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10 Best Books to Read During Mental Health Awareness

10 Best Books to Read During Mental Health Awareness. such as Turtles All the Way Down, Daris the Great is Not Okay, Watch Over Me

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In this article, we talk about the 10 Best Books to Read During Mental Health Awareness. In today's society, besides the physical aspect, the criterion for judging whether a person is healthy has another very important aspect, which is his mental health. 

As we all know, psychology is a science that reveals the laws of the occurrence and development of human psychology. 

According to the World Health Organization's report, about 1 million people die by suicide every year in the world. 

In order to prevent suicide and reduce the suicide rate, since 2003, the World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention have designated September 10 every year as "World Suicide Prevention Day" 

to help the public understand the risk factors that induce suicidal behavior and increase people's awareness of suicide. The ability to cope with adverse life events and prevent suicidal behavior.

According to the interpretation of the "World Health Organization": health not only refers to whether a person has disease or weakness, but also refers to a person's physical, psychological, and social integrity. This is the more complete modern concept of health.

How do maintain mental health awareness?

For a person, mental health is even more important than physical health at certain times. A person with a strong mentality will still be a strong person even if there are physical defects. So, how should people maintain a healthy mind?

First, take a correct view of success and failure

There are gains and losses in life, and some may have a strong obsession with certain things due to various reasons in the growth environment and growth process. This kind of person's psychology is unhealthy. People must be able to view the success or failure of certain things in a correct and objective way so that they can better maintain their mental health.

Second, read more inspirational books

Many times in life, there will be various psychological problems, and there will be confusion and loss. In this case, you can read some inspirational books to get nourishment for the soul.

Third, make more friends and talk to friends more

Modern people's life and work pressures are relatively high, and many people have more serious consequences because the pressure cannot be vented in time. Properly expelling the accumulated inner pressure in time and telling some troublesome things can effectively maintain mental health.

Fourth, pay attention to the diet

When people are unhappy or have trouble, they can choose to eat some sweeter foods. Scientific research has proved that sweet food can make the human brain secrete a dopamine substance, which can effectively stimulate the human brain to produce happy emotions. People will be easier to be happy, and easier to get out of some annoying things.

Fifth, develop your own hobbies

A lot of modern people’s work is not what they really want to do. Long-term persistence in doing things that they don’t like will easily lead to psychological depression, leading to a series of psychologically unhealthy problems. 

Therefore, people should be able to take the initiative to do some things they really like in their spare time to relieve their inner negative energy.

10 Best Books to Read During Mental Health Awareness 

All in all, a person's mental health is very important to oneself, and ensuring one's mental health is also the primary task of people. 

People must adhere to a healthy and scientific lifestyle, and explain their inner depression in a reasonable and timely manner so that they can be mentally and physically healthy.

Here we recommend the 10 Best Books to Read During Mental Health Awareness

1. Turtles All the Way Down

I'm following John Green's "Incomparably Wonderful Pain" to pursue his new work-"Turtles All the Way Down". In the beginning, I was overwhelmed by the author's description of the obsessive-compulsive disorder-like stream of consciousness. I have to say that John has a lot of experience in describing the inner feelings of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety.

Throughout the book, the heroine has been struggling with the "Spiral of Thinking". When the "Spiral of Thinking" breaks out, one after another devastating thoughts will pop up in her mind. Can't get rid of it. In an interview with us on Monday, Green said that the reason why he described the terrible thoughts of the protagonist in detail was that it reminded him of himself. 

Green said: "When I fall into the spiral of thinking', the real problem is not whether I can break free at this moment, but that I may not break free for the rest of my life. I will be bound by it for the rest of my life. It fights until the day I die. This is terrible."

  Whether it is for Green or the characters in his works, explaining and expressing to others the mental illness he is experiencing is a core difficulty. Throughout the book, Aza has tried her best to explain her inner experience to the people around her. 

Green said: "In the face of pain, language will appear pale and weak, which is why pain is always a lonely experience." Aza did not express pain directly but chose to use the metaphor of "spiral of thinking" to refer to it. generation. 

A member of the group named Jason had a similar performance. He himself suffered from anxiety and depression. Jason asked Green how he came up with such a metaphor. 

Green said that the inspiration came from a painting by Raymond Pettibon: "When I saw this painting, I thought to myself:'Yes, that's it, that's how it feels.'"

In the book, people around Aza—including her mother, her best friend, and the person she has a crush on—have different reactions to her illness: some want to cure her desperately; some treat her as nothing. You're welcome; some seem to be very indifferent. 

