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Our #WorldBookDay positive mental wellbeing reads

Posted on 13, March 2020

Last week on Thursday 5 March it was #WorldBookDay and we asked people to share books that had a positive effect on their mental wellbeing. That could have been because of it’s portrayal of mental health, it’s importance to the person in terms of their own experiences or just because they thought it was a great read! We asked them to let us know the title, why it had a positive impact for them, their favourite thing about it and why they’d recommend it.

We had a series of responses and wanted to share those in one place for people to see:

Anna Riviello – Project Manager – Kirtling House Together

As a service we often encourage the people who live here to read Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. This has played a really positive part in some people’s recovery journey in prompting hope and motivation to overcome difficult periods. A firm reminder that they are not alone in their struggles.

Becca – @Ladyhartee on Twitter

Reasons To Stay Alive by @matthaig1 reading (listening) to this normalised many feelings i have had throught my life. It gave me hope, it made me cry, it allowed me to be kinder to myself. Its honesty is what is needed in this judgemental world



Jackie Hardy – Peer Support Involvement Worker, Together for Mental Wellbeing

‘Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway’ by Susan Jeffers.

This booked really helped me during bad times with anxiety and I still use it now and share with peers or service users.





Meghana – @MeghanaV20 on Twitter

Spirit of Himalaya: The Story of a Truth Seeker by Swami Amar Jyoti. I had read this book during my darkest phase. It was a great help to come out of the profound sadness that I was going through. I had some blissful experiences while reading this book that I cannot just pen it down in words. This meaningful little book, I recommend to you all.





Martin Fewster – Senior Communications Officer, Together

My WorldBookDay positive mental wellbeing book is Joseph Heller’s Catch 22. I read it when I was younger and while it’s themes are tragic, it shows the strain of war on people’s mental health in a farcical & very funny way. It was also a lesson for me to stick with a book as initially I couldn’t work out what was going on and it only started making sense halfway through when the characters started to repeat in chapters.





 Sarah Jackson – Your Way Worker, Berkshire West Your Way, Together

I would like to share two books that I enjoyed and that were good for my mental wellbeing in the sense that they touched me deeply which was cathartic. Mitch Albom’s ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’ which made me cry in parts and Jean-Dominique Bauby’s ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ which was incredibly moving and beautifully written. I would love to read that book again to see how I feel about it second time around!


Charlotte Jones, Finance & HR Administrator, Together

There is a book by Vex King called Good Vibes Good Life.

It is such an amazing book and really helps you to have a positive outlook even on a bad day!





Esther Esteem – @esther_esteem on Twitter

‘Amor Fati’! Irvin Yalom’s ‘When Nietzsche Wept’. The message in this book had such impact on me personally. The idea that you should live your life in such a way you would be happy to repeat it over & over & over….







Maria D’Aloia – Norfolk Integrated Housing & Community Support Service, Together

Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’, a wonderful tale of a young shepherd boy who doesn’t allow life’s pitfalls to stop him from following his dream. The end is quite poetic because although he fulfils his dream it isn’t quite as he interpreted it!






Charlotte Bowyer – Your Way Worker, Berkshire West Your Way, Together

My book submission is Depression, the way out of your prison by Dorothy Rowe, the way the Author talks about depression was a breath of fresh air to me an gave me an entirely new perspective on my experience, I also appreciated the Author’s Wry, dry, Australian sense of humour!






Chris Cooper – Acting Operational and Development Manager, Together

I love reading! My favourite book is the ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ by Alexandre Dumas. I read this book every year as it is amazing, inspires me and makes me happy. I read a lot anyway but this is far and away the book that makes me feel there is justice in the world and QPR can one day win the league.





Paul Richardson – Community Link Worker, Forensic Mental Health Practitioner Service, Together

I’m currently reading Louis Theroux ‘Gotta get Theroux This’. It’s all about his life in television and how it tried and failed a lot in the early years. It’s a lot about perseverance and not giving up on something you really want. It also talks a lot about his anxiety in general as a kid growing up and how he still struggles with it today. He has always been a bit of an underdog story which is why I have liked him for so long.




Petrina Fitzpatrick – Together

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
The Compassionate Mind Workbook by by Chris Irons and Dr Elaine Beaumont
The Dance of Anger by The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner

These are all very helpful books and all recommended by psychotherapists.