equality Alabama

    Equality Alabama works on state and local levels to secure and defend the rights and welfare of LGBTQ people in Alabama, provides information to the community about important issues and connects individuals to useful resources in their area, including a List of Welcoming Places of Worship in Alabama.


    PFLAG of Birmingham

    Contact information for the local chapter of PFLAG, the nation's largest family and LGBTQ ally organization.


    UAB Medicine Diversity Resources

    For additional assistance online, visit the collection of online LGBTQ resources provided by UAB School of Medicine.


    Magic City Acceptance Center

    The Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC) provides a safe, supportive and affirming space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) people and their allies ages 13-24 in Birmingham.


    Magic City Acceptance Project

    The Magic City Acceptance Project (MCAP) is a volunteer network of individuals, agencies and organization focused on professional practice and community support that results in positive outcomes and a positive future for self-identified, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth, adults and families in Birmingham, Alabama and surrounding communities.


    Magic City Wellness Center

    Services for LGBTQ individuals and their allies include primary care, PrEP, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Massage Therapy. Most major insurance plans are accepted.  Contact MCWC for more information.


    HRC — Alabama

    The Human Rights Campaign strives to end discrimination against LGBT people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


    Central Alabama Pride

    Central Alabama Pride, Inc. (CAP) is committed to spreading the message of equality each year with the production of our LGBT Pride events which also brings together all Alabama citizens. We also support HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout the year such as Birmingham AIDS Outreach, AIDS Alabama and the 1917 Clinic Patient Assistance Fund.


    LGBT Friendly Churches in Birmingham

    Parenting

    Parenting | Childhood Disorders | Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities


    Parenting


    COVID-19 Resources for Employees with Childcare Needs

    With childcare in high demand, to help you get started in your search for childcare options, UAB HR has identified resources for employees who are working onsite and experiencing the need for immediate childcare due to school and childcare center closures. For additional resources including information on emergency family and medical leave, UAB childcare programs and back-to-school resources, visit at go.uab.edu/childcareresources.


    UAB Early Headstart Program

    The UAB Early Head Start Program is a family focused child development program created to serve children and families in Jefferson, Walker, and St. Clair Counties in the state of Alabama. The mission of the UAB Early Head Start Program is to form partnerships with families to support child development and family goals. Through continuous staff development and in collaboration with the community, we strive to enhance opportunities for families.


    Alabama Parent Education Center

    The Alabama Parent Education Center is a small non-profit organized by parents in central Alabama. We were formed to provide parents with training and information to help them become meaningful participants in their children’s education.


    Boys Town Parenting

    A vast library of parenting tools and information developed by Boys Town’s experts including parenting guides, articles, videos and the Boys Town’s Parenting Principles, based on 100 years of real-world experience with tens of thousands of families.


    Baby Center

    Track your baby's development and get free online advice and support on pregnancy, parenting and children’s health.


    Child Development Institute

    American Psychological Association and Psychology Today recommended site for information, products and services related to child development, psychology, health, parenting, learning, media, entertainment, family activities as well as to connect with other parents, professional experts organizations and other useful websites.


    Zero to Three

    A comprehensive interactive resource for parents and early childhood education professionals on healthy development of children ages 0 to 3.


    Children’s Aid Society of Alabama

    Children's Aid Society services are provided within the family whenever possible or in the least restrictive setting in which the child's special needs can be met. All services are provided on a voluntary and confidential basis. Children and families actively participate in their own case planning and interventions. Our programs are varied, but all have a common goal — to assist children and their families in meeting their immediate needs for care and safety, as well as to enhance their opportunities for optimum growth and development.


    Glenwood

    Glenwood provides an array of services which are devoted to supporting and treating children and adults impacted by autism spectrum disorder and children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Services include educational, vocational, diagnostic services and treatment-based interventions which are based on best practice and dedicated to improving outcomes and the quality of life of every individual served.


    The Exchange Club

    We now offer seven diverse programs designed to Educate, Motivate, Inspire, and Empower participants to strengthen families and break the cycle of child abuse and neglect.



    Childhood Disorders


    Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet: Common signs, diagnosis, treatment and more from the National Institutes of Health.

    UAB Civitan–Sparks Clinics: The UAB Civitan–Sparks Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic offers a range of ASD-focused services for individuals, families, schools and the community.

    Mitchell’s Place: The Birmingham nonprofit offers diagnostic and evaluation services, early intervention programs, programs for school-aged children, outpatient treatment and support services for children, adolescents, and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.

    Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet: Common signs, diagnosis, treatment and more from the National Institutes of Health.

    Autism Speaks: Download the 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children, created by Autism Speaks for families of children ages 4 and under to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.

