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My 9 Favorite Mental Health Books That Will Inspire You

Mental Health Books are among my favorites because everyone has mental health!


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I am a prolific reader. I’ve graduated from just loving books to being slightly book obsessed. Well, alright, maybe I always was.

But because books have a way of giving life to you on a silver platter, like here, it’s ugly and messy and sometimes just so sad. But it’s worth it.

The mental health books that I’ve read are among my favorites. Below is a list of my top 9 books that deal with mental health topics, in no particular order for May, Mental Health Awareness Month. I hope you enjoy it!


  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
  2. Girl Stop Apologizing
  3. Girl Wash Your Face
  4. Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
  5. Happy Days: The Guided Path from Trauma to Profound Freedom and Inner Peace 
  6. The Perks of Being A Wallflower
  7. Books by Ellen Hopkins
  8. Harry Potter Series
  9. The Choice by Dr. Edith Eger

What qualifies mental health books for me.

If you think about it, every book contains mental health period. Unless it was written by a robot, but even still the robot was programmed by a human with mental health.

However, there are certain books that carry a heavy mental health message. Some that I haven’t mentioned here are John Green’s books or Dr. Wayne Dyer’s books but only because I have less experience with them.

When I say mental health books though I mean the ones where you can identify the main character’s struggles and/or triumphs with mental health or other characters. Following the character arc, does the main lesson they learn have to do with themselves? Typically, yes, though sometimes not so apparently.


What I love about these books.

I think the main theme with all of those books mentioned is their deeply personal experiences with mental health struggles and ultimate triumphs. The humanity of them, because mental health books are for the average human.

There is also a bluntness to them, some authors can dance around the truth or play with their reader a bit, but these just smack you in the face with their honesty. It’s part of what inspired me to be so honest in my books.

If you have no experience with these books, I speak about them on my YouTube Channel. Have you read any of these books?


If you like any of these books, I recommend you give my book Fireflies a read for free below! If you already have, grab Dragonflies here!

14 thoughts on “My 9 Favorite Mental Health Books That Will Inspire You”

  1. I’m currently reading The Universe has your back and am loving it! I will definitely be reading the two books by Gabby Bernstein on your list! Thank you!

  2. I am a fan of self-help books. You shared an interesting list. The Art of Not Giving A F*ck seems like a popular book; it has been frequently recommended by a number of bloggers. Thank for sharing Shea.

    1. Thank you, Kevin! A lot of my anxiety comes from caring a lot about other people’s opinions so I found that book to be extremely helpful, glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Yes, I agree with you that our mental health is very important. Thank you for sharing these mental help books.

  4. You are so right that all books can be mental health books. Anything that can help you escape every day life and bring you joy.

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