Libraries and book stores are full of books on mental illness and mental health. There are many resources on research studies, mental health help and psychological opinion. Few things are as moving and facilitate as much understanding, though, as autobiographies and personally recounted stories.
Parents write about experiences with their children, mentally ill individuals recount what it is like to have a mental illness, others grow up with parents that are mentally ill. Stigma and fear are greatly reduced when we can read these stories with compassion for the individuals and see just how difficult it is to be a person living with a mental illness.
The following list of books are invaluable resources to families and friends of those who suffer from a mental illness.