Understanding mental illness begins with education. While the most accurate information comes from consultations with trained professionals, there are supplementary materials that are readily available across the online marketplace and bookstores.
Finding the Right Book
The most important thing to consider when choosing a book about mental health and illnesses is the reader’s comprehension. Many factors like family background, ethnicity, level of education, etc. come into play. However, it would obviously be a painful detour to go that route. The easiest way to choose is to consider one’s age.
We have compiled a list of some of the most brilliant books for everyone, kids and kids at heart alike.
The Princess and the Fog by Lloyd Jones
This award-winning children’s book tells the story of a princess who was happy until a fog came. Using a simple yet powerful metaphor, this story helps young readers make sense of difficult feelings. The images are eye-catching and perfect for a storytelling bonding moment with kids.
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
If you have a kid who gets bored easily, this book is ideal for you. With fun rhymes and colorful characters, this story tells us about a group of animal friends who try to cheer up an angry bear. It will not only help children recognize emotions that they can relate to but also teach them how to help other who might experience the same.
Young Adult (12-20)
The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by Nonieqa Ramos
Following a dictionary’s format as the title suggests, we explore Macy’s life. Her struggles unfold as she tells the story of her father in prison, depressed mother, troubled brother and her best friend.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
Even with the abundance of novels in the market, this New York Times bestseller shines because of its beautiful prose that pulls at your heartstrings. It is a profound story of understanding suicide and coping with grief.
(Don’t) Call Me Crazy Edited by Kelly Jensen
In this collection of essays, anecdotes, comics and more, people from various walks of life attempt to start a conversation about mental health and why it matters. Its intent is to explore our notion of what is crazy and how most of it tend to be oversimplified.
Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles Edited by Jessica Burkhart
If you feel like you are alone in your struggle, this collection will be a great source of support. Authors share their personal experiences with mental illnesses ranging from ADD to PTSD, among others.
Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction by Judith Grisel
Addiction is one of the most stigmatized and misunderstood mental health problems across the globe. The author is a renowned researcher and a former addict herself. With a striking balance between science and storytelling, this work is surely educational and engaging.
Now that you have a list of great books on mental health, we’re sure you are eager to get out and get at least one of them! Happy reading!