As you may (or may not!) know, tomorrow is World Mental Health Day. We want to let you know that you are not alone and share some amazing reads that talk about mental health. We hope to encourage the conversation about understanding mental health and bring you a bit of positivity through these books.
In both of these little books that pack a punch, Matt Haig shares his experiences with both depression and anxiety throughout his life. If you’re looking for reassurance, these books will definitely give you that. He explains not only how to help others who struggle with their mental health, but how to understand your own mental health.
Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness
You all probably have seen how vivacious and radiant Jonathan Van Ness is on Netflix’s Queer Eye. In this memoir, Jonathan speaks openly and frankly about their journey and the pain they have endured throughout their life to get to a place of self-love and acceptance. This read will show you that no matter what you’re going through, you’re strong enough to take on whatever life throws at you. Also, this is a perfect reason to add one of my favourite JVN gifs in here, because we can all use a little more JVN in our life, right?
Things No One Else Can Teach Us by Humble the Poet
It’s normal to experience setbacks in life, and sometimes those setbacks can bring you down. Humble the Poet shares raw and honest stories from his own life. Through his battle with racism, disappointments, and failures in life, he shares how to use those hard moments to flourish and succeed in life.
I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi
Through the lens of Bassey Ikpi’s mental health, she shares her battle against bipolar II and anxiety. She explores shame, confusion, medication and family in the process of healing. I’m Telling The Truth But I’m Lying is an intimate look at how mental health impacts every aspect of our lives.
Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson
We live in a chaotic time of trying to balance work, school, social life, money, self-care, etc. And, quite frankly, we all have struggled with the mental and emotional repercussions of balancing everything. Mark Manson openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom and hope through the relationships we have with others and ourselves.
Stop Doing That Sh*t by Gary John Bishop
This book will help you understand why you may act a certain way and how to end destructive cycles in your life. Gary John Bishop will reveal how you can break free from toxic relationships and deep-seated patterns that can be hard to quit.
Break in Case of Emergency by Brian Francis
This book is about a teen, Toby, struggling while growing up in the aftermath of her mother’s suicide and with an absentee father. Hesitant to let people in and convinced that she is destined to follow her mother’s path, Toby creates a plan to escape her pain. But with the news that her father is coming home and finally wants to meet her, Toby must face the truth of her family’s story. Not only is her father gay, but he’s also a world-famous female impersonator—and a self-absorbed, temperamental man-child who is ill-prepared to be a real parent. Though it is labeled YA, Break In Case of Emergency is a hugely important book that absolutely every reader needs to read.
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is a heart-wrenching-but-hopeful memoir of a couple who are redefined by mental. Mark Lukach’s wife struggles with her own mental illness – one day, she can feel on top of the world, and the next she can feel delusional and suicidal. Guided by his devotion to his wife and his family, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is an emotional, honest memoir about the power of love and hope.
Hope you Savvy Readers enjoy these reads as much as we do! What books will you be reading and recommending on World Mental Health Day?
Remember: you’re not alone.
Seeking help is never something to be afraid or ashamed of. If you are struggling and need someone to talk to, here are a few resources that are available to help:
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
- Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
- Centre for Suicide Prevention
- The LifeLine Suicide Prevention and Awareness App
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