May is Mental Health Month, a time to fight harmful stigmas and provide support for members of our community who are affected by a mental health condition. We know that mental health issues are addressed successfully across a range of genres, but here, we’re recommending nonfiction books written by authors with firsthand experience with mental illness. That said, we also encourage readers to branch out. There are more great books about mental illness than we could ever hope to list here.
Please note that these books capture a single experience and are not representative of every form of mental illness or every person affected by it. Readers should also note that many of these books go into great detail when describing life with a mental illness. The content may be upsetting, difficult to read, or even triggering for some. Do not feel pressured to read a book that will be dangerous to your own mental health for the sake of this reading challenge.
Is there something you’d like to read about that you don’t see here? Leave us a comment and we’re happy to offer a hand-picked recommendation!
Let us know which book you’re picking up on social media by commenting below or by using the hashtag #killyourtbr2017 on social media. At the end of the month, we’ll publish an article featuring the books you are reading for the challenge. Click here to see what Bookish readers picked up in April.