Livingston Public Library: Readings for Mental Health Awareness Month

Livingston Public Library press release:

May 20, 2022

After the last two years of pandemic life, many people realize that stress, isolation and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which serves to draw attention to the vital palace occupied by mental health in everyone’s life. It’s also a time to raise awareness for people living with mental or behavioral health issues and help reduce the stigma that so many of them experience.

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Here are some new non-fiction titles available with your Livingston Library Card that you can check out to learn about different aspects of mental health issues. They include memoirs of coping with mental illness, stories of living with a mentally ill family member, and books offering ways to deal with mental health issues, including stress and anxiety.

The Anatomy of Anxiety: Rethinking Body, Mind, and Anxiety Recovery by Ellen Vora

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Holistic psychiatrist Vora describes the effects of anxiety on mental and physical health in its empowering beginnings, exploring the physiological sources of anxiety and offering practical advice to help alleviate symptoms. She teaches readers how to take anxiety inventories, avoid unnecessary stress by stabilizing blood sugar, master social media use, and modify your diet to reduce anxiety.

And Now I Spill the Family Secrets: An Illustrated Memoir by Margaret Kimball

Kimball investigates her family history and questions her own memories and emotional development in this compassionate and thrilling graphic memoir. With her mother’s first suicide attempt on Mother’s Day 1988 as the focal point, Kimball travels back and forth in time to address her schizophrenic grandmother, the dissolution of her parents’ marriage and her relationship with her siblings as adults, culminating in an examination. of his older brother’s struggles with mental illness.

The Anxiety Healer’s Guide: Coping Strategies and Mindfulness Techniques to Calm the Mind and Body by Alison Seponara

Discover practical, natural and mobile solutions to combat anxiety with this essential guide. While the journey to healing may look different for everyone, this portable resource is packed with actionable activities, tools, and techniques that have been scientifically proven to calm the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and give people suffering a better sense of control. on their mind and body.

The Autoimmune Brain: A Five-Step Plan to Treat Chronic Pain, Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue, and Attention Disorders by David S. Younger

This book links common brain health symptoms to changes in the immune system, especially bacterial, viral and parasitic infections. Dr. Younger explains his groundbreaking research and adds a new element: how traumatic stress (whether physical or emotional) and genetics affect this same triad as inextricable factors in triggering disease and brain health symptoms. .

Bittersweet: How Heartbreak and Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain

Cain explores how a bittersweet perspective can help people overcome individual and collective pain, while encouraging compassion and unity. She defines a bittersweet outlook as “a tendency toward states of longing, emotion, and grief.” It is a recognition that light and dark are inseparable; embracing the world’s imperfections goes hand in hand with a desire to make the world a better place. Cain uses an engaging mix of interviews, research, first-hand accounts, and biographical anecdotes to explore the many beneficial aspects of appreciating this mindset.

Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson

Jenny takes readers on her mental and physical health journey, delivering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way. With people suffering from anxiety and depression more than ever, Jenny humanizes what we are all dealing with in an all too real way, reassuring us that we are not alone and making us laugh while doing it.

The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn About Love and Loss by Mary Frances O’Connor

Renowned grief expert and neuroscientist shares groundbreaking findings about what happens in our brains when we mourn, providing a new paradigm for understanding love, loss, and learning.

Happily Ever After: The Revolutionary Vision and Fatal Quest of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh by Kirsten Grind

Tony Hsieh – Zappos CEO, Las Vegas developer and beloved entrepreneur – was famous for spreading happiness. When Hsieh passed away suddenly in November 2020, Wall Street Journal reporters Grind and Sayre quickly realized the importance of the story due to Hsieh’s stature in the industry, but delving into the details of his final months. , they realized there was a bigger story to be told. They discovered that Hsieh’s obsession with happiness masked his darker struggles with addiction, mental health and loneliness.

Healing: Our journey from mental illness to mental health by Thomas Insell

Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, debuts with an in-depth diagnosis of the ills and promises of America’s mental health system. It offers a solid story of how systemic issues like homelessness, mass incarceration, and for-profit health insurance keep the country tied to ineffective means of treating mental illness. But it’s not all gloomy: He offers hopeful solutions, including an expansion of community mental health programs, the use of technological innovations such as “digital phenotyping” that can help track people’s behavior outside of clinics. , and initiatives that provide employment, housing and social connection.

