Mental Health Links
The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information. Please also check the additional links provided for physical health for a more comprehensive understanding of your over-all well-being. The following is not meant to be a comprehensive list.
Sexual Justice and Rights:
Women of Color Sexual Health Network – www.wocshn.org – a national directory of women of color sex educators, as well as resources on sexual justice as it relates to race and gender.
University of Victoria’s anti.violence.project www.antiviolenceproject.org – educating the public about gender, sex, and consent.
California’s Affirmative Consent Law: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB967
Pervocracy “What I Mean when I say I’m Sex Positive”: http://pervocracy.blogspot.com/2013/05/what-i-mean-when-i-say-im-sex-positive.html
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom – https://ncsfreedom.org/ – an organization that advocates for sexual rights.
Love’s Not Colorblind, by Kevin Patterson, M.Ed – a book about race relations in the non-monogamy and kinky communities.
Learn about how genitalia form: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/oh-joy-sex-toy-genitalia-101
Condom Finder: www.Condomfinder.org – find free condoms
Condomania – huge variety of condoms, including custom-fit: www.condomania.com.
Medically accurate fact sheets on STI’s:
Center for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm
Planned Parenthood: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-info/stds-hiv-safer-sex/
Planned Parenthood provides STI screenings, as well as other sexual and reproductive health services.
Cares Community Health is a medical health clinic specializing in working with people living with HIV/AIDS. They provide free STI testing, as well as other services.
1500 21st St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Women’s Health Specialists provides women’s health and reproductive services. www.womenshealthspecialists.org
If you are a college student, check your college campus – they most likely have a clinic on campus where you can access STI testing and other reproductive health services at an affordable rate.
Need health insurance? Contact the Gender Health Center to schedule an enrollment appointment. http://thegenderhealthcenter.org/GetEnrolled/index.html
For Teens, Youth and Parents:
Sex+ YouTube channel by Laci Green – http://www.youtube.com/user/lacigreen
Scarleteen.com – a website dedicated to providing quality, medically accurate, non-judgmental information about sex, sexuality, and bodies to teens and young adults.
The Sex Positive Parent – resources for parents who want to raise their children to have an empowered, consent-based sense of sexuality. www.thesexpositiveparent.com
A Kid’s First Book About Sex and The Playbook For Kids About Sex:
E-books by Joani Blank available at http://www.joaniblank.com/kidsbooks.htm
What Makes a Baby – Kids’ book – an inclusive look at how families are made, by Cory Silverburg.
Gender Spectrum https://www.genderspectrum.org/ For gender-expansive (i.e., transgender and gender non-conforming) kids and their families.
Rubin, Gayle. Thinking sex: Notes for a radical theory of the politics of sexuality. In Carole S. Vance (Ed.), Pleasure and danger: Exploring female sexuality, pp. 267–319. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Woodford, H. E. (2013) Sex positivity in sexual education and happiness among young adults: A master’s thesis project. Sacramento State, 2012.
Nichols, M. (2006) Psychotherapeutic Issues with “Kinky” Clients. Journal of Homosexuality, 50:2-3, 281-300http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J082v50n02_14
Sacramento Area Monthly Poly Happy Hour:
Every 3rd Thursday of the month
Bike Dog Broadway Taproom 915 Broadway Suite 200 · Sacramento, CA
Resources on where to start, if you’re exploring non-monogamy: poly.land/start-here
Kimchi Cuddles – Webcomics and Books about Polyamory & Non-Monogamy from a kink and queer inclusive perspective:
More Than Two
A website by, for, and about polyamorists – www.morethantwo.com
In depth Q & A on how and why polyamorous relationships work: www.morethantwo.com/polyamory
The Relationship Bill of Rights: https://www.morethantwo.com/relationshipbillofrights.html
Polyamory Weekly is a long-running show with a rich treasure trove of episodes and additional resources for non-monogamy: http://polyweekly.com/
Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships by Tristan Taormino, 2008.
The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy, 2011.
When Someone You Love is Polyamorous, by Dr. Elisabeth Sheff
For General/Personal Sexual Learning/Exploration:
The Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone by Shar Rednour and Carol Queen, 2015.
Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century, by Barbara Carrellas, 2011.
The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge, by Tristan Taormino, 2012.
Haines, S. (2007) Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma
Haines, S. (1999) The Survivor’s Guide to Sex: How to Have an Empowered Sex Life After Child Sexual Abuse
Our Whole Lives – lifespan sex ed curriculum. Published by the Universlist Unitarian Church. http://www.uua.org/re/owl
Sex Nerd Sandra podcast – available on iTunes, Stitcher and www.sexnerdsandra.com.
Society of Janus – http://www.soj.org – a resource for people interested in BDSM/kink.
The Sexuality and Gender Hotline (SGR) provides confidential, medically accurate, nonjudgmental sex information on any topic related to sexuality.
A project of SFSI – San Francisco Sex Information.
Therapy and Other Services:
The Unique Outcomes Collective – Sacramento-based therapists specializing in sexuality, gender, sexual orientation, and non-monogamous relationships
SacWellness – Find a therapist in the greater Sacramento area who specializes in sexuality and/or non-monogamy, among a variety of other things.
The Gender Health Center – affordable counseling for everyone, as well as additional services for the transgender community. www.TheGenderHealthCenter.org
Kink Aware Professionals – A directory of professionals, including mental health, who are sex-positive and nonjudgmental about kink and BDSM: https://ncsfreedom.org/key-programs/kink-aware-professionals/kap-program-page.html
Open List – A directory of professionals, including mental health, who work competently and non-judgmentally with polyamorous, swinger, and open relationship community: http://openingup.net/open-list/
Sex Work Related:
Sex Worker Outreach Project Sacramento – http://www.swopsacramento.org – offering a variety of services to sex workers, including Sexual and General Health, Personal Safety while working in the Sex Trade, Sex Worker Interface and Capacity Building Programs, Exiting from Sex Work , Benefits, welfare and debt advice, Lifestyle changes, Prevention and Harm Reduction.
The Gender Health Center offers a clean needle exchange program, and other services, with staff competent in working with sex workers.
St. James Infirmary www.StJamesInfirmary.org – sex worker inclusive health clinic in the Bay Area.
Cal-PEP – California Prostitutes Education Project – http://www.calpep.org
Sex Workers Outreach Project National – http://www.swopusa.org
Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS) www.hips.org
Associations & Institutes
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- American Counseling Association
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Psychological Association
- American Psychological Society
- Center for Mental Health Services
- Mental Health America
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Mental Health Association
- National Eating Disorders Association
- National Sleep Foundation
- National Women’s Health Resource Center
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Suicide Awareness and Hotlines
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
- Suicide: Read This First
- Bipolar Disorder News – Pendulum.org
- Depression and How Therapy Can Help
- Depression Screening
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- National Center for PTSD
- Give an Hour— for veterans and their families
- National Center for PTSD Real Warriors (U.S. Department of Defense)— for veterans and their families
- The Gift From Within
- Sidran Institute
Addiction and Recovery
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
- Childhelp USA®
- Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website
- DrugWatch.com provides up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications, including details about associated side effects.