Mental Health Resources: Creative Minds Changing MindsThe library is partnering with the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan to support mental health in the community and to highlight how art can have a positive effect on mental health. View the CMHA Traveling Art Display in the library’s stairwell or online.

Browse the resources below to learn more about mental health and how to support mental health in the community. For more resources, explore Kanopy* for documentaries on mental health or check out the digital collection of e-books and audiobooks about mental health on Libby and Hoopla*.

* Howell Library District Residents only

Death Is Not the Answer : Rethinking Mental Health, One Story at a Time

Call# DVD 362.28 Dea

"Death Is Not the Answer delves deeply into the complex, often misunderstood world of depression and suicide. This PBS documentary features many of the nation's most respected mental health professionals. The film also offers enlightened thoughts of how we can find contentment and happiness through mind-body health, diet and music. We explore the world of firefighters, first responders and police, featuring Oakland County Sheriff Bouchard and Detroit Police Chief James Craig. Veterans and current military help us better understand PTSD and the difficulties living with life-changing injuries. In the end, the film offers hope and a much deeper understanding about depression and what leads to suicide."--Provided by production company website.

How Am I Doing? : 40 Conversations to Have With Yourself by Corey Yeager

Call# 158.1 Yea

"Every strong relationship is rooted in good conversation, and that's true for your relationship with yourself, too. In How am I doing?, Dr. Corey Yeager guides you through a series of reflective questions to help you gain the self-compassion, personal awareness, and healing you seek"--

Parenting Children With Mental Health Challenges : a Guide to Life With Emotionally Complex Kids by Deborah Vlock

Call# 618.928 Vlo

Parenting Children with Mental Health Challenges: A Guide to Life with Emotionally Complex Kids offers overwhelmed readers guidance, solidarity, and hope. The author, a “mental-health mom” who’s survived indignity, exhaustion, and the heartbreak of loving a child with multiple mental-health disorders, writes with frankness and occasional humor about the hardest parenting job on earth. Drawing on her own experiences and those of other parents, plus tips from mental health professionals, Vlock suggests ways of parenting smarter, partnering better, and living more fully and less fearfully in the shadow of childhood psychiatric illness.

The Family Guide to Mental Health Care by Lloyd I. Sederer

Call# 616.89 Sed

Counsels those dealing with a family member's mental illness on medications, medical privacy laws, depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and eating disorders, and includes a checklist of questions to ask at a doctor's visit.

Being Well With Chronic Illness : a Guide to Finding Joy & Resilience With Your Diagnosis / Kat Hill & Nancy Peate. by Kat (Advocate) Hill

Call# 616.044 Hil

Reclaim wellness through intention and self-discovery. Being well with chronic illness charts the course for a journey that supports finding hope and wholeness after an unexpected diagnosis. The intricacies of the wellness spiral lay out a road map to how we respond to life's harshest challenges - and how we can rise above them.

Helping Others With Depression : Words to Say, Things to Do by Susan J. Noonan

Call# 616.852 Noo

"The book is meant for those who want to help a loved one with depression. The book details what depression is and what its main symptoms and manifestations are, followed by proven strategies for encouraging someone to get treatment and suggestions for how to tell when depressive symptoms are getting worse and may indicate a risk for suicide"--

Managing Your Mind by Gillian Butler

Call# 158 But

"Managing Your Mind is a book for building resilience, overcoming emotional difficulties and enabling self-development. It is for any of us who wish to understand ourselves better, to be more effective in day-to-day life, to overcome current problems; or who want to support others in these tasks. The authors have between them almost 100 years of experience helping people respond skillfully to life's challenges. Drawing on this experience as well as on cutting-edge scientific research, Managing Your Mind distills effective techniques and ideas, enabling readers to select those that suit their preferences and needs. Part One of the book helps us gain a better understanding of ourselves and provides tools for clarifying what we value most in life. It highlights the benefits of the practice of acceptance and kindness, and shows how to build self-esteem and self-confidence. Part Two presents practical tools and methods, relevant to everyone, for making our way in the world. This includes the importance of perspective and how we can best use our thinking skills. It also covers everyday topics such as the value of useful habits, time management, looking after our physical health, increasing happiness, well-being and creativity, and developing and maintaining good relationships. The third part of the book provides scientifically-tested approaches to overcoming specific emotional difficulties, such as worry, panic, low mood, anger, addictions, and coping with trauma, loss and chronic ill health. With well over 150,000 copies in print, Managing Your Mind remains the definitive self-help guide for anyone seeking to lead a more fulfilling and productive life."--

Sitting Still Like a Frog : Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel

Call# 158.1 Sne

Mindfulness--the quality of attention that combines full awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is--is gaining broad acceptance among mental health professionals as an adjunct to treatment. This little book is a very appealing introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents. In a simple and accessible way, it describes what mindfulness is and how mindfulness-based practices can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware. The book contains eleven practices that focus on just these scenarios, along with short examples and anecdotes throughout. Included with purchase is an audio CD with guided meditations, voiced by Myla Kabat-Zinn, who along with her husband, Jon Kabat-Zinn, popularized mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) as a therapeutic approach.

