Reading List for March

Mental health is on our mind this month! It can be a daily struggle to not let your mind and thoughts overwhelm you. The following books are an attempt at getting people to feel less alone and lift the stigma surrounding mental health.

“How to Come Alive Again” by Beth McColl

Despite the twists and turns that life takes you, mental illness does not define you. This is a compassionate guide to mental health from an author who has been there and is still here -- an empowering message we can get behind.

“Heart Berries” by Terese Marie Mailhot

This memoir is written by an Indigenous woman growing up with bipolar order in a dysfunctional household. Mailhot’s collection of essays doesn’t shy away from looking at eating disorders and self-harm.

“First, We Make the Beast Beautiful” by Sarah Wilson

This book is for anyone struggling with anxiety, which is no surprise that it is a bestseller. Anxiety can be incredibly hard to get a hold of and sitting down with this book feels like sitting down with a non-judgmental therapist.

“The Last Black Unicorn” by Tiffany Haddish

The comedian’s memoir may not be what you expect on a mental health reading list, but it very much belongs. Before her job became to make people laugh, Tiffany Haddish went through some serious tests. Unfunny struggles? Everyone can relate to that. 

“The Collected Schizophrenias” by Esmé Weijun Wang

The author takes us from pre-diagnosis to living with schizophrenia in a totally non-clinical way. Wang’s collection of essays is a human look at how mental illness is a disability, and it is a limitation that people live with, not in spite of.  This book will change the way you think about people living with mental illness. 

What are you reading this month? Let us know in the comments!

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