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10 Books About Mental Health (that don't look like books about mental health)

Let's Pretend this Never Happened, Behind the Mask, Maybe you Should Talk To Someone

For World Mental Health Day on October 10, we take a look at some titles that wouldn't appear to be a book about mental health on the shelves!

This title provides guidance on how to shed your mental clutter for good. It is aimed at overachieving but dissatisfied people everywhere. Sarah's inspirational two-step 'NotSorry' programme shows how unleashing the power of not giving a f--k will help you shed unwanted guilt and obligations to redirect time, energy and enthusiasm to your true priorities.

Every teenager wants to fit in and be just like everybody else, but as Jenny Lawson grows up, falls in love, gets engaged and starts a family of her own, she learns that life's most absurd and humiliating moments are the very moments that make us who we are.

A Manchester lad from Irish Traveller stock, born three months premature and weighing just a pound at birth, Tyson (named after his father's boxing hero) grew up to become one of the most unlikely heavyweight champions in history. This 'dream come true' soon turned to nightmare, however, as alcohol and cocaine abuse took hold and Tyson was stripped of his titles. What followed was the darkest moment of his life - detailed in this book for the first time - in which he came within seconds of ending everything. Speaking candidly about his struggles with mental health, this is Tyson Fury as you have never seen him before.

Presenter, wife, mother, fundraiser, fitness guru and now bestselling author, there is nothing Davina McCall cannot do. But success didn't come easy for Davina, and she has faced many challenges. In this book, she shares all the tips and wisdom she has picked up on her 'work-in-progress' journey.

Meet Lori Gottlieb, an insightful and compassionate therapist whose clients present with all kinds of problems. Over the course of a year, they all make progress. But Gottlieb is not just a therapist - she's also a patient who's on a journey of her own. Interspersed with the stories of her clients are her own therapy sessions, as she goes in search of the hidden roots of a devastating and life-changing event.

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life.

'The Shock of the Fall' is an extraordinary portrait of one man's journey through the spinning vortex that is mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

An intimate and urgent account of doctor burnout, 'Breaking and Mending' is a frank assessement of mental health from both sides of the doctor/patient divide.

Vinnie Jones the hardman - first on the pitch, then on the screen - is known as a man of commitment and heart, but very few words, and never about feelings. But last year we saw a very different side to a character we all know and love. In July 2019 actor Vinnie Jones tragically lost his wife Tanya after her six-year battle with cancer. Despite Tanya's long and often painful fight with cancer, her passing was a devastating shock to all of the family, and Vinnie found himself struggling to cope. With this book, Vinnie will reflect on the 25 years he spent married to his soulmate, revealing how they met, the family they built and the health battles they fought together. Vinnie's sharing his story in the hope he can encourage others who are struggling with grief to find the help they need to get through these times of unimaginable pain.

Last Christmas I almost killed myself. Almost. I've had a lot of almosts. Never gone from almost to deed. Don't think I ever will. But it was a bad almost. 'Living Better' is Alastair Campbell's honest, moving, and life affirming account of his lifelong struggle with depression. It is an autobiographical, psychological, and psychiatric study, which explores his own childhood, family and other relationships, and examines the impact of his professional and political life on himself and those around him. But it also lays bare his relentless quest to understand depression not just through his own life but through different treatments.