You Need Help! : a Step-by-step Plan to Convince a Loved One to Get Counseling by Mark S. Komrad

Call# 616.89 Kom

Through a rich combination of user-friendly tools and real-life stories, Mark S. Komrad, MD, offers step-by-step guidance and support as you take the courageous step of helping a friend who might not even recognize that he or she is in need. He guides you in developing a strong course of action, starting by determining when professional help is needed, then moves you through the steps of picking the right time, making the first approach, gathering allies, selecting the right professional, and supporting friends or relatives as they go through the necessary therapeutic process to resolve their problems.

A Mind of Your Own : the Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives : Featuring a 30-day Plan for Transformation by Kelly Brogan

Call# 616.852 Bro

In this science-based and holistic approach, Dr. Brogan shatters the mythology conventional medicine has built around the causes and treatment of depression. Based on her expert interpretation of published medical findings, combined with years of experience from her clinical practice, Dr. Brogan illuminates the true cause of depression: it is not simply a chemical imbalance, but a lifestyle crisis that demands a reset. It is a signal that the interconnected systems in the body are out of balance – from blood sugar, to gut health, to thyroid function– and inflammation is at the root. A Mind of Your Own offers an achievable, step-by-step 30-day action plan—including powerful dietary interventions, targeted nutrient support, detoxification, sleep, and stress reframing techniques—women can use to heal their bodies, alleviate inflammation, and feel like themselves again without a single prescription.

Move the Body, Heal the Mind : Overcome Anxiety, Depression, and Dementia and Improve Focus, Creativity, and Sleep by Jennifer Heisz

Call# 612.044 Hei

Sharing her paradigm-shifting research, a noted neuroscientist shows how exercise can combat mental health conditions; help fight addictions; improve memory, sleep, and focus; and increase creativity.

The Anxiety Antidote : How Awareness and Action Can Lead to Self-control and Inner Peace by Kamran Bedi

Call# 616.852 Bed

"The Anxiety Antidote makes understanding and dealing with anxiety easy and practical. The book offers tools and techniques that the reader can apply quickly on a daily basis, such as exercises on self-reflection, breath work, mindfulness and visualization. As a practical, "how to" self-help book, the reader will get a deeper understanding of their anxiety from a cognitive and emotional point of view, allowing them to transform their mind and emotions quickly, for the better. Taking into account our modern habits of absorbing information, the book contains "bite-sized" inspiring chapters that link to further in-depth chapters, which take the reader on a motivating journey. With leading Neuro-Linguistic Programmer, Integral Eye Movement Therapy and Transformational Life Coach Kamran Bedi as your guide, gain a deeper awareness of what anxiety is, how it is formed subjectively, the physical symptoms and a set of practical tools that you can use to eradicate anxiety from your life." --Provided by Publisher.

Getting Help : the Complete & Authoritative Guide to Self-assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Problems by Jeffrey C. Wood

Call# 616.89 Woo

Getting Help is a clear and comprehensive guide that will answer all of your questions about mental health conditions, practitioners, and treatments. Equipped with this resource, you’ll be in a powerful position to take control of your own mental health care and the care of the people you love.

Are U Ok? : a Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health by Kati Morton

Call# 362.2 Mor

Everyone struggles with mental health issues from time to time, but the greatest level of misunderstanding comes from knowing the difference between mental health and mental illness, figuring out whether we need professional help and, if so, how to find it. Are u ok? walks readers through the most commonly asked questions about mental health and the process of getting help. From finding the best therapist to navigating harmful and toxic relationships and everything in between, licensed family therapist and YouTube sensation Kati Morton clarifies and de-stigmatizes the struggles so many of us go through, and encourages readers to reach out for help.

Man Kind : Tools for Mental Health, Well-being, and Modernizing Masculinity by Zachary Gerdes

Call# 155.332 Ger

"A counseling psychologist, the author specializes in masculinity studies, specifically the association between masculine identity norms and outcomes in men's health and well-being. He explains the counseling method he developed for improving men's regulation of their thoughts, emotions, and actions"--