Whether you have depression yourself, or have a family member or friend with depression, there is a wealth of information and understanding to be gained from books written by medical practitioners, therapists, depression sufferers, those who have come through major depression and related conditions (such as bipolar disorder) as well as those written by family members and friends.

Most of the books we include here are written by Australians, and we can often organise a discounted price.

(VERY) Easy Reading

Personal Stories


Family & Friends

General – Depression

General – Anxiety


*Note: The books we have available for purchase through dNet are for individuals only.  We don't have the stock available, nor the funds to provide bulk orders for organisations at the reduced price we offer to 'people like us'.


Easy Reading

 I had a Black Dog  – by Matthew Johnstone
With only one sentence per page, the pictures in this fabulous book tell as much as the words!  Great for the 'non-reader' or as a quick and light introduction to the experience of living depression (depicted as a black dog).

Living with a Black Dog  – by Matthew & Ainsley Johnstone
This is a companion book to 'I had a Black Dog' and is written by Matthew and his wife Ainsley specifically for the families (and friends!) of people who have depression – the Black Dog.  It also gives practical tips for family and friends.

View from the bottom of the well – by Karen Thodsen
View from the bottom of the well describes the desolation of depression in a clear and unsentimental way and will greatly enhance the reader's understanding of this very common illness.

Personal Stories

A Better Life – by Craig Hamilton
How our darkest moments can be our greatest gifts
8 years after publishing his first book, Broken Open, Craig has written this frank and inspiring guide to living a happy, fulfilling life with the challenge of a mental health issue.

A Woman's Courage, Inside Depression – by Christina Taylor
What is it like to live with depression?
Christina Taylor presents an honest account of what it was like for her, keeping a smile on her face for the benefit of the outside world, as she battled daily with conflicting and abnormal emotions and behaviours.

Back From The Brink  – by Graeme Cowan
Personal interviews with over 10 prominent and everyday Australians who live with depression.  Graeme lives with depression himself and his understanding shines through in this wonderful book!

Black Dog Daze  – by Andrew Robb
This is the personal story of Australian politician Andrew Robb. Andrew Robb is also mentioned in our Well Known People Like Us section of our website.

Broken Open  – by Craig Hamilton
ABC Radio presenter, Craig Hamilton, shares a very honest and open personal account of his trip to hell… and back.

Journeys with the Black Dog  – Edited by Tessa Wigney, Kerrie Eyers & Gordon Parker
Inspirational stories of bringing depression to heel from 'people like us' who contributed to the Black Dog Institute's 2007 writing competition.  Lots of good ideas on what works – and what doesn't! – in dealing with depression.

Mastering Bipolar Disorder  – Edited by Kerrie Eyers & Gordon Parker
Personal stories from sufferers of bipolar disorder reveal what it's like on the inside. Their inspiring accounts and wise advice are accompanied by tips from psychiatrists for managing this difficult condition successfully.

Out Of The Blue – Joanna Fincham
Behind the bubbly warm facade that viewers saw, Joanna had been struggling with depression for years.  An inspirational story of overcoming depression to live a happy and fulfilled life.

Swimming Against The Tide – Petria Thomas  – by Andy Shea
Swimming champ Petria Thomas opens her heart about overcoming debilitating physical setbacks as well as severe depression in her quest for Olympic gold.

Tracking The Black Dog  – Edited by Kerrie Eyers
Hairy tales and historical legwork from the Black Dog Institute's Writing Competition.  'Tracking the Black Dog' draws from highlights of the hundreds of entries from 'people like us'.

When Angels Cry – Daniel O'Neill
Hairy tales and historical legwork from the Black Dog Institute's Writing Competition.  'Tracking the Black Dog' draws from highlights of the hundreds of entries from 'people like us'




Change Your Thinking  – by Sarah Edelman
Postive and practical ways to overcome stress, negative emotions and self-defeating behaviour using CBT.

Compassion And Self Hate – by Theodore Rubin

Many of us know that self-destructive patterns are rooted in self-dislike, but few of us understand how to break them. This book  shows us realistic ways to break these negative mental and emotional attitudes and build a strong sense of well-being and self-understanding.

