We get asked very frequently to recommend books or other media about schizophrenia and other severe and persistent mental illnesses.

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Here are some of our favourite books and memoirs about living with serious and persistent mental illness:

Please keep in mind that these books may have triggering themes or situations, or even content you may not agree with. The views shown in these books are also not those of BCSS, but of their individual authors.

If you are looking for more recommendations for children, teens, and parents, please check our BCSS Youth resources.

This list is not exhaustive, and we love hearing about new pieces of media on SPMI. We will be updating this post periodically as new recommendations come in.

Do you have a book about schizophrenia or severe and persistent mental illness that you think we should share? Send us an email with your suggestions to digitalcomms@bcss.org!

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