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During Mental Health Awareness Week, fictional and nonfiction mental health books are an excellent resource for educating and talking about mental health illnesses such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Especially now, when more people feel isolated, alone, and hopeless during the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns.
We must learn how to identify, understand, and talk about mental health illness and how it can impact someone’s daily lifestyle. The following list of mental health books does an excellent job of talking about different aspects of mental health, psychology, and your overall wellness in a way that makes it easy for someone to understand.
Why You Should Read More Mental Health Books
Reading is for more than comfort and self-care. Books can transport you to new fictional worlds, ignite inner emotions, keep history alive, and help you to learn about new ideas and philosophies. Reading can also help you rediscover who you are and know more about who you hope to become in the future.
When dealing with mental illnesses, it can be hard to find reputable and practical resources for learning how to manage them. Unfortunately, about 20% of the United States population deals with mental health illnesses yearly. While methods such as therapy, mindfulness, and self-care are significant steps for caring for yourself, mental health books provide other options and alternatives that you may not have thought of.
Mental health books can help you learn about psychology, find techniques and tools to help you in your daily life, and provide insight into what you may be experiencing. In addition, they can aid your mental health toolkit by providing different techniques, scientific research, and stories of others who have faced and survived these same problems.
So today, I’ve decided to round up 10 mental health books that I think you should read, which will help and serve as an additional mental health resource in your toolkit.
Mental Health Books To Read
Self-Care Project By Jayne Hardy
The Self-Care Project is a self-help book that helps anyone struggling with their mental health practice self-care and implement it into their daily lives. The book is written by Jayne Hardy, the founder, and CEO of The Blurt Foundation, which helps people dealing with depression, anxiety, and stress. In this book, she shares her experiences with mental health and how self-care enabled her to overcome her challenges. In addition, she urges readers to start taking better care of themselves and offers suggestions for how to do so.
Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
I love this mental health book because it’s relevant to our times. Matt Haig, a New York Times best-selling author, writes about how we can navigate this new digital world and find happiness and peace within ourselves. Haig touches on creating healthier habits regarding our sleep, social media usage, technology usage, work, and play in this book. I’d highly recommend this book to everyone who uses technology and social media daily.
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
If you read my suicide open letter, you know that the topics of depression, mental health, and suicide are near my heart. I recently brought the kindle version of this book and loved it. Haig shares his personal experiences in dealing with mental health and suicidal thoughts. In this memoir, he touches upon reasons anyone should want to stay alive and how he found the strength to start living his life again. I’d recommend this book to anyone whose currently struggling and looking for ways to start becoming their best self again.
Unfuck Yourself by Garry John Bishop
Unfuck Yourself is one of my favorite mental health self-help books of all time. Garry John Bishop is so clever in the way he guides readers through the seven assertions. As a reader, I almost felt offended by how often he called me out on my negative mindset, but I needed it. I needed to see how my negative thoughts impacted me, and I did. So if you want to learn how to black negative thoughts and thrive, this is the book for you.
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson
We’ve all heard about positive thinking and its benefits. Well, in this mental health book, Mark Manson dives into toxic positivity and how that culture has tricked us into believing that feeling down or having negative thoughts is a bad thing. In this book, he talks about why we need to sometimes “not give a fuck,” about what people think and allow ourselves to feel. I also recently read this book on Amazon kindle and highly enjoyed his thoughts on the toxic positivity culture.
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Impulse is a fictional mental health novel about the mental health lives and perspectives of three characters who all end up at the same psychiatric hospital. Each of the characters lives entirely different and unparallel lifestyles, which all end the same. All three of them tried to end their lives and felt like death was the answer. One by gun, one by pill overdoes, the other by the blade. I appreciate this fictional novel for doing what 13 Reasons Why couldn’t—generating an actual conversation on mental health and how anyone can be impacted by it, instead of glorifying it into a romance story.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
I love poetry. I love poetry that touches the heart and can tell a story, all while educating us. Milk and Honey is a collection of poems that touches upon different aspects of womanhood, mental health, and sex. This poetry collection takes you on an emotional rollercoaster that you cannot be prepared for.
The Color Project by Sierra Abarms
The Color Project is a fictional mental health book that focuses on love, friendship, and romance. While this coming-of-age story focuses on Bee trying to avoid giving up her real name, it dives into the world around how and how she feels the need to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders. Sierra Abrams uses tragedy and death to teach readers about the importance of grief in one’s mental health journey.
This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health by Nathan Filer
How do I even begin to describe this mental health book? Clever? Genius? The title is perfect for what the book is about. Nathan Filer dives into the psychology behind mental health and all its aspects. He debunks most mental health myths, stereotypes, and stigmas as he educates the readers on what it means to be mentally ill. During the mental health awareness week, I urge everyone to read this book and learn more about mental health illnesses and how you can support someone with them.
Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline Leaf
Dr. Caroline Leaf provides five steps for how someone can better manage their anxiety, depression, or any mental health illnesses in this novel. She supports her thoughts and ideas with scientifically proven research and clinical studies. This self-help book was designed to guide readers through the motions of identifying where their depressive thought is coming from and deal with them as they occur. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I’m looking forward to reading this book and learning how to improve myself.
Why Is It Important To Further Education On Mental Health
So many people globally suffer from mental health illnesses. While conversations surrounding these illnesses are growing in popularity and increasing, the stigmas remain. People with mental health illnesses often feel isolated or alone and are uncomfortable with having these conversations due to these stigmas.
Furthering education on mental health and reading mental health books, including the ones listed above, can help people come forward and seek help when necessary. All of the mental health books listed above have done an excellent job of creating conversation and helping people to learn more about mental health.
What do you think about these books? Are there any mental health books I should add to the list? Let me know in the comments.
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