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Mental health books for men - the best reads to improve, and expand your knowledge of, your mental health.

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'This Book Could Save Your Life' by Ben West

The great Ben West's new book deals with the tragic suicide of his younger brother and also acts as a guide to preventing such a thing happening to anyone else. More than a simple self-help book, then, this carries a real emotional weight that could well change, as well as save, your life. £7 - buy now

02

'The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read' by Philippa Perry

Basically a parenting guide to enable your children to have better mental health. Unlike so many books for mums and dads this is neither patronising nor preachy, and is genuinely useful. A must read for new and slightly jaded parents. £8 - buy now

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'Battle Scars' by Jason Fox

Honest and unflinching book by Jason Fox of the highs of combat and the lows of depression, this is by turns an exciting page-turner and a devastatingly honest look at how men deal (or rather don't deal) with their mental health. A must-read. Buy - £5

04

'Time to Talk' by Alex Holmes

Super-smart read by Alex Holmes about the effect of traditional masculinity on mental health and how we can all work to improve our connections to others. Alex has a way of spelling out the major issues facing men today that feels both urgent and inspiring. £8 - buy now

05

'Barber Talk' by Tom Chapman

By the founder of the Lions Barber Collective, this is a look at why getting men to talk - in spaces where they are comfortable, like the barber's chair - is absolute crucial in the fight against suicide. £8 - buy now

06

'The Stranger on the Bridge: My Journey From Suicidal Despair to Hope' by Jonny Benjamin

One of the major breakthrough books in talking about men's mental health, Jonny recounts his near legendary episode when he was rescued from suicide by a stranger on a bridge, and then sought to find that person. It remains a powerful look a turning your life around. £7 - buy now

07

'Dopamine Detox' by Gary Miles

Subtitled 'Avoid distractions, stop wasting time on the internet, and take back control over you life', well that says it all...the benefits to your mental health are self-evident; and extremely important. £8 - buy now

08

'Beneath the Surface' by Michael Phelps

Stunning story of the most decorated Olympian and how he hit the very top of his sport while dealing with ADD and depression. Inspiringly honest read from this most exceptional of athletes. £21 - buy now

09

'Wishful Drinking' by Carrie Fisher

Hilarious and unflinching look at addiction and mental health problems, against a backdrop of working in Hollywood, this is the book that is Fisher's truly towering achievement. Read it and weep (and laugh, a lot). £6 - buy now

10

'Bodies: Life and Death in Music' by Ian Winwood

In which a wide range of top bands and artists open up about the exploitation that can happen in the music industry, in which people become fodder to sell records. A brilliant and shocking read. £12 - buy now

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'Never Will I Die' by Toby Gutteridge

The new book by the amazing Toby Gutteridge is an all-consuming journey into trauma and recovery. Toby was a special forces soldier shot through the neck in Afghanistan and as close to death as you can imagine. Waking up paralysed, and facing losing his career, body, and his identity, the story of how he rebuilt himself as a man is unbelievable and so resonant for anyone who has been through lows. Buy it! £15 - buy now

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