Internet Mental Health

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.

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Who We Want To Reach

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

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What We Want To Share

Mental Disorders, Treatments, Research

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

  • European description (by the World Health Organization)
  • American description
  • Treatment information
  • Research information


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

Internet Links

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

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Funding For Internet Mental Health

Internet Mental Health is completely funded by Dr. Phillip Long. We do not have any corporate sponsors.

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Internet Mental Health 1995-2014 Phillip W. Long, M.D.