Cultivating Mindful Awareness for personal growth and development – learning to live in a state of awareness is the opposite of living in avoidance that is often the source of emotional distress and the “disorder” behind the labels. The resources here are not meant to be a “cure all” but rather a resource to help educate yourself on the concept of learning to empower ourselves through learning that it is possible to learn to become a self manager of our thoughts and in turn create a place of well-being that comes from within.

UCLA Mindfulness Research Center –  Cultivating the practice takes time and the science behind it has been the focus of this University for years.

Elisha Goldstein – a Psychologist who specializes in supporting individuals in learning to practice mindful awareness for well-being. Shamash Alidina and the RAIN formula on the Empowering Solutions Blog Talk Radio show

Inpatient Resources; USA – I’ve not had personal experience with these facilities but they may be an option to investigate for your own personal needs.

Cooper Riis in North Carolina 

Alternative to Meds Center 

Overcoming Extreme States of Being – psychosis, paranoia, mania’s….the extreme states of being that are normal reactions to extreme life experiences are often used in psychiatry to mark an individual with the label of “serious mental illness”. Yet – it is in learning to see ourselves beyond this definition that we often begin to make sense and meaning of these experiences.  Below are some resources where you can begin to find an new way of looking at and finding a new understanding of these experiences.

The Hearing Voices Network in Portland

Recovery from Schizophrenia 

Safe Reduction or Withdrawing from Psychotropic Drugs

Peter Lehamann Publishing – Peter Lehmann uses his own early life experiences with the mental health system to support others wishing to reclaim their own lives. He was a presenter at the Alternatives 2011 Conference in Orlando. This link will take you to his website where you can view the books he has written on safely withdrawing from these powerful drugs and creating a life beyond diagnosis.

The Harm Reduction Manual for safe reduction/withdrawal compiled by Will Hall is one of the most referenced and comprehensive tools available.

Beyond Meds this site is THE most complete resource I know of regarding both withdrawing from psych drugs and learning how to make sense of the world and all the craziness in it. Many tabs with many many resoruces and articles and I have been honored to share some of my story and other pieces there. I cannot speak highly enough about this resource. The Blogs author? Has been on all sides of the table from social worker for many years to now in the midst of withdrawals. Amazing individual. Amazing resource.

Resources for Learning to live beyond Psychiatry

Beyond Meds – real information on the reality of life, well-being, pharmaceuticals…the best and most comprehensive resource online that I’ve found for learning to live beyond psychiatry…yes. This site is listed twice – because it is that good.

Paula J. Caplan, PhD and Psychdiagnosis – Dr Caplan is passionate to share the message of who and how others decide who is “mentally ill” and the damage done by diagnosis and labeling the human condition of emotional and cognitive distress and “illness”.

KIP Central – Knowledge is truly where we find our own personal power to create the kinds of changes that can set us free from uncertainty and dependence. Here you will find current information, articles, resources and education for those learning to live beyond the labels and wanting to learn to live outside the limits of the public mental health system and psychiatry. Current articles and advocacy to provide uncensored information on whats happening in and around psychiatry. Disclaimer: this is one of my personal blogs and where I post freely, sharing some of my own experiences and sometimes my own struggles and frustrations of dealing with a mental health system that is often the source of secondary trauma for many who have already survived the original traumas that drove us to seek help to begin with. 

You can’t Heal When you Call Parts of Yourself an Illness (via Recovery from Schizophrenia) This particular page is here because it is what I believe to be the crux of what keeps us stuck in the “illness” paradigm. When I began to see myself as a human being I began to understand that I was not “ill” but that I’d been wounded and my mind helped me to survive but also – that those survival tactics were not so helpful any more. 

A Journey – this is my personal blog and where I’ve shared the how behind my own healing journey. Subscribe there to be on the list for the weekly posting, programs and newsletter.

Empowering Solutions – this page contains the links to access the Empowering Solutions programs and links. For nearly 2 years I did an online radio program, then came a Facebook Community page and most recently a new website. This is where I share my own strategies as well as those of others who worked with trauma survivors or were trauma survivors themselves who had found their way from the darkness of diagnosis to the light where we live, thrive, prosper in a chronic state of well-being.

Voices of the Heart  To promote and defend the rights and interests of people who have been labeled “mentally ill”

Self Help – Resources to address the issues that often drive us to seek “help”

Guess What Normal Is – Amy does a great job of sharing her insights related to growing up in severe family dysfunciton. While she writes from her perspective of living in a home with parents who were themselves struggling with life issues and alcoholism….the idea here is to simply understand that regardless of the “issues” we grew up with – the solution is always the same: learning how to give ourselves what we did not get in the dysfunction/abuse/oppression.

Heal and Grow for Acoa’s –  again, another site that teaches from the perspective of an alcoholic home but the content is applicable to anyone who grew up in a dysfunctional family system that left us ill equipped to deal with life on life’s terms from a mature, adult perspective.

This list is in no way comprehensive and listing a resource here is not an endorsement. It is assumed that all who read and refer to these resources will use their own critical thinking skills to assess the application of any information provided. 

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