Free Resources & Disclaimer

Hi everyone!

First, thank you so much for visiting my site. I hope it gives you some hope and makes you feel less alone. I write to give hope to others and myself. I write tips and stories that I learned from my own lived experiences. I am not a mental health professional by any means. I cannot give mental health help. I can only listen and give resources.

Below are a list of resources – apps, websites, telephone numbers, and organizations that can you help on your mental health journey. A lot of these I have used myself.

RESOURCES

1. WEBSITES

Better Help This organization gives access to online therapy with professional and licensed therapists. This link will give you the basics of how it works, why it works and how to get started. (sponsored)

Talkspace Access to online therapy with a licensed therapist.

7 Cups of Tea This is an online messaging service to talk to compassionate listeners. They also have access to mindfulness exercise, self-help guides, and following your growth path.

Crisis Text Line This website gives you information regarding being able to text crisis counselors on your phone in the United States as well as access to their blog.

I’m Alive This is website is an online messaging system to talk to someone when you are crisis.

Psychology Today: Find a Therapist This website will help you find a therapist in your area. A lot of times you can just email them – which makes it a lot less pressured. This is how found mine.

ReGain This is an online relationship counseling platform. You will have access to licensed therapists and this will help you work with you and your partners schedule much easier. (sponsored)

How to Find a Therapist (E-Book) This is an amazing e-book. It answers so many questions regarding trying to find a therapist- which can seem so daunting at times.

2. APPLICATIONS

Wesleyan University has a great list of mental health apps – here’s a link

I’ll add more as the time goes on!

3. WEBSITES

Mental Health on The Mighty

I Am One in Four

4. TELEPHONE NUMBERS

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Also – many states have their own hotlines. For example, Connecticut has crisis lines and warm lines. So also please check that out as well!

5. ORGANIZATIONS

National Alliance for Mental Illness

Active Minds

Project Semicolon

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Mental Health America

To Write Love On Her Arms

6. BOOKS

So for books, I have listed similar books that I listed on my blog post here. So feel free to check that post out as well! I will be adding more recent books as soon as I get the time.

Activity Books

  • I Am Here Now by the Mindfulness Project
  • How to be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith
  • Start Where You are by Meera Lee Patel
  • You Are Here by Jenny Lawson

Fiction Books

  • 72 Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell (Bipolar Disorder)
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (PTSD)
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Depression)
  • After Birth by Eliza Albert (Postpartum Depression)
  • Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Depression, Suicide)
  • Dog Medicine by Julia Barton (Depression)
  • Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (Antisocial Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder)
  • Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum (Depression)
  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult (Aspergers)
  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett (Depression)
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for the Day by Winifred Watson (Depression)
  • Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey (Depression, Anxiety)
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (Depression)
  • Self-Help by Lorrie Moore (Mental Health General)
  • Silver Linings Playbook by Mathew Quick (Bipolar Disorder, Depression)
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (Depression)
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich (PTSD)
  • The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (Mental Health General)
  • The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Depression)

Young Adult Fiction Books

  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe (ADHD, Trauma)
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Depression, Bereavement)
  • Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios (Abuse)
  • Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (Mental Health General)
  • By the Time You Read This, I’ll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters (Depression, Suicide)
  • Crazy by Han Nolan (Mental Health General)
  • Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti (Depression)
  • Everything All at Once by  Katrina Leno (Anxiety)
  • Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (OCD)
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Anxiety)
  • Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa (Depression, Stigma)
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (Social Anxiety)
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (Anxiety, Depression)
  • Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (Agoraphobia)
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (OCD, Trauma)
  • I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Bullying, Trauma)
  • Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (Anxiety, Depression, Suicide)
  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert (Bipolar Disorder)
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (Anxiety, Depression)
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (Depression, Grief)
  • Lowboy by John Wray (Schizophrenia)
  • Made You Up by Francesca Zappia (Schizophrenia)
  • Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Psychosis, Depression)
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (Depression, Suicide)
  • OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu (OCD)
  • Paperweight by Meg Haston (Eating Disorders)
  • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (Depression)
  • Ten Things I Can See From Here by Carric Mac (Anxiety)
  • The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga (Depression)
  • The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez (Eating Disorders)
  • The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson (Bipolar Disorder)
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (Effects of Mental Illness)
  • The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand (Depression, Suicide)
  • The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork (Depression)
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Trauma, Abuse, Grief, Anxiety)
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (Anxiety, OCD)
  • The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (Trauma, PTSD)
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (Grief, Depression)
  • The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle (Anxiety)
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (OCD)
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Depression, Suicidal)
  • Under Rose-Tained Skies by Louise Gornall (Anxiety, Agoraphobia)
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (Depression)
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Eating Disorders)

