May you be WELL with these books

Scrolling for my next read, I saw this interesting article about books that could help you understand more about mental health.

Mental health impacts every aspect of our lives. It affects how we think and feel, and guides us in our decisions and how we act around other people (Moe, 2020).

Improved psychological health means an improved quality of life. Many therapists, psychologists, and mental health professionals have accepted the responsibility of continuing our mental health education with books that discuss everything from daily stresses to depression (Moe, 2020).

Here are the suggested mental health books for improved well-being:

Be Calm

Jill Weber, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who helps people of all backgrounds manage their anxiety. “Be Calm” takes all that knowledge and divides it into three sections: feelings, behaviors, and thoughts.

Each section takes the main anxiety symptom an individual finds themself facing and provides an explanation for that symptom, techniques to control it, and a path to finding inner calm. It’s easy to read, understand, and apply to your life, no matter what situation you find yourself in (Moe, 2020).

Your Happiness Toolkit

Carrie Maxwell Wrigley, LCSW, has been a counselor for 30 years. Her career has largely been focused on providing applicable steps for individuals struggling with their mental health—”Your Happiness Toolkit” follows this focus. It provides a simple understanding of what depression is and what feeds or fights that depression.

She provides a self-assessment model to help individuals identify what their depression is, and she offers 16 self-help tools that help them overcome it and find happiness. “Your Happiness Toolkit” is a guide for both those experiencing psychological issues and loved ones trying to help them along the way (Moe, 2020).

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Therapist Lori Gottlieb got a taste of her own medicine when, after an incident that left her shaken and confused, she found herself on the therapy couch. She has the education to be the doctor, but now her experience has made her the patient as well—her perspective expands to understand and feel both sides of a therapy appointment.

In her witty, endearing story of self-discovery, she discusses the truths and lies we all tell ourselves, examining the harm they can cause when allowed to be out of control. “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone”will make you feel heard while encouraging you to open up and reach out to the people who are there to listen (Moe, 2020).

Own Your Self

While medication is a common method for handling mental health disorders, holistic psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, M.D., offers alternatives in “Own Your Self”. She discusses how the symptoms we face in mental illness are not always in need of fixing, but instead need to be processed, accepted, and then healed with non-medicated methods.

With research to back her up, she lays out how to identify factors, find transformative emotional opportunities, and find ways to heal your mind from within. Dr. Brogan believes that when there is a prioritization of self-care, individuals will find themselves with clearer, sharper mental health (Moe, 2020).

This Too Shall Pass

Psychotherapist Julia Samuel uses hours of conversations with patients to showcase how individuals adapt differently in the face of hardship. Backed by academic, medical research, her analysis of the stories she shares clearly explains how mental health is different for every person, yet the prioritization of positive mental health (and smart, easily enforced coping mechanisms) should remain the same (Moe, 2020). 


Moe Lily. (n.d.). The 10 best mental health books of 2021. Verywell Mind.

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