Help

Depression, Self-Injury, Mental Illness, Suicide

Good Therapy: A network of therapists and counselors committed to ethical therapy

Meier Clinics Meier Clinics provide counseling, psychotherapy, and medication management.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline If you ever struggle with suicidal thoughts, consider putting this in your phone so you have options. We all need and deserve options.

The Spoon Theory is an ground-breaking story comforting for those battling illness and eye-opening for friends and supporters wanting to understand what it’s like to live this daily battle.

 

Books on Depression and Grief

Blue Genes by Paul Meier

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss by Jerry Sittser

Honestly by Sheila Walsh

Living with a Black Dog: His Name is Depression by Matthew Johnston
Living with a Black Dog (for supporters and caregivers)

Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission by Amy Simpson

 

Divorce

Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: The Social and Literary Context by Dr. David Instone Brewer. Our beliefs about divorce shape our relationships. We deserve to know the truth–not just the opinions others may hold. The website summarizing the book’s findings is worth seeing.

 

Human Trafficking

Chicago Dream Center: # 773-384-2200
Outreach to girls in human trafficking, homeless, and much more. 

National Trafficking Hotline by Polaris Project: Call 1-888-3737-888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).
Escape sex industry, leave a tip, get more resources

STOP-IT Initiative Against Human Trafficking Hotline: 877-606-3158
Run by the Salvation Army, STOP-IT educates the community and works directly with suspected trafficked persons. They also have a list of high-caliber partners both in Chicago and around the United States for anyone looking to be involved more in advocacy and aid to survivors.

 

Rape, Abuse, Trauma

Crisis Connection Marital rape as well as information on human trafficking and sexual assault.

“Grey” Rape and Other Myths on ConsentEd

Joyful Heart Foundation

National Domestic Violence Hotline. Hotline: 800-799-7233. Helpful definitions of many types of abuse including gaslighting.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Systems of Self Defense. You can do this.
Amazing, empowering, addicting, healing. I wish every woman took the basic course. I imagine many, like me, would be hooked and continue into the advanced levels. R.A.D. teaches you confidence, caution, and frees you with the knowledge you can protect yourself physically when you want and need to. It gives you options and every woman deserves options.

Rape Victim Advocates is based in Chicago but their crisis line and resources are useful anywhere. Their myths and facts about rape may surprise you. They also have some good information on Rape Trauma Syndrome, which some women may not realize they are battling.

SOAR: Speaking Out About Rape

 

Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Finding a Therapist: PTSD A great list of resources on what to look for and how to find help for PTSD or any struggle.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

No More: Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault

River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital: New Orleans Institute. Trauma-Based Disorders (includes eating disorders and compulsive behavior) are treated in this 2-6 week residential setting which targets trauma through a myriad of therapies. Rated one of the top in the nation for good reason.

Office for Victims of Crime. List of over 10,000 organizations and support resources for victims of a crime.

Short Guide to Who is to Blame in Cases of Sexual Assault Highlights the myths Christians often teach.

Women, Trauma, and PTSD A good overview on women experiencing trauma.

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