Books for World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day falls on the 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. 

This year has been difficult for many and if you’re dealing with ill mental health—or you know someone who is—you’re certainly not alone. Part of dealing with mental health issues involves talking about it, learning about it and embracing and acknowledging whatever you are feeling.

This World Mental Health Day, we are sharing some books from Watkins Publishing that can help you to do just that.

Standing on My Brother’s Shoulders by Tara J Lal

Speaking to anyone touched by mental illness, suicide or grief, this is a powerful memoir of suicide and post-traumatic growth. Through her exploration of resilience, forgiveness and compassion, Tara Lal hopes to change the public narrative around suicide.

Available here in paperback.

You can also watch ‘Making Peace with Grief and Suicide: A conversation with Tara J Lal on finding hope and meaning by confronting the darkness of the past’ here

Slay Your Dragons with Compassion by Malcolm Stern

When renowned psychotherapist Malcom Stern’s daughter Melissa took her own life in 2014 he experienced most parents’ worst nightmare and his grief made him challenge every aspect of his work and life. It thrust his growth and development forwards in ways he never thought possible, forcing him to confront his fears and work through his biggest blocks. 

Slay Your Dragons with Compassion includes ten key teachings, all distilled from his thirty years of intense group work. The book is filled with practical exercises, which are combined with real and compelling stories from the therapy room.

Available here in multiple formats.

You can also watch ‘Malcolm Stern on World Suicide Prevention Day: How to Thrive Even When it Feels Impossible’ on Sky News here.

A Guide to Eco-Anxiety by Anouchka Grose

A Guide to Eco-Anxiety outlines a manifesto for action, connection and hope.

This is the first mainstream book to tackle the growing phenomenon of eco-anxiety.

Written by a psychoanalyst, with a foreword from Greenpeace’s Ed Gillespie, this book offers emotional tools and strategies to ease anxiety by taking positive action on a personal and community level.

Available here in multiple formats.

You can also watch ‘How to Protect the Planet and Your Mental Health with Anouchka Grose and Ed Gillespie’ here.

How to be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable by Ben Aldridge

Join Ben Aldridge as he offers a selection of strange and wonderful challenges designed to take you out of your comfort zone and into the unknown.

Ben shows you that learning new skills, mental and physical, will help you to cultivate a stronger, healthier, more resilient mindset to face your everyday challenges.

Available here in multiple formats.

Finding Peace in Difficult Times by Divya Kohli

Finding Peace in Difficult Times is a guide to how to feel grounded and safe during times of challenge. A gentle yet powerful toolkit for support during stressful periods, such as illness or bereavement, financial worries or simply feeling burnt out. 

This calming supportive book offers grounding techniques that are particularly helpful to everyone feeling overwhelmed or experiencing fear and loneliness in response to our current global situation. It provides practical, in-the-moment tools to promote resilience and self-compassion.

Available here in ebook format only.