Reading lists

6 Vintage books on mental health and well-being

From personal experiences of grief to tips for living with ADHD, from expert research to powerful memoir writing, here is a list of books to help understand the important topics of mental health and well-being.

Books can support and inspire us, especially at difficult times in our lives. We can read to challenge society’s views of mental illness, to embrace challenging emotions like grief and shame, to deepen our understanding of neurodiversity and more. So for Mental Health Awareness Week (15-21 May, 2023), we have put together a reading list of books that look at mental health and well-being from a wide variety of angles.

Whether you are looking for an illustrated guide to life, a powerfully moving memoir or a deep-dive into psychology, these books will help if you are keen to understand more about yourself and those around you.

If you need mental health help or advice, you can seek support on Mind’s website, or by phoning their information helpline on 0300 123 3393. For urgent support, call NHS 111.

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