Which books could help your mental wellbeing during the holidays?

Series of mental health-related books

The Christmas season can be difficult, but understanding issues such as depression, anxiety, burnout and loneliness can be an important first step to coping during difficult times, and helping others do the same. Here is a selection of books that offer clarity and insight into important areas of well-being.

Trigger warning: suicide

πŸ“š First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A new conversation about anxiety by Sarah Wilson

πŸ“š F**k, I think I’m Dying: How I Learned to Live With Panic by Claire Eastham

πŸ“š A Cure for Darkness: The story of depression and how we treat it by Alex Riley

πŸ“š The Awakened Brain: The Psychology of Spirituality and Our Search for Meaning by Lisa Miller

πŸ“š Living While Black: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Racial Trauma by Guilaine Kinouani

πŸ“š The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) by Philippa Perry

πŸ“š Five Minute Therapy by Sarah Crosby

πŸ“š When It Is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It by Rory O’Connor

πŸ“š Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen

πŸ“š Heavy Light: A Journey Through Madness, Mania and Healing by Horatio Clare

πŸ“š Aroha: Maori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet by Hinemoa Elder

πŸ“š The To-Do List and Other Debacles by Amy Jones

πŸ“š A Dutiful Boy: A memoir of secrets, lies and family love by Mohsin Zaidi

πŸ“š Losing Our Minds: What Mental Illness Really Is – and What It Isn’t by Lucy Foulkes

πŸ“š The Confidence Solution: The essential guide to boosting self-esteem, reducing anxiety and feeling confident by Chloe Brotheridge

πŸ“š It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies): Inspirational people open up about their mental health by Scarlett Curtis

πŸ“š Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Dr. Kristin Neff

πŸ“š Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

Please check out episode five on self compassion below if you need some reassurance. And please reach out to people if you feel they need support.

Check out United for Global Mental Health for further resources.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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