Below are a suggestion of books, websites, videos, and podcasts that have been influences on my thinking and work. All book links are affiliate links. I’ll continue to add to this list as I discover new resources to share.
Trauma and Healing
Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook by Darby Penney, et al. (Free download from National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors)
Empathy vs. Sympathy - Dr. Brene Brown
How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime - Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
Decolonizing the Mind: Healing through Decolonization and Mindfulness - Dr. Michael Yellowbird
What is Addiction? - Dr. Gabor Mate
Why Capitalism Makes us Sick - Dr. Gabor Mate
Trauma, Healing and the Brain: Community Learning Event - Dr. Gabor Mate
How Childhood Trauma Can Make you a SIck Adult - Mental Health Channel.tv
“What Happened to You?” - A short documentary about the impact of trauma on our lives, featuring Dr. Rob Anda, co-researcher of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (A.C.E.) Study. Produced by the Central Mass Recovery Learning Community, in partnership with Digital Eyes Film.
Psychiatry Must Stop Ignoring Trauma - with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
Trauma Healing - Modalities
These are modalities that I have found personally helpful or that have been recommended by several reputable sources. Always ask questions, do your research, and trust your gut when working with any practitioner.
Suicide and Self Harm
*If you're hurting, afraid, or need someone to talk to, please reach out to one of the resources below. Someone will reach back. Please stay. You are so deeply valued, so incomprehensibly loved—even when you can't feel it—and you are worth your life.
You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at800-273-8255, Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366(Canada), or The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386. If you’d like to talkto a peer, warmline.org contains links to warmlines in every state. If you don't like talking on the phone, you can reach Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
NOTE: Many of these resources could utilize restrictive interventions,like active rescues (wellness or welfare checks) involving lawenforcement or emergency services. A warmline is least likely to do this, but still might have these policies. You can ask if this is a possibility at any point in your conversation if this is a concern for you.
Alternative mental health
Beyond Meds (blog with resources on holistic well-being)
Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong Johann Hari (2015)
Women on Writing - ongoing writing classes