You can find hundreds of books, magazines and movies on mental health, mindfulness and self-help in our collection. Explore everything from gentle reads on meditation to more clinical titles relating to specific conditions. There are also many insightful memoirs written by authors who have lived through their own mental health challenges, you can find some of these in our Memoirs of Mental Illness booklist.

If you need immediate mental health support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can speak to your general practitioner (doctor) about further support.

You can also speak to our library staff who can help you to select books to suit your own personal needs, search our catalogue for Subject: e.g. Anxiety, or find books using the following Dewey numbers in the non-fiction collection:

  • Addiction: 362.29, 616.86
  • Anxiety: 152.46, 158.1, 616.8522
  • Bipolar: 616.895
  • Depression: 616.8527
  • Mental illness: 616.86
  • Personality disorders: 616.85854

Mental health and mindfulness recommended reads

Don't just sit there, do nothing : healing, chilling, and living with the Tao Te Ching by Jessie Asya Kanzer

Life in L plates: mental wellness, one day at a time by Kayla Bauer

Recovery: freedom from our addictions* by Russell Brand

The happy brain: the science of where happiness comes from, and why by Dean Burnett

Portrait of an addict as a young man and Ninety days by Bill Clegg

Changing minds: the go-to-guide to mental health for family and friends by Mark Cross

Unparalleled sorrow: finding my way back from depression by Barry Dickins

Mental: everything you never knew you needed to know about mental health by Dr. Steve Ellen and Catherine Deveny

The brain that changes itself* by Norman Doidge

From hurt to hope: stories of mental health, mental illness and being autistic ed, Mair Elliot

Craft your own happy: a collection of 25 creative projects to craft your way to mindfulness by Becci Mai Ford

Back, after the break* by Osher Gunsberg

Notes on a nervous planet* by Matt Haig

Lost connections: uncovering the real causes in depression – and the unexpected solutions* by Johann Hari

The happiness trap: stop struggling, start living by Russ Harris

Rest + calm: gentle yoga and mindful practices to nurture and restore yourself by Paula Hines

Not waving, drowning: mental health and vulnerability in Australia by Sarah Krasnostein

Furiously funny: (a funny book about horrible things) by Jenny Lawson

Cleaning up your mental mess: 5 simple, scientifically proven steps to reduce anxiety, stress, and toxic thinking by Dr. Caroline Leaf

The neuroscientist who lost her mind: a memoir of madness and recovery by Barbara K Lipska

Dopesick: dealers, doctors and the drug company that addicted America by Beth Macy

Smiling mind: mindfulness made easy by Jane Martino and James Tutton

A beautiful mindby Sylvia Nasar

Second innings: on men, mental health and cricket by Barry Nicholls

On edge: a journey through anxiety by Andrea Petersen

The sober diaries: how one woman stopped drinking and started living by Claire Pooley

The neuroscience of mindfulness by Stan Rodsk

Mental health in the vital city by Nikolas S. Rose

The man who mistook his wife for a hat* by Oliver Sacks

The anxiety healer’s guide by Alison Seponara

Beautiful boy: a father’s journey through his son’s meth addiction by David Sheff

The extraordinary gift of being ordinary: finding happiness right where you are by Dr. Ronald D. Siegel

The noonday demon: an anatomy of depression by Andrew Solomon

Happy never after: why the happiness fairytale is driving us mad by Jill Stark

My age of anxiety: fear, hope, dread and the search for peace of mind by Scott Stossel

Woman of substances: a journey into addiction and treatment by Jenny Valentish

First, we make the beast beautiful: a new story about anxiety by Sarah Wilson

Heal your inner wounds: how to transform deep emotional pain into freedom and joy by Abby Wynne

Mental health and mindfulness magazines on Libby by Overdrive

Mental health and mindfulness films on Kanopy


Mental health and mindfulness films on Beamafilm


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More recommended reading

Want more reading suggestions? You can always speak to our library staff, who will help you find new authors based on your preferences. Come into the library or call us to find your next favourite read.

You can also visit our Booklists page for more reading recommendations, or our Book Groups page for everything you need for book groups.