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A host of self-care approaches can help us face distress.  All these means can be used with or without medication, according to what each person decides is right for them.

These approaches that we often call "alternatives",  are only limited by our imagination.  They allow us to take care of ourselves and get out of isolation. To heal our wounds and improve our quality of life.

They range from physical exercise and healthy eating, to spirituality, relaxation techniques, peer support groups, therapy, artistic and leisure activities, dreamwork, community involvement, etc.  Each person decides for themselves the approaches that suit them best. And these can vary according to periods, seasons, context, etc.

Many community organizations offer or facilitate access to these activities. Check out what they offer! Here is some information and testimonials about these alternatives.




Safe Harbor  


Fireweed Collective  


Diagnosis Diet


Alternative to Med Center

The Best Brain Possible

Chaya Grossberg


A Prescription for Nature

Anti-Racist Perspectives in Mental Health


Trauma, trust and triumph: psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk on how to recover from our deepest pain

Clinician guidelines for the treatment of psychiatric disorders with nutraceuticals and phytoceuticals: The World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) and Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) Taskforce  


Medicinal plants and supplements for mental health: new recommendations


Madness Radio - voices and visions from outside mental health



CAPACITAR: An emergency response kit for stress and trauma


Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence. Anna Lembke


A Straight Talking Introduction To The Power Threat Meaning Framework: An Alternative To Psychiatric Diagnosis . Mary Boyle and Lucy Johnstone 


What Happened To You? Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Perry 


Trauma is Really Strange. Sophie Standing and Steve Haines 

The Body Keeps Score. Bessel van der Kolk 


When the Body Says No. Gabor Mate 


The Return to Ourselves: Trauma, Healing, and the Myth of Normal. Gabor Mate 


Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma. Peter Levine and Ann Frederick  

The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again.  Catherine Price


What to tell myself when I'm feeling anxious

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