Starting the Conversation: Library Resources for Mental Health Month


May is Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about conditions like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and eating disorders. Books covering these topics range from self-help guides and educational texts to stirring memoirs and fictional accounts of character struggles. Calling attention to mental-health issues, and the millions of people around the world faced with them, helps bring about understanding and encourages open discussion about things that can be hard to talk about.

Here are a few good titles related to mental-health issues:

It’s Kind of a Funny Story” – Ned Vizzini
The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music” – Steve Lopez
Moving a Nation to Care: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and America’s Returning Troops” – Ilona Meagher
Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask” – Hilary Smith
How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me” – Susan Rose Blauner
Thirteen Reasons Why” – Jay Asher
Gaining: The Truth About life After Eating Disorders” – Aimee Liu
Madness : a bipolar life ” – Marya Hornbacher.

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Hot Topic – Depression and Mental Wellness

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