Friday, May 9, 2014

Mental-Health Awareness Month Sign-Ups

MHAM

Two lovely ladies - Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts & Ula @ Blog of Erised are getting together to host Mental Health Awareness Month for the month of June.  What this involves really comes down to spreading awareness about mental health issues by sensitizing ourselves to issues that affects many people in their day-to-day lives.  As book-bloggers, we'll be reading books that deal with a vast number of mental health issues, from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive behavior, social-anxiety...etc. and reviewing/discussing said books.  There will also be discussion posts, interviews and more!

I have a few books that I own lined up to review on the blog but since I'm currently on a pre-BEA book buying ban, my choices are a bit limited.  You guys know I tend to go more for fantasy books and less contemporaries with real-life issues. >.< I'm thinking definitely Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (finally!!) and possibly this would be a good time to read The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. Someone also recommended Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi...though I'm not sure that has exactly the right fit?  If you've read it please let me know your thoughts!  Sadly that might be all the books I own that fit the bill but if anyone has any suggestions - preferably of the fantasy persuasion, since that's basically all I own - I'd love to hear them!  If anyone is suuuper bored and wants to go through my list of books I own on Goodreads and offer up some input ;-)  then by all means click here and let me know!

Anyways, despite the fact that I didn't have that many books on the subject, and despite the fact that MHAM took place in May over here, I still really wanted to participate because it's an issue that's very close to my heart.  Also, since my real life job is in the natural health industry and the fact I have a blog in that field as well, I'll be linking up over there too with discussion posts and whatnot.  Stay tuned ;-)

6 comments:

  1. Have you read the Lumatere books by Melina Marchetta? It touches on mental health and they've been pub'd in the USA so you could find them at your library, hopefully!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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    1. I do believe that series might be on my reading list already but I'll have to double check on that. Thanks for the suggestion Mands xx

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  2. Oh awesome! This is so great to hear that you will be touching on books related to mental health issues in June. Like you, I don't read a ton of contemporary issue books. But I LOVED Fangirl like the dickens!! Sooo great and it definitely had some discussion topics for mental health awareness. And as for non-contemporary books dealing with mental health issues, I really don't know! I certainly can't think of any that I've read. I know that author Jackie Kessler has written a series of non-contemp books (Hunger, Rage, Loss, Breath) that deal with those types of issues and they're super short too so that might be a good direction to go in.

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    1. Yeah I figure this is the perfect opportunity for me to FINALLY read Fangirl - I've owned it for over a year now but since I don't read many contemporaries it's been sitting on my shelf...I think I'll love it though so I'm excited :D Oooh, I'll have to check out Jackie Kessler than, thanks Aylee xx

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  3. The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle. I know it's a spiritual style book but I've talked to people who use it for depression, anxiety and 12 step programs. Everyone benefits from this book. I'm a nurse and I recommend it all the time; like for families of dying loved ones (grief), cancer patients, etc. It just fits. I guarantee you'll love it.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Pamela but I've actually already read that one way back when it first came out!

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