Read to Wellness


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Overcoming problem drinking by Marcantonio Spada

Self help book aimed specifically at problem drinking uses an approach based on real clinical practice, first to recognize alcohol misuse and then, using proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, to show the drinker how to turn the tables and regain control of alcohol consumption. For anyone who feels alcohol is beginning to rule their lives, this is an indispensable guide, combining the expertise of psychologists and those working in the medical profession. It also shows how to enlist the help of friends and family​

Adult Non-Fiction 613.81 SPA​ 

Sex, drugs, gambling & chocolate : a workbook for overcoming addictions by Thomas A Horvath 616.86 HOR

There is an alternative to 12-step! You can reduce almost any type of addictive behavior — from drinking to sex, eating, and the Internet — with this practical and effective workbook. Treats addictive behaviors in general, not one at a time — because if you're prone to addictions, you've probably got more than one. Addictive behavior can result from the use of almost any substance, or involvement in almost any activity. The harm that results from the addictive behavior, and the individual's difficulty in controlling it, is what matters. Supported by scientific research, Dr. Horvath approaches addiction as a bad habit, not a disease. He emphasizes taking responsibility, without requiring an allegiance to a "higher power," and teaches general principles of addictive behavior change, so readers can apply them as often as they need. Horvath teaches the consequences (and even possible benefits) of addictive behavior, alternative coping methods, choice, understanding and dealing with urges, building a new lifestyle, preventing relapse. Includes dozens of exercises, self-study questions, guidelines for individual change plans.

Adult Non-Fiction 616.86 HOR​​

The smokefree formula by Robert West

The SmokeFree Formula reveals the TRUTH about stopping smoking from leading expert Professor Robert West. A revolutionary Way to Stop Smoking Now

This book shows, for the first time, how you can create your personal SmokeFree Formula so that you are free from cigarettes for good.

Professor Robert West is a world authority on smoking and addiction and has been helping smokers stop for more than 30 years. He is an advisor to the Department of Health and helped set up the NHS Stop Smoking Services. The book was written with Chris Smyth, Health Correspondent at The Times, and Jamie West.

The SmokeFree Formula is the ultimate guide to stopping smoking once and for all.

Adult Non-Fiction 613.85 WES​


Overcoming anger and irritability : talk with your therapist (CD) by William Davies

This CD is based on the book: Overcoming Anger and Irritability: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. The CD includes a series of nine talks by clinical psychologist Dr William Davies.  It explores how anger and irritability affects us in different ways and sets out effective strategies to reduce feelings of irritability and become less angry.

Adult  Non-Fiction Talking Book 152.47 DAV


Because everything is right but everthing is wrong (secondary age) by Erin Donohue​

An accessible and thought-provoking debut novel following Caleb in his last year of high school, and his experiences going through and coming to terms with mental illness. It's a raw and at times unexpected journey, yet it manages to connect on a level that feels incredibly relatable and authentic. Set mostly at his high school, there's an early sense of familiarity to Caleb's world and the fears and challenges he faces.

Young Adult Fiction DON

From Worrier to Warrior : a guide to conquering your fears   by Daniel B Peters ​

From Worrier to Warrior, a companion book to Make Your Worrier a Warrior (for parents), is designed to teach you how to conquer the Worry Monster. This book shows you how to overcome worry and fear using several easy-to-follow strategies. Read the book and learn the strategies yourself, or read along with a parent or other adult. From Worrier to Warrior will teach you how to create your very own "toolbox" of ways to combat fear and anxiety to carry with you and conquer the Worry Monster at any time. With these tools, you will be able to overcome whatever challenges come your way!

Childrens Non-Fiction 152.46 PET

Maia and the worry bug (primary age) by Julie Burgess-Manning

This is an easily read book for children aged 6 to 10, designed to be read by parents and primary school children together. The story unfolds how anxiety, in the form of a worry bug, arrives at Maia's house and takes over. The more attention the family members give to the worry bug the larger it gets, until a young neighbour points out what is happening. The family then talk about what they can do together to manage their anxiety and take back control of their lives. This book is the second in an anxiety management resource – the other Wishes and Worries is for classroom use.

The story in this book provides a focused way to discuss anxiety that would also greatly benefit many parents, including those with limited literacy. The strength of the book is how it externalises the problem of anxiety, so family members don't feel blamed or stigmatised. It is beautifully illustrated and shows appropriate emotional expressions by the characters, so the reader can relate well to the story and the feelings that are evoked. It may be too long for most children to read at one time and is probably more suited to children experiencing anxiety triggered by natural disasters such as earthquakes. There are also eleven pages of guided exercises which provides plenty of prompts for family discussion and actions, likely to benefit families experiencing anxiety.

