Disclaimer: Though I am familiar with these resources, they are not a substitute for professional mental health care, and I cannot guarantee their usefulness for any particular individual. I am not being paid/compensated in any way to offer these recommendations.

Crisis Resources

If you or a loved one are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, please call 911, visit your local emergency room, or contact a crisis hotline like the ones listed below.
Suicide, Self-Harm, or Crisis-General

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or text 988

  • Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741

LGBTQ+

  • The Trevor Project: Call (866) 488-7386 or Text START to 678-678

  • Trans Lifeline: (877) 564-8860

Language Lines

  • Asian LifeNet Hotline (Cantonese, Fujainese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin): (877) 990-8585

  • Ayuda En Español (Spanish): (888) 628-9454

Domestic & Sexual Violence

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1 (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 (800) 799-SAFE (7233)

  • National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888 

Recommended Reading

Mental Health, Mindfulness, Self-Care, & Self-Compassion

  • The Body Is Not an Apology - Sonya Renee Taylor

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma - Bessel van der Kolk

  • Building a Life Worth Living: A Memoir - Marsha Linehan

  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are - Brené Brown

  • The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT - Russ Harris

  • Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive - Marc Brackett

  • Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN - Tara Brach

  • Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto - Tricia Hersey

  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself - Kristin Neff

  • Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself - Nedra Glover Tawwab

  • When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection - Gabor Maté

  • The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living - Hillary McBride

Faith/Spirituality & Mental Health

  • Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith - Monica Coleman

  • Christ on the Psych Ward - David Finegan-Hosey

  • Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness - Kathryn Greene-McCreight

  • Depression, Anxiety, & Other Things We Don’t Want to Talk About - Ryan Casey Waller

  • Evangelical Anxiety: A Memoir - Charles Marsh

  • Good Enough: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection - Kate Bowler & Jessica Richie

  • Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse: Reading the Bible with Survivors - Elaine A. Heath

  • I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die: Finding Hope in the Darkness of Depression - Sarah J. Robinson

  • No Cure for Being Human - Kate Bowler

  • Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma - Teresa Mateus

  • This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories That Make Us - Cole Arthur Riley

  • This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers - K.J. Ramsey