Books for Mental Health support for Students

By Colleen Rowe | March 21 2022 | Psychology

While students deal with the normal stress of college, the pandemic has introduced another level of distress and obstacles for them to take on. Senior college administrators have made assisting students in maintaining their mental health their number one priority. University Business recently reported about students from Connecticut College who shared their own experiences of struggling during this unparalleled moment at a session at the AAC&U conference. Students discussed how they were offered supports that helped them personally, centering their conversation around five themes. Included among these themes is how students must understand how learning works and how emotions can impact it. You can read the full article here.

Penguin Random House publishes a number of titles dealing with mental health, emotional wellness, learning, and resiliency which can aid both students and educators dealing with this growing issue.

 

Seek You

Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction

In Seek You, Kristen Radtke discusses a silent epidemic in America: loneliness. She masterfully shines a light on some of our most vulnerable and sublime moments, and asks how we might keep the spaces between us from splitting entirely.

 

Atlas of the Heart

In Atlas of the Heart, Brené Brown maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human.

 

Social Chemistry

In Social Chemistry, Yale professor Marissa King shows how anyone can build more meaningful and productive relationships based on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and network analytics.

 

The Lonely Century

Combining a decade of research with firsthand reporting, Noreena Hertz discusses loneliness and offers bold solutions ranging from compassionate AI to innovative models for urban living to new ways of reinvigorating our neighborhoods and reconciling our differences.

 

Emotional

Journeying from the labs of pioneering scientists to real-world scenarios that have flirted with disaster, Leonard Mlodinow explores the new science of feelings and offers an essential guide to making the most of one of nature’s greatest gifts.

 

Warmth

In a fiercely personal account written from inside the climate movement, Daniel Sherrell lays bare how the climate change crisis is transforming our relationships to time, to hope, and to each other.

 

Connect

Connect is a transformative guide to building more fulfilling relationships with colleagues, friends, partners, and family, based on the landmark Interpersonal Dynamics (“Touchy-Feely”) course at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

 

Unwinding Anxiety 

Distilling more than 20 years of research and hands-on work with thousands of patients, Dr. Judson Brewer gives a step-by-step plan  clinically proven to break the cycle of worry and fear that drives anxiety and addictive habits.

 

My Age of Anxiety

Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 

Drawing on his own battle with anxiety, Scott Stossel presents a revelatory account of a condition that affects some 40 million Americans. Stossel offers an intimate and authoritative history of efforts by scientists, philosophers, and writers to understand anxiety. 

 

The War for Kindness

In this groundbreaking book, Jamil Zaki shares cutting-edge research, including experiments from his own lab, showing that empathy is not a fixed trait but rather a skill that can be strengthened through effort. He also tells the stories of people who embody this new perspective, fighting for kindness in the most difficult of circumstances. 

 

Anxious

In Anxious, Joseph LeDoux, whose NYU lab has been at the forefront of research efforts to understand and treat fear and anxiety, explains the range of anxiety disorders, their origins, and discoveries that can restore sufferers to normalcy.

 

The Shame Machine

Cathy O’Neil explores the machinery behind shame, showing how governments, corporations, and the healthcare system capitalize on it and dissecting the relationship between shame and power. 

 

The Upside of Stress

Drawing from groundbreaking research, psychologist and award-winning teacher Kelly McGonigal, PhD, offers a surprising new view of stress, showing how to cultivate a mindset that embraces stress, and activate the brain’s natural ability to learn from challenging experiences.

 

The Body Keeps the Score

Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

 

Grasp

Grasp explores the history of modern education, tracing the way in which traditional classroom methods became the norm and equips readers with practical tools for absorbing and retaining information across a lifetime of learning.

 

Notes on a Nervous Planet

Notes on a Nervous Planet collects Matt Haig’s observations that examine everything from broader phenomena like inequality, social media, and the news; to things closer to our daily lives, like how we sleep, how we exercise, and even the distinction we draw between our minds and our bodies.

 

A User’s Guide to the Brain

 In A User’s Guide to the Brain, Harvard professor John Ratey not only lucidly explains the intricacies of the brain and its functions, but he also paves the way for a profoundly better understanding of ourselves and our world.

 


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Seek You
A Journey Through American Loneliness
978-1-5247-4806-7
There is a silent epidemic in America: loneliness. Shameful to talk about and often misunderstood, loneliness is everywhere, from the most major of metropolises to the smallest of towns.
$30.00 US
Jul 13, 2021
Hardcover
352 Pages
Pantheon

Atlas of the Heart
Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience
978-0-399-59255-3
In her latest book, five-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown, writes, “If we want to find the way back to ourselves and each other, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories, and to be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection.”
$30.00 US
Nov 30, 2021
Hardcover
336 Pages
Random House

The Lonely Century
How to Restore Human Connection in a World That's Pulling Apart
978-0-593-13583-9
From an economist hailed as "one of the world's leading thinkers" (The Observer), an eye-opening exploration of the most urgent social issue of our time.
$28.00 US
Feb 02, 2021
Hardcover
384 Pages
Currency

Connect
Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues
978-0-593-23709-0
A transformative guide to building more fulfilling relationships with colleagues, friends, partners, and family, based on the landmark Interpersonal Dynamics ("Touchy Feely") course at Stanford's Graduate School of Business
$28.00 US
Feb 09, 2021
Hardcover
320 Pages
Currency

Emotional
How Feelings Shape Our Thinking
978-1-5247-4759-6
We’ve all been told that thinking rationally is the key to success. But at the cutting edge of science, researchers are discovering that feeling is every bit as important as thinking.
$28.95 US
Jan 11, 2022
Hardcover
272 Pages
Pantheon


Warmth
Coming of Age at the End of Our World
978-0-14-313653-8
From a millennial climate activist, an exploration of how young people live in the shadow of catastrophe“Strikingly perceptive.” —Jenny Offill, author of Weather  “Beautifully rendered and bracingly honest.” —Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing
$17.00 US
Aug 03, 2021
Paperback
272 Pages
Penguin Books





The Upside of Stress
Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It
978-1-101-98293-8
Drawing from groundbreaking research, psychologist and award-winning teacher Kelly McGonigal, PhD, offers a surprising new view of stress--one that reveals the upside of stress, and shows us exactly how to capitalize on its benefits.
$18.00 US
May 10, 2016
Paperback
304 Pages
Avery

Grasp
The Science Transforming How We Learn
978-1-101-97415-5
How do we learn? And how can we learn better?
$17.00 US
Aug 10, 2021
Paperback
352 Pages
Anchor

The Body Keeps the Score
Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
978-0-14-312774-1
#1 New York Times bestsellerOne of the world's leading experts on traumatic stress explains how trauma affects people, its underlying neurobiology, and the many new treatments that are making it possible for sufferers to move beyond trauma in order to reclaim their lives.
$19.00 US
Sep 08, 2015
Paperback
464 Pages
Penguin Books

Notes on a Nervous Planet


The Shame Machine
Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation
978-1-9848-2545-2
A clear-eyed warning about the increasingly destructive influence of America's "shame industrial complex" in the age of social media and hyper-partisan politics—from the New York Times bestselling author of Weapons of Math Destruction
$27.00 US
Mar 22, 2022
Hardcover
272 Pages
Crown

A User's Guide to the Brain
Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain
978-0-375-70107-8
With his acclaimed Shadow Syndromes and the bestselling Driven to Distraction, Harvard professor John J. Ratey has been at the forefront in explaining the current revolution in the neurosciences. In this new work, he guides us through the brain’s workings and its role in our behavior.
$18.00 US
Jan 08, 2002
Paperback
416 Pages
Vintage