Mad Monday

Read for Mental Health Week

This year, Mental Health Week is October 2 – 10. It’s held every year to coincide with World Mental Health Day on the 10th, aiming to promote mental health awareness and recovery, as well as reducing the stigma attached to mental illness.

For the past two years, I’ve been running Read For Mental Health Week, which aims to encourage awareness of mental health and social issues through reading and blogging. It’s a cause that I’m very passionate about and it’s an especially important year for me personally.

I would love for it to be bigger than ever this year so here’s how you can help:

  • Read a book about mental health. This can be any kind of book (fiction or non-fiction) that deals with some kind of mental illness or social issue, including re-reads. I’ve included some examples above but be aware that it’s just to give you an idea. I’ve not read all of them myself and there’s a lot more books out there. You can read anything you want, whether it’s a YA novel or a memoir, whether it deals with depression or eating disorders or bullying, etc. There are lists on Goodreads HERE and also check out my mental health tag for ideas
  • Post about mental health books. Recommend books, start discussions, share your favourites. Use the tag #ReadForMentalHealthWeek
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, share your personal experiences with mental health and recovery
  • If possible, reblog this post and spread the word of Read For Mental Health Week, whether you are participating or not
  • Remember to take care of yourself and your loved ones, and try to take some time during this week especially to take a deep breath, relax and do something that makes you happy

Last year I created a side blog for RFMHW but this year, I’m going back to posting here. I will be posting as normal throughout the week, but I will also be posting things related to the week and reblogging your posts that I find in the tag. If you need anything tagged beyond what tags I use, please let me know.

If you feel uncomfortable participating (it might be too triggering or close to home) then that is perfectly fine. Do whatever you feel comfortable with.

I’ll be posting more about this in the upcoming weeks. You can also find wonderful mental health-related posts on thereadachine‘s blog, including recommendations and discussions.

Thank you for reading and spreading the word!



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