    Autism Now: A source for resources and information on community-based solutions for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, and their families. Autism Now is a national initiative of The Arc.


    Attention Deficit Disorder

    ADHD Fact Sheet: Common signs, diagnosis, treatment and more from the National Institutes of Health.

    UAB ADHD Parents Support Group: A monthly support group facilitated by professionals from the UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics and Birmingham community for parents of elementary and middle school-aged children with ADHD. Parent-requested information is presented by facilitators, and parents are encouraged to share information and resources, within a positive and constructive environment.

    HelpGuide: ADHD in Children: Recognizing the signs and symptoms of ADHD in children, and getting help – from HelpGuide.org, an online guide to mental and emotional health, a collaboration with Harvard Health Publications.

    HelpGuide: ADHD and School: Helping children and teens with ADHD succeed at school – from HelpGuide.org, an online guide to mental and emotional health, a collaboration with Harvard Health Publications.



    Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities


    Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities

    ACDD supports independence, advocacy, productivity and inclusion for Alabamians with developmental disabilities. Resources include webinars, publications, a calendar of events and updates on pending legislation.


    Learning Disabilities Association of America

    Support and resources for parents including information on understanding learning disabilities, negotiating the special education process and more.


    Down Syndrome Alabama

    DSA promotes awareness, acceptance and advocacy for all individuals with Down syndrome, and actively supports their caretakers, educators, service providers and community.


    Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

    The state agency serves people with disabilities from birth to old age through programs including Alabama's Early Intervention System, Children's Rehabilitation Service, Teen Transition Clinic and more.


    The Exceptional Foundation

    The Homewood-based nonprofit provides year-round services to individuals 21 and older with special needs, as well as after-school activities and a summer camp program for school-aged children.


    The Bell Center

    The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs provides quality early intervention services in a center-based program in Birmingham for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delay.


    Special Equestrians

    The North Shelby County nonprofit provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted activities to persons with physical, mental, developmental or emotional disabilities. Watch "Special Equestrians of Birmingham, Alabama" on YouTube to learn more.


    The Arc of Central Alabama

    The Arc of Central Alabama serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through comprehensive and quality programming, advocacy efforts, education and awareness, all in an effort to ensure each person affected by I/DD has the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential for the most independent life possible.


    Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities

    The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities promotes independence, advocacy, productivity and inclusion for Alabamians with developmental disabilities. Through our projects and initiatives, we help them make the most of their educational potential, find and thrive in paid employment, rent/own or modify an apartment or home, gain access to and use transportation, connect with organizations to coordinate healthcare and social services, and more.


    Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network

    The primary purpose is to give relief to families and caregivers from the extraordinary and intensive demands of proving ongoing care in the home.

    Relationships & Divorce

    Relationships | Divorce


    Relationships


    Alabama Healthy Marriage & Relationship Education Initiative

    Relationship resources including couples activities, stepparenting handbook, relationship safety and a healthy marriage handbook provided by AHMREI, a five-year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Family Assistance.


    TwoOfUs.org

    Two of Us, a project of the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, provides information and resources including articles, videos, expert Q&A, polls and more for those who are dating, exclusive, engaged, married and parents.


    HelpGuide

    Relationship and communication resources from HelpGuide.org, an online guide to mental and emotional health, a collaboration with Harvard Health Publications. Includes articles about understanding and building relationships, improving communication and access to an emotional intelligence toolkit.



    Divorce


    Focus On Kids

    A research-based educational program for divorcing and separating parents by the University of Missouri Human Environmental Sciences Extension provides resources and information for successful co-parenting and helping children adjust to separation and divorce, including a Guide for Divorcing Parents.


    DivorceInfo.com

    A large collection of online information for divorce-related issues including avoiding divorce, communicating with your ex, property division, alimony and child support and more.


    HelpGuide

    Tips for helping kids cope with separation and divorce from HelpGuide.org, an online guide to mental and emotional health, a collaboration with Harvard Health Publications.

    Stress Management

    Stress Management | Meditation | Yoga | Stress Management Apps


    Stress Management


    PTSD Coach

    A collection of free online resources for managing PTSD and other types of stress, provided by the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, includes tools for relaxation, being in the moment, changing negative thought patterns and more. Or download the free PTSD Coach app for Android and iPhone.


    TED Talk: How to Make Stress Your Friend

    Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal discusses new research on the upside of stress, and introduces an unsung mechanism for stress reduction — reaching out to others.


    Anxiety Slayer

    An online resource for calming anxiety and healing your mind features a free weekly podcast, anxiety relief audio downloads and anxiety relief articles, including "3 Simple Breathing Techniques to Help You Calm Anxiety."


