In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about Ronney—he’s from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister. It really is the perfect YA for anyone looking for a male main character dealing with mental illness in a very non-preachy way." When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. Darius has never had a true friend before, but now he’s spending his days with Sohrab playing soccer, eating rosewater ice cream, and sitting together for hours in their special place, a rooftop overlooking the Yazdi skyline. From the point of view of somebody with a mental illness. It doesn’t work that way! Most everyone knows this timeless tale. We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. Could her discovery just be a cruel side effect of the schizophrenia finally taking hold? An anxiety disorder is a condition characterised by persistent, excessive worry about future events and/or fear about current events. 2. But she’s learned how to forget. Exactly. Accept Grams is gone. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom’s family for the first time. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. Based on the books and articles I’ve read on this subject, and my own (somewhat limited) writing experience, the following list details some of the important things writers must consider when writing about mental illness: A mood disorder is a condition that disturbs a person’s mood to the point where it impacts their ability to function day-to-day. But they’ll all have to deal with themselves—and one another—if they want to learn how to live. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? He’s also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn’t remember how he got there. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands. Try these teen books about depression, YA books about social anxiety, and these 100 must-read books about mental illness (many of which are great for teen YA readers, as well as adult YA readers). Was Olga really what she seemed? “Sick lit” is a sub-genre of YA literature that deals with illnesses both physical and mental. Razor-bill, 2014. At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself. Then there’s a voice in his head. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight…but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did—and didn’t—happen that day. I would never touch this subject unless I had a clear plan on how I was going to handle it. And Evie, struggling to find her way in a new city where kids aren’t friendly and the terrain is as unfamiliar as her name, wonders who she is. Welcome to my site! He catches me looking and stares at me. Terribly sad , Reblogged this on Jo Danilo and commented: Trigger Warning: This book features mental illness stigma, self-harm, several suicide attempts, and suicide. If you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages, and let’s get talking. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium. I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame. 8. No, because that would be too easy—and nothing in Willa’s life is easy. But keeping quiet might be worse. Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along. Hanna simply wants to be loved. The truth is, she’s breaking down…and she might end up breaking her own heart. Today, Hannah of Sprinkled With Words is stopping by with a guest post to talk about the clichés of mental illness she's tired of seeing in YA novels. Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister. When Willa looks at Remy, she sees a girl who has everything. The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. 2. Apparently he doesn’t like me very much either. It’s all like a game to him. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful…in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. He’s losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he’s a mess. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house. What does it mean to be crazy? He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world. One who can walk beneath the open sky. Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It’s 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. Everyone has had days like that, but what if you have them every day? I have used them purely as examples of the breadth and variety of YA novels currently out there which explore these issues. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. She’s also just been released from a residential psychiatric program–the kind for the worst, most difficult-to-cure cases; the kind that Adam and his fellow support group members will do anything to avoid joining. Zach is eighteen. It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. One who is unafraid of kissing. The plot of someone being ‘saved’ from their mental health illness has become such a hateful cliché that whenever I see a contemporary novel about mental illness, I’m always a little wary. Robyn has an hypnotic voice, blue eyes the shade of an angry sky, and ravishing beauty that makes Adam’s insides ache. Presented on March 8, 2017. And when a crisis forces the group to split up, sending Vick back to the life that drove her to suicide, she must try to find her own courage and strength. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. 1. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside. Now she must find a path to recovery – and perhaps rescue some others along the way. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Told entirely from Elena’s perspective over a five-year period and co-written with her mother, award-winning author Clare B. Dunkle, Elena’s memoir is a fascinating and intimate look at a deadly disease, and a must read for anyone who knows someone suffering from an eating disorder. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. But something inside of Grace has started to unravel. But support and understanding is a huge help. So true! Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy. Blog. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. “Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another. Our 2020 Prezi Staff Picks: Celebrating a year of incredible Prezi videos But three months before her graduation, he’s suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed. I wanted to review On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott for Mental Illness in YA Month as it was an #OwnVoices novel for borderline personality disorder (BPD). 