Here are some resources that I find useful and think you might, too. Some of links below are based in mental health and some are organizations, web sites, videos, and books that I find inspiring, interesting, or thought-provoking. I’ll update the list periodically as I find things that I think might be helpful. I’d love to hear what you find, too.
Education and Support for Those Affected by Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org
The Mighty: https://themighty.com
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE): https://save.org
Suicide: Read this first: https://metanoia.org/suicide/
Shame and Vulnerability
Brené Brown, PhD is a scholar, author, and public speaker, who is currently a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She studies and has written extensively on shame and vulnerability.
-Brené’s TED talk on The Power of Vulnerability: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o
-Brené’s TED talk on Listening to Shame: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0ifUM1DYKg
Addiction Recovery & Codependency Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.aa.org
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA): https://adultchildren.org; https://www.socalaca.org
Co-Dependence Anonymous (CoDA): http://coda.org
Debtors Anonymous (DA): https://debtorsanonymous.org
Narcotics Anonymous (NA): https://www.na.org
Overeaters Anonymous (OA): https://oa.org
Sexaholics Anonymous (SA): https://www.sa.org
Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA): http://slaalosangeles.org
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA): http://scalosangeles.org
Smart Recovery: https://www.smartrecovery.org
Smart Recovery for Friends and Family: https://www.smartrecovery.org/family/
Refuge Recovery: https://refugerecovery.org
Mindfulness & Meditation Centers
InsightLA - Mindfulness Meditation in Santa Monica, California
Spirit Rock Meditation Center - Located in Woodacre, California
Against the Stream - Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles & San Francisco, California
Inward Bound Mindfulness Education - Transformative retreats for teens, parents and professionals
Tara Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on vipassana (mindfulness or insight) meditation.
Jon Kabat-Zinn is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the creator of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Jack Kornfield is one of the leading Buddhist teachers in America. A practitioner for over 40 years, he is one of the key teachers to introduce mindfulness and vipassana meditation to the West.
Elisha Goldstein, PhD, is a is a psychologist, speaker and author who has published numerous articles, chapters, and blogs
Pema Chodron is a beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother. She has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example and message of practicing peace in these turbulent times. Her book, “When Things Fall Apart” is a classic.
Thich Nhat Hahn, Teacher, Author, Poet and Peach Activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France. He has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English.
Panic Disorder: https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/panic-disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: https://iocdf.org/about-ocd/
Calm Clinic: https://www.calmclinic.com
Child Abuse & Domestic Abuse
Child Help: https://www.childhelp.org
The National Domestic Violence Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org
Bi-Polar Disorder & Depression
Bipolar Disorder: https://www.apa.org/topics/bipolar/index.aspx
National Eating Disorders Association: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline
Note: Though I am happy to share resources, I am not responsible for the information, claims, representations of the listed sites, teachers, books, etc.