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Mental Health Resources

Book Resources that Helped Me

  • Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health, Dr. Insel
  • The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown
  • How To Do The Work, Dr. Nicole LePera
  • Daring Greatly, Brené Brown
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t), Brené Brown
  • The Power Of Now, Eckhart Tolle
  • A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
  • Cutting, Steven Levenkron
  • A Bright Red Scream, Marilee Strong
  • Anger, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Seeking Peace, Mary Pipher
  • Skin Game, Caroline Kettlewell
  • Bodily Harm, Karen Conterio and Wendy Lader
  • Keep Moving, Maggie Smith
  • healing self-injury, Janis Whitlock, E. Lloyd-Richardson
  • This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, Laura Munson
  • Helping Teens Who Cut, Michael Hollander
  • I’m Not Sick. I Don’t Need Help, Xavier Amador
  • Nonviolent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg
  • Beautiful Boy, David Sheff
  • The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo
  • Shades of Blue, Amy Ferris, editor
  • Odd Girl Out, Rachel Simmons
  • The Heavy, Dara-Lynn Weiss
  • No Bad Parts, Richard C. Schwartz
  • Eating With Your Anorexic, Laura Collins
  • What My Bones Know, Stephanie Foo
  • all about love, bell hooks
  • The Body Keeps The Score, Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Gabor Maté

NAMI Mental Health Resources

Family-To-Family Class

Family-to-Family is a new concept in education for families and others who are affected by serious mental illness: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, severe anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder including co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders. The course was written by experienced family member and mental health professionals, and is taught by family members who have completed the course and are specially trained to teach the course to others. To register, visit the Nami Ventura website.

Family & Friends Seminar

NAMI Family & Friends is a 4-hour seminar that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions in their families. Learn more about Family and Friends here. To register for a F&F webinar through NAMI Ventura County click here.

Ending the Silence Presentation

NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves. Learn more about Ending the Silence. Ventura County: To request a presentation click here.

NAMI Basics on Demand

NAMI Basics OnDemand is a free, six-session online education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth aged 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. NAMI Basics OnDemand is an adaptation of the in-person course offered in 43 states by NAMI affiliates. Learn more here.

online articles

Children and Mental Health: Is This a Stage?

Bariatric Surgery at 16 – The New York Times (subscription required to view)

The 3 R’s for Bullying Prevention

Anxiety, Depression & Suicide: the Lasting Effects of Bullying

Pandemic Has Harmed Mental Health of Teens

The State of Mental Health in America, 2023 (MHA)

World Health Organization: Updated Guidance on adolescent mental health

Using I statements

Clues Your Teen My Be Facing A Mental Health Challenge

The Problem With Preaching Gratitude

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