What are the best non-fiction books about depression and suicide?

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    #1Reasons to Stay Alive

    Reasons to Stay Alive
    Reasons to Stay Alive is a memoir written by Matt Haig, first published in 2015. It is a book that tackles depression, based on the author's own experiences with depression and anxiety when he was 24 years old.
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    Vishal Das
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I tried to read Reasons to Stay Alive, but I thought it was a bit of a slog. The experience of the author seemed genuine, but at the same time the self obsessed inner gazing of the author was tiresome to read for more than a few pages at a time."
    Vishal Das
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I tried to read Reasons to Stay Alive, but I thought it was a bit of a slog. The experience of the author seemed genuine, but at the same time the self obsessed inner gazing of the author was tiresome to read for more than a few pages at a time."
    Timothy Stevens
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book was read by me in one sitting. I could not put it down. The author, Matt Haig really feels for those that suffer from depression. He has also created the renowned The Radleys and The Humans. "
    Kevin Andrews
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "It seems to be a really solid book when it comes to depression and how to cope"
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    #2Hyperbole and a Half

    Hyperbole and a Half

    Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened is a nonfiction graphic memoir written by Allie Brosh. Published in 2013 by Touchstone.

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    Jessica Obrien
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Brosh's cartoons have been a fixture of all corners of the internet since about 2012; when I first heard she was making a book, I was over the moon. Her work was just unparalleled in terms of humor, authenticity, and openness before she got published. I'm pretty happy to say Hyperbole and a Half lives up to the promise of her old work."
    Jessica Obrien
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Brosh's cartoons have been a fixture of all corners of the internet since about 2012; when I first heard she was making a book, I was over the moon. Her work was just unparalleled in terms of humor, authenticity, and openness before she got published. I'm pretty happy to say Hyperbole and a Half lives up to the promise of her old work."
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    #3Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

    Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

    Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson is a non-fiction book that was originally published in 2015. This book is about learning to embrace joy despite dealing with mental illness.

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    Joshua Valdez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A great funny book about a serious subject. There are many serious elements about depression worth digging into."
    Joshua Valdez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A great funny book about a serious subject. There are many serious elements about depression worth digging into."
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    #4Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted is written by Susanna Kaysen. With over 100 pages, this book is first published in 1994 by Vintage. In 2000, this book became a bestseller because of a movie based on this book.

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    Arthur Parker
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Attractive image for the product"
    Arthur Parker
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Attractive image for the product"
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    #5Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

    Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

    Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness is a memoir written by William Styron, first published in 1990. It recounts the author's experiences with depression, and how he managed to survive and recover from it.

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    #6Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir

    Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir
    Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir is an award-winning autobiography by Michael Anthony, first published in 2016 by Pulp. It tells the story of the author's experiences after coming back home from military service in Iraq.
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    Ángel Madrigal
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Such a sad story that hits close to home. Many vets come back from service broken, depressed or both. This is a great book showcasing compassion and understanding."
    Ángel Madrigal
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Such a sad story that hits close to home. Many vets come back from service broken, depressed or both. This is a great book showcasing compassion and understanding."
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    #7To the Survivors

    To the Survivors

    To the Survivors: One Man's Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence is a nonfiction psychology book written by Robert Utaro. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2013 by Createspace.

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    Emma West
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book was impactful, informative and simply a great read! This author shares the story of the victims by letting the victims speak for themselves. Too often I have picked up a book in which someone is talking in the 3rd person about an issue as sensitive as sexual abuse. This book lets you hear directly from various 'Survivors." The subject is indeed a sensitive subject, yet we all know someone who can benefit from this great read. I decided to purchase a few copies for the holiday and share it with a few people I know who have been victims. "
    Emma West
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book was impactful, informative and simply a great read! This author shares the story of the victims by letting the victims speak for themselves. Too often I have picked up a book in which someone is talking in the 3rd person about an issue as sensitive as sexual abuse. This book lets you hear directly from various 'Survivors." The subject is indeed a sensitive subject, yet we all know someone who can benefit from this great read. I decided to purchase a few copies for the holiday and share it with a few people I know who have been victims. "
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    #8If You Feel Too Much

    If You Feel Too Much
    If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For is a bestselling non-fiction book written by Jamie Tworkowski. It talks about mental health and encourages the readers to seek the help they need.
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    Jennifer Sullivan
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is an excellent resource for people struggling with issues like depression and self harm. It lets you know that you are not alone and that it's OK to ask for help. I actually purchased two copies: one to keep and one to give as a gift."
    Jennifer Sullivan
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is an excellent resource for people struggling with issues like depression and self harm. It lets you know that you are not alone and that it's OK to ask for help. I actually purchased two copies: one to keep and one to give as a gift."
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    #9This Is How

    This Is How

    This Is How is a non-fiction book written by Augusten Burroughs, first published in 2012 by St. Martin's Press. It is a self-help book about overcoming difficult situations that life may offer.

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    Louis Rose
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Great motivational book that could help people really get out of a slump. As always, it's not that easy to simply stop being depressed and move forward but this book can definitely aid that."
    Louis Rose
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Great motivational book that could help people really get out of a slump. As always, it's not that easy to simply stop being depressed and move forward but this book can definitely aid that."
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    #10Marbles (A Graphic Memoir)

    Marbles (A Graphic Memoir)
    Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me is a graphic autobiographical memoir written by Ellen Forney. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2012 by Avery.
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    #11The Widow Next Door: Learning to live again as a young widow and single mom after losing my husband to suicide

    The Widow Next Door: Learning to live again as a young widow and single mom after losing my husband to suicide

    The Widow Next Door: Learning to live again as a young widow and single mom after losing my husband to suicide is a book written by Heather Cruz. This book was published on February 14, 2018.

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    Jacob Perry
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This seems to be the perfect book about the suicide and depression subject"
    Jacob Perry
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This seems to be the perfect book about the suicide and depression subject"
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    #12Myths about Suicide

    Myths about Suicide

    Myths About Suicide is a non-fiction book written by Thomas E. Joiner wherein he discusses the common ideas people have thought about suicide.

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    #13Safe Suicide

    Safe Suicide

    Safe Suicide is a non-fiction book written by Dewitt Henry wherein he shares his account of struggles in his mid-life quest to find his psychological and spiritual truth.

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    Gregory Graham
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "As someone who struggles with depression and thoughts of suicide, Safe Suicide is a book that hits close to home. The search for spiritual truth and inner peace is a hard journey, but it's always good to combat the loneliness depression brings. I highly recommend gravitating to books like Safe Suicide so that the feelings of loneliness can be negated by reading about someone else having similar experiences."
    Gregory Graham
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "As someone who struggles with depression and thoughts of suicide, Safe Suicide is a book that hits close to home. The search for spiritual truth and inner peace is a hard journey, but it's always good to combat the loneliness depression brings. I highly recommend gravitating to books like Safe Suicide so that the feelings of loneliness can be negated by reading about someone else having similar experiences."

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Best non-fiction books about depression and suicide
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Reasons to Stay AliveBooks 35 Paid
2Hyperbole and a HalfBooks 29 Paid
3Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible ThingsBooks 27 Paid
4Girl, InterruptedBooks 26 Paid
5Darkness Visible: A Memoir of MadnessBooks 23 Paid
6Civilianized: A Young Veteran's MemoirBooks 22 Paid
7To the SurvivorsBooks 18 Paid
8If You Feel Too MuchBooks 17 Paid
9This Is HowBooks 14 Paid
10Marbles (A Graphic Memoir)Books 13 Paid
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