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

Among Silent Echoes

By Phyllis Dyson

Twenty-five years after her mother's brutal death made the headlines, Phyllis Dyson felt compelled to unearth the truth about her mother's illness. By chronicling the events of her childhood, uncovering family secrets and betrayals and gaining access to government documents, ... Read more

All Violet

By Rani Rivera

The posthumous poetry journal of Rani Rivera, Toronto's champion of mental health advocacy and harm reduction.In ALL VIOLET, a young woman chronicles the experience of living on the margins, in spaces and places where body and mind are flayed by guilt, disappointments and betrayals. ... Read more

Set-Point

By Fawn Parker

Set-Point is a novel about personal, sexual, and physical identity. A voice that is at once brutally honest and humorous follows Luck Frank, a mid-20s aspiring screenwriter living in Montreal who begins work as a digital sex worker, selling data recorded on interactive erotic ... Read more

The Unravelling

By Clem Martini & Olivier Martini

A memoir, told through illustrations and text, of one family's journey through mental illness, dementia, caregiving, and the health care system.

Olivier Martini and his mother, Catherine, have lived together since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia thirty-six years ago. It ... Read more

Chasing Zebras

By Margaret Nowaczyk

From leaving Communist Poland to enduring the demands of medical school, through living with a long undiagnosed mental illness to discovering the fascinating field of genetics, plunging into the pressures of prenatal diagnosis and finally finding the tools of writing and of ... Read more

Quarantine of The Mind

By W. Strawn Douglas
Edited by Larry Etkin

This book is grounded in W. Strawn Douglas' personal battle with mental illness and his experiences with it at the mental institution where he's lived for almost three decades. Different portions of it were created in different times, with Douglas in a variety of different mindsets, ... Read more

The Becoming

By Nicole M. Luongo

The Becoming is a brutal account of mental illness by a woman who doesn't believe in mental illness. As the author embarks on a PhD at the University of Oxford, a lifetime of addiction, eating disorders, and trauma culminates in an explosive hospital stay that sees her achieve ... Read more

The Book of Malcolm

By Fraser Sutherland
Foreword by Carmine Starnino
Afterword by John Pepall

A father reflects on the rich life of his son, who died suddenly at twenty-six after living with schizophrenia.

On the morning of Boxing Day 2009, the poet Fraser Sutherland and his wife, Alison, found their son, Malcolm, dead in his bedroom in their house. He was twenty-six ... Read more

Bright Eyed

By RM Vaughan

For forty years, RM Vaughan has been fighting, and failing, to get his forty winks each night. He's not alone, not by any stretch.

More and more studies highlight the health risks of undersleeping, yet we have never been asked to do more, and for longer. And we can't stop thinking ... Read more

Care Work

By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Finalist, Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

In their new, long-awaited collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and longtime disability justice activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability ... Read more

Dear Scarlet

By Teresa Wong

Longlisted for Canada Reads; Finalist, City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Book Prize

In this intimate and moving graphic memoir, Teresa Wong writes and illustrates the story of her struggle with postpartum depression in the form of a letter to her daughter Scarlet. Equal parts heartbreaking ... Read more

Going Under

Illustrated by Zviane
Text by Zviane
Translated by Helge Dascher

Depression feels like drowning from the inside. Welcome to the aftermath of a mental breakdown. Sophie is trying to mend the pieces of her broken life. The people around her think she is "cured", but she knows she still has a long way to go before she truly feels "better". Apnea ... Read more

In Praise of Retreat

By Kirsteen MacLeod

 

For readers of Walden, Wild, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, A Book of Silence, A Gift from the Sea and other celebrations of the inner adventure.

An utterly engaging dive into our modern ways of retreat — where we go, why we’re drawn, and how it’s urgent

From pilgrim paths ... Read more

The Untranslatable I

By Roxanna Bennett

In unmeaningable, her previous Trillium Poetry Awards winning book with Gordon Hill Press, Roxanna Bennett renovated the North American disability poetics canon via her queer fusion of invisible and visible disability identities. The Untranslatable I builds on Roxanna's acute ... Read more

Through the Labyrinths of the Mind

Edited by Bevan Thomas & Hannah Lou Myers

All over the world, millions of people experience a wide range of mental health issues - depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and more. Sadly, their struggles are often ignored and misunderstood, even mocked. Through the Labyrinths of the Mind is a graphic novel anthology from Cloudscape ... Read more

Light on a Part of the Field

By Kevin Holowack

In his evocative debut novel, Light on a Part of the Field, Kevin Holowack introduces us to a family grappling with artistic ambition, mental illness, and rifts that may not be possible to mend. Set in B. C. and Alberta in the 1960s and 1970s, this is a novel of finely observed ... Read more

Awesome Wildlife Defenders

By Martha Attema

Awesome Wildlife Defenders, a junior novel, is the story of eleven-year-old Rebecca, who tries to cope with her panic attacks. Life becomes complicated when she is teamed up with Weird Cedar, on her endangered species project. Her friendship with Frieda is tested when Frieda ... Read more

Boys and Girls Screaming

By Kern Carter

When Ever’s father passes away suddenly, she is devastated. Not long after that, her mom has a stroke and Ever’s anguish becomes almost too much for her to handle. That’s when she gets the idea to form a group she calls Boys and Girls Screaming. Along with her brother, ... Read more