Books & Literature

Mental Health Research

Black Dog Institute – a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders provides a wealth of information on all types of mental health disorders. It is a great site to gain understanding and see the latest research.

Recommended Books for Carers

All books listed have been read by the community co-founders and strongly recommended to gain further insight and understanding in dealing with a loved one’s mental illness.

A sequel to ‘Back from the Brink‘, Graeme Cowan has writtBack from the Brink tooen a book for carers covering real life stories and helpful tips on how to support your loved one. It outlines tips for providing the best support, building knowledge about mental illness, learning to listen and finding help for the carer. It is an excellent reference for any carer.

Available on Amazon and Booktopia


Journeys with the Black Dog

Edited by Tessa Wigney, Kerrie Eyers, and Gordon Parker, the book is a collection of stories on what it is like to live with depression. It provides carers with insights on the darkness the surrounds sufferers and their candid and honest accounts. It is a useful read for carers to understand a sufferers feelings, frustrations, and confusion.

Available on Amazon


Depression FalloutCarer stories compiled by Anne Sheffield from a website support group providing insights on what happens to couples when depression enters the picture.  It highlights what experiences, behaviours and feelings are normal and how to overcome your sense of helplessness and take charge of your life. To access the Depression Fallout support group, click here.

Available on Amazon.


How you can survive when they are depressedAnother great reference from Anne Sheffield exploring depression from the perspective of those who are closest to the sufferers.  Sheffield outlines the five stages of depression fallout: confusion, self-doubt, demoralization, anger, and finally, the desire to escape.

Available on Amazon.

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