October 10th is World Mental Health Day! It’s an excellent opportunity to take note of the important work that mental health providers do, and check in with yourself and your own mental health. Mental health is just as essential as physical health, and the World Health Organization has information to offer people looking for resources on mental health, and can point you in the direction of organizations who can help when times are tough. You can also expand your own mental health awareness and learn more about mental disorders by checking out these three books, which are essential reading!
by Leah Rosenberg
Anxiety is more than just being worried about life–it's a condition than can affect your overall mental health and wellbeing. And in an increasingly digital age, it's getting harder and harder to resist the pull of anxiety. In Get Out of My Head, Arthur and Rosenberg offer readers practical solutions and strategies for managing stress and anxiety, and tips on how to break out of the spiral of overthinking. This illustrated guide is great for anyone who struggles with everyday stress, and helps readers find balance through keen insights, pretty visuals, and reassuring advice. This book also includes a chapter on the pressures people put on themselves at the end of a year, and comes with a concealed saddle-stitched second volume for on-the-go help and reassurance whenever you might need it.
Do you need help, but aren't sure where to begin? Are u ok? is for you! Kati Morton is a licensed family therapist, and she has a popular YouTube channel where she helps break the stigma surrounding mental health. While this book doesn't address one particular mental disorder or illness, it's meant to empower you to seek out mental health help if needed, and help guide you on that path. Almost everyone needs a little mental health help from time to time, but so many don't know the ins and outs, such as how to find a therapist, how to know if a therapist is right for you, how to recognize red flags in your own mental health, and how to talk about your mental health with the people in your life, from family and friends to professional colleagues. This is a great book for all readers, whether you're dealing with mental health issues or not, because you never know when you'll need to reach out for help, and you'll want to be prepared and empowered to do so should the need arise!
by Terri Cheney
For a memoir that functions as an "owner's manual" for what it's like living with mental illness, definitely pick up Modern Madness. Terri Cheney lives with bipolar disorder, and in this book she recounts what it's like to face stigma, diagnosis, treatment, and navigating relationships while dealing with bipolar disorder. She breaks down each phase in the terminology of an owner's manual ("Troubleshooting," "Maintenance," and "Warranties") in order to help readers relate to her experience, and to understand living with mental illness in familiar terms. Part memoir, part empowerment guide, this is a great book for anyone struggling to put into words what it's like to live with mental illness, and it's also for anyone who loves and advocates for someone with a mental illness.
This World Mental Health Day, we hope you’ll take a moment to reflect and learn more about mental health so you can better help yourself, and others!