30 top books on mental health and mental illness that can serve as valuable references for individuals who are seeking understanding, support, and insights into their own mental well-being:

  1. “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression” by Andrew Solomon
  2. “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath
  3. “An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness” by Kay Redfield Jamison
  4. “The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living” by Russ Harris
  5. “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions” by Johann Hari
  6. “Reasons to Stay Alive” by Matt Haig
  7. “My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind” by Scott Stossel
  8. “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain
  9. “First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety” by Sarah Wilson
  10. “The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook” by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley
  11. “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times” by Pema Chödrön
  12. “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel van der Kolk
  13. “The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time” by Alex Korb
  14. “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness” by Elyn R. Saks
  15. “Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness” by Cynthia Li, M.D.
  16. “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” by David D. Burns
  17. “The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness” by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn
  18. “You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life” by Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding
  19. “Madness: A Bipolar Life” by Marya Hornbacher
  20. “The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma” by Annie G. Rogers
  21. “The Dance of Connection: How to Talk to Someone When You’re Mad, Hurt, Scared, Frustrated, Insulted, Betrayed, or Desperate” by Harriet Lerner
  22. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl
  23. “The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients” by Irvin D. Yalom
  24. “Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work” by David D. Burns
  25. “Notes on a Nervous Planet” by Matt Haig
  26. “The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook” by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, and Matthew McKay
  27. “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green
  28. “Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love” by Zack McDermott
  29. “The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays” by Esmé Weijun Wang
  30. “Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect” by Jonice Webb