Best Books About Mental Health


Mental health is a tricky subject that deserves all the attention it could get. Its nature is not very quantifiable which is why it is so difficult to discuss. Additionally, societal stigma considers this topic as taboo. You can do your part by reading some of the best books about mental health. The knowledge you can gather will enable you to join discussions about the topic. It will also enlighten you about the rudiments of mental health. Here are the best books about mental health.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

This book is the personal account of the author who used to suffer from depression. You will feel inspired as he spent every living minute to battle the disease. He is backed by supportive friends, parents, and spouse. He narrates his experiences of how he eventually overcame depression. The conclusion is that you need to look for reasons to stay alive. It doesn’t have to be grand. It can be the little things like small wins or unique moments of peace. In the end, life is all about finding meaning in everything and then appreciating those.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

This is a young adult novel with a lot of insightful content about mental health. This book gives the reader a close examination of grief and depression. The plot is about Griffin, whose ex-boyfriend and first love died. He is left in a world of uncertainty and the book narrates his battles against the downward spiral of depression. It is a relatable piece to people who are going through the same thing. It offers company and inspiration to the individuals who are battling extreme grief and depression.

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

This book is about a group of friends who were torn apart by grief and reunited by music. The author’s writing style has distinct lyrical prose that is entertaining to read. It brings you through a journey of tears, pain, recovery, and life. This book provides three distinct worlds based on the three main characters. There are nuanced narratives that reflect current society. For example, this book tackled therapy and how it is stigmatized in the Black community.

The Color of my Mind: Mental Health Narratives from People of Color by Dior Vargas

This book is a compilation of photo essays. The author noticed the problem of misinterpreting mental illnesses, especially among people of color. Some people belong to a racial class that is privileged enough to have access to treatment. Others are stigmatized. This book narrates an insightful journey of the struggles, strength, and lessons that a person of color faces when he has mental health issues.

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