This page is a three-part directory. First, I’ve listed some helpful resource guides and tips from other sites and organizations. This is followed by a guide to various articles I have written for non-profit organizations, advocacy websites, Huffington Post and other publications with my own mental health tips, insights and tools. And because sharing our stories is such an integral part of the healing process, Part Three lists several places you can submit your own beautiful detours.
Do you have an invaluable wellness resource? Send me a note and I’d love to share it with readers.
Part One: Directories of Mental Health Resources
The Recovery Diaries: a large directory of mental health resources.
Don’t Tell Me To Chill offers insightful mental health-related articles.
Zines about mental health and self-care from Bitch Media
81 Great Mental Health Resources “When You Can’t Afford Therapy” from Greatist.
Mental Health Tips and Tools
Find tips for improving mental health and emotional health from Helpguide.org.
Learn about the top five mental health college concerns and how to address them here.
How to maintain mental health in college from The Tribune.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance has a wonderful wellness toolbox.
UC Davis beautifully explains the “Eight Dimensions of Wellness”.
Addiction Center is an online resource helping individuals struggling with chemical dependencies find the help they need.
PTSD and Mental Health
I’ve shared my own story of PTSD for Huffington Post as well as listed some amazing resources and organizations, all reaching out to help us know we’re not alone:
American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
Learn about the process of art therapy, who benefits and how to become an art therapist. Click on Find-A-Therapist on the home page for a directory by state and by top cities in the U.S.
Creative Guide through the 12 Steps
This blog page offers specific instructions for using creative arts projects as a supplement to working the 12 Steps. It suggests activities and projects for both groups and individuals that address the meaning of various steps in the 12-step program.
Adriana Marchione, MA, CHT, specializes in working with recovery from all forms of addiction. Her work offers creative healing opportunities that complement psychotherapy and 12-step programs. Her approach draws from a movement-based expressive arts therapy model and Depth Hypnosis—a method of hypnotherapy that utilizes hypnosis, meditation and shamanic techniques. Through individual and group sessions, this therapeutic approach uses a variety of methods to support emotional and physical health, creative growth and a deeper connection to life. Recovery groups and retreats are also available, offering participants the opportunity to express their stories in words, images and movement both in the studio and in natural surroundings.
National Coalition of Arts Therapies Associations
Founded in 1979, this coalition brings together the professional associations dedicated to the advancement of six creative arts therapies. Their web site provides basic information on each approach: art, dance/movement, drama, music, psychodrama and poetry. Each modality uses the creative process to support health, communication, self-expression and positive change.
IMPACT: LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern: Resources and Information for LGBT Youth
Campus Pride : Resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students
LGBT Resources for Youth from CDC.gov
How to become at Ally (from Southern Illinois University)
Learn about Gutless & Grateful LGTB Advocacy Program here.
Sexual Violence Prevention and Resources
Not Alone: Sexual assault resources and information for students, schools, and advocates.
End Rape On Campus: Working to end sexual assault on campus
Joyful Heart Foundation: “helping sexual assault survivors heal and reclaim a sense of joy in their lives.”
Becoming a bystander in prevention from Samuel Merritt University
Learn about Gutless & Grateful Sexual Violence Awareness & Prevention Program here.
Part Two: Amy’s Articles, Essays and Insights
Body Image and Physical Limitations See more here.
PTSD and Coping Strategies See more here.
Sexual Abuse and PTSD See more here.
Creativity as a healing mindset and survival tool See more here.
Turning Adversity Into Creative Growth
Music Therapy and Composing Through A Coma
Drama and Writing Therapy (The healing process of creating Gutless & Grateful)
Mental Health, Physical Health and Cognitive Reframing See more here.
Discovering Hope in the ICU – for On Being, the Peabody Award winning podcast with Krista Tippett
Learning to Cope with Everyday Life (tools) See more here.
Making Things Happen (turning obstacles into opportunity) See more here.
My reflections on starting college at 25 for Huffington Post
How Losing My Stomach Made Me Hungry For Life
Inspiring Women in Business Profile
Making Things Happen: Millennial Mindset
How to Love Bad Luck
How to Balance Life, Work and Creativity
Part Three: Advocacy Campaigns to Participate In or Share Your Story
Why I’m not Average for Hope to Cures #ImNotAverage
Open Minds Open Doors anti-stigma campaign: mental illness, employment, and legal rights
Are you a student? Start a Student Detourist Chapter on your campus