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Support Services

Allegheny Health Network works to provide our community with additional resources as show in the content below.

Free Seminar Series

Jefferson Hospital's Behavioral Health department offers a free seminar series to people wishing to learn coping mechanisms for mental health related issues ranging from caregiver, holiday or everyday stress to the grief of losing a loved one.  

Programs are held once a month at the Jefferson Hospital Counseling and Wellness Center.

To learn more about this free, monthly seminar or to register, please see our calendar of events or call 412-469-7100.

Helpful Websites

The following is a list of web sites that may be helpful to you. Please note that these links are provided as a courtesy and do not signify  Allegheny Health Network endorsement of the content, nor Allegheny Health Network responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided.


Patient Education

To better serve our patient population and to assist those in search of supplemental information and educational materials related to mental health, this link will provide a listing of bibliographies, websites and articles which will provide one with a better understanding of psychiatric disorders - symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment - whether it be for you, a loved one, or an acquaintance.

The following resources offer supplemental information on a variety of psychiatric disorders.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 


Hallowell, E. & Ratey, J. (1994). Driven To Distraction. New York: Pantheon Books. Paperback, 319 pgs. Comments: A classic, considered by many as the "bible" of ADD books. Covers general ADHD issues from childhood to adulthood, with lots of practical information and suggestions.

Hallowell, E. & Ratey, J. (1996). Answers To Distraction. New York: Bantam Books. Paperback, 334 pgs. Comments: A comprehensive guide to ADHD, written in an easy to read question/answer format. The sequel to their classic Driven To Distraction.

Hallowell, E. & Ratey, J. (2005). Delivered from Distraction.

Hartmann, T. Attention Deficit Disorder: A New Perception. Lancaster, PA: Underwood-Miller, 1993.

Kelly, K., and Ramundo, P. (1993). You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?! Cincinnati, OH: Tyrell and Jeremy Press.

Kolberg, J. and K. Nadeau (2002). ADD‑Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life. New York, NY, Brunner‑Routledge.

Morgenstern, Julie. Organize from the Inside Out.

Nadeau, K. (1996). Adventures In Fast Forward: Life, Love, and Work for the A.D.D. Adult. Paperback, 219pp. Comments: Well written, readable, with clear information and practical suggestions for ADD adults. Highly recommended for ADD adults and for those who wish to understand ADD adult behaviors better.

Safren, S., C. Perlman, et al. (2005). Mastering Your Adult ADHD: A Cognitive‑Behavioral Treatment Program. New York, NY, Oxford University Press.

Weiss, G., and Hechtman, L. (eds). Hyperactive Children Grown Up. 2d ed. New York: Guilford Press, 1992.

Weiss, L. Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults. Dallas, TX: Taylor Pub. Co., 1992.

Wender, P. The Hyperactive Child, Adolescence, and Adult: Attention Deficit Disorder Through the Lifespan. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

The following are highly recommended resources for those with a mental disorder or whose life is impacted by another with a mental disorder.

Bipolar Disorder

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.


Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by Pulitzer prize-winning author William Styron

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns

Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy by Kitty Dukakis and Michale Tye


Rapoport, Judith L. The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing. New York: Plume, reissued 1990. One of the first books to bring obsessive-compulsive disorder to the public's attention.

Fourteen-year-old Charles would take showers for three hours or more each day, and then take another two hours to get dressed. His true story is one of many in this book, which provides information about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of OCD.


The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, is a safe place where grieving children and families can come together and be with others who understand what they’re going through.

Highmark Caring PlaceAn essential community resource, the Caring Place offers services at no charge to grieving families from throughout the community.  The program provides peer support, where the children who attend come to know that they are not alone in their experiences and feelings. They and their families get support and encouragement from each other, facilitated by trained adult volunteers.

In addition to these peer support groups, the Caring Place provides educational programs, consultation services, presentations and resources for schools and other professionals in the community who work with children. The Caring Place continually works to raise awareness of the needs of grieving children and how to respond to those needs.