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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Depression is a catalyst that leads people to think about suicide and even attempt suicide. In Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero by Mike Veny, the author speaks about the mental health challenges that will affect areas of life if left untreated. This is a growing issue and it is soon going to be a worldwide epidemic if nothing is done about it. The book gives a framework for readers to help themselves, their family, and society by the way in which the topic of mental health is discussed. The techniques and tips in this book are good when it comes to taking an honest look at the topic and helping people heal emotional pain and discover meaning through simple ideas that empower wellness and healthy relationships.
I found the book uplifting and insightful and it gives hope to a lot of readers who are battling depression and other mental health illnesses. I like the concept of turning readers into superheroes and how, like them, everyone needs to fight the perception of mental health in society. The author makes readers understand the Stigma Cycle, how to use conversation to transform silence, learn ideas to prevent suicide, how to replace shame through self-care, and have a practical plan for mental health recovery. The author’s personal experience will help readers connect well with his words and give them a better awareness of mental illness, children’s and adolescents' mental health, the stigma cycle, psychiatry, and psychology. The author handles a relevant topic in an engaging way, making it easy for readers to understand and transform the stigma in their lives.