21 Best Mental Health Books of All Time

Last Update on September 3, 2020 : Published on May 1, 2020
21 Best Mental Health Books

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Therefore, Calm Sage will be highlighting Mental Health Awareness in May. When it comes to reading books for mental health, there are many books that compel on Mental Health.

Additionally, we all are aware that Mental Health is equally important. Mental Health is structured as an important part of our wellbeing and encompasses parts of psychological health, emotional health, and social awareness.

Therefore, for the circulation of positive energies and the knowledge of human psychology, I have handpicked 21 best mental health books to aware people regarding the sensitive topic. So, let’s get started.

A positive mental health leads us to:

  • Strong inner potential
  • Coping power with adversity and stress
  • Enhancement of self-motivation and productivity

Below mentioned are the best Mental Health Books.

Best Mental Health Books for Increasing Your Well-Being:

1. The True Believer (Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements)

the True Believer

Writer: Eric Hoffer

Release Year: 1951

Rating: 4.77

The True Believer by Eric Hoffer is one of the best mental health books as the book discussed the thoughts on the nature of Mass Movements. The book is picked from the old collection because the writer has included the points of the mortal enemy which is quite important for the people to know and understand when it comes to Mental Health.

2. Reset your Child’s Brain

reset your Child’s Brain

Writer: Victoria L. Dunckley

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 4.66

In the world of increasing children’s anxiety and stress cases, Victoria highlighted how to naturally treat your child from anxiety and stress. The book contains a four- week plan to end the adverse effects of anxiety and stress which makes it the best mental health book.

3. Show Me All Your Scars (True Stories of Living with Mental Illness)

show Me All Your Scars

Writer: Lee Gutkind, Patrick J. Kennedy, Dr. Karen Wolk Feinstein

Release Year: 2016

Rating: 4.65

In the USA, one in four adults is reported with a Mental Health Disorder. Therefore, to spread awareness writers have penned down their personal experiences. The writers have answered basic questions on a lot of mental health disorders which makes it one of the best mental health books.

4. Thank You for Your Service

thank You for Your Service

Writer: David Finkel

Release Year: 2017

Rating: 4.64

Thank you for your services is one of the bestselling books regarding mental health awareness after the Good Soldiers. In the book, Finkel has narrated the true story of men who return from home after wars and tries to reintegrate society and the family.

5. No One Cares About Crazy People (The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America)

no One Cares About Crazy People

Writer: Ron Powers

Release Year: 2017

Rating: 4.64

The book got three tags as of now “Washington Post Notable Book of the Year, People Magazine Best Book of the Year, and Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year” which shows that No One Cares About Crazy People is one of the best mental health books.

6. Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

the Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

Writer: Bandy X. Lee

Release Year: 2017

Rating: 4.64

The book got the tag of “The New York Times Bestseller” and various psychologists and psychiatrists have reviewed this book. The book got all the TRP because it is based on the life of Donald Trump. If you keep interest in politics, read the book as it is one of the best mental health awareness book.

7. Women Who Love Too Much (When You Keep Wishing and Hoping He’ll Change)

women Who Love Too Much

Writer: Robin Norwood

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 4.64

The book is the updated version of Erica Jong’s life-changing classic healing books. The book was given the title of “New York Times Bestseller” that keeps on asking “are you a woman who loves too much.”

8. Separating From Service (The Mental Health Handbook for Transitioning Veterans)

separating From Service

Writer: Eric Burleson

Release Year: 2019

Rating: 4.62

Everyone knows that transitions from a military man to normal life are traumatic. The stress of a different context of working is overwhelming.  The book highlights the traumatic events of military men which affects the mental health of servicemen.

9. The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook (A cognitive-behavioral therapy approach)

the 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook

Writer: Simon Rego, Sarah Fader

Release Year: 2018

Rating: 4.62

In this book, the writer has provided a 1-step depression relief book focused on CBT Exercises. CBT is known to be effective and evidence-based research that takes control of your depression naturally without any medication.

