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Our whole well-being depends on our mental health, which is why maintaining it is equally as important as maintaining our physical health. The taboo around mental health disorders is still strong, making people feel ashamed or embarrassed.
Books on mental health awareness fill this need by providing informative knowledge on a variety of related topics, helping in the development of empathy and understanding while providing useful advice and coping mechanisms.
I read these three books last winter but wanted to share them because they helped me so much when I struggled with anxiety. Winter, and particularly the holidays, are not always easy for everyone. Find what brings you joy and helps you de-stress.
Whether you are looking to learn more about mental health issues or want to embrace self-care and nourish your mind with these empowering mental health books.
Mental Health Books
1-Reasons To Stay Alive
Author – Matt Haig
Matt Haig provides the most frequent signs that someone is depressed. He gives valuable insights into this illness and ways to cure it in this book based on his own experience.
Though the ways to cope with it heavily depend on types of people, as something that works perfectly well for one, may not be suitable for another, this book is a reminder that there are always reasons to stay alive even if you struggle through rough times.
Depression and anxiety can make you feel alone that no one can empathize with or understand. But Matt Haig’s book is like a shout into the void: “You are not alone.”
I think it is a very helpful book that can help navigate when you struggle. This is especially by letting you know that you are not the first person going through this, and most probably not the last one. There are more people who understand you than you probably realize who don’t want to talk about their challenges.
Books about mental health
2-Maybe You Should Talk To Someone
Author– Lori Gottlieb’s
Lori Gottlieb’s warm and wise exploration of psychotherapy is told from both sides of the couch. In it, she describes her path to becoming a therapist and illustrates the therapy process through the stories of a few of her most interesting patients. She talks about seeking therapy after a bad breakup hiccupped her life plan.
Gottlieb presents the stories with insight, humor, and charm, and the book is the perfect blend of interesting and enjoyable. One important insight for me was that there are no limits when it comes to requiring emotional assistance.
Lori Gotleib writes with such grace. Her experiences as a therapist who then finds herself in therapy offer such an interesting perspective and so much insight into what the process feels like, how so many of us are struggling with the same existential problems, and how so many of us also say we want to change but choose to stay in entrenched patterns.
” The things we protest against the most are often the very things we need to look at.”Lori Gottlieb’s
3-Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead
Author– Emily Austin
Gilda, a twenty-something agnostic lesbian who loves animals, can’t stop thinking about death. She responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local Catholic church, desperate for relief from her panicky mind and estranged from her repressive family.
In his greeting, Father Jeff assumes she is there for a job interview. Gilda is assigned to replace the recently deceased receptionist Grace because she is too embarrassed to correct him.
As she struggles to memorize lines for Catholic mass and hide her new relationship, Gilda strikes up an email correspondence with an old friend of Grace’s.
She cannot stand the idea of breaking the news to her friend, but she also can’t bear the thought of ignoring the lovely old lady she has been attempting to contact through the church mailbox.
She starts emailing Grace in a desperate attempt to get help. Gilda might have to eventually come clean about her embarrassing existence if the authorities uncover suspicious circumstances surrounding Grace’s death.
Sometimes you pick up a book right when you need it. I didn’t know it at the time but sometimes you need a neurotic, anxious, hopelessly empathetic narrator who can’t stop thinking about death to remind us that we’re all a little crazy. We’re all struggling. And that’s okay. These mental health books was also a good reminder that healing can be found in the unlikeliest of places.