Books about mental health for World Mental Health Day

Presented by the World Federation of Mental Health, the goal is to help raise mental health awareness. Each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with problems concerning mental health can live better lives with dignity.The stigma attached to mental health causes a damaging, albeit ill-informed, attitude, making it more difficult for those affected to pursue help.

According to UK estimates, only about one-fourth of those with mental health problems undergo ongoing treatment. By stark contrast, the vast majority of those affected with these problems are faced with a variety of issues, ranging from isolation to uncertainty on where to get help or information, to relying on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues. Here are some harrowing personal reads from people living through various stages of life.

📚 My Lobotomy by Howard Dully

📚 An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

📚 Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

📚 A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar📚 The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon

📚 Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel

📚 Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

📚 Real Stories of Dealing with Depression by Amrita Tripathi and Arpita Anand

📚 The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang

📚 Man’s Search for Meaning in Life by Viktor Frankl

📚 The Lonely Stories: 22 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Struggles of Being Alone, Edited by Natalie Eve Garrett

📚 The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss, by Mary-Frances O’Connor

📚 Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman’s Journey Through Depression, by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

📚 What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry

📚 Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon

📚 Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, by Yiyun Li

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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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