New display case featuring Mental Health Awareness books


May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949. Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. One in every five adults in the United States will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In an effort to bring this issue to light and remove stigma, Mental Health Awareness month seeks to educate the public about mental illness and related issues, in addition to promoting wellness concepts and support.

We have compiled a Bibliography for Mental Health Awareness which features a collection of books related to mental health and wellness related topics.


Memoirs of an addicted brain: a neuroscience examines his former life on drugs

By Lewis Marc

Available online

By giving a personal account of his own experience, Marc Lewis has integrated a study of the earlier portion of his life spent on drugs with his expertise of the subject of addiction. As a neuroscientist he blends his personal experience with proven scientific and medical research. Ultimately, Marc presents a broad description of the addicted brain as a whole, incorporating all varieties of addiction including food, sex, and work. By implementing personal experience and proven research, the book provides in-depth explanation and characterization of the addicted person and their brain.



Implementation of Mental Health Programs in Schools: A Change Agent’s Guide

By Susan G. Forman

DC Call # 371.713 F765i

Research suggests that mental health programs are proven to meet the various needs of children in school. However, school psychologists often face many challenges as they make efforts to gain authority, support, provide effective training, and ensure a structured program with appropriate core values. Susan Forman offers methods to successfully provide mental health services and programs in schools by describing research-based guidance on the most effective approaches for implementation.



Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

By Marya Hornbacher

DC Call # 616.8526 H783W

Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, in 1998 when she was just 23-years old. The book has become a classic, being published in sixteen languages, and taught in various universities all over the world. The memoir tells a story of a young girl who battles with eating disorders, drugs, and death. Hornbacher endured five lengthy hospital stays, therapy, and loss of family, friends, jobs, and the sense of what “normal” is. Despite having quite a few 90s references, Wasted is timeless read that honestly portrays young adult struggles with addiction and mental health issues.


For more in-depth research information on aspects of mental health, check out our Psychology Research Guide! We list recommended library databases, books, web sources and professional associations.

If you or a loved one needs help, reach out to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Rockland County Helpline at (845) 359-8787.


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