Childrens Non-Fiction152.46 BUR​​

My anxious mind : a teens guide to managing anxiety and panic (secondary age) by Michael A. Tompkins and Katherine A. Martinez 

This book is for adolescents who find that their anxiety, shyness or worrying thoughts are getting in the way of them making friends, asking for help, or doing the things they want to do. Teens are guided through recognising their anxiety, accessing help and support, as well as being provided with tools and exercises which may help them manage anxiety with a wellness plan. While this book specifies a target audience age of 12 to 18, the nature of some topics (a young person's anxiety, triggers, coping mechanisms) means it may be more suitable to be read with a trusted adult or mental health professional for those aged 12 to 15. For older teens reading this book alone, it would be useful for them to be engaged with a mentor so they have support to work through issues that are brought up for them.

This book provides a myriad of strategies and resources for a teen to work through and implement in their daily life. It is readable with a good mix of narrative with exercises and illustrations. It would likely be most effective for teens with good literacy levels who are motivated and also have support from a trusted adult or appropriate clinician. However, the tone of this book conveys that if they work hard enough they can manage their anxiety which could be damaging for some teens – recognising that anxiety occurs in the context of a teen's whole life and there are things that they cannot control.

Young Adult Non-Fiction 616.8522 TOM​

Overcoming anxiety: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques by Helen Kennerley

​This book explains why anxiety is a major problem for some people and not for others, and then guides the reader through a series of steps to enable them to overcome problem fears and anxieties of all kinds.​

Adult Non-Fiction & Adult Non-Fiction Large Print 616.8522 KEN

The shyness and social anxiety workbook for teens               by Jennifer Shannon

An easy to read and follow book with step-by-step activities and education about how social anxiety develops, how it affects teenagers and how to overcome this. Many young people struggle with fears and worries about how they are perceived or judged by others, responding by avoiding social situations that increase their social anxiety. This book helps teens recognise they are not alone in their struggles, discover links between their thoughts, feelings and actions and assists them to challenge fears and overcome anxiety. Most pages include clever, fun animations or cartoon-style illustrations of the concepts being explained.

Information is easy to understand and worksheets require teens to consider their own situation and clear effective strategies to develop skills needed to overcome social anxiety. This is a self-help book using evidence-based CBT and ACT, but can also be used as a workbook by mental health clinicians. Brief information on when to seek professional help is also included.

Young Adult Non-Fiction 155.518 SHA​​

When life gives you lemons b y Celia Painter & Abbie Krieble 

When Life Gives You Lemons is a beautifully written and illustrated creative book for young people experiencing, or wanting to understand and learn how to manage, depression and anxiety. The two young female authors share their experience and support other young people to develop an understanding of depression and anxiety. This book is short and easy-to-read, serving as a great self-help resource packed with helpful and clearly presented information. The illustrations are bright, colourful and expressive for readers who learn visually. It is an inspirational read filled with tips and quotes, with a continuous thread of hope woven throughout. Facts, experiences and practical ideas are presented from a young person's perspective, therefore creating a tool to support other young people to recognise they are not alone in their experiences.

Young Adult Non-Fiction 616.8527 PAI


The womanly art of breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, and Teresa Pitman

Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book's range of nursing advice, stories, and information—from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers.

Adult Non-Fiction 649.33 WIE​​


​​All Blacks don't cry : a story of hope by John Kirwan with           Margie Thomson

All Blacks Don't Cry is John Kirwan's story of hope, of working through the pain and living a full life.  It is a poignant, inspirational and helpful example for anybody battling depression.

Adult Non-Fiction 616.8527 KIR​

I had a black dog : his name was depression by Matthew Johnstone

There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel. It was Winston Churchill who popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.

Adult Non-Fiction 616.8527 JOH​​

Mind over mood  : change how you feel by changing how you think by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky

Developed by two master clinicians with extensive experience in cognitive therapy treatment and training, this popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy. The book is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with professional treatment. Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped hundreds of thousands people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems. Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings; change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships. The book's large-size format facilitates reading and writing with ease.  

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit.

Adult Non-Fiction 616.8914 GRE​​


Mothers cry too by Dr Sara Weeks

In Mothers Cry Too, New Zealand psychiatrist Dr Sara Weeks, a leading expert in the field of maternal mental health, explains how to recognise and deal with a range of issues, from the 'baby blues' to more serious conditions.

Practical and supportive, Mothers Cry Too offers guidance for new mothers, and their partners and families, on how to cope with the demands of a new baby and manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and other postnatal psychiatric conditions.  Dr Weeks demystifies one of the most common complications of childbirth, while sharing case studies based on more than 20 years' experience in counselling new mothers. Her helpful hints cover everything from exercise and diet to managing stress and the effects of sleep deprivation.

Adult Non-Fiction 618.76 WEE​​

Overcoming depression and low mood  : a five areas approach by Chris Williams

A Five Areas Approach

  • Presents patient-friendly workbooks with illustrations and practical advice
  • Incorporates proven, trusted information from an award-winning author
  • Delivers a wealth of strategies to deal with conditions ranging from low mood to long-lasting depression
  • Includes advice for family, friends, and caregivers

Adult Non-Fiction 616.8527 WIL

Stand by me : helping your teen through tough times by John Kirwan with Elliot Bell and Kersty Louden-Bell and Margie Thomson

Helping your teen through tough times

I'm a dad and I'm scared.