Nonfiction Books

  • A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain by Marilee Strong (Self-harm, Compulsion)
  • All the Things We Never Know by Sheila Hamilton (Bipolar Disorder)
  • An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison (Bipolar Disorder)
  • Anxiety as an Ally by Dan Ryckert (Anxiety)
  • Darkness Visible by William Styron (Depression, Suicide)
  • Death Grip by Matt Samet (Panic Disorder)
  • Don’t Panic by R. Reid Wilson (Anxiety, Panic Disorders)
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson (Mental Health General)
  • Falling into Grace by Adyashanti (Mental Health General)
  • Furiously Happy by  Jenny Lawson (Depression, Anxiety)
  • Hardcore Self-Help: F*ck Anxiety by Robert Duff (Anxiety)
  • Henry’s Demons by Patrick & Henry Cockburn (Schizophrenia)
  • How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me by Susan Rose Blauner (Depression, Suicide)
  • Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein (Eating Disorders, Depression)
  • I Don’t Want to be Crazy by Samantha Schutz (Anxiety)
  • I Hate You – Don’t Leave Me by Jerold Kreisman, MD and Hal Straus (Borderline Personality Disorder)
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate (Addiction)
  • Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McClelland (PTSD)
  • Just Checking: Scenes From the Life of an Obsessive-Compulsive by Emily Colas (OCD)
  • Lay My Burden Down: A Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans by Alvin Poussaint &  Amy Alexander (Mental Health General)
  • Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (Anxiety, Depression)
  • Loud in the House of Myself by Stacy Pershall (Eating Disorders, Bipolar Disorder)
  • Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill by Robert Whitaker (Mental Health General)
  • Madness and Civilization by Michael Foucault (Mental Health General)
  • Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher (Bipolar Disorder)
  • Making Friends with Anxiety by Sarah Rayner (Anxiety)
  • Mindfulness by Mark Williams & Danny Penman (Mindfulness)
  • Monkey Mind by Daniel Smith (Anxiety)
  • My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Strossel (Anxiety)
  • My Body is a Book of Rules by Elissa Washuta (Bipolar Disorder)
  • NeuroTirbes by Steve Silberman (Autism)
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh (Mindfulness)
  • Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel (Depression)
  • Psychopath Free by Jackson MacKenzie (Emotional Trauma, Narcissism, Psychopath)
  • Purge: Rehab Diaries by Nicole Johns (Eating Disorders)
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (Depression, Anxiety)
  • Sane New World: Taming the Mind by Ruby Wax (Mental Health General)
  • Sanity and Grace by Judy Collins (Suicide)
  • Stop Walking on Eggshells by Paul T. Mason & Randi Kreger (Borderline Personality Disorder)
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Depression, Suicide)
  • The Buddha & the Borderline: A Memoir by Kiera Van Gelder (Borderline Personality Disorder)
  • The Color of Hope: People of Color Mental Health Narratives by Vanessa Hazzard (Editor) (Mental Health General)
  • The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks (Schizophrenia)
  • The Depths by Jonathan Rottenberg (Depression)
  • The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz (Mental Health General)
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wall (Depression, Alcoholism)
  • The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe (Mindfulness)
  • The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam (OCD)
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks (Mental Health General)
  • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon (Depression)
  • The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (Psychosis, Alcoholism)
  • The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torrent of Madness by Lori Schiller & Amanda Bennet (Schizophrenia)
  • The Spiritual Gift of Madness by Seth Farber (Mental Health General)
  • The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein (Mental Health General)
  • This is how by Augusten Burroughs (Mental Health General)
  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman (Trauma, PTSD)
  • Unholy Ghosts: Writers on Depression by Nell Casey (Editor) (Depression)
  • Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher (Eating Disorders)
  • Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky (Stress)
  • Wild and Precious by Jen Saunders (Editor) (Mental Health General)
  • Willow Weep for Me by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah (Depression)
  • Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo (Mental Health General)
  • You are a Badass by Jen Sincero (Mental Health General)
  • You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay (Mental Health General)
  • Your Voice in my Head by Emma Forrest (Depression, Eating Disorders, Suicide)

Link to my Goodreads List on Mental Health Books

Links to Buzzfeed Lists:

29 YA Books About Mental Health that Actually Nail Yet

24 Books that are Actually Honest About Mental Illness

19 Books That Are Brutally Honest About Mental Health

31 Books That Will Help You Better Understand Mental Illness And Disorders

Links to Other Mental Health Book Lists Online (not all books on these lists are included in mine):

11 Books That Will Change Your Perspective on Mental Illness

100 Must-Read Books on Mental Illness

16 YAs That Get it Right: Mental Health Edition

11 of the Most Realistic Portrayals of Mental Illness in Novels

Summer Reading: 20 Mental Health Books That Can Change Your Life

10 Books to Read During Mental Health Month

The Best Books About Mental Health and Mental Illness

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