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May is Mental Health Awareness Month
The Lewis Library invites you to seep yourself into the compelling and brave stories of those facing mental illness to gain an understanding of the history of mental health and the social and medical forces that have built a wall of stigma, as well as those that have paved a brighter road to recovery. The physical display on the 2nd floor of the library takes readers on a journey through key historical moments, as well as personal narratives that give soulful insight into living with depression, PTSD, autism, brain injury, Alzheimer's, and schizophrenia along with other conditions, to raise awareness and be inspired to find hope.
All of the print books on this page are on the display shelf and can be checked out at the circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the Lewis Library.
Eras of Stigma and Histories of Hope: Background and Insights on Mental Illness
No One Cares about Crazy People by
Call Number: RC514 .P69 2017
From the centuries of torture to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, this book depicts fears and myths about mental illness.
Our Necessary Shadow by
Call Number: RC438 .B87 2014
This book reviews the historical development of psychiatry from where it helps to where it is imperfect, emphasizing that mental illnesses are intimately tied to what makes us human in the first place.
Call Number: RA790.7.G7 L39 2014
This book argues for fresh approaches to how we think about and deal with mental illness, and explores solutions to its miseries and injustices.
Another Kind of Madness by
Call Number: RC438.6.H58 A3 2017
This book explores the burden of living in a family with mental illness. Showing how mental health problems still receive punishment, it argues for destigmatizing mental illness.
Call Number: RC451.4.G39 H43 2019
A collection of reflections and artwork illustrating the intersection of mental wellness & illness, and LGBTQ identity, as well as the lasting impact of historical views equating queer and trans identity with mental illness.
Coping with Courage: Memoirs of Making It through a Mental Illness
Memory's Last Breath by
Call Number: RC521 .S28 2017
A former university professor embarks on a personal investigation of the brain and its mysteries, examining science and literature, and immersing herself in vivid memories of her childhood in South Africa.
The Scar by
Call Number: RC537 .C748 2019
A memoir in which the author reflects on a previous plunge into suicidal depression while weaving the tale with medical and cultural history of this illness.
Odd Girl Out by
Call Number: RC553.A88 J36 2018
The author struggled to cope in a world that often made no sense to her. It wasn't until she reached her forties that she found out why: surprisingly, she was diagnosed with autism. This book challenges everything we think we know about what it means to be autistic.
Irritable Hearts by
Call Number: RC552.P67 M33 2015
This memoir is an exploration of an emotional rollercoaster ride, and a story of survival that expands the definition of trauma and offers hope to work through it.
Social Context of Mental Health
For those who have never faced deep-rooted emotional or psychological problems, it can be difficult to see why maintaining mental health requires more than the capabilities of any one individual. This film examines mental health at the personal level and in a social context, discussing key processes for recovering and maintaining mental well-being.
“Mental Health: The Individual and Society.” Films On Demand, Films Media Group, 2009, fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=103836&xtid=41121
Ebooks on Mental Health
Delivering Effective College Mental Health Services by
Publication Date: 2019
From the eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) database, this book explains how to cultivate an empathic response to each individual, their entire history and context, and their possible life trajectory.
Positive Psychology in Practice, Second Edition by
Publication Date: 2015
From the library's Ebook Central (ProQuest) database, this book shows how positive psychology is being used in real-world career settings, in a variety of interventions, guiding mental health professionals who want to promote well-being.
Mental Health Associations: A Road to Wellness
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