    HelpGuide: Quick Stress Relief

    Tips for using your senses to relieve stress on the spot — from HelpGuide.org, an online guide to mental and emotional health, a collaboration with Harvard Health Publications.


    HelpGuide: Stress Management

    Tips for using self-help techniques to cope with stress — from HelpGuide.org, an online guide to mental and emotional health, a collaboration with Harvard Health Publications.



    Meditation


    Fingerprint for Success

    A collection of mindfulness exercises to help you manage COVID stress.


    Which Meditation Technique is Right for You

    If you’ve tried and (feel like you’ve) failed at meditating, it might be because you haven’t found the right meditation type for you. This article and video from Mother Nature Network breaks down seven meditation techniques for you to try.


    1-Minute Mindfulness Exercises

    This article from Psychology Today details six mindfulness exercises that each take less than one minute, for people who don't like formal meditation.


    5 Meditation Tips for Beginners

    This article from Psychology Today details five meditation tips for beginners that will help overcome the problems of lack of appeal, and it seeming too daunting.


    A Guide to Meditation for the Rest of Us

    Incense, yoga pants and annoying dinner conversation are optional. All you need is your breath. This article from Lifehacker.com explains how to improve your concentration and slow down your day-to-day life with meditation without ever uttering the word "chakra."


    TED Talk: All it takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

    Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing nothing. Refresh your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.


    Headspace

    Headspace is a personal meditation guide, right in your pocket, featuring hundreds of themed sessions, bite-sized meditations for busy schedules, SOS exercises in case of sudden meltdowns and the Take 10 program – 10 days of 10-minute meditations that can be played online or on the free Headspace app, available for Android and iPhone.


    Mayo Clinic's Introduction to Mindfulness

    Learn how to do mindfulness exercises and how they might benefit you, from the Mayo Clinic, the country's leading nonprofit medical practice and research group.

    Guided Meditation and Visualization Transcripts

    • Beginning Meditation Instruction: Free guides and meditation courses from Insight Meditation Center, including transcripts and audio of six guided meditations called Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
    • Wholesome Resources: A free guided imagery script of a 15-minute woodland walk from Julie Lusk.
    • 9 Scripts for Guided Meditation: Printable scripts including short mantras for building focus and positive affirmation, a longer script with guided imagery for mental control, and a thorough progressive body scan for body awareness.


    • Yoga


      Yoga for Beginners

      This YouTube video features a 40-minute home yoga workout that's beginner friendly and focused on foundation and flexibility.


      Not All Yoga is Created Equal

      Use this guide by Yoga Journal to find the right type of yoga for you.


      Yoga for Stress Reduction

      HelpGuide: Relaxation Techniques: Using the relaxation response to relieve stress — from HelpGuide.org, an online guide to mental and emotional health, a collaboration with Harvard Health Publications.

      Yoga for Stress Relief: A large selection of online videos to guide your yoga for stress relief session.

      Anxiety Breathing Technique: The Bumble Bee Breath: Instructions and podcast from Anxiety Slayer details an ancient yoga breathing technique that relaxes and prompts the release of serotonin.

      Yoga Nidra: Yoga Nidra is an an ancient form of guided meditation that has been proven effective to reduce stress, tension, anxiety, sleeplessness and many other psychological disorders. This YouTube video features a 16-minute guided relaxation training script.

      Do-Anywhere Daily Mindfulness: Try these three simple steps to gratefulness from Yoga Journal to ease stress, stop negative thoughts and feel better.

      5 Basic Inversions To Ease Stress & Anxiety: Inversion poses to help ease symptoms of anxiety from Mind Body Green (advanced practice).


      Yoga for Anger Management

      5 Exercises for a Calmer, More Peaceful You: With the use of breath, we can change our emotional state of minds. These techniques from Total Yoga should be done with focus and understanding that anger can flow out of your system with every breath.


      Yoga Off The Mat

      You don't have to hit the mat to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Awareness of breathe, gentle stretching and simple postural adjustments can help reduce tension, renew focus and clarity, and nurture both the body and mind. See links below for guidance:



      Stress Management Apps


      EACCApp Breathe2RelaxBreathe2Relax

      iPhone | 4.5 stars with 395 ratings | Free
      Android | 4 stars with 864 ratings | Free

      Your breathing has a profound effect on your body. You’ll know this fact to be true if you’ve ever taken deep breaths to calm yourself down when you were upset. That exercise can often make you feel more centered, and it’s proof that breathing is powerful. The Breathe2Relax app uses guided breathing exercises to help reduce symptoms of an anxiety attack. If an attack is coming or the symptoms are unbearable, slip away into a quiet room, open your app, and let the worry and stress slip away with each breath.