When I say I'm a dad and I'm scared, I really mean: I'm a dad and I'm looking for answers – from the professionals, kids, mums, dads and other caregivers who have been there, holding each other's hands to hell and back.

Stand by me. Let's take the journey together.

Charting John Kirwan's personal experiences as a father, and featuring the real voices of young people today, Stand By Me investigates issues around teenage mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety.

With clinical psychologists Dr Elliot Bell and Kirsty Louden-Bell, JK confronts the big questions facing parents and teens, highlighting key messages and offering best approaches. Stand By Me also draws on the perspectives of teenagers who have been diagnosed with mental health issues and the families who have journeyed with them. In their own words, the young people reflect on their darkest days and recovery, and consider how these experiences have shaped them as they face forward into their adult lives.

Intimate, enlightening and impossible to ignore, Stand By Me is a window into an all-too-real issue facing New Zealand families, and a powerful tool for anyone concerned about the wellbeing of young people in their care.

Adult Non-Fiction 616.8527 KIR​​

The mindul way through depression : Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness (includes CD)  by Mark Williams & others

​The Mindful Way through Depression draws on the collective wisdom of four internationally renowned mindfulness experts, including bestselling author Jon Kabat-Zinn, to provide effective relief from the most prevalent psychological disorder. This authoritative, easy-to-use self-help program is based on methods clinically proven to reduce the recurrence of depression. Revealing the hidden psychological mechanisms that cause chronic unhappiness, the authors gently guide readers through a series of exercises designed to break the mental habits that lead to despair. Kabat-Zinn lends his calm, familiar voice to the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone looking to regain a sense of balance and contentment.

​Adult Non-Fiction  616.8527 WIL​​

Di​abetes & Heart Disease

Diabetes and wellbeing  : managing the psychological and emotional challenges of diabetes types 1 and 2 by Dr Jen Nash

​"Diabetes and Wellbeing" presents a range of effective psychological principles proven to positively impact the emotional wellbeing of individuals with type 1 and 2 diabetes. The guide takes an explicitly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach to motivate sufferers in essential self-care tasks. Written in a practical style, for those newly diagnosed with diabetes, individuals managing its challenges for many years, and healthcare professionals Reveals how the stress of daily diabetes management can affect an individual's ability to stay motivated and engaged in essential self-care tasks that are vital for good health. Presents proven techniques for improving emotional well being. First book to take an explicitly CBT approach to diabetes, simultaneously drawing on solution-focused behavioural therapy and mindfulness approaches.

 Adult Non-Fiction 616.462 NAS​​

Mayo Clinic healthy heart for life! edited by Kevin Kaufman

In The Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!, Mayo Clinic provides up-to-date, clinically proven information that addresses the key causes of heart disease and provides clear, actionable advice in an easy-to follow format, including:

  • The three key actions you can taken in a quick-start plan to help you jump-start your way to heart health
  • A heart-health assessment to help you create your own customized plan
  • An easy-to-follow program designed for life-long heart health
  • Tools to help you determine your risk for heart disease
  • Information on how to recognize symptoms of heart disease-and what to do about them
  • Background on cholesterol's role and info on how you can minimize the effects of bad cholesterol and enhance your levels of good cholesterol
  • How to talk to your doctor about heart concerns and what to expect during a medical evaluation
  • How heart disease symptoms can be different in women, and other special concerns for women
  • How to raise heart-healthy children
  • …and more

Adult Non-Fiction 616.12 MAY​​

This can't happen to me : tackling type 2 diabetes by Tim Bowden

Weaving practical advice with humorous and inspiring personal stories, Tim Bowden explains everything you need to know about Type 2 diabetes.​

Adult Non-Fiction 616.462 BOW​


Don't let your emotions run your life for teens : dialectical behavior therapy skills for helping you manage mood swings, control angry outbursts, and get along with others (secondary age)                            by Sheri Van Dijk

This self-help book is suitable for teenagers of any age (and adults) regarding learning self-awareness, managing emotions, improving moods and healthy relationships. The author explores what is, and how do teenagers manage emotions by using, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills – in a language that teenage readers can understand. Simple yet useful explanations, self-assessments, examples and strategies are provided that can be tried in everyday situations. If a teenager you know is struggling to find a peaceful connection with their self and their emotions, this book may provide them with an easy to use approach to finding inner calm during difficult times.

The format, style and font used makes this book easy to read and understand, and is written in a way that readers can spend time practising the content of each paragraph before moving on. Examples used are relatable, and the paragraphs can be read in any order. While this book can be used by any teenager, those under the age of 15 may benefit from having someone they trust working through sections with them.

Young Adult Non-Fiction 616.89142 DIJ​

Stuff that sucks: accepting what you can't change and committing to what you can (secondary age) by Ben Sedley

This short book helps readers manage their emotions and thoughts, and achieves what the title claims. Ideas presented are based on the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model. It outlines stuff that sucks and provides an understanding of painful emotions and thoughts, and explores areas of life that contribute to these experiences – recognising the things readers can't change but directing attention to the things the reader can. Suggestions on techniques to try are provided, and an openness to trying things until finding the ones that work are encouraged. The reader is also encouraged to connect with what they value, and through accepting thoughts and emotions they are experiencing instead of struggling with them. This allows readers to recognise that this will give them more energy to be doing the other stuff that matters to them in life.

