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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Each year, the National Alliance of Mental Illness works to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Here are some audiobook picks to support—and educate about—mental health.

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The Body Keeps the Score

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

By Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 16 hours 15 minutes

#1 New York Times bestseller

“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New...
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What Happened to You?

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

By Oprah Winfrey & Bruce D. Perry
Narrated by: Bruce D. Perry & Oprah Winfrey
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

"[Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry] are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter...The performances of these two humanitarians make this a must-hear for anyone recovering from their traumatic past." -- AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the authors.

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far...

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The Soul Of Shame

Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves

By Curt Thompson
Narrated by: Jim Seybert
Length: 8 hours 2 minutes

We're all infected with a spiritual disease. Its name is shame. Whether we realize it or not, shame affects every aspect of our personal lives and vocational endeavors. It seeks to destroy our identity in Christ, replacing it with a damaged version of ourselves that results in unhealed pain and brokenness. But God is telling a different story...

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Radical Acceptance

Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

By Tara Brach, PhD
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

"Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering," says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork—all the forces that keep our lives constricted and... Read more »

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Wintering

The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

By Katherine May
Narrated by: Rebecca Lee
Length: 6 hours 53 minutes

If you enjoyed Vesper Flights, then you’ll love Wintering.

“This was the perfect listen at the right time. Memoir, mythology, and meditations on an ever ignored fact that we must change our lifestyle in order to adapt to this sometimes brutal season. I will definitely come back to this one many times.”

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Radical Belonging

How to Survive and Thrive in an Unjust World (While Transforming it for the Better)

By Lindo Bacon
Narrated by: LaQuita James
Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

We are in the midst of a cultural moment. #MeToo. #BlackLivesMatter. #TransIsBeautiful. #AbleismExists. #EffYourBeautyStandards. Those of us who don't fit into the "mythical norm" (white, male, cisgender, able-bodied, slender, Christian, etc.)—which is to say, most of us—are demanding our basic right: To know that who we are matters. To... Read more »

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Set Boundaries, Find Peace

A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself

By Nedra Glover Tawwab
Narrated by: Nedra Glover Tawwab
Length: 8 hours

The instant New York Times bestseller

End the struggle, speak up for what you need, and experience the freedom of being truly yourself.


Healthy boundaries. We all know we should have them--in order to achieve work/life balance, cope with toxic people, and enjoy rewarding relationships with partners, friends, and family. But what do "healthy... Read more »

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Black Fatigue

How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit

By Mary-Frances Winters
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 6 hours 33 minutes

This is the first book to define and explore Black fatigue, the intergenerational impact of systemic racism on the physical and psychological health of Black people—and explain why and how society needs to collectively do more to combat its pernicious effects.

Black people, young and old, are fatigued, says award-winning diversity and inclusion... Read more »

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Complex PTSD

From Surviving to Thriving

By Pete Walker
Narrated by: Paul Brion
Length: 10 hours 28 minutes

The causes of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder range from severe neglect to monstrous abuse. Many survivors grew up in houses that were not homes—in families that were as loveless as orphanages and sometimes as dangerous.

If you felt unwanted, unliked, rejected, hated, and/or despised for a lengthy portion of your childhood, trauma may be... Read more »

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The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help You Deserve

By Rheeda Walker & Na'im Akbar
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 7 hours 33 minutes

An unapologetic exploration of the Black mental health crisis—and a comprehensive road map to getting the care you deserve in an unequal system.

We can’t deny it any longer: there is a Black mental health crisis in our world today. Black people die at disproportionately high rates due to chronic illness, suffer from poverty, under-education, and...

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Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents

By Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD
Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
Length: 6 hours 50 minutes

In this breakthrough book, clinical psychologist Lindsay Gibson exposes the destructive nature of parents who are emotionally immature or unavailable. You will see how these parents create a sense of neglect, and discover ways to heal from the pain and confusion caused by your childhood. By freeing yourself from your parents' emotional... Read more »

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Attached

The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find--and Keep-- Love

By Amir Levine & Rachel Heller
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 7 hours 6 minutes

"A groundbreaking book that redefines what it means to be in a relationship."
--John Gray, PhD., bestselling author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

We already rely on science to tell us what to eat, when to exercise, and how long to sleep. Why not use science to help us improve our relationships? In this revolutionary book, psychiatrist... Read more »

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Quiet

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

By Susan Cain
Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Experience the book that started the Quiet Movement and revolutionized how the world sees introverts—and how introverts see themselves—by offering validation, inclusion, and inspiration

“Superbly researched, deeply insightful, and a fascinating read, Quiet is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to...
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First, We Make the Beast Beautiful

A New Journey Through Anxiety

By Sarah Wilson
Narrated by: Sarah Wilson
Length: 9 hours 5 minutes

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful

“First, We Make the Beast Beautiful evokes the strange and magical feeling of having discovered a personal journal in a public place. It is first and foremost a memoir that tackles difficult subjects, touching on many experiences, both traumatic and constructive, that the author feels have affected her journey through anxiety. A great deal of the book is spiritual and suggests that anxiety is the product of an unrest in the soul. Fans of Rupi Kaur will enjoy the candid rawness of this book, as it pulls them through a journey that is perhaps all too painfully familiar.”

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Hidden Valley Road

Inside the Mind of an American Family

By Robert Kolker
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 13 hours 8 minutes

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR
ONE OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR
PEOPLE'S #1 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by The New York TimesThe Washington Post, NPR, TIME, SlateSmithsonian, The New York Post, and Amazon 


The heartrending story...
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The Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition

The Power of Radical Self-Love

By Sonya Renee Taylor
Narrated by: Sonya Renee Taylor
Length: 5 hours 11 minutes

New York Times bestseller! "To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves. . . . 'The body is not an apology' is the mantra we should all embrace."
—Kimberlé Crenshaw, legal scholar and founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum

Humans are a varied and... Read more »

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Unwinding Anxiety

New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind

By Judson Brewer
Narrated by: Judson Brewer
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

A step-by-step plan clinically proven to break the cycle of worry and fear that drives anxiety and addictive habits

We are living through one of the most anxious periods any of us can remember. Whether facing issues as public as a pandemic or as personal as having kids at home and fighting the urge to reach for the wine bottle every night, we are... Read more »

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The Artist's Way

25th Anniversary Edition
Artist's Way

By Julia Cameron
Narrated by: Eliza Foss
Length: 10 hours 15 minutes

"Without The Artist's Way, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital todayor perhaps even more sothan it was when it was...

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Heart Berries

A Memoir

By Terese Marie Mailhot
Narrated by: Rainy Fields
Length: 3 hours 45 minutes

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a... Read more »

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A Mind Spread out on the Ground

By Alicia Elliott
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

The Mohawk phrase for depression can be roughly translated as a mind spread out on the ground. In this urgent and visceral work, Alicia Elliott explores how apt a description that is for the ongoing effects of the personal, intergenerational, and colonial traumas she and so many Native people have experienced.Elliott's deeply personal writing...

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