10. Yoga for Healthy Aging (A Guide to Lifelong Well-being)

yoga for Healthy Aging

Writer: Baxter Bell, Nina Zolotow

Release Year: 2017

Rating: 4.61

If you want to learn yoga, Yoga for Healthy Aging by Baxter Bell and Nina Zolotow is one of the best Mental Health books. The book tells us how important yoga is for physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

11. We’ve been too Patient

we’ve been too Patient

Writer:  L.D. Green, Kelechi Ubozoh, Robert Whitaker

Release Year: 2019

Rating: 4.61

The book highlights 25 unwavering stories and essays from the mental health movement such as police brutality, overmedication, involuntary hospitalization, and suicidal thoughts which makes it one of the best mental health books.

12. The Invisible Lion (Flatpack Instructions for Life)

the Invisible Lion

Writer: Benjamin Fry

Release Year: 2019

Rating: 4.61

The writer has narrated that everything you need is inside you. Life does not come with instructions, and you have to solve your problems on your own. Basically, The Invisible Lion is kind of a self-help book.

13. The PTSD Workbook

the PTSD Workbook

Writer: Mary Beth Williams, Soili Poijula

Release Year: 2016

Rating: 4.61

The writers have included various effective tools to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The book is for everyone who is suffering from PTSD such as a victim of domestic violence or sexual violence, or a veteran from a war.

14. Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety

creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety

Writer: Liana Lowenstein

Release Year: 2016

Rating:  4.61

The book focuses on Innovative Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to support children with anxiety disorders and symptoms. The writer has included various games, stories, arts, and other creative activities. Indeed, the book is an invaluable resource for parents or practitioners.

15. Abnormal Psychology and Life

abnormal Psychology and Life

Writer: Chris Kearney, Timothy J. Trull

Release Year: 2017

Rating: 4.61

Abnormal Psychology and Life includes the concise, science-based, contemporary view of psychopathology, which focuses on individuals. The abnormal behavior of patients in the book is viewed as a continuum, which makes it one of the best mindfulness books.

16. The Journey of the Heroic Parent

The Journey of the Heroic Parent

Writer: Brad M. Reddy

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 4.61

It is harrowingly painful for parents to see their kids suffering. Therefore, the writer focused on the struggle of the parents who are managing their kids from the disorder. The book makes the relationship healthy with the struggling kid. If you’re also experiencing the same, do read the book it is one of the best mental health books for children and parents.

17. Procrastination


Writer: Jonathan Wilkens

Release Year: 2017

Rating: 4.6

Procrastination is defined as something which we all have to deal with throughout life. When the procrastination becomes chronic, it eats the person within. Therefore, the writer in this book tried to self-help people from chronic procrastination.

18. Insane Consequences

insane Consequences

Writer: DJ Jaffe

Release Year: 2017

Rating: 4.6

Insane consequences by DJ Jaffe is a well-researched book with a controversial explanation for the people who experience anxiety and stress in their everyday life. Insane consequences are one of the highly reviewed and best mental health books.

19. Connecting Paradigms

connecting Paradigms

Writer: Matthew S Bennett

Release Year: 2017

Rating: 4.6

Connecting Paradigms by Matthew S Benett provides an innovative approach to help people who are struggling with PTSD. Connecting Paradigm provides the knowledge of challenging and transformed thinking over the years.

20. Essential Skills in Family Therapy

essential Skills in Family Therapy

Writer: JoEllen Patterson, Lee Williams, Todd M. Edwards, Larry Chamow

Release Year: 2018

Rating: 4.6

In this book, the authors have flexibly drawn multiple techniques and theories for conducting comprehensive assessments, effective interventions, and collaborative treatment plans for family therapy sessions. The book was released in 2018 but it is still one of the famous and best mental health books.

21. Mind Matters

mind Matters

Writer:  LLC, Global Health Psychiatry

Release Year: 2018

Rating: 4.6

Last but not the least; Mind Matters is a useful resource for families and individuals who are affected by mental disorders. The writers of Mind Matters focused on Black communities specifically which talks about the cultural differences and issues faced by the communities.

These were the top 21 best mental health books for everyone. The above-listed mindfulness books were handpicked from all the categories.

I hope the blog is informative and helpful to select the best mental health book for you. Comment down and let us know about your favorite mental health book.

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About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content creator at Calm Sage. By education, she is a food technologist and nutritionist in making. Her constant interest towards the improvement of mental health drawn her to write. She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you". Apart from this, she is a foodie and dog lover.


  1. ปั้มไลค์

    Like!! Thank you for publishing this awesome article.

    1. Aayushi Kapoor

      Thank you so much! Keep reading. :)

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