Today (10th October 2016) is Mental Health Awareness Day. This is a day in order to raise awareness for those health issues that cannot necessarily always be seen. Mental health can range from anything from Anxiety or Depression to Schizophrenia. All of these illnesses are just as important as physical disabilities, and they always need more attention as they are such a taboo topic (shamefully). As it is MHAD, i wanted to collect together some books that i think deal with the mental health topic quite well. Here’s a little list of my favourites in case you would like to learn a little more about mental health in fiction.
It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
I first read this novel about three years ago and i have not stopped thinking of it since. There’s some controversy behind this novel as Ned tragically dealt with mental health problems also and sadly passed away due to them. Because of this, i feel like It’s Kind Of A Funny Story has one of the most raw and true reflections of mental health problems i’ve ever read. I’d start with this novel if you’re new to these kind of stories.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Perks is one of the post popular novels that encompasses mental health. However it’s so much more than a mental health novel. With this story, it’s rarely actively talked about that he has mental health issues, however it’s always an underlying story-line. This is what i absolutely love about this novel. It shows the true life of someone suffering and gives a very real representation.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
I recently read Under Rose-Tainted Skies as it became a very popular novel in the past few months. I never imaged to love it as much as i did. It deals with agoraphobia and also some self-harm issues, which are a growing problem among young adults and teens. They are also rarely discussed. Under Rose-Tainted Skies was one of the most well written novels i’ve come across that deals with such topics. There are many YA novels at the moment with agoraphobia as a main topic, and this is by far the best.
We Were Liers by E. Lockhart
This novel shows how the head of someone mentally ill truly works. It gives a very life like reflection of what its like to live with mental illness and be ‘out of your own head’ if you will. I found this novel very inspiring and educational due to the fact you felt more so inside the main characters head, learning about events as they did, other than just following the story-line. I love this novel for so many reasons, this is just one of them.
It’s important to be aware of mental health and be open to talk about it with others. The more it is discussed, the less taboo it will become and people will learn to be much more open regarding topics of the mind. Do not take mental health lightly, a mental health illness can be just as disabling as any physical illness. If you’d like to know more about World Mental Health Day follow THIS link.