Recent publications about the effectiveness of eCPR

Myers, A. L., Collins-Pisano, C., Ferron, J. C., & Fortuna, K. L. (2021). Feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of a peer-developed and virtually delivered community mental health training program (emotional CPR): pre-post study. Journal of Participatory Medicine, 13(1), e25867.

Myers, A. L., Mbao, M., Kadakia, A., Collings, S., & Fortuna, K. L. (2022). Experiences of Community Members Engaged in eCPR (Emotional Connecting, Empowering, Revitalizing) Training: Qualitative Focus Group Study. JMIR Formative Research, 6(6), e32219.

Fisher, D. B. (2021). Promising Evidence of the Role of Emotional CPR: Co-Immunity Through Community CPR. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 29(7), 684-686.

Fisher, D., & Zawisza, M. (2022). How Emotional CPR Can Help Persons “Be The Person They Were Born To Be”. Journal of Clinical Medicine: Current Research, 2(1), 1-3.


How People With Lived Experience Make Mental Health Crisis Services More Effective:

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, When There’s a Crisis, Call a Peer: How People With Lived Experience Make Mental Health Crisis Services More Effective; Washington, D.C. 2024.

Spiro, L. & Swarbrick, M. (2024). Peer-Run Respite Approaches to Supporting People Experiencing an Emotional Crisis. American Psychiatric Association.


Lived Experience of People Who Have Recovered from Emotional Crisis:

Ahern, L. & Fisher, D. (2017). PACE (Personal Assistance in Community Existence): A Recovery Guide. National Empowerment Center, Inc.

Fisher, D. (2017). Heartbeats of Hope: The Empowerment Way to Recover Your Life. Lawrence, MA. National Empowerment Center, Inc.

Jablensky, A., Sartorius, N., Ernberg, G., Anker, M., Korten, A., Cooper, J.E., Day, R., & Bertelsen, A. (1992). Schizophrenia: Manifestations, incidence and course in different cultures. A World Health Organization ten-country study. Psychological Medicine, Monograph Supplement 20. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Jablensky, A. & Sartorius, N. (2008). What Did the WHO Studies Really Find? Schizophrenia Bulletin. 151:253-55.

National Consensus Statement on Mental Health Recovery, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

National Empowerment Center, Inc. 2018. Assisting People through Emotional Crisis. Participant Resource Book.

Trueheart, D. (2006). The Danger and Opportunity in Crisis: Being with a Person Rather than Treating an Illness. National Empowerment Center.

Trueheart, D. (2006). Responding to Emotional Crisis.

World Health Organization. (1979). Schizophrenia: An International Follow-up Study. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons.


Crisis Counseling and Psychological First Aid Following Disasters:

American Counseling Association. (2017). Fact sheet 10: 1:1 Crisis Counseling.—1on1-crisis-counseling.pdf

Brymer, M., Jacobs, A., Layne, C., Pynoos, R., Ruzek, J., Steinberg, A., Vernberg, E., Watson, P. (National Child Traumatic Stress Network and National Center for PTSD). (2006). Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide 2nd Edition. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


Trauma-informed Approaches:

Harris, M. & Fallot, R.D. (2001, Spring). Envisioning a trauma-informed service system: A vital paradigm shift. New Directions for Mental Health Services, (89), 3-22.

Herman, J. (1992). Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence—from domestic abuse to

political terror. New York, NY: Basic Books

The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale: A Self-Assessment to Understand the Impact of Long-Term Stress.

Kagee, A. (2004). Present concerns of survivors of human rights violations in South Africa. Social Science & Medicine, 59: 625-635.

Kammerer, N. & Mazelis, R. (2006). Trauma and Retraumatization, a paper presented at an expert panel meeting titled After the Crisis: Healing from Trauma after Disasters. Bethesda, MD.

MacNeil, C., & Mead, S. (2005). A narrative approach to developing standards for trauma-informed peer support. American Journal of Evaluation, 26(2), 231-244.

Mancuso, L. L. (2011). Multicultural competence, intense spiritual experiences, and mental health: A self-help, peer support and service provider technical assistance tool.

Mead, S. & Hilton, D. (2003) Crisis and Connection. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 27(1), 87-94.

Mead, S. (2009, July). Shared Risk: Redefining Safety.

Miller, J.B. (1976). Toward a new psychology of women. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. Psychology-of-Women-P269.aspx

SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

Yamada, A.-M., Lukoff, D., Lim, C. S. F., & Mancuso, L.L. (2020). Integrating spirituality and mental health: Perspectives of adults receiving public mental health services in California. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 12(3), 276-287.



Andersen, T. (2007). Human participating: Human “being” is the step for human “becoming” in the next step. In Anderson, H. & Gehart, D. (Eds.), Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations That Make a Difference (81-93). New York, NY: Routledge.

Bakhtin, M. (1984). Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics. Emerson, C. (Ed. and Translator). Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota.

Bohm, D. (2004). On Dialogue. London: Routledge Classic. Dialogue/Bohm/p/book/9780415336413

Buber, M. (1965). Between Man and Man. New York: Collier Books. Man/Buber/p/book/9780415278270

Freire, P. (1970). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Herder and Herder.

Haarakangas,K., et al. (2007). “Open Dialogue: An Approach to Psychotherpeutic Treatment of Psychosis in Northern Finland.” In H. Andersen & D. Gehart (Eds.), Collaborative Therapy (81-93). New York, NY.

Isaacs, W. (1999). Dialogue: The Art of Thinking Together. New York, NY: Penguin Random House.

Yankelovich, D. (2001). The Magic of Dialogue: Transforming Conflict into Cooperation. New York, NY: Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster.‑Conflict‑Cooperation/dp/0684865661/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=


Suicidal Thoughts:

Delano, L. (2013). On the urge to take my life, and my decision to take it back from the “Mental Health” system instead. Mad in America.

Hall, W. (2013). Time for a new understanding of suicidal feelings. Mad in America.

Harris, L. (2013). Twenty years since my last suicide attempt: reflections. Mad in America.

Mead, S., & Kuno, E. (n.d.) Defining Outcomes for Peer Crisis Response. Intentional Peer Support

VIDEO: Will Hall on Suicidal Thoughts (extended clip from Make Me Normal)

Webb, D. (n.d.) Thinking About Suicide: Contemplating and comprehending the urge to die.

Alternatives to Suicide Groups Charter, Wildflower Alliance (formerly Western Mass RLC)



Hahn, T. N. (1992). Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. New York, NY: Bantam Books. is-every-step-by-thich-nhat-hanh/

hooks, b. (2000). All About Love: New Visions. New York, NY: William Morrow.

Ionesco, E. (1969). Decouvertes. Geneva: Switzerland: Editions d’Art.

Jia, Y., and Liu, C. (2010). Listening as an Indispensable Access to Dialogues Among Cultures. Intercultural Communication Studies, XIX: no. 2.‑public/file/08YuxinJiaChangyuanLiu.pdf?VersionId=I7DlmJyN_VCPCYcjBuf_8SNUmq.ewkvN#:~:text=As%20such%2C%20listening%20can%20serve,build%20an%20ideal%20global%20society

Ryan, R. M. & Frederick, C. (1997). On energy, personality and health: subjective vitality as a dynamic reflection of well-being. Journal of Personality, 65, 529–565.

Spiro, L. (2013) eCPR (Emotional CPR): A Tool & a Process of Peacemaking. Mad in America.