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Family Support Resources

The following is a growing pool of resources to help families understand and become proactive in their own self-care and that of a loved one. This list was assembled by Windhorse Family Support Coordinators Mary Tibbetts and Cat Sargent.

Everyday Blessings

by Jon and Maya Kabat-Zinn


Everyday Blessings remains one of the few books on parenting that embraces the emotional, intuitive, and deeply personal experience of being a parent, applying the groundbreaking “mind/body connection” expertise from global mindfulness leader, Jon Kabat-Zinn and his wife, Myla Kabat-Zinn.

Agnes's Jacket

by Gail Hornstein


A major difference exists between the way medicine explains psychiatric illness and the experiences of those who suffer.  The author provides a new model for
understanding mental illness by guiding the reader through the inner lives of those diagnosed.

A Way Out of Madness: Dealing with Your Family After You’ve Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder

by Daniel Mackler and Matthew Morrissey


Even though this book is written for the person dealing with their family after they have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, I found it very refreshing to read. It talks about the specifics of
what a person needs to do, to learn, and to take control of, as they learn to deal with their mental health. Even if your loved one might not be in a place to read this, I think it can help family and friends understand what loved ones need to deal with.

The Places That Scare You

by Pema Chodron


“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.” ~ Pema Chödrön from The Places That Scare You

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

by Robert Whitaker


The number of adults, ages 18 to 65, on the federal disability rolls due to mental illness jumped from 1.25 million in 1987 to four million in 2007. I wrote Anatomy of an Epidemic to investigate this epidemic, and this pursuit necessarily raises a very uncomfortable question. Although we, as a society, believe that psychiatric medications have “revolutionized” the treatment of mental illness, the disability numbers suggest a very different possibility. Could our drug-based paradigm of care, for some unforeseen reason, be fueling this epidemic?

LeRoy Spaniol’s article: Spirituality and Connectedness

by LeRoy Spaniol

Trauma, loss, and illness challenge what anchors us. The trauma of a mental illness can be intensified by recurring traumas from the environment. Recovery, as a spiritual journey, can be seen as a process of building or rebuilding our connectedness to ourselves and to others. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Click here to read.

Coming to Our Senses

by Jon Kabat-Zinn


Jon Kabat-Zinn examines the mysteries and marvels of our minds and bodies, describing simple, intuitive ways in which we can come to a deeper understanding, through our senses, of our beauty, our genius, and our life path in a complicated, fear-driven, and rapidly changing world.

In each of the book’s eight parts, Jon Kabat-Zinn explores another facet of the great adventure of healing ourselves–and our world–through mindful awareness, with a focus on the “sensescapes” of our lives and how a more intentional awareness of the senses, including the human mind itself, allows us to live more fully and more authentically.

Aliveness and the Timeless Way of Helping

 

This is part of a series of interviews had with Lynn Hoffman in late June, 2012. She talks here about Listed and Unlisted language, and then discusses the importance of the idea of Aliveness rather than health/sickness, order/disorder, function/disfunction. Enjoy!!

Recovering Our Families


Recovering Our Families is an online course that introduces families to key recovery principles, leaders, research and resources that are person and family-centered, trauma-informed and strengths based.