Hi everyone! As some of you may already know, this week is actually mental health awareness week, which runs from the 9th-15th May 2022. Mental health is a topic very close to my heart and something that has deeply impacted both me and some of the people closest to me, and so I thought it was really important that I share a few of my favourite reads featuring mental health issues.
Before I get onto the recommendations, though, I would like to say that if you are suffering from mental health issues you are not alone – in fact, around one in six people experience a common mental health problem every week (you can view more statistics on mental health here). If you or anyone you know is suffering from mental health issues please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’ve listed some helpful links related to mental health at the end of this post, so please make use of those if you need to!
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Thoughts: Honestly, I feel like Emery Lord is really underrated in YA, and When We Collided is one of my favourite books of hers! Vivi and Jonah were so special together but what really made this book stand out to me was the exploration of Vivi’s bipolar disorder, which was woven in and explored really nicely. Jonah’s mum also suffered from depression, so this one’s definitely worth picking up for mental health awareness week!
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Thoughts: There are so many Holly Bourne books that I could include on here, but Am I Normal Yet? was the first book I read by her and has a really special place in my heart. The exploration of Evie’s OCD in here was absolutely amazing, I loved that Bourne explored the depths and complexities of it and a side that I know some people may miss. I’d definitely recommend this to get more of a handle on OCD – I feel like the term’s used really loosely now which doesn’t do justice to how big an issue it can be.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Thoughts: It’s been a few years since I’ve read this but I still remember how much I loved it – I was crying so much at the end! Finch and Violet’s story was so tragic yet beautiful and it really stayed with me. Suicidal thoughts are a central part of this book, with Finch also suffering from bipolar disorder and Violet from PTSD, which definitely means it’s perfect for mental health awareness week – although if you personally suffer from these it may be a little triggering.
The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne
Thoughts: I had to add this on here! The Places I’ve Cried In Public deals with so many different topics – sexual assault, controlling relationships, emotional abuse/manipulation, gaslighting and cheating – in addition to the main character suffering from PTSD and social anxiety. The theme for this mental health awareness week is also loneliness, and I think this ties in with that really nicely!
Burn After Writing by Sharon Jones
Thoughts: Ok, so this one isn’t fiction, like the rest of the books on here, but it’s all about exploring your thoughts and innermost feelings, which pretty much translates to looking after your mental health. I haven’t picked this up in a couple of weeks now as I’ve been so busy but I can still vouch for how useful the prompts are, and I think it’s the perfect place to start if you want to get into journaling!
Useful Mental Health Links:
- Mind – for help with all things mental health, including supporting others. Call 0300 123 3393 to access their Infoline.
- Young Minds – for both young people and those supporting them, including parents/carers. For urgent help text YM to 85258.
- Samaritans – call 116 123 to access non-judgmental emotional support.
- Childline – for anyone under 19 going through any issue. Call 0800 1111 to speak to someone and get support.
- Mental Health UK – UK based mental health charity offering more resources, with three key programmes.
- Support Line’s Guide To Mental Health – helpful tips for dealing with mental health difficulties, as well as lots of handy links to more resources.
- Five Ways To Improve Health And Wellbeing – article on how to work on your mental health and make it a priority, with helpful tips and summarised points at the end of each heading.
- Mental Health Awareness Week Resources – resources to use in your posts to get people talking about mental health week.
Have you read any of these? What are some of your favourite mental health recommendations? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this post and took something useful from it.