Stuff That Sucks is easy to understand and uses age appropriate language.  The chapters flow and build nicely on each other, with illustrations creatively spaced throughout the text. Self-help tools provide both educational information and ideas on techniques to try, are evidence-based and reflect the author's experience of their effectiveness when working with young people.

Young Adult Non-Fiction152.4 SED​

Visiting feelings (primary age) by Lauren Rubenstein

This hardcover book is a beautifully illustrated children`s book that looks at children`s feelings, and explores how they can be welcomed in. It allows children to fully experience the present moment and accept their feelings using awareness and mindfulness. Visiting Feelings is easy to read and takes children on a safe mindfulness journey.

Also included is a note to parents section that provides more information about emotional awareness and mindfulness. This includes practical advice and activities for introducing mindfulness into daily family routines, and helpful guidance when dealing with childhood stress and anxiety.

​Children​s Non-Fiction 152.4 RUB​

​Food Choices

Crave : why you binge eat and how to stop  by Cynthia M. Bulik

Cynthia Bulik, director of the UNC Eating Disorders Progamme, is a foremost authority on binge eating(BED). BED can affect anyone, and can be caused by brain chemistry, genetic predisposition, psychology, and cultural pressures–but none of those triggers make giving in to food cravings inevitable. Crave helps readers understand why they crave specific foods, recognize their individual triggers, and modify their responses to those triggers. Binge eating disorder is highly treatable; 70% to 80% of patients at the UNC Eating Disorders Program triumph over their binge eating by using techniques to "curb the crave". Through the stories of some of these patients–men and women, young and old–and with the guidance of Bulik, readers will develop a variety of strategies to use in conquering their cravings and establishing healthy eating habits.

Adult Non-Fiction 616.8526 BUL​

If not dieting, then what? by Rick Kausman

This straightforward, no-nonsense guide to weight management addresses the evidence that weight-loss treatments may worsen rather than improve long-term physical and psychological health. The solution of an attitude change that calls for a more positive view of food that is not characterized by the "no pain, no gain" ethos is presented. How to minimize fat intake without sacrificing food enjoyment is also explained.

Adult Non-Fiction 613.25 KAU


​​Dream new dreams : reimagining my life after loss by Jai Pausch

Recommended by Keitha Ross, Education Coordinator at Otago Community Hospice.

Dream New Dreams is a powerful story of grief, healing, and newfound independence. With advice artfully woven into an intimate, beautifully written narrative, Jai's story will inspire not only the legions of readers who made The Last Lecture a bestseller, but also those who are embarking on a journey of loss and renewal themselves.

Adult Non-Fiction 920 PAU

Luna's red hat : an illustrated storybook to help children cope with loss and suicide (primary age) by Emmi Smid

This book is designed to be read with children aged 6 years and over who have experienced the loss of a family member by suicide. Luna's Red Hat addresses issues such as grief, sadness, anger, anxiety, guilt and depression, as Luna talks to her father on the anniversary of her mother's death. At the end of the story, Luna's father shows how the family can begin to focus on happier things, while still acknowledging the significance of the loved one who has died.

This is an easy to read book and is appropriately illustrated to convey the feelings discussed. Emotions that are commonly experienced after the death of a loved one by suicide are introduced, and prompts are provided for a parent/other adult to discuss these with the child affected by grief.

Childrens Non-Fiction 155.937 FID

What Abi taught us : a mother's struggle to come to terms with her daughter's death by Lucy Hone

The inspiring story of how Lucy Hone coped with the tragic death of her daughter and how strategies from the science of resilient grieving can help anyone face an equally helpless situation.

Lucy Hone's beloved 12-year-old daughter Abi was killed in 2014 in a devastating car accident in Canterbury that also claimed the lives of Abi's friend Ella and Ella's mother Sally.

Lucy works in the field of resilience psychology, helping ordinary people exposed to real-life traumatic situations. When faced with the incomprehensible fact of Abi's tragic death Lucy knew that she was fighting for the survival of her sanity and her family unit.

She used her practice to develop ways to support her family in their darkest days, and to find a new way of living without Abi.

In What Abi Taught Us Lucy shares her story and research so that others can work to regain some sense of control and take action in the face of helpless situations.

Adult Non-Fiction  155.937 HON​

Low ​Self-esteem

​​​Overcoming low self-esteem :  a  self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques by Melanie J. V. Fennell

Melanie Fennell's Overcoming Low Self-Esteem is a classic of self-help literature, winning acclaim for its practical and user-friendly approach and now recommended on the National Health Service's self-help scheme known as Books on Prescription. This book will aid readers to understand their condition and with this knowledge enable them to break out of the vicious circle of negative self-image, learn the art of self-acceptance and alter their lives for the better. Explains the nature of low self-esteem and self destructive thinking. Contains a complete self-help programme and monitoring sheets. Is based on clinically proven techniques of cognitive therapy.

