Reviews Elsewhere – 10 Best Mental Health Books That Will Completely Change Your Life

Reviews Elsewhere – 10 Best Mental Health Books That Will Completely Change Your Life

OK the headline is a bit of a misnomer, it’s more like 10 little mini-reviews. And, I don’t know if these will necessarily change your life, because that’s a pretty steep claim to make about a book. On the other hand, this list does seem to have some pretty good books in it, some I’ve read or heard of before, some others I had not. So, there may be something on this list that catches your eye and you may want to check out. 

As Pauline says in the intro:

Mental health is a massive struggle in the United States. Add in quarantine, school, work, bullying, social media, bills, and so many other factors, and sometimes your head isn’t as quick to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Whether you struggle with mental illness or you want to educate yourself – here are 10 of the best mental health books that can completely change your life

It’s always better to be educated about mental health, but right now? It might be the difference between helping yourself or someone you love, and being completely helpless. 

Try not to be helpless when so many resources are available. 

Have you read any of the books on this list? What book would you add that did actually change your life? 

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Reviews Elsewhere – The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book

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Reviews Elsewhere – How to Heal by Jessi Beyer

Reviews Elsewhere – How to Heal by Jessi Beyer

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Reviews Elsewhere – Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America

Reviews Elsewhere – Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America

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Reviews Elsewhere – Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

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Reviews Elsewhere – She (used to refer to a woman, or girl) by  Natasha MacFarlane

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Reviews Elsewhere – 44 Children’s Books About Mental Health

Reviews Elsewhere – 44 Children’s Books About Mental Health

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