Investigations of mental maps show that the mass medias coverage and stereotypical discussions and coverage of places around the world has a major effect on peoples perception of the world. One of the strongest deterrents to seeking mental health care is the stigma associated with mental illness in our society. Why ya fiction needs to tell stories of mental illness books for younger readers that include painful subjects like ocd, bipolar disorder and depression may. Its always been there, in part because writing about adolescents in any capacity means exploring a social group that is a cocktail of hormones that causes them tremendous physical, emotional, intellectual, and mental changes in a short time frame.
Mental health is very important to me, as i deal with social and general anxiety on a regular basis. And yes, you may borrow and share this list as you see fit. If youre having trouble keeping up with school work because of mental health issues, contact the office of the dean of students for support. Why ya fiction needs to tell stories of mental illness. I only discovered this recently, but im glad it exists. If you have other favorite contemporary realistic ya titles that tackle mental illness and mental wellbeing from any period of time, feel free to leave the title and author in the comments. Anything that happens mentally is happening in your mind. Books aimed at teen or young adult audiences can be a number of things. From heartwrenching and honest to lighthearted and funny, these 12 books accurately portray mental illness and help break the stigma that envelops our world today. Over the last decade, the growth in ya books about mental illness is hard to overlook. Books like this go a long way toward destigmatizing what its really like to live with a mental illness, not just suffer from one and then get better. An amazing portrayal of how mental illness can be part of someones life. Ya mental health resources published may 24, 2016 you may be familiar with ya fiction books that deal with mental health issues, but in honor of it being mental health month, im highlighting mostly nonfiction ya resources with a few new or forthcoming fiction titles.
Ya books about mental illness depression, ocd, anxiety, ptsd, and. Instead of the more traditional technique of sketching mental maps, gould and white survey people about the desirability of locations and use a statistical technique to. Yabc is your first stop for all things book related. Find something that draws you in, gives you characters to connect to, to see yourself in, and that you just want to keep reading. Ive some quick reads that are ya young adult, mental health or mental illnessrelated books to recommend. Mental health issues in ya fiction can be a great way of helping teens make sense of their own misbehaving brains as long as theyre tackled responsibly. This is a scary number but even scarier is being a young person who is experiencing signs of a mental illness. Books for younger readers that include painful subjects like ocd, bipolar disorder and depression may be painful, but they are also essential.
But one of the most amazing things about ya fiction is that it can also be a tool for helping readers to deal with issues that they or someone they know might be going through at this stage of their lives. The following is a list of books that highlight mental illness in. May is mental health awareness month and we find that books can not only help us understand or sympathize, but can often help us talk about difficult topics. We compiled a list of ya books wed read which deal with include people with brain disorders and mental illnesses in a very real, accepting, and hopeful way, and hope this list is useful to you. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read no one cares about crazy people. Helping teens better understand their mental life, as well as better cultivating the language to openly communicate about it, are ya books about mental illness. May is mental health awareness month, and as society grows in its understanding of mental illnesses, their effects, and their treatments, were seeing more and more ya narratives that address these topics. Encompassing information and ideas from the whole spectrum of mental health services, this text provides a unique and comprehensive overview of uk mental health policy and practice. Founded in 1998 by now author kimberly pauley as a basic stopover for people looking for information on young adult books, yabc has since evolved into one of the largest professional book recommendation sites targeted towards tween and teen readers. But when i read ya novels that not only handle mental. The books that i am mentioning in this post deal with different mental illnesses.
A good companion book to the the image of the city by lynch. Ya books central explore young adult book releases and. A blue so dark, holly schindlers debut novel available may 28, 2010, explores what it means to have mental illness lurking in the thick leaves of your family tree. The aim of this book is to educate both professionals and the lay public on the pervasiveness of the stigmatization of mental illness, with the hope that education will inspire. It shows the terror, the guilt, and the anguish experienced by not just the schizophrenic patient, but also by those who love her. Nami, the national alliance on mental illness, is the nations largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of americans affected by mental illness. You probably have a clear map in your mind of where you live that allows you to navigate to the nearest coffee shop, your friends house, your place of work, and more without the help of technology or physical maps. Because sometimes you need a reminder that youre not alone, we reached out to the members of our facebook group and asked for their favorite books that portray mental illness and discussions of mental health well. Some criteria for mental illness young adult novels with the most potential to engender empathy in. According to the national alliance on mental illness, 1 in 5 teens and young adults live with a mental health condition. Because this week is mental illness awareness week, we thought we would highlight some young adult books that deal with such issues. According to existing literature on mental illness in ya novels, carefully written narratives about. Column by riki cleveland august 25, 2014 5 comments.
