Mental Health and Teens

May is Mental Health Awareness month, started in 1949 in order to raise awareness and educate the public about mental health, what it’s like to live with these conditions and strategies for getting help. Talking about mental health can be scary; there's a stigma around it that makes people want to shy away from the subject, but here's the thing: it's important. One way that stigma can be erased is by representation. We all want to see ourselves in the books we read, and some authors have worked hard to create compelling, rich characters that happen to suffer from mental illness. From depression, to schizophrenia, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, agoraphobia and more, here are thier stories:
 

   

The Rest of Us Just Live Here
The Downside of Being Charlie
Made You Up
Every Last Word
Little & Lion

   

Challenger Deep
Fans of the Impossible Life
Wintergirls
Highly Illogical Behavior
Finding Aubrey

 

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