With the GOP rolling out what they're trying to call a "healthcare" plan, folks across the spectrum may have to kiss mental healthcare goodbye. This potential loss looming over head has people making plans for how to protect and heal themselves without therapy or meds. There are no clear answers for where people can go for support that will work for everyone —but one low-cost place people can certainly start ("start" being the key word here) is with books.
Though books are more accessible than say, uninsured medication, not all books are low-cost — a quick trip to the bookstore can prove that. However, what makes books worthwhile is that:
You can get them for free at your local library.
You can use re-use them, again and again.
You have a gigantic variety of stories, genres, and styles to choose from.
Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or are somewhere else on the spectrum, there is a book for you. People have had to cope and survive without mental healthcare for generations now and books have long-since been one among many art forms that have provided comfort and support.
Reading is certainly not a cure-all for people's mental health concerns but it can improve overall mental health and provide a safe outlet where so many dangerous ones exist. Below are just five proven ways that reading can help improve mental health, though there are many more.