Losing Your Mind: The Challenge of Defining Mental Illness by Lucy Foulkes

A compelling and incisive book that challenges the overuse of mental health terms to describe universal human emotions. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the scientific and clinical literature, Foulkes explains what is known about mental health issues – how they arise, why they appear so often in adolescence, the different tools we have to coping – but also what remains unclear: the distinction between normality and disorder is essential if we are to provide the appropriate help, but there is no clear line between the two in nature.

(Mis)diagnosed: How stigma distorts our perception of mental health by Jonathan Foil

A report on how diagnoses of mental illness can be negatively influenced by personal history, race and social class. takes us through troubling examples of bias in mental health work. Placing them in the context of past mistakes in the history of psychiatry and the DSM, it closely examines issues that lay bare the intersections between mental health care, race, gender, and sexuality.

Move the Body, Heal the Mind: Overcome anxiety, depression and dementia and improve focus, creativity and sleep. by Jennifer J. Heisz

Sharing her research on the paradigm shift, a renowned neuroscientist shows how exercise can combat mental health issues; help with addictions; improve memory, sleep and concentration; and increase creativity.

The Shutdown Myth: Ambiguous Loss in Times of Pandemic and Change by Pauline Boss

An ambiguous loss occurs when a loss remains unclear and undefined, and therefore persists indefinitely. Now, with a pandemic that has upended the lives of people around the world, we are collectively experiencing an ambiguous loss of trust in the world as a safe place and a loss of certainty about our health care, the education of our children, jobs and rebuilding our lives after so much loss. Here, you’ll find tips to start coping with this lingering distress, and even learn how this time of pandemic has taught us to tolerate ambiguity, build resilience, and come out of crises stronger than we were. previously.

Never Simple: A Memoir by Liz Scheier

Scheier reflects on his life growing up in the chaos caused by his mother’s borderline personality disorder. Sometimes raw and sometimes ironic, Scheier recounts the combinations of adventure and abuse, love and terror that his mother, Judith, spawned. A compulsive liar and gaslighter, Judith even weaponized Scheier’s own identity against her by withholding information about her father and preventing her from obtaining the legal documentation to live independently.

Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Has Created the Stigma of Mental Illness by Roy Richard Grinker

Grinker chronicles the progress and setbacks in the fight against the stigma of mental illness – from the 18th century, to America’s great wars and today’s high-tech economy. He imbues the book with the personal story of his family’s four generations of involvement in psychiatry, including his grandfather’s analysis with Sigmund Freud, his own daughter’s experience with autism and culminating in his research on neurodiversity.

What My Bones Know: A Memoir on Healing from Complex Trauma by Stephanie Foo

A searing memoir of judgment and healing from an acclaimed journalist investigating the little-understood science behind complex PTSD and how it shaped her life. Stephanie interviews scientists and psychologists and tries a variety of innovative therapies with the determination and curiosity of an award-winning journalist. She returns to her hometown of San Jose, California to investigate the effects of immigrant trauma on a community. She discovers family secrets in her native country, Malaysia, and learns how trauma can be inherited from generation to generation.

Happier You: 7 Neuroscience Secrets to Feeling Great According to Your Brain Type by Daniel G. Amen

After studying more than 200,000 brain scans of people from 155 countries, Dr. Amen discovered five main brain types and seven neuroscience secrets that influence happiness and offers practical, science-based strategies to optimize your happiness.

Your Workplace Wellbeing Toolkit: Mindset Tips, Journaling, and Rituals to Help You Thrive by Ellen M. Bard

An interactive diary showing the reader how to feel better at work, be more productive, more positive, more resilient. The book is illustrated throughout with interactive activities, journal prompts, and a structured self-care program for the workplace.

Here are some Hoopla audiobooks appropriate for Mental Health Awareness Month.

-Archana, Adult Services and Acquisitions Librarian


This press release was produced by the Livingston Public Library. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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