Dealing With Depression  – by Gordon Parker
A user-friendly guide written both for people with depression and our families and friends.  How can you tell when depression needs clinical treatment? How to find the best treatment? These and many more issues covered in this great book.

Electroconvulsive Therapy – An Australiasian Guide  – by JWG Tiller and RW Lyndon
A comprehensive and informative guide to ECT in Australia that can be understood by the non-medical person!

 The Broken Mirror by Katerine A Phillip

Katherine Phillips draws on years of clinical practice and detailed interviews with patients. She describes what is known about the disorder, what patients experience, what researches have learned about it, and what treatments seem helpful.


Family & Friends

Back From The Brink Too – by Graeme Cowan 
Supporting a loved one with depression can feel very isolating and alone. This book includes interviews with over 300 people living with depression and 289 caregivers. It offers a path forward, where to find information and support and how to get someone to open up.

Living with a Black Dog  – by Matthew & Ainsley Johnstone
This is a companion book to 'I had a Black Dog' and is written specifically for the families (and friends!) of people who have depression – the Black Dog.  Again, a very easy read with more pictures than words, in addition to learning what it can be like to live with someone with depression, this book gives practical tips for family and friends.

My Mum Has Depression – by Nina Mitchell
The hero of this book is a little boy who tries hard to understand what his mum is going through. He witnesses her mood swings from deep depression to high elation.  The highs and the lows are illustrated in full colour and in a caring way, appropriate for young children.  The poignant ending says it all: "My mum has depression but she is still my Mum".

SANE Guide for Families – by SANE Australia
This guide explains the importance of dealing with your own reactions to mental illness, will help you find support, explains the skills which will help you to help the person improve their level of recovery, and looks at what needs to be done to plan ahead.

General Depression

Hands-on Health Promotion – edited by Rob Moodie and Alana Hulme
Provides health promoters (and students of health promotion) with useful guidance on how to conceptualise, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate health promotion programs at national, state and local levels.

SANE Guide to Depression – by SANE Australia
The SANE Australia Guide to Depression discusses living with and managing depression.

Understanding Depression  – by Maria Prendergast
Understanding Depression , written by Maria Prendergast, is a straightforward, informative and honest discussion of the many facets of depression illustrated by personal stories of depression sufferers.




Don't Panic: Anxiety, Phobias and Tension – by Dr Andrew Page
This practical book explains and identifies phobias, anxiety and tension, and offers commonsense suggestions on how to face your fears and regain control.  Don't Panic will teach you to think straight again so that you can look forward to a brighter future.

Embracing The Fear: Learning To Manage Anxiety and Panic Attacks –       by Judith Bemis
For anyone who has ever suffered from the palm sweating, heart pounding, trembling, panting, exhausting terror of anxiety or panic attacks. This book offers strategies for managing anxieties and phobias, to first accept our anxiety and panic and counter fearful self-talk. 

From Panic to Powerby Lucinda Bassett
"From Panic to Power will take you on a transforming journey from fear, anxiety, and panic to success, personal power, and peace of mind. A combination of techniques and skills that helps people suffering from anxiety and panic attacks to overcome their fears and regin their independence.

Living With It – A Guide to Panic Attacks – by Bev Aisbett
This is a 'golden oldie' – a very popular book for people living with anxiety and/or panic attacks.  It is so popular because it is both extremely helpful and very easy to read with plenty of humourous cartoon style images.  Bev Aisbett is an Australian Author.

SANE Guide to Anxiety and related disorders – by SANE Australia
SANE Australia Guide to Anxiety and related disorders discusses Anxiety disorders, their treatments and mangement.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook  – by Edmund Bourne
This book provides step-by-step help for sufferers of anxiety and phobic disorders. It offers the latest treatment strategies for the whole range of these problems – panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 


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Other – recommended

A Big Little Life – by Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz writes about how his dog Trixie helped him through his darkest times.

Cloudstreet – by Tim Winton
An inspirational novel.

Endal – by Allen and Sandra Parton
How one extraordinary dog brought a family back from the brink

SANE Guide to Bipolar Disorder – SANE Australia
This Guide helps to understand Bipolar disorders and the available treatments.

SANE Guide to Healthy Living – SANE Australia
The SANE Guide to Healthy Living has been written specially for people affected by mental illness who are interested in a healthy lifestyle.