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Mental Health Awareness: Wednesday Reads

Now more than ever, we need to find ways to stay connected with our community. No one should feel alone or without the information, support, and help they need.

Each Wednesday during the month of May, I will highlight a book that is available for check out at the library. Thanks to a generous donation, we were able to add 8 new titles that feature mental health.

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person by Anna Mehler Paperny.

The following excerpt is from the book cover. You can click this link to find this title in our online catalog.

Depression is a havoc-wreaking illness that masquerades as personal failing and hijacks the lives of approximately seventeen million adults in the US in any given year. After a major suicide attempt in her early twenties, award-winning journalist Anna Mehler Paperny resolved to put her reporter’s skills to use to get to know her enemy, setting off on a journey to understand her condition, the dizzying array of medical treatments on offer, and a medical profession in search of answers.

With courageous honesty and uncommon eloquence, she maps competing schools of therapy, pharmacology, cutting-edge medicine, the pill-popping pitfalls of long-term treatment, the glaring unknowns, and the institutional shortcomings that both patients and practitioners are up against. She interviews leading medical experts across the US and Canada, from psychiatrists to neurologists, brain-mapping pioneers to family practitioners, and others dabbling in strange hypotheses — and shares compassionate conversations with fellow sufferers.

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me tracks Anna’s quest for knowledge and her desire to get well. Impeccably reported, it is a profoundly compelling story about the human spirit and the myriad ways we treat (and fail to treat) the disease that accounts for more years swallowed up by disability than any others in the world.

About the author:

Anna Mehler Paperny is a Toronto-based reporter for Reuters. She was previously a staff reporter at The Globe and Mail and a reporter-editor for Global News. Her work on Canadian prison deaths won the RTDNA Dan McArthur Award for investigative journalism.

Here are a few other titles that are part of our mental health collection and available for check out.

  • Helping Others With Depression – Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH
  • Whispers: The Voices of Paranoia – Ronald K. Siegel
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Lori Gottlieb

Stay happy, healthy, and safe! ~Sally~


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