Mental Health Awareness Month

Book List – May 2023

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, we can bring our voices together to advocate for mental health. These books offer information and advice about mental and emotional struggles and supporting good mental health.


(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health by Kelly Jensen

Deeply personal essays from notable authors, athletes, artists, and actors that illuminate mental health topics.


Your Brain Needs a Hug: Life, Love, Mental Health, and Sandwiches by Rae Earl

Mental health guide provides advice on how to understand your diagnosis and offers coping strategies.


Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health by Thomas R. Insel

The former director of the National Institute of Mental Health believes the cures for the mental health crisis are not just medical, but social. The path to healing is built upon what he calls the three Ps: people, place, and purpose.

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Feeling Good: the New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns

Cognitive therapy is a method of depression treatment developed at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Burns believes that sufferers from less-than-severe forms of the illness can use this method to treat themselves by recognizing and rejecting distorted thought patterns.


The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook: Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and Related Conditions by Sarah Hendricks

Explores issues neurodiverse individuals may face in school and in the workplace and suggests adjustments they, along with their teachers and employers, can make.


Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: Four Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want by Tamar Ellsas Chansky

Details four steps to overcome anxiety or depression by changing your reaction to negative thoughts. Offers strategies and exercises.


Depression and Anxiety in Later Life: What Everyone Needs to Know by Mark D. Miller

Psychiatrists explain mood disorders and other causes of depression and stress in the older population. They discuss ways to cope with memory loss, disability, pain, sleep disorders, and grief.


Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior: A Four-Step Self-Treatment Method to Change Your Brain Chemistry by Jeffrey Schwartz

Presents techniques to mitigate the effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder.


The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine Aron

Guidance on how highly sensitive people can gain self-awareness and lead richer lives.

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