So, I’ve been reading (unintentionally, mind you) a lot of books recently that cover issues of mental health, and I think that these books are great because they’re talking about the things we need to be talking about. So I thought that, instead of posting reviews like I’m always doing, I’d post something on the books that I’ve read and loved that talk about mental health. These aren’t in any particular order or anything, I really enjoy all of them equally, just whichever order I write this post in!
- Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. This is a unique book written by Matt complete with the story of how he triumphed over a mental illness “which nearly destroyed him.” Matt is a phenomenal writer, and I could not recommend this book enough. Even if you don’t suffer with a mental illness, do read it because it’s a book that will help build your own personal understanding, and with more understanding comes less stigma, so go read it!
- Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson. Mind Your Head is essentially a survival guide to mental illness. Complete with Dr Olivia Hewett’s advice and Gemma Correll’s illustrations, it’s a book that takes on mental illness with Juno’s way with words, and takes it on and makes it easy and simple to understand. I couldn’t recommend this book more, because even though it might not be what you’re used to from Juno (though Juno has written non-fiction books in the past, I’m just used to the fiction!), I guarantee you it’s a book you need to read.
- Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne. Holly’s last novel (her new book comes out in February!) came out last year and it features a main character who suffers with OCD, called Evie. Evie wants to be normal at 16 year of age, and since she’s nearly off her pills and at her brand new college, it’s almost likely she has a clean slate, and a list of things she wants, filled with college, friends and parties all completed, but she’s still missing one thing: a boyfriend. If Evie won’t tell her friends, who know that relationships aren’t always for the best firsthand, how can they help her when things go wrong? I loved this book beyond words, and I’ve spammed Holly’s Twitter enough so she knows this by now. Again, even if you haven’t got OCD or you don’t know anyone that has, I would still tell you to read this book not just because Holly’s an incredible writer but because it’s important that we can help more people to understand mental illness, but in a kind of lighthearted sense, in that it’s not a difficult book to read but it will make you stop and think.
- Butter by Erin Lange. It’s been a while since I first read this book, and I’m still moved by it to this day, to the point where I can literally only say: Read it, because it’s another book that will make you think, but this one will hit you, and it will hit you hard. A lonely boy known only as Butter online who weighs 423 pounds has had enough of living “in this fat suit.” So he wants to end the year with a bang. Live on webcam, he is going to eat himself to death. This is genuinely an extraordinary book, and it’s been over a year since I read it but it’s still such an interesting book and a must read for anyone looking for any kind of YA.