Books on Mental Health

Books on Mental Health
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No matter who you are or what day it is, mental health is important. This round-up of books includes diverse stories and voices that remind us there is no "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to mental health challenges and that no matter what you are facing, you are never alone. View books in this list

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Underneath the Water with the Fish

By Carol Malyon

Underneath the Water with the Fishis a collection of short fiction that explores the murky underwater existence of women's uncensored thoughts and desires. Often the women are on the cusp of change: death, leaving a relationship, starting a new one, wondering how they got to ... Read more

Quick Bright Things

By Christopher Cook

“Everyone hears voices. I’m treated like I’m broken for admitting it. ”

Can a weekend trip to visit family ever be smooth? 

Nick was hoping for a quick dinner at his brother Reid’s house when he stopped by with his seventeen-year-old adopted son, Gerome, on their way ... Read more

Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation

By Curtis LeBlanc

Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation explores the experience and greater social implications of mental illness, specifically OCD and Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder. It asks the questions: How does anxiety inform both how we act and how we interpret those actions ... Read more

Belated Bris of the Brainsick

By Lucas Crawford

Belated Bris of the Brainsick traces 1) a belated and in some ways violent revelation about one’s ancestry and one’s past, 2) a resultant mental breakdown and 3) the pursuit of a new life with someone else who lives with mental illness. These events and the styles in ... Read more

Conscious Grief & Loss Guide

By Lise Leblanc

None of us want to experience the loss of a loved one, but the sad reality is we've all experienced it, and it is certain that grief will come knocking many times throughout our lives. A psychotherapist for more than twenty years, Lise Leblanc has learned that we are rarely ... Read more

The Response

By Gary Petingola

The regular practise of Mindfulness Meditation can enrich our lives with enhanced calm, clarity, insight, emotional intelligence, creativity, productivity, and wellness. Mindfulness practices are useful in addressing illness, stress, and pain. In his first book Gary Petingola ... Read more

Nobody Cares

By Anne T. Donahue

 

“The internet’s best friend. ” — Flare

From the author of the popular newsletter That’s What She Said, Nobody Cares is a frank, funny personal essay collection about work, failure, friendship, and the messy business of being alive in your twenties and thirties.

As ... Read more

Hidden Lives

Edited by Lenore Rowntree & Andrew Boden
Foreword by Gabor Mate

A revised and updated edition of a collection of personal essays that illuminate what life is like for those who live with mental illness, and how it impacts their family members.

More than 4 million Canadians and 57 million Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness, ... Read more

Death Scene Artist, The

By Andrew Wilmot

M_____ is dying of cancer. Only thirty-two, an extra with a meagre list of credits to their name and afraid of being forgotten, M_____ starts recounting the strange, fantastic and ultimately tragic path of their love affair with the world?s greatest living "redshirt" – a man ... Read more

Dysphoria

By Shane Neilson

A heart-rending poetic commentary on the pain, anxiety and dissatisfaction that go hand-in-hand with mental illness, and on the complex and emotional interplay between doctor, patient and outsider.

The Chemical Life

By Jim Johnstone

Praised for his darkly psychological accounts of extreme experiences, Jim Johnstone's fifth book of poems explores his most difficult terrain to date: mental illness and addiction. Like Coleridge's opium dreams, Johnstone's narratives in The Chemical Life are hallucinatory, coloured ... Read more

If Clara

By Martha Baillie
Narrator Jennifer Dale

In If Clara, nobody stands on firm ground. Daisy, a writer confined to her home, her leg in a cast from hip to ankle, receives a parcel containing the manuscript of a novel about a Syrian refugee and is asked to pose as its writer. Julia, the curator at the Kleinzahler Gallery, ... Read more

Ignite

By Kevin Spenst

A finalist for the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, Ignite is a collection of elegiac and experimental poetry powder-kegged with questions about one man's lifelong struggle with schizophrenia. Born into a strict Mennonite family, Abe Spenst's mental illness spanned three ... Read more

Falling Into Flight

By Kaija Pepper

Falling into Flight untangles a daughter's complicated relationship with immigrant parents -- her angry Russian mother and quiet Finnish father -- as she grapples with the mysteries of her own body and self during the long years of growing up. And it offers insight into a life ... Read more

Suture

By Nic Brewer

To make her films, Eva must take out her eyes and use them as batteries. To make her art, Finn must cut open her chest and remove her lungs and heart. To write her novels, Grace must use her blood to power the word processor.

Suture shares three interweaving stories of artists ... Read more

Aftermath

By Bryan Ratushniak

“Powerful, honest, & moving. ” — Open Book
Who doesn’t rush to the window when a fire truck rushes by? Bryan Ratushniak, has spent a thirty-two-year career working on the busiest fire trucks in Canada and has detailed his adventures in this witty memoir.

The book details ... Read more

Because Venus Crossed an Alpine Violet on the Day that I Was Born

By Mona Høvring
Translated by Kari Dickson & Rachel Rankin

Winner of the 2021 Dobloug Prize (Norway)
Longlisted for the Prix Femina 2021 (France)
Winner of the Norwegian Critics’ Prize for Literature
Shortlisted for the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize

In a hotel, high up in a mountain village, two sisters aim to reconnect after distant ... Read more

Brilliance Is the Clothing I Wear

Edited by InkWell Workshops

A diverse anthology of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction compiled from writers in the mental health and addiction communities.

The latest in InkWell Workshops’ groundbreaking anthology series, this volume features poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from twenty-eight ... Read more

Fuse

By Hollay Ghadery

Drawing on her own experiences as a woman of Iranian and British Isle descent, writer Hollay Ghadery dives into conflicts and uncertainty surrounding the bi-racial female body and identity, especially as it butts up against the disparate expectations of each culture. Painfully ... Read more

Wreck

By Kelley Jo Burke

Kelley Jo Burke embarks on a wild journey to understand many things, including the part where her grandfather sort of murdered her grandmother. Returning to a house filled with her first memories of childhood, she begins to explore the complex origins of her own anxiety. Along ... Read more