Top 5 Mental Health Novels

Novels are more than just comfort. They have been used by many as a form of therapeutic relief. Research shows that reading has the power to alter the brain and create different patterns within it. Reading paves the way to learn new skills and acquire new information. 

Reading mental health novels can help people feel seen and less alone. They show mental health through different perspectives and stories. They can help aid mental health problems by providing different insights, information, and stories of others who have faced similar issues.

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Here is a list of the top five influential mental health novels that cover varied topics:

1. The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

It’s neither a self-help novel nor a memoir. It’s a collection of random little messages that are meant to provide you with a sense of comfort. The comfort book has everything from comfort food and books to inspirational stories and more. 

This book is a subtle reminder that whatever is going on shall pass. Haig conveys a simple message that the tiniest amount of hope is important. Short and simply written, Comfort Book is the novel you can keep returning to on your hard days.

2. How To Grow Through What You Go Through by Jodie Cariss and Chance Marshall

How To Grow Through What You Go Through book by Jodie Cariss and Chance Marshall

Written by the co-founders of modern therapy Service Self Space, this book explores the idea of everyday mental health. It aids in understanding what looking after mental health on a regular basis means.

This book can be your one-stop solution to finding tangible advice to apply to your daily routine. It not only defines various mental health terms but also guides in dealing with common mental well-being issues like breakups, change, and sadness.

3. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

The writer Lori Gottlieb is a clinical therapist. However, certain life events make her end up on the opposite side of the therapist’s couch. So along with the qualifications of a doctor, she has the experience of being a patient. That way, she provides a refreshing perspective on therapy.

In this witty and earnest story of self-realization, Lorri talks about the impact of the lies people tell themselves daily. “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” will inspire one to reach out and talk to people about their issues.

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4. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagosaki and Amelia Nagosaki

 Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Sisters Emily Nagosaki and Amelia Nagosaki started on a mission to help people with burnout by helping people understand the concept of the biological stress cycle. 

The book defines burnout as emotional exhaustion and a decreased sense of accomplishment. It aids people in overcoming the cycle of stress through helpful worksheets and thorough research.

5. You Are Not a Rock by Mark Freeman

You Are Not a Rock by Mark Freeman

“You Are Not a Rock” is a reminder that humans are not invincible. Despite trying the hardest, getting caught up in the cycle of stress and anxiety is not a battle lost.

In this helpful book, Mark Freeman talks about trying to accept your emotions. The energy wasted in hiding and neglecting them can actually be put into building emotional fitness. With his wit and compassion, Mark will leave a lasting impression on how you think about mental health issues.


Mental Health issues have existed for as long as human life has. 

In today’s fast-paced world, taking a step back and reflecting on your mental health is important. And that is where the list of these incredible mental health novels comes in. Let us know which of these books you liked. Drop in the comment section with your favorite mental health novel recommendations as well. To learn more about mental health subscribe to,

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