Mental Health Resources

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Institute of Mental Health

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA)

Alcoholics Anonymous
Santa Barbara Office: (805) 962-3332 (24 Hours)

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Mental Health America

Recommended Books


Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: Dynamic Techniques for Turning Fear, Indecision, and Anger into Power, Action, and Love – Susan Jeffers, PhD

Stress Management Made Simple: Effective Ways to Beat Stress for Better Health – Jay Winner, M.D.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook – Edmund Bourne


I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression – Terence Real

The Scarred Soul: Understanding & Ending Self-Inflected Violence – Tracy Alderman, PhD

Substance Abuse

Adult Children of Alcoholics – Janet G. Woititz, Ed.D

Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes From, How It Sabotages Our Lives – Pia Mellody

Struggle for Intimacy – Janet G. Woititz

The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior – Craig Nakken

General Well-Being

A Path with Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life – Jack Kornfield

Buddha Doodles: Imagine the Possibilities – Molly Hahn

How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People: Their Secrets, Their Stories – Rick Foster & Greg Hicks

Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance – Joseph M. Marshall III

Loving What Is: Four Question That Can Change Your Life – Byron Katie

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain – John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman

The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time – Cheryl Richardson

The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

The Happiness Choice: The 5 Decisions that Will Take You from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be – Marilyn Tam

Relationships & Gender Issues

Couple Skills: Making Your Relationship Work – Matthew McKay, PhD, Patrick Fanning, Kim Paleg, PhD

Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss – Hope Edelman

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls – Mary Pipher, PhD

The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships – Harriet Lerner PhD

The Dance of Intimacy: A Woman’s Guide to Courageous Acts of Change in Key Relationships – Harriet Lerner PhD

You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation – Deborah Tannen, PhD

Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: And How You Can Make Yours Last – John Gottman, PhD