Reading lists

Books that can help improve your mental health

Understanding depression, anxiety and burnout can be an important first step to coping during difficult times. Here is a selection of books that offer clarity and insight into important areas of well-being.

Books about mental health against a colourful background.
Image: Alicia Fernandes and Flynn Shore / Penguin

By now, the message has rung loudly across social media and newspapers, throughout HR departments and government campaigns: our mental health is important. Just as we take care of our bodies with physical exercise and nutrition, our mental well-being must be looked after, too.

For many, though, knowing where to start can be a challenge. Even defining the term ‘mental health’ can be difficult, as today it applies to a broad range of conditions, disorders, and issues, from stress, anxiety and depression to obsessive-compulsive disorder and beyond. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of books that provide the language and clarity necessary to cope, as well as some methods to provide solace in moments of strife.

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Image at top: Alicia Fernandes and Flynn Shore / Penguin

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