Books about Mental Health Recommendation

Either speaking out loud or pondering it silently with our minds, we always believe in the strength of words when taking care of our Mental Health.

Take a deep breath inside the sea of words, and you will find an exclusive space reserved where you can resonate spiritually with the ones who have similar experiences.

NYU Shanghai community members across the campus thoughtfully picked up their favorites of readings about Mental Health, with some of them currently featured on the Staff Picks shelf on the 4th floor inside the Library. Before you go in there, we would like to invite you to enjoy a preview of what we have on the shelf and hear what the referrers have to say about them.

Additional related readings and media are also available in New York at the Bobst Library, in Abu Dhabi at the Library on Saadiyat Island campus, and online at the NYU Libraries database. See the full recommendation list here.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

“When you feel overwhelmed by peer pressure and inability to reach your full potential, it might be helpful to take a step back and recognize all the privileges you hold and all the resources you can feel grateful for.”

– Dr. Clare Jinzhao Zhao, Global Wellness Counselor


Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure

“This book is the story of a toad falling into depression and went for ten counseling sessions. This book is a very good medium for people to learn more about counseling and what to expect from counseling. I also think this book is therapeutic in a way it made me feel the warmth and positivity in life.”

– Amie, CO24 Liberal Studies student


Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“How do you define an “Optimal Experience”? Feel fulfilled after spending several hours on homework? Or feel cohesively attached to every single second of participation at a basketball game? This book tells me how and why sometimes I feel like getting on a fantastic trip and forgetting about time when I am immersed in certain things.”

– Edison, CO24 IMB & Social Science student