Books on mental health and illness available @ the Driscoll Public Library

The library has a wide selection of books on mental health.

The Driscoll Public Library has a number of books on mental health and mental illness available, and the public is encouraged to stop by and check them out.
Books include a series specifically aimed at young adults that cover depression, social anxiety disorder, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, and other mental illnesses. Each book is co-written by someone who has experienced the issue and learned to deal with or overcome it thanks to professional help.
Other highlights include Kate Fagan’s What Made Maddy Run, about a successful high school athlete who became overwhelmed with depression as a freshman in college and took her own life, all while maintaining a carefully curated social media presence that hid her struggles; An Unquiet Mind by Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, who is an expert on bipolar illness and suffers from it herself; and Falling Into the Fire by Christine Montross, a psychologist who has treated many patients in moments of severe crisis.
Library cards are free for those who live inside the Devine city limits, and just $10 per year for those who live in the county.
If you are in emotional distress or struggling with thoughts of self-harm, the free and confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255. Online chat is available at
To text with trained crisis counselors through the Crisis Text Hotline, text 741741.
By Marly Davis
Staff Writer