The Library’s Recommended Reading theme for January 2019 is Mental Health and Wellness.
As the winter sets in and gray skies can trigger the winter blues, it is a good time to engage with caring for our minds. It can be difficult to talk about our mental health for many reasons: sigma, need for privacy, and lack of support. These resources will help inform you about different aspects of mental illness, help you reflect on your own needs, and find stories to comfort an entertain you this winter.
Find some suggested titles, as well as online resources and local support for mental health on our Recommended Reading Guide.
Need someone to talk to? Don’t wait. Visit the Highline College Counseling Center. Confidential and open to all Highline faculty, staff, and students.
Building 6, Upper Floor | Phone: (206) 592-3353 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know is experiencing an acute mental health crisis, you can call the King County Crisis Connections 24 hour hotline at 866-427-4747. Over 400 trained volunteers and experienced staff provide support, resources, and training to people in King County.
Sample Reading List:
The Body Keeps the Score by Publication Date: 2014-09-25
In The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring;specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy;and a way to reclaim lives.
Borderline Personality Disorder by
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
This easy-to-read book offers an introduction to BPD for those who have recently been diagnosed, outlines the most common complications of the illness and the most effective treatments available, and provides readers with practical strategies for staying on the path to recovery.
Publication Date: 2017-04-04
Jessamyn Stanley, a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes, has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life.
The Parents’ Guide to Psychological First Aid by
Publication Date: 2010-11-12
Compiled by two seasoned clinical psychologists, The Parents’ Guide to Psychological First Aid brings together articles by recognized experts who provide you with the information you need to help your child navigate the many trying problems that typically afflict young people.
Willow Weep for Me by
Publication Date: 1998-02-17
Meri Danquah, a “working-class broke,” twenty-two-year-old single mother, began to suffer from a variety of depressive symptoms after she gave birth to her daughter, which led her to suspect that she might be going crazy. Understanding the importance of strength in a world that often undervalues black women’s lives, she shrouded herself and her illness in silence and denial. She moves back to the city of her childhood where she befriends two black women who are also suffering from depression. With their support she confronts the traumatic childhood events–sexual abuse, neglect, and loss–that lie beneath her grief. This is not simply a memoir about depression, it is a powerful meditation on courage and a litany for survival.
Winter Blues, Fourth Edition by
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
When the dark days of winter approach, do you feel sluggish and slow? Is it a struggle to get out of bed each morning? Do you have difficulty focusing at work or in relationships, feel down in the dumps, or, worse still, get really depressed? Does it get harder than ever to stick to a healthy diet and control your weight? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Picking up this book is the first step toward feeling more energized, productive, and alive–all year long.
Unholy Ghost by
Publication Date: 2002-01-08
Unholy Ghost is a unique collection of essays about depression that, in the spirit of William Styron’s Darkness Visible, finds vivid expression for an elusive illness suffered by more than one in five Americans today. Unlike any other memoir of depression, however, Unholy Ghost includes many voices and depicts the most complete portrait of the illness. With an introduction by Kay Redfield Jamison, Unholy Ghost allows the bewildering experience of depression to be adequately and beautifully rendered. The twenty-two stories that make up this book will offer solace and enlightenment to all readers.