You do not have to suffer in silence. Please reach out for help. I’ve included a list of resources here which is by no means exhaustive. In addition to support groups, therapy, friends, and making personal connections, I encourage you to read. Learn as much as you can about your or your loved one’s diagnosis. Learn as much as you can from others who’ve experience similar situations. Learn as much as you can about yourself. There were times during our journey when I had difficulty identifying my thoughts and feelings, everything was such a jumble. During those times, I let others’ stories talk for me. In this way, I began to learn not only about the power of my lived experience, but also of the healing that happens when we own our story and share it with others.

If you have a suggestion for an addition, please contact me by clicking on the Contact link above. I’ll check it out and may add it to the list.

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
Persephone Returns, Tanya Wilkinson
This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, Laura Munson*
Wild, Cheryl Strayed*
Stitches, Anne Lamott
Trapped In The Mirror, Elan Golomb
Beautiful Boy, David Sheff
Augusta, Gone, Martha Tod Dudman
Swallow The Ocean, Laura Flynn
Odd Girl Out, Rachel Simmons
The Angel In My Pocket, Sukey Forbes
The Heavy, Dara-Lynn Weiss
To Show And To Tell, Phillip Lopate
The Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer
Open, Andre Agassi
Eating With Your Anorexic, Laura Collins
Here If You Need Me, Kate Braestrup
Sharp, David Fitzpatrick

The books marked by an * are books I would walk around with sewn into the lining of my clothes (if I wouldn’t look like a freak!)

in no particular order:

Ken Follett
Elizabeth George
Barbara Kingsolver
Patricia Cornwell
Elizabeth Peters
Dan Brown
Mary Karr
Ann Patchett
Joyce Maynard
Bob Bausch
Barbara Abercrombie
Hope Edelman
Amy Friedman
Monica Holloway


Books That Have Stayed With Me

One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus
The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
The Year Of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
Blackbird, Jennifer Lauck

Groups I'm a part of

Certified teacher for several NAMI programs. 

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 and Friends

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

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.


Self Abuse Finally Ends (SAFE Alternatives)
1 (800) 366-8288

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI – Ventura County

National Eating Disorders Association

National Institute of Mental Health

To Write Love On Her Arms

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1 (800) 273-8255

Libero Network

Stigma Fighters

Active Minds

Bring Change To Mind

Postpartum Progress

Eating Disorder Resources for Collge Students

Brené Brown, Ph.D.

Eckhart Tolle