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Mental Health self help reading list

A list of high quality self-help books has been compiled, based on the recommendations of mental health professionals working in Ireland. These books are stocked in public librarys and in good book shops as part of the 'Power of words' scheme launched in 2009. Below is a list of books related to mental health


'Overcoming anxiety' by Helen Kennerly. Constable & Robinson 2004.

'How to stop worrying' by Frank Tallis. Sheldon Press 1990.

'Overcoming social anxiety & shyness' Gillian Butler. Constable & Robinson 2000.


'Overcoming anger and irritability' by Will Davies. Constable & Robinson 2000.


'The courage to grieve' by Judy Tatelbaum. HarperPerennial 1980.

Child Sexual Abuse: 

'Breaking Free: Help for survivors of child sexual abuse' by Carolan Ainscough & Kay Toon. Sheldon Press 2000.


'Depression: The common sense approach' by Tony Bates. Newleaf 1999.

Post-Natal Depression: 

'Coping with post natal depression: Light at the end of the Tunnel' Mary Pigot. Columba Press 1996.

Obsessions and compulsions: 

'Overcoming obsessive compulsive disorder' by David Veale & Rob Wilson. Constable & Robinson 2005.


'When panic attacks' by Aine Tubridy. Newleaf 2003

Practical psychotherapy: 

'Change for the better. Self-help through practical psychotherapy by Elizabeth Wilde Mc Cormick. Continuum 2002


'Overcoming low self-esteem' by Melanie Fennell. Constable & Robinson 2004.


'The relaxation & stress reduction workbook' by Martha Davis, Elisabeth Robbins Eshelman & Matthew Mc Kay. New Harbinger 2000.

Traumatic Stress: 

'Overcoming traumatic stress' Claudia Herbert & Ann Wetmore. Constable & Robinson 2002.

Children & family

A list of self help books for and about children, parenting and the problems that children may face


'Parent Power - Bringing up responsible children & teenagers' by John Sharry. John Wiley & sons Ltd 2002.

'How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk' by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish. Collins Living 1999.

'STEP: Parenting Young Children (0-5 yrs)' by Donald Dinkmeyer, Gary D Mc Kay et al. AGS 1997. 

'STEP: Parent handbook (6-12 yrs)' by Donald Dinkmeyer, Gary D Mc Kay et al. AGS 1997. 

'STEP: Parenting teenagers' by Donald Dinkmeyer, Gary D Mc Kay et al. AGS 1997. 

'The incredible years - A troubleshooting guide for parents of children aged 2-8 years' by Carolyn Webster-stratton. The incredible years 2006.

Also ('The incredible yearsparent and child series audio cd by Carolyn Webster-stratton. The incredible years.)

'How to get your kid to eat..but not too much' by Ellyn Satter. Bull publishing 1987.

Seperation & Divorce

'When parents seperate: helping your child to cope' by John Sharry, Peter Reid & Eugene Donohoe. Veritas 2001.

'Dinosaurs divorce: a guide for changing families' (for young children) by Laurene Krasny brown & Marc Brown. Little Brown Books fos small readers 2008.


'Finding a way through when someone close has died' (children & teens) by Pat Mood & Leslie Wittaker. Jessica Kingsley publishers 2001.

Bereavement by suicide

'Beyond the rough rock: Supporting a child who has been bereaved by suicide' by Diana Crossley & Julie Stokes. Winston's wish.


'Coping with depression in young people: A guide for parents' by Carol Fitzpatrick & John Sharry. Wiley & Sons 2004.


'Bullying: a parents guide' by Jennifer Thomson. Forward Press.

'How to handle bullies, teasers and other meanies' (for children) by Kate Cohen-Posie. Rainbow books 1995.