My Fave YA Books About Mental Health!


Hey guys!

This week is mental health awareness week, and I wanted to post about some of my favourite YA books that feature mental illnesses and spread awareness for how important mental health is.

There’s a vile stigma that surrounds struggling with your mental health, and I think it’s really important for YA books to talk about it and help give people a better understanding of mental illnesses, and how important taking care of your mental health is.

Here are my favourite YA books that feature mental health issues:


Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

This book was so wonderful, and really touched my heart. It gives a strong insight into how agoraphobia and OCD can affect daily life, and also explores relationships and how romance is not a cure-all when it comes to mental illness, which is done so truthfully.

You can check out my review of this wonderful book here! I would like to add there are sections of this novel that could potentially be triggering to some.


Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I feel like even those who have the barest of experience with mental health issues will be able to understand our main character and her struggles in this novel. John Green really captured the essence of OCD and anxiety in this book, and how difficult it can be for sufferers themselves, and the people close to them.

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Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

I found it hard to read this book; it was full of emotion that really hit me. How Holly Bourne depicts OCD is just so accurate, and I think the layout will really help people understand this mental illness better. I also think it was important that it was explained that OCD has many different forms – it’s not always to do with cleanliness!

Another reason to love this book aside from the rep for mental health: it talks about feminism!Β Here’s my review of this book!


A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

This book took a more delicate approach to mental illness, so it was lighter to read than the others in this list. I really enjoyed it, because it was a really sweet read in regards to plot, but it was also great in terms of diversity: not only is our main character facing mental health issues, her love interest is also deaf. A deaf character was not something I’d come across inΒ  a YA book before, so it was wonderful to get a better insight into that.

And that’s the end of this list! Do you have any recommendations of YA books about mental health? Have you read any of the novels above?

If you’re struggling with your mental health, reach out to someone; you’re not alone! MindΒ are a charity which offer support and information for people experiencing mental health issues – you can find their website here.


– Emma

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7 thoughts on “My Fave YA Books About Mental Health!

  1. I really want to read Am I Normal Yet, as I accidentally bought the second sequel to it lmao. I did read it as it looked like I could read it without having had to read the previous two books, but now I really want the others haha.

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  2. So great to see another book blogger highlighting mental health awareness week. I did a post on 5 conditions I’d like to see represented more, one of which was agrophobia because I have never come across a book that features this, SO THANK YOU FOR THE REC. I will add Rose Tinted Skies to my tbr pile!

    Am I Normal Yet is also one of my all-time favourite mental health books. I thought it was great that it showed how therapy works, and that romance can also make things worse rather than better. So much more realistic than it fixing things!

    I notice you have quite a few books on OCD here. If you haven’t already read it, I would really recommend The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B – it’s about an OCD support group and blew me away. πŸ™‚

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    1. Ooh I’ll have to check your post out! Rose-Tainted Skies really is so good, and does a great job of exploring how agoraphobia works so readers understand what the main character is going through.

      And I totally agree about Am I Normal Yet?! I’m definitely going to have to check that book out, thanks! 😊


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