      EACCApp HeadspaceHeadspace: Guided Meditation & Mindfulness

      iPhone | 5 stars with 72,666 ratings | Free
      Android | 4.5 stars with 60,886 ratings | Free

      Get the most out of your day with Headspace. We’ll help you perform at your best through the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness. Headspace is a personal meditation guide, right in your pocket, featuring hundreds of themed sessions, bite-sized meditations for busy schedules, SOS exercises in case of sudden meltdowns and the Take 10 program – 10 days of 10-minute meditations that can be played online or on the app.


      EACCApp PTSDCoachPTSD Coach

      iPhone | 4 stars with 117 ratings | Free
      Android | 4.3 stars with 65 ratings | Free

      This app provides you with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support and tools that can help you manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD. Tools range from relaxation skills and positive self-talk to anger management and other common self-help strategies.;


      EACCApp AccupressureAcupressure: Heal Yourself

      iPhone | 3 stars with 24 ratings | $1.99
      Android | 4.2 stars with 376 ratings | $1.99

      Acupressure is a natural healing strategy in which you target specific areas of the body in order to alleviate pain or unwanted symptoms. Acupressure can also increase blood flow, which can boost your mood and your health. This app helps you find your body’s acupressure points. Apply pressure on those points when you’re feeling overwhelmed, and receive the positive, calming benefits.


      EACCApp RelaxRestRelax & Rest Guided Meditations

      iPhone | 4.5 stars with 936 ratings | $1.99
      Android | 4.4 stars with 396 ratings | $1.99

      While group meetings and discussions are always an option, some people find relaxation more easily on their own. This app lets you relax in the space of your own home or office with three guided meditations. Breath Awareness Guided Meditation (5 minutes), Deep Rested Guided Meditation (13 minutes), and Whole Body Guided Relaxation (24 minutes) are designed specifically to help you relax and sink into a peaceful meditation moment.


      EACCApp SAMSelf-Help for Anxiety Management

      iPhone | 4.5 stars with 128 ratings | Free
      Android | 4 stars with 2,836 ratings | Free

      The Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) app from the University of the West of England can help you regain control of your anxiety and emotions. Tell the app how you’re feeling, how anxious you are, or how worried you are. Then let the app’s self-help features walk you through some calming or relaxation practices. If you want, you can connect with a social network of other SAM users. Don’t worry, the network isn’t connected to larger networks like Twitter or Facebook, so you won’t be putting your feelings on blast.

    UAB Employee Services


    AWARE (Assistance for Employees with Disabilities)

    Through a unique partnership between UAB and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), the AWARE program provides disability-management services when an employee’s job is affected by a physical, mental or emotional impairment.


    EatRight Weight Management Services

    EatRight provides customized, effective strategies that empower individuals to change their lifestyle, achieve personal health goals, and to lose weight.


    UAB Employee Health

    Employee Health provides occupationally related health services to hospital employees including, but not limited to, pre-employment physicals, family medical leave services, vaccines, tuberculosis (TB) skin tests, N95 fit testing, orientation and in-service education, also provides evaluation and follow-up for exposures to blood and body fluids.


    UAB Employee Wellness

    Employee Wellness strives to cultivate, innovate and nurture a collaborative approach for the individual and corporate health of UAB employees with a focus on five major areas: Tobacco Cessation, Nutrition, Physical Activity & Recreation, Prevention & Health Management and Wellbeing.


    Pastoral Care

    UAB Medicine has one of the largest full-time pastoral care teams in a single hospital in the U.S., committed to emotional and spiritual support for patients, families and employees. Ask a nurse to contact a Chaplain for you 24 hours a day, or page the Chaplain On Call at (205) 934-3411 at any time.


    Professional Development Office

    The UAB School of Medicine provides confidential counseling, consultation and coaching for medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows and faculty within the School of Medicine/UAB Medicine.


    UAB Police

    UAB is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors. Services include:

    • Blazer Express Safety Escort: On-demand van service for UAB students, employees and authorized visitors, available daily from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. by calling 205-934-8772.
    • Help Phones: More than 490+ Help Phones conveniently located throughout the UAB Campus are monitored 24 hours a day and offer a direct link to the UAB Police Department.
    • Rape Aggression Defense Program: The internationally recognized women's self-defense and awareness training program is routinely provided as a service to the female population of the UAB community.


    UAB Veteran Resources

    UAB values the service veterans and their family members have given to our country and we are committed to supporting our veterans – in education, employment and healthcare.