Since may is mental health awareness month, i asked some of my favorite authors of mental health ya, as well as and including authors who are also mental health professionals, to share their favorite mental health yas that get it right. The chaos and heartbreak of mental health in america. Young adult novels have never shied away from tough subjects, and when it comes to mental health, theres a wealth of novels that treat the topic with the gravitas and sincerity necessary to open a. The book describes the physiology of trauma, many case studies, and new nonpharmaceutical. Novels set around mental health show list info these stories many of them young adult, some of them not are all based around people with mental health issues. They reflect on the new thinking about how services should be organised and how. There are books about addiction, eating disorders, depression, schizophrenia, and more, as experienced by the teen main characters. The effects are as real as a broken leg or broken arm, even though there isnt a sling or plaster cast to show for it. The social and economic burden of mental illness is considerable and, within the western world, such problems appear to have increased in recent years. The chaos and heartbreak of mental health in america ebook written by ron powers.
Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon books best sellers. For some of us, talking about mental health and mental illness is hard. Mental health issues affect many members of society, either directly through personal mental health problems, or indirectly through their impact on family and friends supporting those who suffer from mental illness. Sometimes the best way to understand mental illness, wellness or just want someone to identify with what you are feeling or thinking is to pick up a book. This book provides a critique of the achievements of the national service framework for mental health in england and wales. So, in no particular order, here are some stunning ya books that handle mental health.
It seems that recently, the most popular and most anticipated young adult books feature themes revolving heavily around mental illness. If you didnt know, today october 10 is mental health day. If you are experiencing mental health crisis afterhours, you can call the national suicide prevention hotline at. This readable text presents the longawaited first comprehensive history of the royal college of psychiatrists as an organisation, from its creation as the association of medical officers of asylums and hospitals for the insane in 1841, its development through various name changes and the receipt of two charters, to become the present royal college as we know it today. During his 16year career representing rhode island in congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the. We can all name a few, such as the bell jar sylvia plath, its kind of a funny story ned vizzini, and the silver linings playbook matthew quick. Stigma affects not only those seeking treatment but also their families and caregivers. As society grows in its understanding of mental illnesses, their effects and treatments, were seeing more ya narratives tackle these subjects. Its important for people to understand mental illness. Ive read plenty of books on depression fiction and nonfiction but id never really looked at the ya category the only pieces of fiction i read as a teenager that dealt with any kind of mental illness tended to be anorexia or bullimia, as it was undergoing a lot of media attention at the time and seemed to be the next big problem in focus for. Demonstrating the importance of interaction between different sectors, lester and glasby promote positive ways of interdisciplinary working and the central importance of user involvement. Welcome back to another edition of yas that get it right, in which pros weigh in on ya books they think nailed an aspect of the human experience. For those who have struggled with mental illness or know someone who does, these books are a mustread.
For more, please see my recent blog post on ya novels of obsessivecompulsive disorder ocd at teen librarian. Now in its seventh edition, this psychiatric and mental health nursing text covers both care of patients with psychiatric disorders and the psychosocial aspects of physiological disorders. Its impossible to walk into a bookstore without seeing a novel on the shelves about a persons battle against depression or anxiety, but finding books about. Mental illness in young adult fiction affinity magazine.
We also get garbage fires like the recent editorial from xojane. I think that these ya books about mental health portray these mental health conditions in a respectful manner. The landmark book that argued that psychiatry consistently expands its definition of mental illness to impose its authority over moral and cultural conflict. Ya books about mental health young adult books about anxiety, ocd, depression, eating disorders, self harm, etc. Why mental health awareness besides may being mental health awareness month. These are great books that are definitely worth a read if you havent done so yet, but here are some that. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times. From theme to style, there are a lot of exciting developments happening in the ya novels of mental illness.
If youre looking for any ya mental illness health recommendations, ive got loads. Ya author holly bourne has just launched an online book club with mental health charity rethink and. Travel helps to counter the effects of the media and generally increase a persons perception of an area, especially if it is a popular vacation destination. Geared toward lpnlvn students, the books format reflects the nursing model and the shift of psychiatric nursing care from hospitals to communitybased settings. His one comfort is the map he carries in his pocket, out of his favorite. Ya books about mental illness and mental health book riot. House of representatives and the nations leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. Why ya fiction needs to tell stories of mental illness children and.
There are many compelling, wellwritten narratives that focus on mental illness or otherwise feature teen characters struggling with and. Literature with teen protagonists suffering from mental illness has a pretty fine historybooks like the bell jar by sylvia plath and the catcher in the rye by jd salinger have been capturing the pain and complexity. Everyone has mental maps that they use to get around, no matter how good they are with directions. The editors and contributors use their extensive experience and knowledge of mental health practice to analyse the effectiveness of developments in services and practice. In the last couple of years, the number of ya novels that contain characters with mental illnesses or unseen disorders, or revolve around similar themes, have increased twofold.997 1299 1577 1410 753 47 932 1215 984 72 511 291 455 467 1270 291 727 1287 176 1289 385 46 585 574 720 515 294 1410 981 1203 1336 936