Resources and Helpful Links
Mental health and wellness is an ongoing journey. If you’re currently working with a counselor, the hour or so per week that you spend in session is absolutely important. However the work doesn’t stop there. So in an attempt to support you in your healing and your growth, I’ve compiled a list of local (Texas) and national resources, as well as some other links to support you in living your best life.
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You are not alone. These resources exist because people want to help. Use them. It can’t get better if you’re not here anymore.
In an emergency, call 911.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
National Child Abuse Hotline
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
National Resource Listing
There are so many programs and resources out there.
Here is the current listing with links to some stellar national organizations that I find myself using for my own education, and helping clients with their specific journeys. Each of these pages have pretty incredible resource listings of their own. (Click the Title to go to link).
The National Domestic Violence Hotline website and hotline (1−800−799−7233) is my first stop on the web for all things related to domestic violence education, statistics and intervention. Their Resource Page includes listings for State, National and Population-specific (i.e. Immigrant, LGBTQ+, Teen) outreach programs.
In their words: “Loveisrespect’s mission is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.”
The Resource Page includes links to several other national organizations that focus on domestic violence and sexual assault. One of my favorite aspects of this resources is that they interact with their target audience (i.e. teens and youth) in culturally relevant ways– like Chat and Text (text loveis to 22522)*
In their words: “The NSVRC’s Mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.”
The NSVRC’s Resources cache is one of the most comprehensive I’ve ever run across. It’s actually mind boggling just how much information they’ve managed to organize on this topic that we are only beginning to speak openly about. In addition to a listing of national/state organizations, there are various projects, publications and extensive training collections and webinar series that are available free of charge.
In their words: “Our mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.“
Founded by Mariska Hargitay (yes, that would be Det. Olivia Benson for all you SVU fans). Their story alone is worth a visit to the page. Additionally their Learning Center has links to resources for domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse & neglect, as well as vicarious trauma
In their words: “Men Can Stop Rape seeks to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.” Despite popular belief, sexual and domestic violence are not purely women’s issues. They are everyone’s issues. The Resource Page includes links for male survivors of domestic/sexual violence, as well as prevention information and local initiatives to help change the culture.
National Network to End Domestic Violence
In their words: NNEDV is “a social change organization, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.”
As with every resource we list here, their whole site is work checking out. What really caught our eye is the Technology Safety Planning guide — available in 8 languages — and even has a Canadian version with resources. They also have listings under their SafetyNet project for both individuals and agencies that provide considerations and resources for both parties.
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Texas Resource Listing
The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) offers a length and diverse listing of resources, including those specifically targeted towards engaging men in the conversation to stop sexual violence.
Sexual Assault Legal Services and Assistance (SALSA) provides legal advocacy for victims of crime in Texas. They also have a Crisis Center Locator that can help Texas survivors locate and access intervention services in their area. This site is also fully translated into Spanish.
TCFV strives to promote healthy relationships and prevention-based iniatives aimed at ending the cycle of violence within Texas. In addition to a wide variety of resources for survivors, the TCFV Resources page provides resources for educators, first responders and more.
Recently a representative from To Become a Teacher reached out to me with this resource. I really appreciate the content, as well as the navigation side bar that lets you jump to the information you’re looking for. Primarily aimed at helping teachers and professors recognize the importance of the issue of sexual assault and includes resources and ideas to help both educators and students. assault. Great links to additional resources.
Note: E.J. Smith and/or Simply EJ is not associated with and/or does not receive any compensation for providing or recommending the resources on this page unless specifically and clearly noted.