Green wanted to show how hard it is to watch the person he loves struggling with mental illness, and "can't stop the pain, and even have no way to deal with all this"-this is how difficult it is. 

For himself, Green hopes that people around him can be patient. He said: "The best partner will always tell me that no matter how uncomfortable you or your loved one are, you will always be rewarded with warm care. Be patient and let your loved ones know Everything will pass, and spring will always come.

And as I grew older, I gradually realized that when you try to accept your imperfect self, the world also accepts you unknowingly.

2. Daris the Great is Not Okay

I bought it in the new book section of the bookstore in 2018 and bought a Paperback by the way. I didn't expect it to be watched until three years later. The serial episodes were released, and even the movies were arranged. It was basically an Iranian-style introduction. My favorite plot may be the part about interacting with my father.

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's a Fractional Persian—half, of his mom's side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life.

Darius has never really fit in at home, and he's sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn't exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. 

Soon, they're spending their days together, playing soccer, eating value, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city's skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush—the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he's Darioush to Sohrab.

Adib Khorram’s brilliant debut is for anyone who’s ever felt not good enough—then met a friend who makes them feel so much better than okay.

3. Watch Over Me

Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.

But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.

Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. 

The farm is a refuge but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.

Watch Over Me is another stunner from Printz Award-winning author Nina LaCour, whose empathetic, lyrical prose is at the heart of this modern ghost story of resilience and rebirth.

Nina LaCour grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first job was at fourteen in an independent bookstore, and she has since worked in two others. She has tutored and taught in various places, from a juvenile hall to a private college. She now teaches English at an independent high school.

Nina lives in Oakland, California with her wife and their two cute cats. Visit her online at www.ninalacour.com.

4. Highly Illogical Behavior

Sixteen-year-old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn't left his house in 3 years. Ambitious Lisa is desperate to get into a top-tier psychology program. 

And so when Lisa learns about Solomon, she decides to befriend him, cure him, and then write about it for her college application. 

To earn Solomon's trust, she introduces him to her boyfriend Clark, and starts to reveal her own secrets. 

But what started as an experiment leads to a real friendship, with all three growing close. But when the truth comes out, what erupts could destroy them all. 

Funny and heartwarming, Highly Illogical Behavior is a fascinating exploration of what makes us tick, and how the connections between us may be the most important things of all.

5. How It Feels to Float

Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface--normal okay regular fine. She has her friends, her mom, and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who shouldn't be here but is. 

So Biz doesn't tell anyone anything--not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And not about seeing her dad. Because her dad died when she was seven.

But after what happens on the beach, the tethers that hold Biz steady come undone. Her dad disappears and, with him, all comfort. It might be easier, better, and sweeter to float all the way away? 

Or maybe stay a little longer, find her father, and bring him back to her. Or maybe--maybe maybe maybe--there's a third way Biz just can't see yet.

Debut author Helena Fox tells a story about love, grief, and inter-generational mental illness, exploring the loss of the hard and beautiful places that can take us, and honoring those who hold us tightly when the current wants to tug us out to sea.

6. Every Last Word

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. 

Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. 

So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. 

Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. 

Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

7. Look Me In The Eye: My Life With Asperger’s


Look Me In The Eye: My Life With Asperger’s by John Elder Robison

This book has a place that makes people think, moves people, and makes people warm.

Growing up author John Elder looked back at his own experience when he was a child and found that Asperger had such a profound impact on every aspect of his life as a child, and social problems have deeply troubled him since he was a child. 

Fortunately, he was smart enough, focused, and studious enough, and his skills were enough to make up for his emotional intelligence flaws and barely live a life.

His family is a mystery in my mind. His father's alcoholism is getting more and more fierce, and his mother's mental problems are getting worse. 

As a university professor with a stable job, why did John's father drink a little alcohol every day to drink in cans every day? Because of alcoholism, my temper became grumpy, and it was terrible to start abusing children. 

Every time he thinks of the scene where he uses Varmint's forehead to extinguish the smoke, he feels creepy and deeply saddened. 

My supervisor said that raising a child with autism is a very stressful thing, which will seriously affect the marriage relationship. 

Of course, John's parents themselves are very traumatized people, and it is normal for them to affect the marriage relationship.

When he grew up, John learned to reconcile with his father. He remembered that he had a happy life when he was a child. It is really hard to accept the parents who hate and love him like this.

Asperger himself does not have much concept of social cues. Adding to the alcoholic father and the mother with mental problems, everything becomes more incomprehensible, because the feedback from the outside world to him is inconsistent, and he does not know how to deal with it. all of these. 

