• 911
  • Go to the nearest Emergency Room
  • Alameda County Crisis Support Hotline 1-800-309-2131
  • Suicide Prevention 1-800-784-2433
  • John George Psychiatric Hospital 510-346-1300


The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 

24-Hour Crisis Line 1-866- A WAY OUT (1-866-292-9688) Midway Shelter of Alameda provides services for women & children suffering from homelessness & domestic violence.

STAND! For Families Free of Violence 24-Hour Crisis Line 1-888-215-5555 

Family Justice Center Free help with restraining orders, legal assistance, and more.

What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman 1996 Newbery Honor book about escaping domestic violence from the child’s point of view. Ages 9+


Safe and Sound (formerly Kids' Turn) offers a comprehensive & proven program for children and family members who are affected by familial separation.

The Good Divorce by Constance Ahrons 

The Co-Parenting Survival Guide: letting go of conflict after a difficult divorce by Elizabeth S. Thayer, Ph.D. & Jeffrey Zimmerman,Ph.D.


The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, Ph.D. & Nan Silver. 


Postpartum Support International 1-800-944-4PPD (4773) 

Postpartum Stressline 1-888-678-2669

Family Paths 24-Hour Support & Referrals 1-800-829-3777

East Bay Mothers of Twins Club Elaine @ 925-247-0818

BANANAS Free parenting information, workshops & referrals to family child care, child care centers, preschools, babysitters, in-home caregivers, nannies & playgroups. Provide subsidized child care for parents in need.

And Baby Makes Three by John Gottman, Ph.D. & Julie Gottman, Ph.D.  

The Emotional Life of the Toddler by Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D.  


Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

The Mask of Motherhood: how becoming a mother changes our lives and why we never talk about it by Susan Maushart

The Motherhood Manifesto by Joan Blades & Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner 


CHADD Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Individuals and families dealing with ADHD turn to CHADD, the national organization representing individuals with ADHD, for education, advocacy and support. ADHD is medically and legally recognized as a treatable yet potentially serious disorder, affecting up to 3-5% of all children, and approximately 2-4% of adults.


Who Dies? by Steven Levine

Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley, for children 6-8. This tenderhearted book addresses how to cope with feelings of grief by cherishing memories.


The Migraine Brain by Carolyn Bernstein M.D. & Elaine McArdle 

  • National Headache Foundation HEADACHES
  • National Instititute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke NINDS
  • American Headache Society Committee for Headache Education ACHE
  • “Headache: Hope Through Research” All about headaches: HOPE


I Am with You: love letters to cancer patients Each chapter is a gift of hope -- from a survivor reaching out to the newly diagnosed. This book is not just for cancer patients, it is for caregivers, family, the chronically ill, and inspiration-seekers. The short stories in this anthology speak candidly, yet gently to the kinds of questions people ask when they are first diagnosed and have a fierce love of life that inspires and ignites every reader.