Mental Health Initiative 2020 Booklist

Each of the 20 participating libraries in the Mental Health Initiative will receive this complete set of books, which contains 66 titles / 78 books.  In addition, three titles have been selected as featured reads and compliment the monthly themes for training sessions January – March 2020. Participating libraries will receive five copies of the titles, which are noted below. The featured title for April 2020 will be selected by the participating libraries, and may or may not be a title on this list.

Thank you to everyone who contributed title and subject suggestions. If you have suggestions for the Mental Health Initiative booklist for 2021 (pending funding), please contact us.

January – Understanding Trauma:
Library as Protective Factor
February – Trauma Stewardship

March – Connecting to Community: Outreach & Partnerships

Title Author
(don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health Jensen, Kelly
The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the Long Haul Van Dernoot Lipsky, Laura
Are U Ok?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health Morton, Kati
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters Parker, Priya
Bad Day Roth, Ruby ; Roth, Ruby
Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief Cacciatore, Joanne ; Rubin, Jeffrey
Bedlam: An Intimate Journey Into America’s Mental Health Crisis Rosenberg, Kenneth Paul
Being Edie Is Hard Today Brashares, Ben ; Bergeland, Elizabeth
The Big Angry Roar Lambert, Jonny ; Lambert, Jonny
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Third Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know Miklowitz, David J
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Van Der Kolk, Bessel
The Boy with the Butterfly Mind Williamson, Victoria
Brain Health as You Age: A Practical Guide to Maintenance and Prevention Simmons, Steven P, MD ; Mansbach, William E ; Lyons, Jodi L
The Brain Storm Ragsdale, Linda ; Molina, Claudio
Brave Face: A Memoir Hutchinson, Shaun David
Brave Molly: (empowering Books for Kids, Overcoming Fear Kids Books, Bravery Books for Kids) Boynton-Hughes, Brooke
Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar Carle, Eric ; Carle, Eric
Challenger Deep Shusterman, Neal ; Shusterman, Brendan
The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Wang, Esme Weijun
The Color of My Mind: Mental Health Narratives from People of Color Vargas, Dior ; Lab, Dugud
Coral Ella, Sara
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness Styron, William
Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression Wong, Teresa
The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity Harris, Nadine Burke
The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia Sardy, Marin
The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Morris, David J
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children (Revised) Greene, Ross W
Fergal and the Bad Temper Starling, Robert
The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality Johnson, Kimberly Ann
Freedom from Family Dysfunction: A Guide to Healing Families Battling Addiction or Mental Illness Perlmutter, Kenneth
The Goldfish Boy Thompson, Lisa
The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness Cahalan, Susannah
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) Krosoczka, Jarrett J
How It Feels to Float Fox, Helena
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (Original) Brosh, Allie
I Will Be Fierce Birdsong, Bea ; Chanani, Nidhi
It’s Ok That You’re Not Ok: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand Devine, Megan ; Nepo, Mark
Lighter Than My Shadow Green, Katie ; Green, Katie
Little & Lion Colbert, Brandy
Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life Stern, Amanda
Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope Hari, Johann
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir Forney, Ellen
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed Gottlieb, Lori
The Memory of Light Stork, Francisco X
The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care Borges, Anna
My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope Guerrero, Diane ; Moroz, Erica
My Heart and Other Black Holes Warga, Jasmine
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir Lukach, Mark
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression Solomon, Andrew
Notes on a Nervous Planet Haig, Matt
On a Scale of One to Ten Scott, Ceylan
Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir Grimes, Nikki
Own Your Self: The Surprising Path Beyond Depression, Anxiety, and Fatigue to Reclaiming Your Authenticity, Vitality, and Freedom Brogan, Kelly
The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact Heath, Chip ; Heath, Dan
Ptsd Singelin, Guillaume
Reasons to Stay Alive Haig, Matt
The Secret Lies Within: An Inside Out Look at Overcoming Trauma and Finding Purpose in the Pain Beiler, Anne ; Sutherland, Emily
Small Things Tregonning, Mel
This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression Kleiman, Karen R ; Raskin, Valerie Davis
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror Herman, Judith L
Under Pressure: The Science of Stress Lloyd Kyi, Tanya ; Tremblay, Marie-Eve
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness Jamison, Kay Redfield
Where the Watermelons Grow Baldwin, Cindy
Why is Dad So Mad? Kastle, Seth
Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma Stanley, Elizabeth A ; Van Der Kolk, Bessel