30+ Must-Reads for Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month 2020

30+ handpicked titles to keep you motivated and mindful

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the BookPal team handpicked more than 30 books to help you stay motivated and mindful. Whether you are looking for stories to educate future generations, inspiring personal anecdotes, or advice from industry experts, the books featured below are the perfect tools to spread mental health awareness in schools and organizations.

Biography (Mental Health Awareness Month)

From 2019 OWL Award Winner Bassey Ikpi to The Good Place star Kristen Bell, creatives from an array of industries share their personal struggles with mental health through essays, poetry, and more.

1. I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying: Essays by Bassey Ikpi

2. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

3. Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life by Amanda Stern

4. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health edited by Kelly Jensen

5. The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Weijun Wang

6. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

7. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

8. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Self-Help (Mental Health Awareness Month)

Discover and conquer the root of your rut with self-help titles covering everything from social media-induced FOMO to national stress to biohacking.

1. Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett (2019 OWL Award Winner)

2. First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety by Sarah Wilson

3. Unfiltered: How To Be As Happy As You Look On Social Media by Jessica Abo

4. Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential by Amber Rae

5. Get Out of Your Own Way: A Skeptic’s Guide to Growth and Fulfillment by Dave Hollis

6. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

7. America the Anxious: Why Our Search for Happiness Is Driving Us Crazy and How to Find It for Real by Ruth Whippman

8. Unstoppable: A 90-Day Plan to Biohack Your Mind and Body for Success by Ben Angel

Children (Mental Health Awareness Month)

Inspire the next generation to embrace their differences and cope with mental illness in healthier ways with these picture books and middle grade reads.

1. Up and Down Mom by Summer Maçon

2. The Heart of a Whale by Anna Pignataro

3. When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland

4. The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

5. When You Need Wings by Lita Judge

6. Anxious Charlie to the Rescue by Terry Milne

7. Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen

Young Adult (Mental Health Awareness Month)

Dive into these young adult fiction titles that shine a light on challenges from grief and depression to OCD and social anxiety.

1. Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

2. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

3. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

4. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

5. How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

6. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

7. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

8. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

9. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

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This post was written by Danielle Brown, Ecommerce Specialist at BookPal. She is currently reading Crier’s War by Nina Varela.

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