Mental Health Resources and Links

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Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
Rainer Maria Rilke

The Trevor Project
Trevor Lifeline: 866.488.7386
From their site: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
They offer a variety of resources for those in the US, including: a Lifeline, a chat/messaging service, and a social networking community for LGBTQ youth (13-24 years old) + allies.


Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE
RAINN is the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the US and is full of resources for those who have endured sexual violence and/or their loved ones.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call them at 1.800.273.TALK. (Their web site also has Lifeline options for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.)


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Information HelpLine: 1.800.950.NAMI (6264) Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., EST or by email at info@nami.org
From their site: NAMI State Organizations and local NAMI Affiliates offer an array of free education and support programs for individuals, family members, providers and the general public. Find a local chapter here.


Kate Bornstein – AKA – transgender trailblazer, activist extraordinaire, and suicide-prevention heroine. We love her and she helps us love (ourselves and others) more.


It Gets Better Project
This project has helped/helps many people stay alive (and is a great place to find video after video of encouragement and support)!


The Body is Not an Apology
An award winning poet, activist, and transformational leader, Sonya Renee Taylor  founded The Body is Not an Apology in 2011 and it has since grown into an international movement encouraging unapologetic self-love.


V-Day
Kelsey: I LOVE V-Day, the brainchild of the incredible Eve Ensler sparked by the reception of The Vagina Monologues. From their site: V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls…V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery. V-Day has raised over $90 million to end violence against women and girls since it was founded 15 years ago.


PostSecret
PostSecret is a place where people anonymously send in a secret on a homemade postcard. The thought behind it is that sharing one’s secret can be healing for those with the secret, those who identify the secret, and those who come together to form a community of anonymous acceptance.


Leslie Feinberg
The author of such important books as Stone Butch Blues, Transgender Warriors, and Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue. Feinberg is also a fierce activist outside of the page, working for a variety of grass-root movements for over 30 years.

This list was borrowed from the Stay Here With Me project. Please visit their website for more information.

Helpful and Relevant Books

Dear Readers,

These books have been tremendously helpful in my own journey of working through depression and anxiety and creating a life filled with more self-love and inner peace. I hope you find them useful.

In love and feminism,

Carly

The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness  by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness by Alice Walker

Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems by Alice Walker

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Gift by Hafiz