During the month of May Mental Health Awareness is highlighted to shine a light on Mental Health

13/05/19 | By Maria Barry
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May is observed as Mental Health Awareness Month in the US, in the UK it spans the week or 13th - 19th. The aim is to highlight the issues around mental health in all its forms. We have a number of books that tackle the issues of mental health and here, I am rounding up 5 such titles from around our lists. The books chosen offer help and support.


There are thousands of books out there to help us combat our inner self-destructive voice... some good, some not so good... if I could go back in time and read only one book on the subject, this is it... Frances Trussell has the answer... trust yourself with this book... and trust Frances... everything you need is here... at your fingertips... and the most amazing thing is... it was there all the time! Let Frances guide you to it! Joe Pasquale, Comedian and Actor.


We all wish to be more mindful, engaged, present – loving the life we are living, but is this possible and how? /You Are Not Your Thoughts; The Secret Magic of Mindfulness/ makes the journey into a mindful way of being a profoundly simple one, both to understand and to access. It is a book for those who want to truly know the power of mindfulness to transform their experience of life.


You Are Not Your Thoughts by Frances Trussell

Frances Trussell has an academic and professional background in broadcast journalism. She has trained to the highest level to become an ‘Advanced Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher’ under the direct tutorage of Zen Master Daizan Roshi. She also holds a .bMiSP Teacher Training qualification through the Mindfulness in Schools Project and is a qualified RTT (Rapid Transformational Therapist), a ‘Marisa Peer Method Therapist’, and qualified Hypnotherapist accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists.



Recovery from eating disorder is a complex process that requires guidance and support. In her introduction to Reclaiming Yourself from Binge Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide to Healing, author Leora Fulvio reveals her own history of self-destructive eating behavior and her inspiration to help those who struggle with binge eating. With a do-it-yourself approach, this book provides practical steps that may help an individual to stop binge eating, increase their emotional awareness, and understand why they binge eat. International Journal of Psychotherapy.

Reclaiming Yourself From Binge Eating uses a new approach to treating binge eating that does not include dieting, deprivation, willpower, or any kind of self-criticism. These easy steps to becoming a normal eater are thought provoking, action oriented and enjoyable. Recovery from the torment of food and negative body image is within reach.

Reclaiming Yourself from Binge Eating by Leora Fulvio

Leora Fulvio, MFT is a licensed Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist practicing in San Francisco. She has been treating people with food and body image issues since 1999.




...this is a practical d.i.y. for those who might be interested in the Mindfulness Based Living Course which is offered by the Mindfulness Association. I know that hundreds of people have done and benefitted from this course so feel confident in suggesting that many more people, including you, will benefit from it. Rob Nairn, author of Diamond Mind: A Psychology of Meditation


Mindfulness is an innate capacity of the mind that can be trained to alleviate stress and low mood, to reduce the power of rumination and self criticism, and to evoke emotional well being and proactivity. The /Mindfulness Based Living Course/ is a practical guide to the development of a mindful approach to living in the modern world. Its distinctive feature is a compassionate approach to mindfulness that is based on many years of experience in the practice and delivery of mindfulness training by two of its leading exponents – the former Buddhist monk Choden and Heather Regan-Addis, both directors of the Mindfulness Association.

Mindfulness Based Living Course by Choden and Heather Regan-Addis

Formally a monk within the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Choden (aka Sean Mc Govern) has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is an honorary fellow of the University of Aberdeen and teaches on their MSc Study Programme in Mindfulness.

Heather Regan-Addis began training in Mindfulness Meditation with Rob Nairn in 2004. She is a co-founder and director of the Mindfulness Association.



This book is remarkable. You have, more effectively than anyone I’ve read before, brought the patients’ experiences to life at the same time you’re teaching about the conditions and ways to cope. I’m not just moved by the patient profiles and stories, but I can feel them; that’s something the manuals completely lack - not just clinical pearls but the experience of the patient on all levels. Most important, this is a book about hope. The entire book is about hope. Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Psychology, Columbia University Medical School


Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt/ conveys hope and resilience for trauma victims. Written by a psychologist with 35 years of clinical experience and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Between compellingly-written scenes of group, individual and family therapy, the cognitive-behavioral science of PTSD and its treatment is explained. The book movingly describes the collaboration between therapist and clients as they strive to get unstuck from trauma-ravaged lives.

Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt by Matt. E. Jaremko and Beth Fehlbaum

Beth Fehlbaum is a survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse, and an award-winning author. Matt Jaremko taught clinical psychology at several universities throughout his career, and ran an independent practice of clinical psychology for over 25 years.





In combining mind-body medicine and psychology, /Holistic Counseling/ offers much-needed practical tools and perspectives for physicians and patients alike, bringing the roots of natural healing to life. With this book, Dr. Moshe would make our founders proud and will make all naturopathic physicians, other health-care practitioners and their patients filled with gratitude as they use his guidance to support getting well, healing, and curing. Dr. Paul Epstein, ND


Holistic Counseling - Introducing "The Vis Dialogue" is about a cutting-edge, revolutionary new process of counseling that helps the practitioner connect the patient’s mind with their body to establish the real root cause of illness and disease. This technique helps to empower the patient to understand how their body is a reflection of their mind and how their illness also reflects that. This counseling technique alone has often been enough to heal incurable and protracted physical diseases without drugs, supplements, or any other form of remedy.

Holistic Counseling - Introducing The Vis Dialogue by Moshe Daniel Block

Dr. Moshe Daniel Block, ND is a leader in mind-body medicine. A Da Vinci of our times, he is a Naturopathic doctor, homeopath, author, inventor, musician and has cured himself of a rare disease.




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