“To Heal” Resources

Resources – To Heal:

We are collectively and currently experiencing a time of political and civil unrest in the United States of America. You may have noticed this from the following events: the current presidential election laced with violent and hateful speech; multiple killings of African Americans by the hands of police; rampant racism; codified rape culture; and the possibility of fascism being voted in to replace democracy in this country. No matter what side of the political isle you fall on, these current occurrences affect us all, and can cause psychological havoc on the individual—paralyzing their ability to act. Below is a curated list of resources as a starting point. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone with these feelings. I suggest you sit with the feelings, feel them, and wait for them to pass. This is not a substitution for medical advice. Please seek medical attention if needed.


Stages of Grief:

The Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross developed the first model on the stages of grief inspired by her work with terminally ill patients. The original 5-stage model was later expanded to 7 stages. 



Emotional First Aid:

Psychologist Guy Winch lays out seven useful ways to care for your emotional health, just as you would a physical wound:

  1. Pay attention to emotional pain — recognize it when it happens and work to treat it before it feels all-encompassing.
  2. Redirect your gut reaction when you fail.
  3. Monitor and protect your self-esteem. When you feel like putting yourself down, take a moment to be compassionate to yourself.
  4. When negative thoughts are taking over, disrupt them with positive distraction.
  5. Find meaning in loss.
  6. Don’t let excessive guilt linger.
  7. Learn what treatments for emotional wounds work for you.

Read more, or watch his TED presentation:



Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five tier model of human needs. Our most basic need is for physical survival, and this will be the first thing that motivates our behavior. Once that level is fulfilled the next level up is what motivates us, and so on.


Read more: http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html


Stages of Change:

Researchers, Carlo C. DiClemente and J. O. Prochaska, developed a five-stage model of change to help professionals understand their clients with addiction problems and motivate them to change. Their model is based on their personal observations of how people went about modifying problem behaviors such as smoking, overeating and problem drinking.


Learn more here: http://psychcentral.com/lib/stages-of-change/


Suicide Prevention:

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.


Learn more: http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Call 1-800-273-8255