Adult Non-Fiction 158.1 FEN​

Overcoming low self-esteem : talks with your therapist (CD)   by Melanie Fennell 

Low self-esteem and negative self-image cause great distress, can severely affect relationships and have many other negative impacts on one's life. They can, however, be effectively treated using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, the basis of this series of talks from Dr Melanie Fennell, one of the UK's leading experts on low self-esteem. Learn what causes low self-esteem and why it sometimes persists, explore how to stop self-criticism in its tracks, challenge negative self-beliefs and develop new self-acceptance. The talks are focused on the following themes: The nature and effects of low self-esteem. What maintains it. Self-criticism and negative beliefs. Enhancing self-acceptance.

Adult Non-Fiction Talking Book 158.1 FEN 


8 minute meditation : quiet your mind, change your life               by Victor Davich

​In recent years, meditation has become hugely popular and scientific studies are suggesting that the physical and mental benefits are solid and real. But to many, it remains something mystical and inaccessible…and spiritually-oriented tomes on the market don't do much to make it easier.
As interest in meditation continues to grow, this book offers a simple, no-nonsense program to help beginners experience reduced stress and increased focus in only eight minutes a day. Designed by meditation expert and bestselling author Victor Davich, this program teaches the basic principles of meditation while clearing up the misconceptions and myths that too often get in the way.

Adult Non-Fiction 158.12 DAV

Mindfulness : a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world (includes CD) by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Everyday life is so frantic and full of troubles that we have largely forgotten how to live a joyful existence. We try so hard to be happy that we often end up missing the most important parts of our lives. In "Mindfulness," Oxford professor Mark Williams and award-winning journalist Danny Penman reveal the secrets to living a happier and less anxious, stressful, and exhausting life. Based on the techniques of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, the unique program developed by Williams and his colleagues, the book offers simple and straightforward forms of mindfulness meditation that can be done by anyone and it can take just 10 to 20 minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed.

Adult Non-Fiction 158.12 WIL​​

Quiet the mind : an illustrated guide on how to meditate (secondary age) by Matthew Johnstone

In a world where finding even ten minutes to 'do nothing', the benefits of meditation can be profound. Meditation is simply a way of giving our brains a well-deserved break and can actually help our brains to function healthy and happily. This beautifully illustrated guide is an inspiring and practical book which shows you how to meditate without the need for uncomfortable lotus positions or prayer beads! With his typical gentle and insightful humour, Matthew's guide to meditation will enable to you to feel more present, more youthful, have more energy and greater concentration, improve your mood and sleep more soundly.

​Adult Non-Fiction 158.12 JOH​

The sound of silence (primary age) by Katrina Goldsaito​

The words and illustrations in this story come together beautifully to tell the story of little Yoshio who lives in Tokyo, Japan. He's curious about his world, particularly sounds. He meets an elderly woman playing the koto, a traditional stringed instrument, who tells him that the most beautiful sound is in fact "ma" (silence). As he moves through the hustle and bustle of the day, Yoshio eventually becomes aware that silence is always there too, if only you learn how to notice it. The ideas explored in this book align nicely with some of the Five Ways to Wellbeing concepts, and the story encourages children to be curious, to contemplate, to get out and explore, connect with others, and to be respectful of the passing of knowledge between generations.

The Sound of Silence encourages young readers to get fully involved in the story, try out the ever-changing sounds with Yoshio and ask questions about Japanese culture and customs. Important values are portrayed throughout this story, such as respect for elders, rituals, music, the environment and studying. The background information contained within the afterword adds depth to the story and connection to the author and illustrator's lives. This book encourages readers to experience the story through multiple senses, and perhaps come away a little curious to enable them to reflect on their own lives to see if they can find pockets of silence among all the noise.​

Childrens Picture Book G

Mood Bosting Fiction

Just Listen  (secondary age) by Erin Donohue

To find the truth you've got to be willing to hear it.
When she's modeling, Annabel is the picture of perfection. But her real life is far from perfect. Fortunately, she's got Owen. He's intense, music-obsessed, and dedicated to always telling the truth. And most of all, he's determined to make Annabel happy. . .

Young Adult Fiction DON​

My name is Mina by David Almond​

Mina loves the night. While everyone else is in a deep slumber, she gazes out the window, witness to the moon's silvery light. In the stillness, she can even hear her own heart beating. This is when Mina feels that anything is possible and her imagination is set free.

A blank notebook lies on the table. It has been there for what seems like forever. Mina has proclaimed in the past that she will use it as a journal, and one night, at last, she begins to do just that. As she writes, Mina makes discoveries both trivial and profound about herself and her world, her thoughts and her dreams.

Young Adult Fiction ALM

Reading in bed by Sue Gee​

Opening at the Hay Festival, and ending with the prospect of a spring wedding, Sue Gee's novel is a lively story of tangled relationships and the sustaining powers of good books, loyal friends and conversation.

