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(*Books marked with an asterisk are reference material only).

Happiness in Hard Times

Earl Andrew Matthews, Great Britain: TJ International; 2010 ISBN 978-1-84850-248-2

The problem with bouncing back from disaster is that we don’t always bounce!

This book is about:

  1. Surviving when you’re broke
  2. How happy people think – and how you can be more like them
  3. Liking yourself before you lose that extra weight
  4. Persevering after you get the sack
  5. Being happy before you meet Mr. Right
  6. Being happy when Mr. Right becomes Mr. Learning Experience

Filled with Andrew’s charming cartoons, and inspiring stories of people who have lost everything or almost been beaten by alcohol, illness, abuse or outrageous misfortune, this book shows us how we too can find our way through the pain to achieve the contentment that seems out of reach.

Overcoming Disabilities Despair

Michael D. LeBow, PhD., C.Psych., USA: Science and Humanities Press; 2010 ISBN 9781596300637

Life gives everybody things they can’t control. Sometimes, even the most capable and productive people hit against a personal limitation and get discouraged over things they can’t do. With some of us, it can be something relatively small, like aches and pains that limit ability to play with our grandchildren, small disappointments. For others, the barriers and hurdles may be much more substantial.

So what do you do when life hands you a major setback? Do you quit, sink into despair and wait for something good to happen to get you past the depression? This book offers practical help.

Dr. Michael LeBow knows intimately the challenges of despair – but more than that – in this book he reveals a systematic approach using Cognitive Therapy to rise above, attack and defeat the disabilities despair that can block us from effective happy living. While light-heartedly sharing some of his own stories of frustration, Dr. LeBow walks us through practical systematic tools and procedures to reclaim optimism.

Suicide: Prevention, intervention, postvention [2nd Edition]

Earl A. Grollman; Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Beacon Press; 1988 ISBN 0-8070-2707-3

Once every minute, someone tries to commit suicide. Sixty or seventy times a day, these attempts succeed.

This book, now in an updated and expanded edition, provides information on suicide statistics and gives advice on how to recognise the warning signs of a potential suicide attempt, how to intervene when a suicide has been attempted, and how to comfort families and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide.

This edition contains a discussion of euthanasia and living wills and a list of crisis/intervention centres around the United States. With suicide a major killer of people of all ages, this book is an invaluable resource for professionals and anyone touched by this tragedy.

Taming the Black Dog: A guide to overcoming depression

Bev Aisbett; Sydney, NSW, Australia: Harper Collins Publishers; 2000 ISBN 0-7322-6869-9

Don’t want to get out of bed in the morning? Feeling as though the light is fading at the end of the tunnel? Need some tips to tame the “Black Dog”?

Winston Churchill, who suffered from depression all his life, referred to it as the “Black Dog”. It can happen to any of us, in fact, 1 in 5 people will suffer from a form of depression at some time in their life. So if the Black Dog has moved into your life, you need a training manual.

This book is a simple guide to managing depression. Modelled on the author’s successful Living with IT, this book, with its unique blend of wit, information and practical tips, will be an invaluable guide for sufferers of depression.

Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family [11th Edition]

John Ashfield; South Australia: Peacock Publications; 2010 ISBN 978-1-921601-09-5

Initially, this book was compiled for use by people in rural and remote areas of Australia who have little or no useful access to the kinds of counselling and psychotherapy support that people in urban centres can generally take for granted. While the book targets rural and remote Australians, it’s also helpful for other people as well. Some people may be unable to access local mental health services due to the location and cost of these services, or due to work commitments and a lack of time. This book provides useful information and practical strategies to help promote good mental health for everyone.

The intended uses of this book include:

  1. A source of basic information about a range of mental health and related issues
  2. A guide for helping others, or prompting them to seek assistance, in the event of a mental health issue
  3. A resource of strategies and self help therapies that have been adapted from some widely used and documented standard psychological therapies
  4. A resource that can be photocopied and self-help therapies that doctors can use as handouts for their patients
  5. A resource for health and human service workers