Matt Clifton is here today to recommend books to help you through mental health issues!
1) The first book which I would like to share with you, is my own book- ‘Teenage Depression Versus Me’. My book is available to be pre-ordered from Britain’s Next Bestseller.
My book shares with you, my journey of depression, anxiety and OCD since the young age of 14 years and the failed understanding of my friends and secondary school. I understand that nowadays, many more teenagers are becoming increased to getting depression and the cutbacks are making it ever so much harder to access counselling, so my book was edited and hopefully published with your support. I do not want others to feel alone or not understood, like I felt and my book shares the positives and negatives of my Mental Health, as well as what it was like to live with and the stigma I endured, which was not fair or nice. I also discuss the bullying I received and the attempts of suicide, my life was not easy feeling low constantly, but knowing I help others through my website and hopefully, book, has made it feel easier to live with as I feel helping others with Mental Health feel understood and valued, is of a vital importance.
2) The second book which I believe from my own experience of Mental Health, that really does help open a person’s eyes into seeing the challenge Mental Health brings to a life is: ‘I Had a Black Dog’ by Matthew Johnstone, this book is full of true-feelings and Matthew has depression himself.
I Had a Black Dog shares experiences of Depression and gives accurate, true-life feelings and reactions on how having depression can change a person, I really would recommend this book because the text is so honest and the illustration is very mind-taking. What this book also shows, is that you can find hope in living with depression. Those who have depression, like myself are tired of hearing people tell us “get over it”, they have no clue how hard we may want to “get over it”, yet we cannot always do it that easily, yet ‘I Had a Black Dog understands this and supports sufferers through understanding. You can purchase this eye-opening book here.
3) The third book I would suggest is worth a read is: The A-Z Guide to Good Mental Health, You Don’t Have to Be Famous to Have Manic Depression. This book certainly does not hold back in what it shares.
Maybe you’re afraid to ask certain questions about Mental Health or don’t know what to say to somebody suffering from Mental Health? Or perhaps, you’re seeking to find some comfort in knowing you’ll be ‘alright’ with your journey with Mental Health, well this book answers all of that and much, much more! Mental Health sufferers can sometimes deny they have the condition, because they do not want to accept it, they automatically think ‘mental’ as in mad and this is how I was perceived when I told some ‘friends’ at first, the stigma was horrible, but denial is addressed in this book, as are: the symptoms of Mental Health, relationships, self-esteem, suicide, creativity, alcoholism as well as addiction. I strongly suggest this book if you cannot get to terms with Mental Health, you may find it relatable and helpful. You can purchase this here.
Those are just three examples of a good read I can suggest to you. I know my own book inside out obviously and can tell you, that without a doubt I am honest and share my journey along with my feelings and emotions, you may be able to relate to this and I have provided a recap on certain event which triggered ‘lower’ days in my teenage life, again this might help to build coping strategies. So whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD or any other Mental Health condition, remember that there are always people around to help you, although you may feel alone, remember you are not! Find comfort in reading and talking, I’ve built the support website mentioned in the first book to help others and talking about Mental Health does help, trust me!
Blog by: Matt Clifton @mattcliffy25 –Author of Teenage Depression Versus Me
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