Friends since university, with busy working lives behind them, Dido and Georgia have long been looking forward to carefree days of books and conversation, when each finds herself caught up in unexpected domestic drama. Dido, for the first time, has cause to question her marriage; widowed Georgia feels certain her husband will return to her. Meanwhile, an eccentric country cousin goes wildly off the rails, children are unhappy in love, and perfect health is all at once in question.

Adult Fiction GEE

The alchemist by Paulo Coelho  ​

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

Adult Fiction COE

Tuesdays with Morrie by  Mitch Albom 

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.​

Adult Non-Fiction 920 SCH


​Mr Worry  :a story about OCD (preschool / primary age)                        by Holly L. Niner

This easy to read and well-illustrated book is suitable for adults and children to help them to gain an understanding about OCD and strategies that can help. Mr Worry provides a story that children can relate to and understand and is a platform for discussion between parents and children.The story follows a young boy called Kevin and his daily struggle with OCD. Kevin feels relief when he is diagnosed and learns that he is not "crazy" but that OCD is a particular way for some brains to manage worry and fear. Kevin begins meeting with a Counsellor who takes a playful approach in her therapy encouraging Kevin to imagine OCD as a little man called Mr Worry who is keeping a checklist of Kevin's daily rituals. Over time, and with the help of medication, Kevin is able to listen to Mr Worry less and less.

The Author's own son has been diagnosed with OCD and she has written this book to offer hope that OCD can be helped through medication and therapy. The important messages this book aims to communicate to other parents is that a child with OCD is not crazy or seeking attention; parents or an upsetting event do not cause OCD; discipline, coaxing, or ridicule will not cure it; and that there is hope for children with OCD.

Childrens Non-Fiction 616.85227 NIN​

Turtles all the way down by John Green

This book centres on 16-year-old Aza who lives with anxiety and OCD.  Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Young Adult Fiction GRE​

Understanding obessions and compulsions :  a self-help manual by Frank Tallis

This guide is by the author of "How to Stop Worrying". People suffering from some degree of obsessive compulsive disorder may be embarrassed by their symptoms and not present themselves for treatment. This book, therefore, attempts to provide a comprehensive guide to self-help, explaining the principles of anxiety reduction, giving treatment instructions in easy-to-understand language. It covers compulsive checking, washing, hoarding, obsessional thoughts and worry, obsessional personality and depression.

Adult Non-Fiction 616.85227 TAL  ​

Unlikely hero of Room 13B  (secondary age) by Teresa Toten   ​

Filled with moments of deep emotion and unexpected humor, this understated and wise novel explores the complexities of living with OCD and offers the prospect of hope, happiness and healing.

Grow immediately.
Find courage.
Keep courage.
Get normal.
Marry Robyn Plummer.

The instant Adam Spencer Ross meets Robyn Plummer in his Young Adult OCD Support Group, he is hopelessly, desperately drawn to her. Robyn has an hypnotic voice, blue eyes the shade of an angry sky, and ravishing beauty that makes Adam's insides ache. She's also just been released from a residential psychiatric program—the kind for the worst, most difficult-to-cure cases; the kind that Adam and his fellow support group members will do anything to avoid joining.

Adam immediately knows that he has to save Robyn, must save Robyn, or die trying. But is it really Robyn who needs rescuing? And is it possible to have a normal relationship when your life is anything but?​

Young Adult Fiction TOT

Other Mood

​​49 ways to think yourself well by Jan Alcoe and Emily Gajewski

Mind science practice, one step at a time.

49 Ways to Think Yourself Well is a unique, dip-in guide to help you to enhance and sustain well-being. Written by two experienced therapists and trainers in brief psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, it offers readers a compendium of insightful information and a host of positive and practical ways for boosting well-being on all levels, using the powerful tools within your mind.

Drawing on a wide range of tried and tested approaches to improving resilience and well-being, the book makes clear links between the science of the mind and how to feel better – physically, emotionally and mentally. It will help you to challenge and overcome unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour in order to reduce stress, anxiety and negative thoughts, boost your self-confidence and motivation, recover from illness, improve your relationships, reach your personal goals and much more.

Adult Non-Fiction 616.8914 ALC​

49 ways to write yourself well by Jackee Holder

49 Ways to Write Yourself Well is an inspirational guide to improving your confidence and general well-being through writing. Written by a leading creative-writing trainer and life coach, this book is a compendium of tools, techniques and activities which you can draw on to help you take control of your emotions, relationships and personal goals, and find a greater sense of self. The book is structured into 49 different and complementary approaches to using writing in creative and transformational ways for enhancing well-being.

The information and exercises will help you to build and maintain a regular writing practice, as well as set up and maintain a journal. Learn how to use creative writing to identify and manage your emotions, release emotional and mental blocks, practise coaching models on the page to discover solutions to work or personal challenges, and reframe relationships with oneself and others. With recent research showing the positive and health-improving benefits that can come through writing, this guide will help you express yourself and achieve a greater sense of personal well-being.

