Be Kind to Your Mind: The Big Libby eBook Edition!

This blog post is by Hilary T., Dusenberry-River Library, and one of the co-founding members of the Synapse Team.

Hello, sweet friends!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so there’s no better time to check in with your mental health. Some of maintaining good mental health is being informed about mental health issues. With this in mind, the Synapse Team has compiled a list of eBooks available on the Libby eBook app.  This list covers NAMI's (National Alliance on Mental Illness) top listed mental illnesses in the United States. This list also includes books on self-compassion, self-care, trauma, and grief. Additionally, this list shines a light on books that address the mental health of specific communities. Please take a look to see if you can find something that will help you. You may access it in a way that is discreet and fast on the Libby app on your phone or tablet. If you find there is a line and you need a book on a certain topic right away, consider going through this list Be Kind to Your Mind: The Hoopla Edition as all titles are available for immediate borrow from Hoopla.

As always, if you need any help taking care of yourself, please know that you are not alone. We all need help sometimes. Contact the crisis text line by texting HOME to 741741 or call the National Suicide Hotline at 9-8-8. Remember, there’s always someone who wants to help you get through a difficult time. We love you, dear reader! Please stay.

With wishes for your best health,

Hilary on behalf of the Synapse Team

Please note: This list contains content and/or library materials that cover mental health and wellness topics, some of which could be triggering. We are not medical professionals, so please always seek the advice or care from a mental health or health care professional to find out how this topic may or may not apply to your unique situation or overall health.

A general guide to mental health

You Are Not Alone

We selected this book because it is a good general introduction to mental illness and it covers a broad range of topics. This is your go to book if you need general help or a general introduction to a variety of mental health topics. It also has a lot of resources to support you in getting the help you need.

Books that address the mental health needs of specific communities


Permission to Come Home

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

Books that help dealing with depression

The Mindful Way through Depression

The Noonday Demon

Furiously Happy

The Upward Spiral

A book that helps deal with depression and anxiety (and a lot of other things)

A Liberated Mind

Books that help address anxiety

Unwinding Anxiety

How to Be Yourself

A book that can support people who are grieving

On Grief and Grieving

Books to help people experiencing trauma

The Body Keeps the Score

What Happened to You?

It Didn't Start with You

No Bad Parts

My Grandmother's Hands

Books that address self-care and self-compassion

Radical Compassion


Books on bipolar disorder

Bipolar Disorder

The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide

An Unquiet Mind

Books on borderline personality disorder

I Hate You—Don't Leave Me

The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living with BPD

The Way She Feels

A book on obsessive compulsive disorder / obsessive thinking

Brain Lock


If you can’t find what you are looking for on this list, you can always come to the library to find a print copy! Feel free to browse our Pima County Public Library Catalog  or call us! We are here to help you. It’s why we do what we do! You can count on us.

Get help

  • Ready to connect with a mental health professional? Visit the You Are Not Alone, Pima County Health Department to be connected with COPE Community Services.
  • In a crisis? Text HOME to 741741. Need further support? Call (520) 622-6000 to be connected to the Crisis Response Network.
  • Suicide Hotline: dial 988 to be connected immediately to someone who can provide free, confidential support 24/7.
  • The Trevor Project provides 24/7 support to the LGBTQIA+ community. Call 1-866-488-7386 or text “Start” to 678-678 to be connected to a counselor.