Resources

This is a short list of resources I have found helpful and insightful, organized by topic. If you have resources that have been influential to your life and healing, please do share.

More immediate or crisis resources:

Allegheny County Re:Solve Crisis Network – 1.888.7YOU CAN (1.888.796.8226)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255)

Center for Victims Crisis line (Pittsburgh) – 1.866.644.2882

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape – 1.866.END.RAPE (1.866.363.7273)

Postpartum Support Warm-line (National) – 1.800.944.4PPD (1.800.944.4773)

Trans Lifeline – 877.565.8860

LGBT National Hotline – 1.888.843.4564

Casa San José (Pittsburgh) – 412.343.3111

JFCS Refugee & Immigration (Pittsburgh) – 412.521.1737

Steel Smiling– black mental health care fund

Pittsburgh Mutual Aid – connection to resources, including funds

Be Well! – Pittsburgh health care guide

A life worth living in a world worth living in…and staying alive in the meantime: care, survival, suicide and griefthe digital version of this resource guide with hyperlinked resources and image descriptors for screen readers. You can download this as a PDF and also print it (choose the ‘booklet’ option to be able to fold it into a little booklet/zine and save paper), it will just have the image descriptors and won’t have the links written out.

Below, for printing, is the actual PDF version without image descriptors and with the links written out. Go below the image and click download to download onto your computer or read it here by scrolling when your mouse is resting on the image. You can type in the page you want to view at the top [ __ of 64]. If using the table of contents, add one to get the correct page this way, since the title page doesn’t count (i.e. you’d type in 5 for safety planning, instead of the 4 it is listed as). When printing, choose the ‘booklet’ option to be able to fold it into a little booklet/zine and save paper.

Here are printable safety plans, again click the download button below to download.

Pandemic:

How To Survive The end Of The World – podcast

WHO Mental Health and COVID-19 page

Advice For Dealing With Uncertainty, From People Who’ve Been There

Climate emotions:

All We Can Save climate emotion resources

Gen Dread podcast

Climate Psychology Alliance

Illness, disability, pain:

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha – podcast interview

Bitch Magazine – In Sickness series

Access Intimacy: The Missing Link – Mia Mingus

Spoons – Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone

You feel like shit – An Interaction Self-care guide

Grief and loss: How to honor our losses and not lose ourselves

The Artist’s Grief Deck

Chelsea Granger has a fabulous list of death and grief resources

Uncontainable Night: Herbs for grief – Janet Kent

grief is gratitude, fear is intelligence, truth is strategic – Adrienne Maree Brown

Grief and Gratitude – Adrienne Maree Brown

grief is not linear and it is everywhere – Adrienne Maree Brown

lighting candles for orlando, and for all of us – Adrienne Maree Brown

the dark magic of grief – Rae Swersey

What Does it Mean to Hold Space – Heather Plett

Caitlin Doughty on Death Positivity and Rituals

There Are No Five Stages of Grief – Andy Kopsa

Angels By Your Side – tangible, local support while grieving

Attachment:

John Bowlby – the person who first spoke about attachment in the way we know it now. Plus some exploration of the ideas.

How Your Attachment Style Affects Your Relationship – in relation to relationships, models, building.

Hold Me Tight– a book by Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

The Art of Wellbeing – on attachment theory

Your Attachment Style Influences the Success of Your Relationship

How to Change Your Attachment Style

EFT research

The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture – Nora Samaran

Sue Johnson: Changes in Relationship-Specific Romantic Attachment in EFT

Mind and body, somatics:

The Politics of Trauma

Generative Somatics 

Somatic Experiencing

The Charming Science of Your Gut – video on how our gut and brain interact, including how our mental health is impacted

Trauma and resiliency:

The art of healing trauma – Heidi Hanson

15 Trauma Healing Goals  – Symbolic Representations

Window of Tolerance  – Laura Kerr

Trauma Stewardship – This is a book that I have found extremely helpful for people experiencing vicarious/secondary trauma

Radical mental healthcare, healing justice and activism:

Project LETS

Fireweed Collective – formally The Icarus Project

Mad In American

Inside Our Minds

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

Healing Justice for the Black Lives Matter Movement – Just Healing

Medical Industrial Complex – Visual – Mia Mingus

The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture– Nora Samaran

Filling the Void – an interview with Bruce K. Alexander On How Our Culture Is Making Us Addicted

Pregnancy, birth and postpartum:

Darkside of Motherhood Therapeutic Group – Pittsburgh’s Post Traumatic Birth Therapeutic Group

Postpartum Pittsburgh  – Mental health resources for people who are pregnant or postpartum

Psychedelic use resources:

Zendo Project – psychedelic peer support

Fireside Project – peer support, education, research

Dance Safe – promoting drug use safety in the electronic music community

How to vet your psychedelic guide article

Concrete information on drugs:

Spiritual Pharmacist

Drug.com

Harm reduction/benefit maximization:

National Harm Reduction Coalition

Prevention Point Pittsburgh – “dedicated to providing health empowerment services to people who use drugs.”

Over The Influence book

Therapy:

A Therapist Walks into a Bar  – A podcast that brings therapy to you

Why We Feel Lonely and Odd– short animated video

On Soul, Character and Calling: A Conversation with James Hillman

How Therapy Works – a Deep Eddy Psychotherapy therapist writing about their practice, but with really general and helpful ideas

Parting the Clouds – Interview with psychiatrist Charles Raison on new treatments for depression

Conflict and trauma transformation:

Transforming Historical Harms – Coming to the Table

What isn’t transformative justice – Adrienne Maree Brown

Pods and Pod Mapping Worksheet – by the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective on relationships to turn towards for both support and responsibility

Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective Resources