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My Favorite Mental Health Magazines (So Far)

Stacks of Magazines

In middle school, I begged my parents for American Girl and American Cheerleader subscriptions at Christmas.

I am book lover, but from a young age magazines provided a welcome contrast to the usual black and white print.

They are bold, colorful, and visually appealing. A different kind of imaginative.

I love glossy photographs, like the ones in National Geographic. I can always entertain myself with Better Homes and Gardens or Martha Stewart Magazine at my mother’s house.

In my search for interesting and relevant magazines, I found some great ones on psychology, mental health, and bipolar disorder. For those that like to read magazines in print or on a tablet, here are a few of the best ones:

BP Magazine

In my experience to date, this is the quintessential magazine for bipolar disorder. Articles include information on research, treatment, experiences, advice, and more.

Four issues are published per year. It’s not the cheapest subscription; you will pay $19.95 for a year in print, and $14.95 for digital. If you want to invest and cut costs in the long run, there are deals on 2-year packages and print and digital packages.

And the investment is worth it.

I love the spotlights on people with bipolar disorder, current issues that are important to the bipolar community, and coverage of our unique considerations that I haven’t been able to find in a print magazine anywhere else.

Visit their website to subscribe, view and buy past issues, read the blog, and participate in forums.

NAMI Advocate

The National Alliance on Mental Illness publishes their flagship magazine three times a year. The magazine is a membership benefit, and, as NAMI describes on their website, is “packed full of in-depth stories on mental illness, research, mental health legislation, personal stories, and movie and book reviews”.

While this publication covers mental health in general, it is an informative and well-produced magazine that every mental health advocate or community member would benefit from reading.

To join NAMI and receive NAMI Advocate, visit

Psychology Today

This is one of the most amazing magazines produced, no matter if you have a mental health issue or not.

Psychology Today is applicable to everyone’s lives, but it is also a great asset to the magazine collection of someone with a mental condition like bipolar.

Some recent articles from past issues include, “The High Art of Handling Problem People”, “Self Sabotage: The Enemy Within”, “Mastering Your Own Mind”.

It is a progressive, creative, and visually desirable magazine—check it out in your therapist’s office (he or she probably subscribes too!).

What Else Is Out There?

These are just three of my favorites—what are yours? Is there a magazine about bipolar disorder, mental health, or psychology that you find enjoyable and/or informative?

Which of the three magazines above would you like to check out first (if you haven’t already)? If you have, which of these three do you recommend?


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My Favorite Mental Health Magazines (So Far)

Kat Dawkins

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Dawkins, K. (2013). My Favorite Mental Health Magazines (So Far). Psych Central. Retrieved on July 7, 2020, from


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