Fortunately, he passed everything safely in ignorance. He has neither gone bad into prison nor has he been tainted by the dirty environment. 

He is still immersed in his own world, doing what he likes to do and staying away from the things that make him uncomfortable.

It's also great for John to have a younger brother, at least they can depend on each other in the hardest years. They are all good storytellers, and this is really inherited from their parents' good intelligence and language skills.

When reading the epilogue, I really felt warmed up. After 50 years of ups and downs, John can finally feel society like an ordinary person, reflect on life, and wrote this paragraph:

With the insight gained from writing the book, I now believe my parents did the best they could under tough circumstances. 

They were both damaged as children, and my brother and I grew up damaged as a result. 

But the damage is not always permanent, nor is it always passed down from one generation to the next. I'm Okay today, and so is my brother. 

8. An Untamed State

Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience. 

In An Untamed State, she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, and by all appearances a perfect life. 

The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port-au-Prince estate. 

Held captive by a man who calls himself "The Commander," Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. 

As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. 

It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. 

An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

9. The Year of Magical Thinking 

"It turns out that before the sadness begins, none of us will know what it is like." We are still on the way to life, but we have to face death. Joan Didion’s mourning work was praised as soon as it was published in the United States. 

The author did not excessively exaggerate the nobility of the object of mourning in a lyrical and nostalgic way. 

Instead, he chose a more exquisite and peculiar writing technique, completely disrupting the narrative before and after death, deliberately as close as possible to a real one, while facing the serious illness of the lover, the woman's seeing, thinking, feelings, and thoughts. 

It was during my undergraduate course in creative writing that the teacher gave me this sample essay. I can still be overwhelmed by the author's sudden grief in an instant. 

"Life changes quickly. Life changes instantly. You sit down and eat, and the life you know is over." Documents that dare not reopen, bloody nights with missing memories, lights on and off in the emergency room, messy footsteps, all these make up the traces of Joan Didion’s sudden loss of her husband. 

That’s the sorrow. Suddenly, the accustomed life collapsed. The author must have consulted a large number of books on medicine, psychology, philosophy, and so on that study sorrow. 

She even raised her own question as to why human beings should let time pass to heal sorrow, just as sorrow is inevitably healed by time. 

"I want more than one night's memories and sighs. I want to scream. I want him to come back." 

Joan Didion is surprisingly sensible and calm at the most superficial level, but behind this, she, However, the shoes of the dead were kept for a year. 

After accepting the fact that death is irreversible, Didion reveals her true desires to our readers. 

This impossible thought came closest to the essence of sorrow, disordered breathing, choked throat, untouchable old place, as well as the early snowfall and the gift that only John gave her. 

How was she then? Unexpectedly, he only had twenty-five nights left to spend. "We want to forget the fate of death, but we can't do it." 

Didion apparently spent a lot of time and energy this year reorganizing the memories of John's death and before, which is indeed doubly tormenting. The results are gratifying. 

The long-lasting pain must not end, but as Didion said, when the year was about to end, she suddenly discovered that she had to end the time keeping track of what she did a year ago today. Method-After that, a year ago, today is no longer a day without John. 

She thought about mourning, and at the same time, she truly realized that she was getting older and dying is the true value of life, and the essence of the sorrow caused by mourning is self-mourning, which is self-pity. 

So she can come out because she bravely admits that this kind of self-mourning will end sooner or later. 

"We try to keep the dead alive so that they can be with us. If we are to live alone, sooner or later we will abandon the dead, let them go away, let them die. Let them sink under the water." This did not make it easy. 

However, I think Didion finally found the answer. In the memory of the deceased, her beloved people kept whispering their vows of love to her and their daughter-

"I love you, and love for one more day." Not enough." I know that loving you is the most vulgar word, but how can I stop talking?

10. Mental Health Awareness 


Mental Health Awareness: What You Need to Know about Mental Illness (Mental health awareness, mental illness, symptoms, and signs, diagnosis, treatments, drugs) by Patricia A Carlisle

This book contains information on what causes Mental illness and other factors about how to maintain healthier mental health. 

Millions of Americans live with various types of mental illness and mental health problems. Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions-disorders that affect your mood; thinking and behavior. 

Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. 

But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at work or in relationships. 

In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and counseling (psychotherapy). 

Mental illness is any disease or condition that influences the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and/or relates to others and to his or her surroundings. 

Although the symptoms of mental illness can range from mild to severe and are different depending on the type of mental illness, a person with an untreated mental illness often is unable to cope with life’s daily routines and demands.

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