06 Jun 5 Must-Read Books About Mental Health
Mental health has become a widely-discussed topic in recent years.
Thankfully, this means there is now much more information available on the topic, including hundreds of well-written mental health books.
In this post, I’ll be sharing the top 5 “must-read” books about mental health for 2019.
Each book is packed with practical information and inspiring stories.
They are important works that will help you learn much more about the topic of mental health — helping you improve your own life and care for others who are dealing with poor mental health.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Like 3 million other people living in the UK, Matt Haig has been dealing with depression for much of his life.
He eventually managed to beat the condition through a combination of family support, self-reflection, and professional medical help.
He decided to write Reasons to Stay Alive to remind anyone struggling with a mental illness that recovery is possible and a brighter future lays ahead.
It is a very accessible book that is written in a language that is easy to understand.
Each chapter contains lists that highlight the most important information you need to know, along with powerful and inspiring anecdotes.
Although it is tackling a very serious topic, the book is slightly humorous and maintains a positive outlook on the recovery process.
He spends most of the book talking to his former, depressed self from the perspective of his current, post-recovery self – highlighting how much his life has changed since recovery.
(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health by Kelly Jensen
This wonderful book shares stories from 33 different people who have dealt with mental illness at some point in their lives.
It includes contributions from a varied group of people including writers, athletes, and actors.
The contributors explore a wide range of topics including their personal experiences with mental illness, what “crazy” is and why labels matter, and how we can talk about mental health in a more constructive way.
The stories come in many forms including cartoons, illustrations, lists, and essays.
If you have ever suffered from mental illness or know someone who has, this book is a must-read.
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop
Many people experience poor mental health because of repetitive negative thoughts.
They spend hours thinking about mistakes they have made in the past or being anxious about what could happen the future.
This can eventually negatively impact their mental health and lead to a mental illness developing.
This book is designed to challenge those negative though patterns in an upfront way.
In Unfu*k Yourself, the author provides the tools and advice you need to rid yourself of that negative inner voice.
It’s written in a humorous and confrontational way, telling the reader to challenge negative thoughts aggressively.
The book outlines a seven step process to Unf*ck Yourself.
This process provides practical steps which will improve your mental health and quality of life.
The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage by Brené Brown PhD
In Western culture, vulnerability is often seen as a kind of weakness.
Unfortunately, this attitude can deter people from talking about their problems – leading to lives filled with guilt, shame, and fear.
This important book explains why sometimes being vulnerable can improve your life.
The author suggests that vulnerability increases feelings of love, authenticity, connection, compassion, and belonging.
Once you have dropped the armour that you place around yourself, you can speak the truth, which is a powerful act that will improve your mental health.
During the book, the author shares several concepts required to enter into a state of vulnerability in a safe way.
These include how to cultivate shame resilience, how to remove your emotional armoury, the myths of vulnerability, and the benefits of vulnerability.
‘Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions’ by Johann Hari
Written by New York Times best-selling author Johann Hari, this book delves into the root causes of depression and anxiety.
The author spent several years researching both conditions and meeting with leading mental health experts.
From this work, he identified nine difference causes of depression and anxiety.
The book also identifies the types of treatments that are most effective for each type of depression and anxiety.
It is a fascinating read (which I lapped up during a holiday at my recent French Alps property purchase) that highlights the underlying causes for these common conditions.
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