This page will be updated as the year progresses and new topics are introduced.
If you are feeling suicidal, or so overwhelmed that you don’t know what you will do, it’s important to reach out immediately. Here are a few organizations that are ready to help, 24/7:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255. Visit their website to use their chat service and learn more about their services.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233 / 800-787-3224 (TTY). Visit their website to learn more about their services.
“At this Web site you will find a wealth of information – on our clinical services, on our training, consultation and education programs, and on Dr. van der Kolk and others’ research and theories. Whether you are in therapy or a therapist, a student or a scholar, a lawyer or a judge, a representative of the media, you can learn a great deal here.”
“The TCTSY methodology is based on central components of the hatha style of yoga, where participants engage in a series of physical forms and movements. Elements of traditional hatha yoga are modified to build a trauma survivors’ experiences of empowerment and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body. Unlike many public yoga classes, TCTSY does not use physical hands-on adjustments to influence a participant’s physical form. Rather, TCTSY presents opportunities for participants to be in charge of themselves based on a felt sense of their own body.” Visit their website to find practitioners in your area.
For a more DIY approach to trauma sensitive yoga, visit Susan’s website. She has a terrific blog, and sells guided meditations, yoga practices, as well as a recent book. Rizman trained with TCTSY.
A simple to learn, body-based practice to reduce stress and anxiety. Website includes instructional videos and free meditations.
“Pandora’s Project offers peer support to anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse through our online support group, Pandora’s Aquarium. We believe that connecting with other rape and sexual abuse survivors is an important part of healing. Our online support group includes a message board, chat room, and blogs. It is free to join and is safely moderated by a diverse group of survivors.”
“After Silence is designed to help victims become survivors, and communicate in the recovery of sexual violence. Our mission is to support, empower, validate, and educate survivors, as well as their families and supporters. The core of our organization is a support group, message board, and chat room where victims and survivors come together online in a mutually supportive and safe environment.”
“Through The Voices and Faces Project permanent archive, we are building a valuable resource for advocates, policymakers and all who seek to better understand the long-term impact of rape and abuse. By compiling stories through our interactive survivor survey and testimonial writing workshop where survivors write about the injustice that they have lived or witnessed, we are building an ever-expanding and first-of-its-kind record of the impact of rape and abuse on individuals, families and communities.”