The School of Life: On Mental Illness
What can calm, reassure and console
Published by: The School of Life
Imprint: The School of Life
176 Pages, 4.92 x 7.08 in
- Published: February 2023
A compassionate guide to normalizing mental illness and achieving emotional wellbeing.
This is a guide to coping with a wide variety of mental unwellness, from the very mild to the severe. It explains how and why we become mentally ill, how we can explain our experiences to friends and family, and how we can reframe our view of ourselves and our future in order to thrive.
With a humane, encouraging tone, the book teaches us to dismantle stigmas around mental health, arguing that no one should suffer alone. By normalizing mental illness and seeking out shared experiences and supportive friendships, we feel less alone on our journeys.
Written with kindness, knowledge and sympathy, and drawing upon the experience of The School of Life therapists, this book is an essential tool to help us on the way to our recovery.
- AN ACCESSIBLE GUIDE to mental health and wellbeing.
- THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED by The School of Life’s therapy department.
- FOCUSES ON REFRAMING mental unwellness through compassionate lens.
- COMPASSIONATE NORMALIZATION of anxiety, depression and trauma.
- CHAPTERS INCLUDE Reasons to Live, Acceptance, Love, Community, Psychotherapy, Perspective and Gratitude.
1. Reasons to Live
"The School of Life: On Mental Illness [is] a well-written [and] well-researched [book]. The book is well-structured with fine attention to detail which aids in well-being." - NetGalley review
"I thought this was a very important book and I'm glad [The School of Life] exist[s]. It was well crafted and will be helpful for many people." - NetGalley review
"The School of Life: On Mental Illness drew me in with its beautiful and calming cover art. ... I have a lot of people in my life who suffer from various unwellness and knowing more about coping strategies will help me to understand them better and help me to help them." - NetGalley review
"This short but powerful and provocative read is truly life-changing if you take in the depths of its wisdom. I highly recommend this book that traverses the human mind in all of its glory and potential for mayhem." - NetGalley review
"The School of Life: On Mental Illness is a thematic read on the power art can have on our sense of calm. The cover art alone is both simple and tranquil, which spills perfectly onto the pages. The School of Life: On Mental Illness explores the mind and how different artworks can have a deeper, calmer impact on your mental health." - NetGalley review
"I found this to be a fascinating book and think it would be a good present on a very important topic." - NetGalley review
"[A] quick, deep read on mental illness. The School of Life: On Mental Illness offers many insights aimed at exploring the nuances, challenges, and meaning of mental illness" - NetGalley review
"[This book] was very well written and put together. Great starting place for someone who is struggling with or has a loved one struggling with a mental illness." - NetGalley review
"As soon as I started reading, the book felt [like] a warm and reassuring conversation with a friend. [...] If you're new to the topic of and want to get a brief well-rounded understanding of mental health, or perhaps are struggling and need some gentle reminders, or just want to feel less alone in how you are feeling, then this book sets out to achieve just exactly that. [...] [T]his is a fantastic consolidation of why some people struggle with mental health and how we can achieve mental well-being. The School of Life: On Mental Illness is like a conversation with a friend; [...] it truly felt like a hug in a book." - NetGalley review
"[The] chapters are brilliantly written and thought-provoking. I have enjoyed reading the book ... and would recommend reading this to persons experiencing, or those seeking to understand mental illness in the modern age." - NetGalley review