World Mental Health Day

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October 10 is World Mental Health Day. It’s a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, and began as an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.


Mental Health Australia is leading the charge locally, and is urging Australians to challenge their perceptions (and banish the stigma) about mental illness. The health benefits associated with reading were recently lauded by the nationwide event, Australian Reading Hour. Through the simple act of reading, individuals have the potential to lower their stress levels by 68% and radically increase their empathetic responses to others.


With this in mind, we’ve collated some important titles which aim to demystify mental illness, for anyone concerned about themselves or loved ones.

Back After The Break

Back, After the Break by Osher Gunsberg

One of Australia’s most loved celebrities, opens up in a powerful, dark, funny and heartwrenching memoir about life, love and living with mental illness. He lives with a mental illness – and he’s come to terms with it to live an authentic, rich and fulfilling life.

Click here to read a sample    



Changing Minds Changing Minds: The go-to Guide to Mental Health for You, Family and Friends by Dr Mark Cross & Dr Catherine Hanrahan

This empowering guide aims to cut through the myths and taboos about mental health and offer clear, practical help for anyone concerned about themselves or loved ones. Since almost half of all Australians will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lifetime, this book is for everyone.

Click here to read a sample  




Friendship Cure The Friendship Cure by Kate Leaver

A compelling, fresh and thought-provoking exploration of friendship – what it is, how to keep it, and why we need it more than ever before. Journalist Kate Leaver believes that friendship is the essential cure for the modern malaise of solitude, ignorance, ill health and angst. If we only treated camaraderie as a social priority, it could affect everything from our physical health to emotional well-being.

Click here to read a sample    




Power of HopeThe Power Of Hope by Kon Karapanagiotidis

A powerful, inspiring memoir from Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, this is a book about how love, compassion, kindness and courage can transform our communities and ourselves. The Power of Hope shows us in times of darkness, both personal and political, that if we stand as one we can shine brightly and fiercely – as together we are powerful.

Click here to read a sample



AddictedAddicted?: How Addiction Affects Every One of Us and What We Can Do About It by Matt Noffs & Kieran Palmer

This book is about addictions of all kinds. Addictions to smartphones, sex, games, social media, gambling, money, but most of all to alcohol and drugs.

Click here to read a sample    






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