Additional Resources: Abuse & PTSD

This week, we heard two stories from Robin Helget of—stories of her journey through the trenches of abuse, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those who are also in these trenches, no matter how far along you are. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!


Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown (Amazon, B&N)

The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown (Amazon, B&N)

Rising Strong, by Brene Brown (Amazon, B&N)

Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton (Amazon, B&N)

Everything That Remains: A Memoir, by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, a.k.a. The Minimalists (Amazon, B&N)

The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk (Amazon, B&N)

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert (Amazon, B&N)

A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson (Amazon, B&N)

You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay (Amazon, B&N)

Websites & Apps

Self-Compassion →

Robin's recommendation: "This website [by Dr. Kristen Neff] has helpful resources for anyone wanting to practice self-compassion. I know I need it when I tell myself I need to practice more grace and make time to practice 'self-compassion breaks' during the day in order to practice self-kindness and love."

My Rise Story →

Our author this week is also a licensed therapist who shares more of her story on her blog "to not only lessen the stigma on mental health issues, but to help others feel like they aren't alone in their battles, in their wars, but also in their strengths."

Calm App (iOS and Android) →

We've recommended this app before and still love it. Here's why Robin uses it: "This app is great for timed meditation, relaxing sounds, and guided imagery scripts that help you practice meditating for as little as thirty seconds to as long as eight hours. I pick the rain sound and then set my timed meditation for 8 hours when I go to sleep for peaceful and relaxing background noise. It’s free! There is also a paid upgrade that I think is worth it if you like the app."


"Fight Song," by Rachel Platten

"Til It Happens to You," by Lady Gaga

"Rise," by Katy Perry

"Riser," by Dierks Bentley

"Hercules," by Sara Bareilles

"#9 Dream," by John Lennon

"Music is Healing" by Florida Georgia Line

"She Used to Be Mine," by Sara Bareilles

"Stars," by Skillet

"Thy Will," by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family