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Why we're not shelving Mental Health Week

21ST MAY 2019


Mental health has become more than just a wellness hot topic in recent years, as significant campaigns and movements have helped it become a mainstream discussion. While one week a year alone isn't enough to acknowledge the impact it has on people's lives, we're thankful to take part in any effort to help shine a light on the subject.

This Mental Health Week, we launched a small initiative to help our Engineers have access to as many resources as possible - including starting a mental health library. Sharing perspectives and experiences from across the world, our selection covers a range of coping mechanisms and stories.

Here are a just few of the mental health advocates we were talking about...

Dealing directly with her experiences of depression and anxiety, Furiously Happy is the second of Jenny Lawson's hilarious insights into her experience with mental illness. We love Lawson's hilarious (and moving) takes on dealing with what life throws at you - in this case, forcing herself to be happy out of spite. Her attitude propelled her to go on unusual adventures to build happy memories - including travelling to Australia to hug a koala while wearing a koala suit - while still facing real physical and mental challenges.

We've shared copies of Reasons To Stay Alive and Notes On A Nervous Planet - two renowned books that deal with anxiety, depression, and ways to live in a society that fosters unhappiness. Both are brilliant insights into rediscovering happiness and humanity.

An adored illustrator, Gemma has a huge following thanks to her simple but insightful take on anxiety and mental health (as well as a love of pugs). The Worrier's Guide To Life is a collection of her trademark comics reminding us that while life is tough and we can't help but worry, things could always be worse.

A relatable, honest guide on dealing with mental illness, How To Come Alive Again is Beth McColl's manifesto for defeating your mental monsters. Known for her advice columns on Dazed, McColl uses her unique voice to help comfort you and grow. 

Chances are, you've already heard of the recent hit Everything I Know About Love - but Dolly Alderton's frank and touching account of her experiences with love and loss is a must-read for anyone. We particularly love her realistic experience with (reluctantly) embracing therapy and the importance of creating a support network of friends.

Here's the full list of titles we've added to our Mental Health Library - let us know what you think and if you have any recommendations of your own.

Reasons to Stay Alive / Notes on a Nervous Planet - Matt Haig
The Worrier’s Guide to Life - Gemma Correll
Sane New World / A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled - Ruby Wax
I Had a Black Dog /  Quiet the Mind / Living with a Black Dog - Matthew Johnstone 
Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson
Hyperbole And A Half - Allie Brosh
(Don’t) Call Me Crazy - Kelly Jensen
It’s All Absolutely Fine - Ruby Elliot
The Little Book of Mindfulness - Patrizia Collard
How to Come Alive Again - Beth McColl
Everything I Know About Love - Dolly Alderton
Solve For Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy - Mo Gawdat
Comfort Zones: women writers tackling unfamiliar ground in aid of Women for Women International - Jigsaw