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The 20 Best Mental Health Books To Cope With Whatever Life Throws At You
These are handpicked by psych experts.
While books are usually an escape from everything happening in the ~real world~, reading can also be a great way to feel more understood and learn about mental health.
Believe it or not, the act of reading itself is helpful for improving mental health, says Amber Robinson, LMFT, a licensed psychotherapist based in Los Angeles. Why? Because it involves you pausing your day and the activities on your chaotic to-do list and helps you slow down. Learning something new can also help with your self-confidence, improve your memory, and boost your brain health, she adds.
Need a book rec? Here's a list of favorites, hand-picked by psych experts. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, trauma, burnout, grief, or something else, there's a mental health book for everyone on this list.
If you or someone you know is experiencing extreme distress, you can call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988, use the Crisis Text Line, which is a free way to connect with a crisis counselor 24/7, or call 911 for emergency medical services.
Ashley Martens is a Wellness Writer based in Chicago, Illinois. With a digital marketing background and her knowledge of general nutrition and a lifelong passion for all things health and wellness, Ashley covers topics that can help people live happier and healthier lives.
Addison Aloian (she/her) is an editorial assistant at Women’s Health. When she’s not writing about all things pop culture, health, beauty, and fashion, she loves hitting leg day at the gym, shopping at Trader Joe’s, and watching whichever hockey game is on TV. Her work has also appeared in Allure, StyleCaster, L’Officiel USA, V Magazine, and Modern Luxury Media.
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