Read for Mental Health Week

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Mental Health Week is a national event for Australia, held every October to coincide with World Mental Health Day (10th of October). In 2015, Mental Health Week falls between 4 and 10 October.

The aim of Mental Health Week is to promote social and emotional wellbeing to the community, encouraging people to maximise their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals, and increasing mental health recovery.

For the past two years, an incredible blogger has been running Read for Mental Health Week. Rebecca, who you may know as thebooker or awordshaker, aims to use reading and blogging to encourage awareness of mental health and social issues.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Read a book about mental health
  • Post about mental health books. Recommend books, start discussions, share your favourites. Use the tag #ReadForMentalHealthWeek
  • Spread the word of Read For Mental Health Week
  • Remember to take care of yourself and your loved ones, and try to take some time during this week especially to take a deep breath, relax and do something that makes you happy

You can read more about Read for Mental Health Week in Rebecca’s full post on Tumblr.

I don’t have all of my books with me, but these are some of my #ReadForMentalHealthWeek picks:

  • I’ve yet to read The Rest of Us Just Live Here but I’ve heard great things about the way it deals with mental health.
  • In the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy, Penryn’s mother suffers from schizophrenia. Though her behaviour can be classified as abusive, her love for her children and unstoppable drive to protect them is incredible.
  • Cath Avery in Fangirl suffers from social anxiety and her struggles were very familiar to me.
  • The Mayne Inheritance is a non-fiction novel focusing on one of Brisbane’s prominent families, many of whom struggled with mental health.
  • I’ve only seen the film of The Color Purple but the story is unforgettable. Many characters struggle with mental health issues stemming from emotional and physical abuse.
  • Mockingjay is probably the book that has touched me the most. I know a lot of people found Mockingjay to be a slow and unsatisfying read and I confess to feeling the same way the first time I read it. On the second read, however, I realised Katniss was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and it tore me apart.

If you want to learn more about Mental Health Week, you can check out the National Mental Health Commission’s website. 

If you want to learn more about Read for Mental Health Week, you can check out Rebecca’s original post on Tumblr.


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