An aspect of one’s health that is often left out of the conversation is mental health. As more studies on mental health are published, the more apparent it is how much mental and physical health go hand-in-hand.

To tie together our Virtual Health Fair Week with National Suicide Prevention Month, a list of books and resources has been compiled below for anyone seeking to understand or improve their mental health.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please refer to the list of resources at the bottom of the page or click here.

General Information

Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
by Kay R. Jamison
Adult non-fiction book

Understanding Suicide
by Matt Chandler
Juvenile non-fiction book

The Unapologetic Guide To Black Mental Health
by Rheeda Walker
Adult non-fiction eBook

A Beginner’s Guide To Losing Your Mind
by Emily Reynolds
Adult non-fiction eBook

The Science Of Mindfulness And Self-Compassion
by Kristin Neff, Shauna Shapiro
Adult non-fiction e-audiobook

Workbooks and Self Help

Anxiety relief for teens : essential CBT skills and self-care practices to overcome anxiety and stress
by Regine Palanti
Young adult non-fiction book

Build your resilience : CBT, mindfulness and stress management to survive and thrive in any situation
by Donald Robertson
Adult non-fiction book

Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life
by Scott A. Spradlin
Adult non-fiction eBook

Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life For Teens
by Sheri Van Dijk
Young adult non-fiction eBook

Don’t let your emotions run your life for kids : a DBT-based skills workbook to help children manage mood swings, control angry outbursts, and get along with others
by Jennifer J. Solin and Christina L. Kress
Juvenile non-fiction eBook

The CBT workbook for perfectionism : evidence-based skills to help you let go of self-criticism, build self-esteem, & find balance
by Sharon C. Martin
Adult non-fiction book

The mindfulness solution for intense emotions : take control of borderline personality disorder with DBT
by Cedar R. Koons
Adult non-fiction book

You are here : an owner’s manual for dangerous minds
by Jenny Lawson
Adult non-fiction book

It gets better : coming out, overcoming bullying, and creating a life worth living
by Dan Savage
Adult non-fiction book

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook
by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, Jeffrey Brantley, MD
Adult non-fiction eBook

You Matter
by Matthew Emerzian
Adult non-fiction e-audiobook

Reasons To Stay Alive
by Matt Haig
Adult non-fiction e-audiobook

Mindfulness For Anxious Kids
by Catherine Cook-Cottone, Rebecca K. Vujnovic
Juvenile non-fiction eBook

Hot Stuff To Help Kids Cheer Up
by Jerry Wilde
Juvenile non-fiction eBook

Memoirs and Biographies

Tragedy plus time : a tragi-comic memoir
by Adam Cayton-Holland
Adult non-fiction book

For colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf : a choreopoem
by Ntozake Shange
Adult non-fiction book

Building a life worth living : a memoir
by Marsha Linehan
Adult non-fiction book

Things that helped : on postpartum depression
by Jessica Friedman
Adult non-fiction book

This close to happy : a reckoning with depression
by Daphne Merkin
Adult non-fiction book

Hello I want to die please fix me : depression in the first person
by Anna Mehler Paperny
Adult non-fiction book

Crisis Hotlines

If you or a loved one is suffering from a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts, there are many free 24 hour hotlines available for assistance. You are not alone.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741-741

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1
Send a text to 838255
Online chat

Trans Lifeline

Trevor Project Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth
Text line: Text START to 678-678
Online chat

SAMHSA’s National Helpline (Substance Abuse)
1-800-662-HELP (4357) 

To Write Love on Her Arms (Suicide Prevention Nonprofit)
Find local help & self care worksheets here.