World Mental Health Day is annually held on October 10th to raise awareness about mental health issues. This event promotes discussions on various conditions and treatment options.
Mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders, affect millions of people around the world. Loved ones also face challenges as they do their best to support partners, relatives, and friends. The theme of this year's day of awareness is "Dignity In Mental Health".
The World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing this year, on confronting the ways mentally ill people can be denied human rights, abused and discriminated against, especially in war torn and impoverished areas where quality care is absent. WHO is concerned with human rights being secured through policy, law, the training of health professionals, informed consent, and patients' inclusion in their treatment plan. Public information campaigns are also vital in reducing ignorance and stigma, which prevents so many people from getting the help they need to live healthy, independent lives.
ABC Library has a LibGuide to help patrons locate services and support groups. The following list of books can also cover a wide variety of issues, such as dual diagnosis recovery, compassion fatigue, and some uplifting biographies from people living with mental illness and sharing their experience, strength, and hope.
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher
Understanding Addiction by Elizabeth Connell Henderson
Resilience: Two Sisters and A Story of Mental Illness by Jessie Close with Pete Earley
A Road Back From Schizophrenia: A Memoir by Arnhild Lauveng
Coping With Schizophrenia: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Caregivers by Steven Jones and Peter Hayward
Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified: An Essential Guide For Understanding and Living With BPD
Robert O. Friedel
Conquering Depression and Anxiety Through Exercise by
Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Newest Techniques for Overcoming Symptoms, Regaining Hope, and Getting Your Life Back by Victoria Lemle Beckner and John B. Arden
The Burden of Sympathy: How Families Cope With Mental Illness by David A. Karp