3 Good Reasons to Read Books on Mental Illness

In addition to supporting your loved ones or gaining insight into your own struggles, reading books on mental illness has many benefits. We’re sharing a few here. 

3 Good Reasons to Read Books on Mental Illness

1. Mental Illness is common and we should be educated.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in five Americans suffers from a mental illness in any given year. And that number is only going up – in 2013, mental health disorders were the leading cause of disability in the US.

2. Mental illnesses are often debilitating and we need to have compassion. 

One of the main reasons that mental illness is debilitating is because it can often lead to other health problems. For example, people with mental illness are more likely to have a physical health problem. This is because when you are stressed out or anxious all the time, it can take a toll on your body. Additionally, people with mental illness are less likely to receive medical care. This is often due to the fact that they do not have insurance, or they do not want to face the stigma attached to mental illness.

Also, mental illness can also lead to alcohol or drug abuse. This is because people with mental illness often turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate if they aren’t being monitored by a doctor or keeping up with their medication regime. 

Need mental health support? For professional, confidential assistance, contact one of our partner agencies, like Children’s Aid & Family Services.

3. Mental illnesses can be treated and we need to be aware of available resources.

Many mental illnesses can be effectively treated with medication, therapy, or a combination of both.

Thankfully, as society becomes more open to discussing mental health, more people feel comfortable seeking help. Additionally, new treatments for mental illness are becoming available all the time, which is helping to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.

Want to better understand someone in your life who lives with anxiety, depression, or any other mental illness? Gain insight and understanding by reading books on the subject. Share on X


To help a loved one who is depressed, we recommend What to Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed, Second Edition: A Practical, Compassionate, and Helpful Guide. This book offers guidance to the friends and family of a depressed person on how to keep one’s own spirits up and at the same time do what is best to help a loved one get through a difficult time. 

Don’t want to stop here? Get more book recommendations on mental illness when you download our free ebook today.

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