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:
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.
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.
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! Here’s my review of this book!
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 in 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! Mind are a charity which offer support and information for people experiencing mental health issues – you can find their website here.