This is a continually updated list of resources and options to support survivors of trauma and mental illness. If you have anything to contribute, please let me know.

Connect with Survivors

Survivors Sharing Space Facebook group. I’ve started a private Facebook group for female, millennial survivors. For information on joining, contact me or message me at my Facebook page.

  • Black Dog Institute. Because everyone deserves peace of mind. The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
  • Crisis Connection. Marital rape as well as information on human trafficking and sexual assault.
  • Duluth Model. Domestic abuse intervention programs. Social change to end violence against women.
  • IMAlive: An Online Crisis Network“IMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis. People need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain.”
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline. Hotline: 800-799-7233. Helpful definitions of many types of abuse including gaslighting.
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center. “The NSVRC’s Mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.”
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. If you ever struggle with suicidal thoughts, consider putting this in your phone.
  • Office for Victims of Crime. List of over 10,000 organizations and support resources for victims of a crime.
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). 1-800-656-HOPE. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. They provide a hotline, victim services, tons of information and resources on sexual violence, and “also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.”
  • Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Systems of Self Defense. You can do this. Amazing, empowering, addicting, healing. I wish every woman took the basic course. I imagine many, like me, would be hooked and continue into the advanced levels. R.A.D. teaches you confidence, caution, and frees you with the knowledge you can protect yourself physically when you want and need to. It gives you options and every woman deserves options.
  • Sidran Institute: Traumatic Stress Education & Advocacy. A “nonprofit organization of international scope that helps people understand, recover from, and treat traumatic stress (including PTSD), dissociative disorders, and co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self injury, and suicidality.
  • To Write Love on Her Arms. This organization is reaching young adults who battle mental illness and other struggles, and they’re doing it in unique, powerful ways. The movie was familiar, sad, but deeply satisfying because it portrayed my reality. The blog is full of great work. Explore and find company.
  • Center at PIW (Psychiatric Institute of Washington). The Center offers short-term, directed treatment for adults who exhibit acute symptoms associated with posttraumatic and dissociative disorders and other trauma-based conditions.
  • Chicago Center for Integration and Healing. Provides integrated psychotherapy on a wide range of mental health issues, such as relational difficulties, anxiety and depression, with a specialty in the treatment of trauma. Recommended by a friend who’s been treated there.
  • Finding a Therapist: PTSD. A great list of resources on what to look for and how to find help for PTSD or any struggle.
  • Good Therapy. A network of therapists and counselors committed to ethical therapy.
  • Intensive Trauma TherapyOur mission is to treat and empower trauma survivors to live a full and symptom-free life. They use the Instinctual Trauma Response (ITR) model.
  • Life Healing Center. Residential trauma recovery.
  • Meier Clinics. Provides counseling, psychotherapy, and medication management from a Christian perspective. I’ve attended their three-week Day Program and found it helpful for dealing with depression and relationship grief.
  • Psychology Today therapist search. An exhaustive database of therapists. Especially useful for filtering results by location, insurance accepted, and specialties. I’ve found two phenomenal therapists through this site.
  • River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital: New Orleans Institute. Trauma-Based Disorders (includes specialized eating disorders and compulsive behavior tracks as needed) are treated in this 2-6 week residential setting which targets trauma through a myriad of therapies. Rated one of the top trauma recovery centers in the nation.
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Somatic psychology training. You can also search for a therapist trained in this form of psychotherapy.
  • Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Somatic Experiencing “is a powerful psychobiological method for addressing physical and emotional trauma, PTSD, overwhelm, and stress-related conditions.”
  • Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. “The mission of the Trauma Center is to help individuals, families and communities that have been impacted by trauma and adversity to re-establish a sense of safety and predictability in the world, and to provide them with state-of-the-art therapeutic care as they reclaim, rebuild, and renew their lives.”
  • Trauma Program at McLean Hospital. At the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Program, we provide a comprehensive range of services for adults who suffer from the effects of childhood abuse or other painful traumatic events.
  • Yellowbrick. Specialized assessment and treatment of addictions and trauma for young adults and their families.

Articles Online


Books

  • Darkness is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness Second Edition by Kathryn Greene-McCreight. Triggering to me because of the vivid descriptions of psych wards and electroconvulsive therapy, but worth the read regardless.
  • Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: The Social and Literary Context by Dr. David Instone Brewer. Our beliefs about marriage and divorce shape our relationships with a spouse and our friends (who may be or someday be divorced). We deserve to know the truth–not just the opinions others hold. The website summarizing the book’s findings is worth seeing. This is no light read, but when I first read it before I’d ever married I understood the overarching theme of Scripture on this topic as never before. I also felt embraced by the comforting knowledge that God is merciful and cares about those being abused and neglected.
  • A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss by Jerry Sittser became my comforting friend after my first divorce. I remember hours spent on our front porch reading, crying, underlining, reading again. This guy knows pain and he chose not to run away from it.
  • If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For by Jamie Tworkowski
  • Just Keep Breathing: A Shocking Expose of Letters You Never Imagined a Generation Would Write by Reggie Dabbs  and John Driver.
  • Living with a Black Dog: His Name is Depression by Matthew Johnston. My psychiatrist gave me this book years ago and when it comes to explaining depression to children or just as a fabulous visual for anyone, there is no better book.
  • Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma and Dissociation: An Illustrated Guide for EMDR Therapists and Clients by Sandra Paulsen, PhD.
  • Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory by Peter Levine, M.D.
  • Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission by Amy Simpson.
  • The Wall: A Parable by Gloria Jay Evans.

 

Music

  • Christina Aguilera: We Remainumbrella
  • Meredith Andrews: You’re Not Alone
  • Sara Bareilles:
    • Brave
    • She Used to Be Mine
  • Kelly Clarkson:
    • What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)
    • Dark Side
  • Beth Crowley: Warrior
  • For King and Country:
    • It’s Not Over Yet
    • Long Live
    • Matter
    • Run Wild
    • To the Dreamers
    • Without You
  • Martina McBride: Concrete Angel
  • Rachel Platten: Fight Song
  • Chris Rice: Big Enough
  • Taylor Swift:
    • 22
    • I Knew You Were Trouble
    • Begin Again
  • Switchfoot:
    • Concrete Girl
    • Learning to Breathe
    • This is Home
  • Superchick:
    • Anthem
    • Beauty from Pain
    • Courage
    • One More
    • Stand in the Rain

Videos/Movies

  • Empathy Cards for Serious Illness by Emily McDowell. These cards are awesome. Refreshing, honest, hilarious, and healing in their willingness to say it like it is (including a bit of swearing).
  • Pinterest Board: Trauma & Healing. Though I don’t regularly update this, I curate a board with over 90 pinned articles and resources. There’s a little bit of everything I’ve come across on Pinterest.
  • Download versions of the For Survivors rune.