Why We Started

Internet Mental Health is a free encyclopedia of mental health information created by a Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Phillip Long.

The idea of creating Internet Mental Health resulted from a Canada-Japan Mental Health Exchange in 1994 arranged by Mr. Mikio Kuraki. During that exchange, Robert Winram and Dr. Phillip Long visited Japanese psychiatric hospitals and lived for one week with psychiatric patients as guests in their homes.

The Canadian delegation was amazed to find that, in Japan, the average length of stay in psychiatric hospital for a patient with schizophrenia was four years. In Canada, the same patients would be hospitalized for only four weeks, then followed as outpatients. The most outstanding need in Japan, our hosts told us, was for more information concerning our mental health system in Canada.

Thus the concept of Internet Mental Health was born. By using the internet, our hope was that we could freely share whatever information we have on mental health with the world. Robert Winram played an absolutely essential role in motivating our efforts to continue this website. Without his inspiration, it is doubtful whether this website would exist today. Robert was a leader in the mental health movement in Vancouver when we first met. We often spoke together in public lectures on mental health. It was Robert who never let us forget how important it was that this website try to contact the two-thirds of the severely mentally ill who never seek treatment. Thus I owe a deep debt of gratitude to Robert for his vision and his steadfast support of this website. Robert convinced us that the impossible was possible.

A Happier Life

Robert Winram describes the novel social activity programs that he and Dr. Phillip Long provided for psychiatric patients.

Who We Want To Rearch

Internet Mental Health is for anyone who has an interest in mental health:

  • Mental health professionals
  • Patients who want to learn more about their illness
  • Friends and families of patients
  • Mental health support groups
  • Students
  • Members of the general public who want to learn more about mental health

What We Want To Share

Mental Disorders, Treatments, Research

Our information on each of the most common mental disorders contains:

  • American description
  • European description (ICD-10 by the World Health Organization, 1992)
  • Treatment information (for therapists)
  • Research information
  • Information booklets (from professional organizations and support groups)
  • Magazine articles (from national magazines, professional newsletters, and newspapers)
  • Internet links (to quality articles from other mental health sites)


We have online diagnostic programs that can be used to diagnose:

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Drug-Related Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychotic Disorders

Psychiatric Medications (for therapists)

Our information on each of the most common psychiatric medications contains:

  • Pharmacology
  • Indications
  • Contraindications
  • Warnings
  • Precautions
  • Adverse Effects
  • Overdose
  • Dosage
  • Supplied
  • Research

Mental Health Magazine

Our magazine contains:

  • Articles - from professional and national magazines, newsletters, newspapers
  • Booklets - from professional organizations, support groups
  • Books - full text of printed books and online books
  • News - from other internet newspapers and magazines
  • Newsletters - from professional organizations
  • Stories of Recovery & Personal Experiences - telling how individuals have coped with their illnes
  • Editorials

Internet Links

There are numerous fascinating mental health sites on Internet. We link to the most popular mental health sites.

Funding For Internet Mental Health

Internet Mental Health is completely funded by Dr. Phillip Long.

Policy & License

No Corporate Sponsors

We've decided to have no corporate sponsors.

Linking to Our Site

We welcome other Internet web sites linking to our site.

Copying Our HTML Files

We would ask that other Internet sites not copy and use our HTML files on their sites. Instead, we ask that you provide a link to the pages on our site.

Reprinting Our Material on Paper

We grant permission to reprint our material on paper for one-time educational use. However, permission is not granted for reprinting our material for any commercial purpose.

User's Licence

Internet Mental Health makes no representations about the suitability of this product or about any content or information made accessible by the product, for any purpose. The product is provided 'as is' without express or implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose or noninfringement. This product is provided gratuitously and, accordingly, Internet Mental Health shall not be liable under any theory or any damages suffered by you or any user of the product.

Internet Mental Health shall not be liable for (a) incidental, consequential, special or indirect damages of any sort, whether arising in tort, contract or otherwise, even if Internet Mental Health has been informed of the possibility of such damages, or (b) for any claim by any other party. This limitation of liability shall not apply to liability for death or personal injury to the extent applicable law prohibits such limitation. Furthermore, some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so this limitation and exclusion may not apply to you.

Contact Us

Comments And Suggestions

We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Due to the volume of letters that we receive, we regret that we cannot answer other letters individually. However, we do read all our email and greatly appreciate your input.

We can be contacted at:


Phillip W. Long, M.D. (Psychiatrist)

Dr. Long is a psychiatrist in full-time private practice in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He received the Canadian Psychiatric Association's Special Recognition Award for 1995. Please note that Dr. Long cannot offer specific advice to patients, their friends, or family members. This should be done by your own mental health professional.

Internet Address

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