Resources

Before I became a Social Worker I went to library school for a bit. Here are some resources that might be helpful!

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
— Arthur Ashe

Free local support groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Free support groups for people living with mental illness as well as groups for family and friends who have a loved one living with mental illness.

Bo’s Place: Offers free grief support services for adults, children and families. Provides education, resources and groups related to grief in both English and Spanish. Also has pregnancy loss support groups.

reMind: Provides free and confidential support groups for individuals living with, or family and friends affected by, depression and bipolar disorders.

Montrose Center Events Calendar: As well as being an incredible non-profit counseling center they also offer a wide range of free support and community groups targeted towards the LGBTQ+ community, but open to allies as well. Free groups include, coming out groups, polyamory, mindfulness, yoga and many more!

Useful tools

Relaxation Downloads: From the Dartmouth Student Wellness Center. I have been using these for years; guided meditations, grounding exercises, progressive muscle relaxation and more. All free.

Feelings and Needs lists: These are in multiple languages and offered generously by a Non Violent Communication trainer in the Netherlands.

Yoga with Adriene: Free online yoga classes from an Austin, TX based teacher. She uses modifications and has practices for many different abilities.

Free Online MBSR course: This online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training course is 100% free, created by a fully certified MBSR instructor, and is based on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This is such a generous offering as these courses, while very valuable to do in person, can be cost prohibitive for many.

Local Arts

Houston Arts Alliance Calendar: Houston has such a wonderful arts community, you can also do a search for free events.

Inprint: Houston's premier literary arts nonprofit organization. Has programs that support and engage readers and writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Accessible to all through public outreach, scholarships and very low cost readings with internationally known writers.