Mental health is a tough subject to address, and World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10 aims to raise awareness of these kinds of issues and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The books below do a fantastic job discussing myriad themes with nuance and care.
These books provide a nuanced perspective on mental health, offering readers a chance to explore the complexities of the human mind and the challenges individuals face in their journeys toward mental well-being.
Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango
Follows Iveliz’s struggles in seventh grade, dealing with anger and the challenge of explaining her medication for sadness to her family
Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
Explores the relationship between two Chinese American sisters, one of whom battles mental illness
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Tells the story of Leigh, who travels to Taiwan to uncover her family’s secrets while grieving her mother’s suicide.
Two Wrongs Make A Right by Chloe Liese
Jamie and Bea fake a relationship — but they eventually question whether they might actually be right for each other.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Delves into Darius’ struggles with clinical depression and his transformative friendship with Sohrab
A Brush With Love by Mazey Eddings
Follows Harper and Dan as they navigate their feelings while pursuing their respective dental careers.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Explores 16-year-old Aaron’s journey to find happiness after his father’s suicide, including the option of memory-altering procedures.
Off the Record by Camryn Garrett
Revolves around Josie’s experience writing a celebrity profile and uncovering a troubling secret.
I Am Not your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Explores Julia’s challenges in the aftermath of her sister Olga’s death and her quest to understand her family
Almond by Won-Pyung Sohn
Sohn’s book tells the story of Yunjae, who struggles with a brain condition, and his connection with troubled teenager Gon.
Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin
The book follows 20-something Gilda, who grapples with death anxiety, her job at a Catholic church, and impersonating a deceased friend.
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