Mental & Spiritual Wellbeing - Books
Free guided meditations provided by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
A series of free meditation guides available in both English and Spanish that can be played online, downloaded from iTunes or viewable in written form.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mental & Spiritual Wellbeing - Other Resources
Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita A. Johnston, PhD.
By weaving practical insights and exercises through a rich tapestry of multicultural myths, ancient legends, and folktales, Anita Johnston helps the millions of women preoccupied with their weight discover and address the issues behind their negative attitudes toward food.
Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders by Aimee Liu
Aimee Liu, who wrote Solitaire, has extensively researched the origins and effects of both anorexia and bulimia, and dispels many commonly held myths about these diseases with the persuasive conclusion that anorexia is a result of personality.
The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World by Alan Downs
The Velvet Rage passionately describes the stages of a gay man’s journey out of shame and offers practical and inspired strategies to stop the cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behavior.
Minneapolis VA Healthcare System An affiliated teaching hospital that provides primary, specialty, mental and behavioral health, and extended care and rehabilitative care to over 80,000 veteran patients.
The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
A memoir written by American writer Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors) that describes the author's battle with alcoholism.
Yoga for Anxiety by Mary Nurrie Stearns, LCSW, RYT
Regular yoga practice has been proven to calm stress, enhance concentration, and reduce the symptoms of anxiety. This book offers meditations, mindfulness practices, self-inquiry exercises, and yoga poses that soothe anxious feelings and develop mental clarity.
The Chemistry of Joy by M.D. Henry Emmons and Rachel Kranz
This book offers a unique blend of Western science and Eastern philosophy to show you how to treat depression more naturally and effectively, and what you can do TODAY to create a happier, more fulfilling life for yourself.
Happiness is a habit. For some of us, that habit is a natural inclination; for others, it is a learned behavior. The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness combines wisdom from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality to help you choose contentment.
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
The author tackles the critical question: How do we change? The answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.
The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times Science bestseller
We Have to Talk: healing dialogues between men and women by Samuel Shem & Janet Surrey
“We have to talk.” For many men, these are the four worst words in the English language, especially when they're uttered by a female partner. But it doesn't have to be that way, argue Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey in their pathbreaking and practical book.
Cultivating Lasting Happiness by Terry Fralich, LPCC
The definitive practical guide to understanding mindfulness and integrating it into your life. Terry Fralich has created a path for developing the awareness and skills to minimize suffering and maximize positive states - all to enhance well being.
SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal
In this book, McGonigal reveals a decade’s worth of scientific research into the ways all games—including videogames, sports, and puzzles—change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain.
Conquering Shame and Codependency by Darlene Lancer
A nationally recognized author and codependency expert examines the roots of shame and its connection with codependent relationships. Learn how to heal from their destructive hold by implementing eight steps that will empower the real you, and lead to healthier relationships.
Using the metaphor of the heroic journey--departure, struggle and return--the author shows readers the way to psychological and spiritual health.
Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.
The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques by Margaret Wehrenberg
A strategy-filled handbook to understand, manage, and conquer your own stress.
The Gift of Maybe: finding hope and possibility in uncertain times by Allison Carmon
In the face of uncertainty, Maybe opens your mind and heart. It creates a little space for hope. It allows you to take a deep breath, stay in the present, and forge your own path.
The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell
The author attempts to diagnose the myriad causes of unhappiness in modern life and chart a path out of the seemingly inescapable malaise so prevalent even in safe and prosperous Western societies.
Be Here Now by Ram Dass
With over 150 pages of metaphysical illustrations and practical advice on how to implement a yogic regiment, it is sure to enrich your emotional, physical, and spiritual life.
Trauma, PTSD & Veterans' Issues
Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too byJenni Schaefer and Thom Rutledge
The 10th Anniversary Edition of the book that has given hope and inspiration to thousands who are dealing with eating disorders.
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition is committed to improving health care access and the quality of health care received by trans and gender non-conforming people through education, resources, and advocacy.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
Helpful guide with detailed information on how trauma can affect sleep.
Beyond Trauma: a healing journey for women by Stephanie Covington
An evidence-based, twelve-session program created by Dr. Stephanie Covington, pioneer in the field of women's issues, addiction, and recovery.
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