Mental Health & Resilience Resources

Updated: Apr 15

The following resources include training, community partners, podcasts and books supporting the topics of mental health and resilience. If you have a resource to share on, please email William Cooley at

Webinars and Education


  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) MHFA trains people in identifying, understanding, and providing initial help and support to people experiencing mental illnesses, substance use disorder, or a crisis. Libraries throughout the country have used MHFA to help staff and volunteers better respond to patron needs and crisis situations.

  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers training in PFA and SPR for library staff members looking to deepen their crisis-response skills.

Resilience Resources

  • Positivity Center This website, created by the Claremont employee assistance program, offers resources for mindfulness, meditation, gratitude and ways to incorporate resilience practices in the workplace

  • Palouse Mindfulness Retired therapist Dave Potter offers a free, eight-week course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • RAND Corporation’s report Building Community Resilience to Disasters offers a deep dive into actions organizations can take to improve mental health and resilience ahead of a disaster

Resources to Share

  • The Children’s Psychological Health Center offers Guided Activity Workbooks organized by disaster type. The workbooks include activities to help children make sense of a disaster and to reflect in healthy ways about their experiences. Workbooks can be used as part of children’s programming or to help inform passive programs for all ages.

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) offers extensive recovery resources, including printable tips for coping with grief after a disaster and a vast collection of disaster-specific resources.

Community Partners

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, made up of practitioners and advocates from around the country. Local NAMI chapters have also partnered with countless libraries to deliver mental health programming and supports.

  • ACEs Connection ACEs Connection is a social network working to address the impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Regional communities also offer programming and partnership opportunities throughout California and nationwide.

  • Listos California Listos California is working to improve preparedness and resilience across the state. They offer online and in-person preparedness courses, have trained numerous community groups and are working to expand access to resources during COVID-19.

  • Uplift Family Services Providing mobile crisis support for children under 18, Uplift Family Services is available to help children under 18 in multiple California regions.

Podcasts & Media

  • The Hilarious World of Depression Podcast This podcast features frank and funny interviews with comedians speaking openly about their experience with depression and mental health.

  • 10% Happier Podcast Author Dan Harris hosts this podcast exploring happiness from many angles, including mindfulness, meditation, gratitude and spirituality.

Recommended Reading

The following books offer insights into resilience, trauma and the effects of childhood adversity. For a more complete list of books, see the Mental Health Initiative Booklist created by the California Center for the Book.