Depression Awareness Month, a Reader’s Advisory from O’Fallon Public Library

Even though Depression Awareness Month is almost over, mental health issues and disorders have no season. Please share these curated book lists and resources about depression with anyone in your life who may need them.

And don’t forget to practice your own self care. It’s like the oxygen masks on airplanes- you can be the most helpful to others by putting on your own mask first.

Depression Awareness Resources

National Institute of Mental Health: Everyone feels sad or low sometimes, but these feelings usually pass with a little time. Depression is different. Learn the different types of depression, signs and symptoms, how it is diagnosed, treatment options, and how to find help.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

WebMD: Experts from WebMD give tips for coping with depression and feeling your best.

Depression Awareness Book Lists

Very Well Mind: The 11 Best Books for Depression of 2021, According to a Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Healthline: 12 Books That Shine a Light on Depression in 2021

Mark Manson: “I’ve read a lot of books about anxiety and depression over the years and these are some of the best ones I’ve come across. They’re way more qualified than I am to help you through whatever suckage you’re experiencing.”

Best Counseling Degrees: 30 Best self-improvement books for those battling depression

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