Books with mental health topics

Here is a list of books with mental health topics. I’ve read these recently in 2020 and liked them. The book titles are linked to webpages which contain their respective book reviews.

The Balance Between Life and Death by Elizabeth Holland. (anxiety)

Lost in Life by Dave Blackwell. (deaf, depression)

The Ghost Beside Me by Lee Hall. (social anxiety)

Who Am I by James Kelly. (bipolar disorder, depression, schizoaffective disorder)

You Make Yourself Unhappy by James Kelly. (lifestyle)

You Cause Your Own Misery by James Kelly. (I’ve yet to finish reading this book and write its review. After which, I’ll paste the link here).

Fragile mental health during Covid-19 pandemic (pic #10)

I have heard shoutings from neighbors because people are in fragile mental health during Covid-19 pandemic. Many people have lost their jobs. They are under tremendous stress. They are using up their savings. Some families do not have money to buy groceries to cook food to eat. They’re eating cheap food like rice with sauce, or plain boiled noodles. Today, on October 4, 2020, during the customary meal time for lunch, one neighbor’s kitchen stopped generating noise from crockery and utensils. It could mean they are not cooking today. Maybe they have ready made meal. Maybe there is no raw food to cook.

Why aren’t they going to government agencies to ask for help? How about approaching charities? If I was them, I would be ashamed. I would fear being compelled to obey their instructions because I had taken their material.

Dear God and Authorities,

Do you know what is happening? Do you know people are practically starving? When will relief come?

This illustration was done for another post but it can just as well be used here. The person who shouts violates the other’s personal space. He instills fear and frightens the other, by using his loud voice.

An angry person violates your personal space and boundary, reducing your space.

Hope for Mental Health: Mindful Doodles #46

Mindful Doodles #46:

Jonny Boucher, CEO of “Sip Of Hope Coffee”.

This is Jonny Boucher, the chairman and CEO of Sip Of Hope Coffee, a coffee bar devoted to raising awareness and help for mental health. He can be found on Twitter @sipofhopecoffee . He epitomizes hope for many people who want to reach out to someone approachable.

Drawing prompt @sketchbookskool #SBSADrawingADay Jan. 2 2019 “hope”.

Mindful Doodles is a series of comic/ cartoon drawn on assimilating stimuli that comes into my mind. My surrounding and environment are dynamic. As events happen, the stimuli enters my brain and I pay attention to them. I am not mentally disturbed as I pay due respect to each stimulus. I ponder upon how I would deal with the stimulus, to manage the situation. I try to discover what lesson the Universe bestows on me in this encounter. I write my discovery as my Mindful Thought of the Day.

Mindful Thought of the Day:
You are important. You matter. If you’re hurt, seek help.

Mental Health for Nurturing Thursday

I’ll like to share some of my practical experiences working for free as a volunteer in hospitals, or caring for people in my community. I get the impression that not everyone understands the situations from perspectives of other people in the immediate vicinity. Some people have little exposure to mental health and patients who require round-the-clock care. Even the most basic assumption may not hold true for a child or adult who is mentally challenged. My POV (point-of-view) is also limited and what can be expressed through this medium is also restricted by my minimal ability to communicate with my resources of space, drawing and time.

This is what happened for one episode.

Mental health page 1.

The patient wants to open the door to walk out of the ward because he is unused to the rigid hospital in-patient routine. This post also responds to MLMM’s writing prompt on “door“.

Nurturing Thursday September 6 2018.

Responding to Becca’s question – yes, I need to change my inner editor. I need to be less self-depreciating.

I am doing my best with everything in life. That is my personal philosophy. As a matter of fact, I need to take time to rest and take care of myself.