In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, young adult books which deal openly and sensitively with mental health issues. End the stigma! List created by Andy A. and Christine R.
Adib Khorram$10.99 $10.11
Darius never feels quite right–he's bullied at school, a Star Trek fan not a jock, and clinically depressed. Then he goes on a family visit to Iran and meets Sohrab, whose friendship makes Darius feel right—even great—for the very first time. I appreciated how depression doesn't dominate Darius' life but is constantly in the background, weaving its way into his thoughts and relationships. This story about empathy and belonging and is also a fantastic example of healthy masculinity and male friendship. Darius the Great is sure to charm you! —Christine R
Adam Silvera$10.99 $10.11
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera is written from the viewpoint of Griffin, to his dead ex-boyfriend Theo. Oh, and Griff has mad OCD. This book captures grief in all its forms—especially at life lost young and suddenly—and mental illness. This book is for anyone who has ever lost someone they love. It is about feeling out of control. The characters Adam Silvera brings to the page are authentic and real. Sometimes selfish, sometimes kind, they fully encompass the journey of grief. Hold on for a heart wrenching read into the history and lessons that Theo left behind. —Andy A.
John Green$14.99 $13.79
Turtles All the Way Down is a book full of feeling and may be hard to read for anyone who has experienced even the smallest amount of OCD. However, it was also a healing and reflective book. The story was all life, all truth, and all yearning to find meaning. Thank you, John Green, for sharing this part of yourself. —Andy A
Lisa M Schab$17.95 $16.51
From the publisher: If you feel anxious most of the time, you're not alone. There is no one in the world who doesn't feel anxious at some time. And it is even more common to feel anxious during adolescence, because so many changes are taking place in your body, your mind, and your emotions. The good news is that there are a lot of effective techniques you can use, both on your own and with the help of a counselor, to reduce your feelings of anxiety and learn how to keep them from taking over your life. This workbook offers a set of simple activities you can do to make it happen.
Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Helping You Manage Mood Swings, Control Angry Outbursts, and
Sheri Van Dijk$18.95 $17.43
From the publisher:Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens is a workbook that can help. In this book, you'll find new ways of managing your feelings so that you'll be ready to handle anything life sends your way. Based in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a type of therapy designed to help people who have a hard time handling their intense emotions, this workbook helps you learn the skills you need to ride the ups and downs of life with grace and confidence.
Brandy Colbert$10.99 $10.11
In the world of contemporary YA, Little & Lion is one of my absolute favorites. Suzette, black and Jewish, is discovering she is bisexual. Her brother Lionel is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This is a heartwarming story of family and personal growth. Some folks describe Little & Lion as "diversity done right." I'd say it simply about a real, normal family like mine: heartbreaking sometimes, but ultimately, home. —Andy A
Mark Oshiro$9.99 $9.19
Six years ago, Moss Jeffries' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media's vilification of his father and lack of accountability left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.
Jen Petro-Roy$16.99 $15.63
From the Publisher: Before she had an eating disorder, twelve-year-old Riley was many things: an aspiring artist, a runner, a sister, and a friend. But now, from inside the inpatient treatment center where she's receiving treatment for anorexia, it's easy to forget all of that. Written by an eating disorder survivor and activist, Good Enough is a realistic depiction of inpatient eating disorder treatment, and a moving story about a girl who has to fight herself to survive.
Noelle Stevenson$19.99 $18.39
An illustrated compendium of yearly reflections from Noelle Stevenson, one of the most promising voices in young people graphic novels (Nimona, Lumberjanes) and animation (Dreamwork’s She-Ra),. Her struggle to find self-value amidst her meteoric rise to fame is a poignant reminder that outward success does not directly equate to mental health. - Sarah R
Jennifer Dugan$17.99 $16.55
From School Library Journal: A deep dive into first love while learning to manage significant mental health challenges . . . Dugan's strength is in creating a diverse cast of characters. Ridley is bisexual, Jubilee struggles with how to identify and label her sexuality, and most of the supporting characters are queer-identified.
Laurie Halse Anderson$17.99 $16.55
From the Publisher: Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a critically acclaimed poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless.
Laini Taylor$14.99 $13.79
Librarian Lazlo Strange has dreamed of the mythic city of Weep for as long as he can remember. And then through extraordinary circumstance, he finds himself at the city's gates looking at the hulking citadel that hovers in the sky above Weep. What has happened here, and who is the blue-skinned woman who begins to occupy Lazlo's dreams? This beautiful, strange, haunting story is like nothing I've ever read. I am still thinking about how Laini Taylor illuminates and explores issues of trauma and post traumatic stress through fantasy elements. One of my all time favorites! —Christine R
Kelly Jensen$16.95 $15.59
From Booklist: Empowering . . . deeply resonant . . . With this diverse array of contributors offering a stunning wealth of perspectives on mental health, teens looking for solidarity, comfort, or information will certainly be able to find something that speaks to them. Resources and further reading make this inviting, much-needed resource even richer.
John Corey Whaley$10.99 $10.11
From the publisher: Sixteen-year-old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn’t left his house in 3 years. Ambitious Lisa is desperate to get into a top-tier psychology program. And so when Lisa learns about Solomon, she decides to befriend him, cure him, and then write about it for her college application. To earn Solomon’s trust, she introduces him to her boyfriend Clark, and starts to reveal her own secrets. But what started as an experiment leads to a real friendship, with all three growing close. But when the truth comes out, what erupts could destroy them all.
List created by Andy and Christine.