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.

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Community & Online Resources

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

Addiction & Recovery

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

A grassroots organization founded to prevent substance abuse in Central Alabama. The Addiction Prevention Coalition helps to prevent substance abuse by fostering community collaborations, facilitating student led drug prevention programs and expanding access to services.

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.

 

Caregivers & Older Adults

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.

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.

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 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 

United Way Area Agency on Aging

Offers a wide range of counseling services, assessments, programs, and support groups for both older adults and caregivers. United Way can offer support with senior nutrition through the Meals on Wheels program, elder law advice, medication assistance and Medicare education, care placement services, fire safety in the home, and more.

Fair Haven

Fair Haven is backed by Methodist Homes of Alabama and Northwest Florida and managed by a nonprofit board of directors. Its leadership and associates aspire to live the principles of kindness and love for all as they continue Fair Haven's legacy of enriching lives in new ways.

South Highland Center & Adult Day Care

South Highland Center is an adult day care center, located in Birmingham. Adult day care can give caregivers respite by providing a center where older adults can be taken for a couple of hours or the entire day and picked back up later. The day programs include social activities, meals and general elderly supervision.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Home Instead Senior Care

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

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.

Concierge Services

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

Chef Bob’s Fit 2 Eat
2209 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham
(205) 266-2077

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

Iron City Delivery
(205) 903-FOOD (3663)
info@ironcitydelivery.com

The Takeout Bham
(205) 823-7524

 

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

Crisis & Mental Health

Anger Management

IMPACT Family Counseling: Provides an 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 on 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

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 and 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 Heart Association: Provides information about the symptomology of stress and coping strategies.

 

Depression

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.

Depression Connection: Depression Connection for Recovery promotes wellness and recovery for people experiencing depressive, bipolar and anxiety disorders through compassionate individual and group support.

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.

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. 

Mental Health Resource Directory for Alabama: This searchable database of mental health resources in Alabama is 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.

 

Domestic Violence

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

 

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.

Finances

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: "How the Debt Snowball Method Works," by Dave Ramsey.

Gateway Financial Freedom: 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."

 

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.

PBS Parents: When Families Grieve

In this primetime special, Sesame Workshop presents personal stories about coping with the death of a parent. Katie Couric joins Elmo and his furry friends to model communication between adults and children. They also offer thoughtful suggestions and strategies that help the whole family. The website also includes tips and resources for parents to help children cope with grief.

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

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.

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama

The official state branch of the national ALGBTIC organization is an official division of the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA). ALGBTICAL offers an extensive list of resources, including a list of national organizations and resources, as well as a listing of local LGBT friendly religious groups and churches.

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 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.

 

National Resources

PFLAG – Parents, Families, Friends and Allies

Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to support, education and advocacy.

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling

ALGBTIC, a division of the American Counseling Association, educates counselors to the unique needs of client identity development in a non-threatening counseling environment by aiding in the reduction of stereotypical thinking, transprejudice and homoprejudice.ALGBTIC offers an extensive reference list of resources for LGBT individuals and allies.

Family Equality Council

Works to change attitudes and policies to ensure all families are respected, loved, and celebrated - especially families with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

 

Parenting

Parenting

Boys Town ParentingA 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 CenterTrack your baby's development and get free online advice and support on pregnancy, parenting and children’s health.

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

 

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.

 

Developmental/Learning Disabilities

Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities: ACDD supports independence, advocacy, productivity and inclusion for Alabamians with developmental disabilities. Resources include webinars, pulications, 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.

 

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 and Parenting Plan Considerations

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 seperation and divorce from HelpGuide.org, an online guide to mental and emotional health, a collaboration with Harvard Health Publications.

Stress Management

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

How to Get Started with Meditation: This article for beginners from How Stuff Works addresses how to meditate, and how to choose your own daily meditation practices.

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

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation: A free six-week meditation course from Insight Meditation Center, including transcripts of six guided meditations.

Wholesome Resources: A free guided imagery script of a 15-minute woodland walk from Julie Lusk.

3 Simple Visualizations: Start a meditation or guided imagery with these simple visualizations from Psych Central.

9 Scripts for Guided Meditation: Printable scripts including short mantras for building focus and positive afirmation, 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 seratonin.

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 QiMeditationQi Gong Meditation Relaxation

Android | 4.2 stars with 1,643 ratings | Free

Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese health system that brings together posture, breathing, and the mind to reduce anxiety. This Android app connects users with a library of relaxation videos that contain instructions for relaxing and clearing the mind. The videos are created by Dr. Monica Frank, a psychologist with more than 20 years of experience. In addition to viewing Dr. Frank’s videos, you can read a variety of articles related to anxiety, meditation, and stress management.

 

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 fulltime 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.