We all know that knowledge is power. And if you or someone you love is living with a mental illness, you know that understanding and compassion are also powerful.
When you read books about mental illness, you are equipping yourself with information and helpful tips to both understand and support those in your life who are living with anxiety, depression, or any other mental illness.
SUPPORT OTHERS BY READING BOOKS ON MENTAL ILLNESS
People living with mental illness need support because they are:
- More likely to have a physical health problem
- Less likely to receive medical care
- More likely to struggle with addiction
- At risk for housing insecurity or incarceration
In this article, we’re exploring the reasons we should read books on mental health and mental illness, and highlighting a recommended book.
3 Reasons to Read Books on Mental Illness
People often shy away from topics like mental illness, feeling that they do not know enough to speak about them. However, books are a great way to learn about these conditions and how to best support those who suffer from them.
Today we are recommending The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. In it, the author states:
“For real change to take place, the body needs to learn that the danger has passed and to live in the reality of the present.”
This #1 New York Times bestseller has been described as “essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” (Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress Studies)
Here are 3 reasons to read this or other books on mental illness.
1. To learn from another’s experience.
Mental illness can be incredibly isolating for the people who experience it. By reading books about mental illness, you can learn more about what the person is going through and how to offer them support. You can also find books that focus on specific mental illnesses, such as depression or bipolar disorder. This can be helpful in understanding how to deal with a loved one who is struggling with a mental illness.Mental illness can be incredibly isolating for the people who experience it. By reading books about mental illness, you can learn more about what the person is going through and how to offer them support. Click To Tweet
2. To become more aware of your own mental health.
Reading books about mental illness can also help you to become more aware of your own mental health. It can be helpful to read about different conditions and how they are treated, in order to better understand your own mind. If you ever experience any symptoms of mental illness, you will be better equipped to seek help and treatment.
Need mental health support? For professional, confidential assistance, contact one of our partner agencies, like Catholic Charities of Newark.
3. Knowledge is a powerful tool.
Ultimately, reading books about mental illness is a great way to learn more about this important topic. By increasing our knowledge and understanding of mental illness, we can work together to break down the stigmas associated with them.
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By reading this book and others about mental illness, you can better understand and support the people in your life who are dealing with mental illness and its symptoms.
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