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Mental Health Resources

Book Resources that Helped Me

  • The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown
  • 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
  • This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, Laura Munson
  • Wild, Cheryl Strayed
  • Stitches, Anne Lamott
  • Beautiful Boy, David Sheff
  • Augusta, Gone, Martha Tod Dudman
  • Swallow The Ocean, Laura Flynn
  • Odd Girl Out, Rachel Simmons
  • The Heavy, Dara-Lynn Weiss
  • The Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer
  • Eating With Your Anorexic, Laura Collins
  • Here If You Need Me, Kate Braestrup

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.

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