Adult Non-Fiction 616.8914 HOL​

The happpiness trap by Russ Harris

An illustrated guide on how to stop struggling and start living

Whether you're lacking confidence, facing illness, stressed at work, struggling with low self-esteem, trying to lose weight or quit smoking, or just wanting to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled — in this book you will learn effective techniques to:
• reduce stress and worry
• rise above fear, doubt and insecurity
• handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively
• break self-defeating habits
• develop self-acceptance and self-compassion
• let go of inaccurate and misleading (but very popular) ideas about happiness, and
• create a rich, full and meaningful life.​

Adult Non-Fiction 158.1 HAR​

When happiness is not enough by Skellett, Chris

Happiness is such a simple, unifying concept. We all want to be happy. We all want to die happy.

But do we really know what happiness is? Do we really understand its complexity? Does 'pure joy' lie on the same continuum as a 'quiet satisfaction'? And does happiness in itself lead us to live a fulfilling life? This book helps us to discriminate clearly between two fundamental types of happiness. It helps us to know ourselves better, and to make active choices towards a more fulfilling life.

The central theme here is that the simple concept of plain 'Happiness' is not enough. Instead, complete happiness is to be found by blending feelings of sensory pleasure with feelings of satisfaction through achievement. We learn to balance the excitable pleasure of the moment with the deeper satisfaction of achieving our established goals in life. If we can establish a healthy balance between Pleasure and Achievement for ourselves, then we learn to live a fulfilling life. And by applying the Pleasure/Achievement Principle to the lifestyle decisions that we make, we will learn to experience a far deeper sense of personal fulfillment in our lives.​

Adult Non-Fiction 158.1 SKE​

Panic & Trauma

I can't get over it  : a handbook for trauma survivors                               by Aphrodite Matsakis

This book will help you:

  • Find out whether you have PTSD
  • Cope with post-traumatic anger, grief, and survivor guilt
  • Recognize related problems such as depression, substance abuse , compulsive behavior and low self-esteem
  • Identify "triggers" that set off flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and other symptoms
  • Relieve wounding caused by others' blaming and insensitivity
  • Gain a sense of empowerment and hope for the future​

Adult  Non-Fiction 616.8521 MAT​

Living with it :  a survivors guide to panic attacks by Bev Aisbett

Health Professional Reviewer: Faye Hanna, Clinical Specialist, Primary Mental Health. Reviewed 10 February 2013.

Suitable for: Teens through to adults. Comic format easy reading.

A thoroughly useful small book which clearly addresses anxiety and panic, provides a good understanding of how it develops what it is and how to overcome it. This is, in my opinion one of the most beneficial publications yet. This book summarises anxiety and simplifies a really useful way of managing and overcoming panic attacks.

The simplistic format makes it easy for all levels of readers to understand. The comic form helps readers to remember specific points.

Adult Non-Fiction 616.85223 AIS


​​Hold me tight  : seven conversations for a lifetime of love                     by Sue Johnson

The message of Hold Me Tight is simple: Forget about learning how to argue better, analyzing your early childhood, making grand romantic gestures, or experimenting with new sexual positions. Instead, get to the emotional underpinnings of your relationship by recognizing that you are emotionally attached to and dependent on your partner in much the same way that a child is on a parent for nurturing, soothing, and protection. Dr. Johnson teaches that the way to enhance or save a relationship is to be open, attuned, and responsive to each other and to reestablish emotional connection.

Adult Non-Fiction 158.2 JOH​

The 5 languages of love : the secret to love that lasts                     by Gary Chapman

The Secret to Love that Lasts

Health Professional Reviewer: Sheryl Shipley, Psychologist.

  • The book is easy to read and well set out. It flows well from chapter to chapter.
  • The overview of the 5 love language is easy to follow and makes intuitive sense.
  • However, some of the examples come across as sexist and the lengths needed to 'succeed' verging on psychologically abusive in good 1950's style. Whether this in intentional or because it has a religious grounding I'm unsure.

I would suggest reading this book with the idea of learning something about yourself and your partner. Approach this book as an overview rather than a lesson in how to do it well.

Adult Non-Fiction 152.4 CHA

The relationship cure :  a five-step guide for building better connections with family, friends, and lovers by John M. Gottman and Joan DeClaire

A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships

* Reveals the key elements of healthy relationships, emphasizing the importance of what he calls "emotional connection"
* Introduces the powerful new concept of the emotional "bid," the fundamental unit of emotional connection
* Provides remarkably empowering tools for improving the way you bid for emotional connection and how you respond to others' bids.

Adult Non-Fiction 158.2 GOT​


Manukura: the little white kiwi (preschool / primary age)                     by Joy Cowley ​

True story by world-renowned writer Joy Cowley about the beautiful rare white kiwi Manukura in picture book format for young children.

When a rare white kiwi was born in captivity at Pukaha Mount Bruce, Maori recognised this as something very special – a treasure and a sign of new beginnings.

In this beautiful picture book Joy Cowley tells the story of Manukura the little white kiwi and offers an uplifting message to all young New Zealanders.

