Healing doesn't just happen in the therapy room. Need some more tools for your toolbox? Looking for information on something specific? Whatever it is you need, hopefully you'll find something helpful here.
Did you know that every county in Oregon has their own crisis line, staffed by local therapists or other trained mental health professionals? Most are open 24h a day, and all of them are part of the health department (NOT the police department). Use the link above to find the crisis line for your community.
Disclaimer: Because the language around mental health and disability continues to evolve, there may be resources on this page that don't use up-to-date terminology, or use terminology which you may find objectionable. The contents of these resource links are periodically reviewed by the owner of this site for general relevance and accuracy, but as these sites are hosted and maintained by outside organizations, their relevance and accuracy can't be guaranteed. When known, Content Warnings [CW] about sensitive topics are noted.
- NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness: Resources for education, advocacy, and support for people with all mental health diagnoses and their loved ones.
- [CW: explicit descriptions] Man's Search for Meaning (orig. 1946) by Viktor Frankl
- A psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust chronicles his experiences and considers how humans make meaning and move forward even in the most devastating and hopeless circumstances
- Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed (2019) by Lori Gottlieb
- A conversational and candid memoir of a therapist, weaving together her client's stories and her own therapy, and exploring the questions we all (yes, even us therapists!) navigate every day: Why do we do what we do? What does it mean to be happy? How do we love when we have lost?
- Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle (2021) by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Amelia Nagoski, DMA
- Burnout, it turns out, is a gendered experience. It develops and affects women/those AFAB differently than men/those AMAB. This book offers a light-hearted yet science-infused look at burnout, and offers practical ways to mitigate and respond to stress, challenge and undo some of our social programming, and reclaim our feelings of self-compassion and value.
Disability, Neurodiversity, and Deaf/HoH
- We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle
- Episode: How to Love your Body Now with Carson Tueller (Spotify Link)
- AccessATE - Accessibility for Advanced Technological Education: Offers resources for employers, employees, schools and students around accessibility. Supports NSF-funded accessibility projects.
- NADTC - National Aging and Disability Transportation Center: Resources for accessible transportation and advocacy for increased transit accessibility.
- ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act, US Dept of Justice, Civil Rights Division: Official legal home for ADA-related issues.
- Article: Person-First and Identity-First Language Choices
- Guide: Disability Language Style Guide (National Center on Disabilities and Journalism)
- Article: Why People Hide Their Disabilities at Work
- Overview: CDC's Disability and Health Information for Family Caregivers
- Overview: IEP vs 504: What's the Difference? - Mostly for K-12 parents
- [CW: explicit descriptions] The Body Keeps the Score (2015) by Bessel van der Kolk, MD
- One of the world's leading contemporary experts on trauma examines why trauma and physical pain so often overlap. Through an infusion of research and narratives, the author looks at the ways traumatic experiences affect our brain and body, outlines what we know about this connection, and advocates for holistic, body-integrating perspectives and treatment for trauma (especially developmental trauma).
- [CW: explicit descriptions] The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog (orig. 2007) by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, and Maia Szalavitz
- A psychiatrist describes and reviews some of the most difficult and gut-wrenching cases of trauma he's experienced in his career, weaving through the narratives his knowledge around trauma, why it happens, what it looks like, and what helps people heal from even the most severe traumatic experiences.
- [CW: explicit descriptions] The Gift of Fear (2000) by Gavin de Baker
- From the summary: "True fear is a gift. Unwarranted fear is a curse. Learn how to tell the difference."
- Trauma Research Foundation: A community of researchers and clinicians who are committed to developing innovative methods for the treatment of people of all ages who have experienced trauma.