Talking is key to looking after your mental health. If you're struggling, an open and honest conversation with someone you trust will help you to get the support you need, and is crucial for reducing the stigma that still surrounds mental health. But books, podcasts & online blogs are all great for when you want to hear from others going through a similar experience. Check out some of the below to become more knowledgeable on the complexities of our brains, or to lose yourself in a raw and frank story of someone's battle with their mental health...
Mental health campaigner and author, Matt Haig's personal memoir, that tells of his journey with his mental health after a breakdown aged 24. Be inspired by his tale of going from suicidal to learning to make the most of out of his time on planet earth.
“I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.” – Matt Haig
A follow on to Scarlet’s first (and also brilliant) book, “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies)”, this is a collection of powerful stories from over 70 people, showing readers that it's okay to struggle. With writing from Adam Kay, Alastair Campbell, Fearne Cotton, Davina McCall, Matt Haig, Naomi Campbell & many more…
A book that manages to be both heart-breaking and hilarious, thanks to the signature style of journalist and author Bryony Gordon. From childhood to adulthood, she tells the story of living with OCD and depression.
“Bryony Gordon has OCD. It's the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn't repeat a phrase 5 times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It's caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it.”
Modern life has certainly turned our planet into a nervous one, and so many are feeling more stressed and more anxious than ever before. Drawing from personal experiences of anxiety and panic attacks, Matt delves into how we can try stay sane in our tech-obsessed world.
A stunning collection of letters written by those recovering from depression, which hopes to offer insight and hope to those effected by the illness. It's a comforting and motivational resource for anyone on a journey to recovery.
No matter how severe, anxiety is complex and very individual. This book is a no-nonsense guide focusing on social anxiety, helping you to navigate everything from social media to your working day. It provides a wonderful mix of humour, practical tips and actually useful insights.
Happy Place – Fearne Cotton
“Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss and everything in between as she recalls what happens to them”. With an impressive line-up of guests, Fearne’s podcast is both soothing and inspirational as she chats openly with many well-known faces about their stories - discussing mental health, love, careers, family & all sorts of personal development.
Mental – The Podcast to Destigmatise MH
“Health category winner at the people’s choice podcast awards 2019. Mental was created by Bobby Temps to break down mental health stigma and discrimination. Joined by special guests, the podcast is a safe space to hear honest and insightful MH interviews in the hope that listeners will feel more empowered to continue the conversation with others.”
How To Fail With Elizabeth Day
“A podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better”. Although not technically about mental health, Elizabeth’s podcast is all about humility and reframing your mindset. Candid discussions with inspirational guests are a wonderful way to see that there is light at the end of any struggles.
Whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone. Time To Change is helping to spread this message with their personal stories blog, sharing anecdotes and thoughts from a whole host of different people suffering from mental health problems. As they say “mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year and no one should feel ashamed. By sharing our experiences, together we can end the stigma…”
Charity MQ has a simple vision; “to create a world where mental illness is understood, effectively treated, and ultimately prevented.” Their amazing work funds scientific research that could truly transform lives of those affected by mental illness. Combining their expert knowledge with stories from their incredible community, their blog is one of the best if you want to learn more about mental health.
There’s no denying that men just aren’t talking enough about their mental health. Men’s Health’s Mental Strength section provides expert guidance, hacks & real-life stories all designed to help you improve your mental wellbeing, such as stories from the faces of attempted suicide and the tell-tale signs that a friend is suffering from anxiety.