Childrens Picture Book C​

Oku Moe Moea : the dream which is bigger than I am (secondary age) by Shona Hammond Boys  ​

Victory would seem to have it all. He is growing up in one of the most beautiful locations on earth, surrounded by generations of his people. But this gifted boy struggles as his eyes are opened to the anguish of a society in change and he reaches for meaning in his life through art. Oku Moe Moea – The dream which is bigger than I am has been acclaimed by teachers and commentators as a moving novel examining the role art plays for young people in enabling the survival of creativity in the young.

Young Adult Fiction BOY

Rising tide (primary age) by Sarina Dickson 

This New Zealand written book is an engaging story that follows Ari and his family through some big events. The book explores themes of worry, family bonds, self-belief, resilience and self-doubt. Additionally, at the conclusion of the story a very good Appendix is provided that both explains this disability and includes exercises for adults on how they can help a child or children in this situation.

​Childrens Non-Fiction 152.46 BUR       

The little book of resilience by Matthew Johnstone

How to bounce back from adversity and lead a fulfilling life

The Little Book of Resilience is about how we can fortify our lives mentally, emotionally and physically. It is not about what happens when we get knocked down but more about what happens when we get up again. It is a book about what resilience is and how we grow and maintain it. The first step in understanding resilience is accepting what you can and cannot change. You can't change the weather but you can certainly change the way you interact with it; using an umbrella, a jacket or sunscreen. Just as you can't change your history, family, race, or past hurts and events but with the right direction and understanding you can certainly change how you look and feel about them moving forward. Life doesn't always turn out as we'd expected. It can be complex, harsh, joyful, mean, hilarious and utterly perplexing. The sooner we understand this, the sooner we will be able to cope with whatever life throws our way. For the majority of life's adversities, there is no magic pill or silver bullet – to get over anything we generally have to go through it – but if we're prepared to learn from that experience, good can certainly come from bad. We can grow to be wiser, more empathetic and understanding and from that we can create greater purpose in our lives.

Adult​ Non-Fiction 155.24  JOH


Incredible you! by Wayne W. Dyer

Dr Wayne W. Dyer has taken then 10 concepts from his book for adults "10 Secrets for Success & Inner Peace" and interpreted them for children, creating "Incredible You"! Wayne believes that it's never too early for children to know that they're unique and powerful beings, and they have everything they need within themselves to create happy, successful lives. With this book, parents can introduce these important ideas to their children. The ten concepts are numbered, titled and set in rhyming verse, and vibrant illustrations bring each point to life. At the end, there are questions that kids can answer to connect these ideas to their own lives, and make them realize how incredible they truly are.

Childrens Non-Fiction 155.1 DYE   


How to stop worrying by Frank Tallis

Worry is a natural warning system. It's your brain's way of warning that something is wrong and needs to be dealt with. But sometimes things get out of hand, and worrying starts to spoil your enjoyment of life and even to affect your health. In this easy-to-read manual, Dr Frank Tallis explains how to understand your fears, and how to control your worry and make it work for you in a positive way. Topics include: Defining worry and its mechanism; Preparing to solve your problems – skills to practice; How to solve your problems – brainstorming, making decisions; Problem-solving in action – did it work? Coping with setbacks; When the worry won't stop – coping successfully with unavoidable problems.

Adult Non-Fiction 152.46 TAL​

The relaxation and stress reduction workbook by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, Matthew McKay

The book contains relaxation techniques based on the latest research, and draws from a variety of proven treatment methods, including progressive relaxation, autogenics, self-hypnosis, visualization, and mindfulness and acceptance therapy.

In the first chapter, you'll explore your own stress triggers and symptoms, and learn how to create a personal plan for stress reduction. Each chapter features a different method for relaxation and stress reduction, explains why the method works, and provides on-the-spot exercises you can do to apply that method when you feel stressed. The result is a comprehensive yet accessible workbook that will help you to curb stress and cultivate a more peaceful life.

Adult Non-Fiction Large Print  155.9 DAV​

Fighting invisible tigers : stress management for teens (secondary age) by Earl Hipp

Fighting Invisible Tigers uses the metaphor of a tiger to explain what stress is and the effects that it can have. It is aimed at young people and covers common stressful situations that they have to deal with, and includes tips and strategies to help manage these. Strategies include healthy eating, exercise, self-care, relaxation exercises, healthy relationships, time management, goal setting, assertiveness skills, positive self-talk and decision making. The valuable information in this book is conveyed using language that is straight forward, simple and easy to understand. Additionally, quotes from teenagers about their own struggles and successes are included, making it more relatable for young readers.

Young Adult Non-Fiction 155.9042 HIP​

The stress reduction workbook for teens : mindfulness skills to help you deal with stress (secondary age) by Gina M. Biegel

​First, the bad news: your teenage years are some of the most stressful of your life. Up to 70 percent of teens say they're stressed out, and with pressure about grades at school, parents who just don't seem to get it, and friends who drive you crazy, it's no wonder. Here's the good news! If you learn a few strategies for getting stress under control now, you'll have the skills you need to deal with problems and difficult feelings that life sends your way in high school and beyond.

Young Adult Non-Fiction 155.9 BIE

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