Today is World Mental Health Day, and we want to suggest some books that might help to make your life easier. We all know that books can offer both advice and a refuge from our daily lives, so we have compiled some suggestions for you today.
First of all, we’ve selected some audiobooks that you can download from home, without even having to visit a library.
The Insomnia Answer by Paul Glovinsky
Focus and Concentration by Lynda Hudson
Overcoming Depression by Andrew Richardson
Optimist: One Man’s Search for the Brighter Side of Life by Laurence Shorter
Click here to view our selection of self-help e-books. For information about how to use our e-books and e-audiobooks, please see here.
Here are some “real” books of interest. Don’t forget that you can use self-service at many of our libraries. These are just a few suggestions – we have many more titles on the catalogue – this is a search for “self help”, but of course, you can enter whichever keywords are relevant to you.
Overcoming Chronic Fatigue by Mary Burgess & Trudie Chalder
Overcoming Traumatic Stress by Claudia Herbert & Ann Wetmore
Sisters unlimited: the guide to life, love, bodies and being you by Jessica Howie
What your Doctor may not tell you about Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Attacks: the all-natural program that can help you conquer your fears by Douglas Hunt, M.D.
Challenging Depression and Despair by Angela Patmore
Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by David Veale & Rob Wilson
Additionally, if you are seeking support for your own health, or are a carer, please check our Edinburgh Engage site for details of some fantastic local organisations that are here to help. (The above link will take you to results of a search on “mental health”.) Another great resource for Edinburgh based health services is www.edspace.org.uk. If you are a carer who loves to read, please come along to one of our book groups that are specifically for you! We hold one at Central Library on the first Wednesday of every month, between 10:30am and 12:30pm, and also one at Oxgangs on the second Monday of every month at the same time. We think it’s really important for you to section off time for yourself, and it’s a wonderful environment to spend time with like-minded people.
Maybe you just fancy reading something to take your mind off things – if so, why not try whichbook, to find suggestions of book suited to your taste? (For instructions, please see this post.)
You are not alone, and there is plenty of help out there. Please take care of yourself, not just for today. You are important.
“There is a crack, a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in” – Leonard Cohen.