29 YA Books About Mental Health That Actually Nail It. There is no single way to “do it right” when it comes to depicting mental health or mental illness. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. An eating disorder is a type of mental disorder where an individual has abnormal eating habits that negatively influence their physical and/or mental health. It’s the end of the world. Definition - is a normal reaction to stressful situations. 5. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. If rehabilitating the notion of therapy in literature means de-stigmatizing the ongoing process, there is still the issue of romance within YA books that also deal with mental illness. And many of them are people you know—you know them because they write the books that you’re reading. I don’t read too many books about mental illness, but those I have picked up have been wonderful, if difficult reads. Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself. I think this would be a great subject for a story. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. You bring up an interesting point here: mental illness rep in genres other than contemporary. Have you read We Were Liars? It’s 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. She doesn’t know. © Copyright 2017-2021 Rebecca Alasdair. With mental illness on the rise for adolescents, our expert panel discusses how mental health issues and treatment are portrayed in Young Adult (YA) literature and other media and why it so important to consider the messages they promote. I stare right back. She may not have them. Worth noting: finding YA books about mental illness that feature characters of color at the forefront is still lagging. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. I write from my own experience and love is irrelevant to mental health. Evie Thomas is not who she used to be. You pick up a pen. Mental Illness in YA Literature and Culture By: Meredith Neely. But this increasingly educated society was eager to separate fiction from fact. Despite what many adults might think or say, teens are interested in these issues, and we often don’t give them (and their maturity) enough credit when it comes to talking about them. You will take detailed, accurate messages. So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe? But now that her sense of self has been challenged, she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shoot-out. How are you approach, Writers, do you use a particular app or program fo, What do you have on for the week ahead? Matt’s hardworking mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have…powers. Adam immediately knows that he has to save Robyn, must save Robyn, or die trying. But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofía escape her deep depression. And Norah likes what he sees. HMH Books, 2013. Marry Robyn Plummer. If having a family like that wasn’t bad enough, the local eccentric at the edge of town decided one night to open up all the cages of his exotic zoo—lions, cheetahs, tigers—and then shoot himself dead. U.S. Department of Health and Human services. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…. There are books about addiction, eating disorders, depression, schizophrenia, and more, as experienced by the teen main characters. One of them will attempt suicide. She’s not prepared for normal. If only Mike will listen. 16-year-old Vicky Cruz wakes up in a hospital’s mental ward after a failed suicide attempt. In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever. Do you find yourself listening to a voice in your head that says “you’re not good enough,” “not good-looking enough,” “not thin enough,” or “not smart enough?” Have you ever found yourself unable to do homework or pay attention in class unless everything is “just so” on your desk? The most common examples include major depressive disorder (MDD) or depression, characterised by a persistent and pervasive low mood, and bipolar disorder, where moods cycle between mania and depression. Mental Illness in YA Literature: In Young Adults Here you will find a list of definitions, causes, and other info on common mental illnesses that affect teens. Want more great YA books about mental illness? Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. What’s important to know with these books is that for some readers, they may be triggering and/or they may feel inauthentic to their own experiences. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin. So when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have “superpowers.”. 3. When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Despite what her therapist tells her, Maguire thinks it’s best to hide out in her room, far away from anyone she might accidentally hurt. With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world―full of dark humor and hard truths. Your best friend, who is gone forever. It’s certainly not an easy thing to read about (or write about! But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. It’s a spectrum, and by reading about a wide variety of mental health experiences, we better see that mental illness can take a range of symptoms, treatments, and more. More and more people have a way to reach out and not be pushed away. But Morgan can’t move on. the NCTE, dedicated their fall 2018 issue to mental illness in young adult literature. Well done. Thanks Lorraine! He makes her feel almost normal. While one person may think a particular story hasn’t “handled” this subject right, another may find it matches their own experiences closely. His name is Olly. His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal, but Matt won’t give in. EXAMPLES: Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor | Vivaldi in the Dark by Matthew J. Metzger | All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | When We Collided by Emery Lord. Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Here is a brief guide to my favorite YA novels of mental illness and what makes each story special: On Bipolar Disorder In All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven (2015) , Finch and Violet take turns telling us the story of how their relationship develops alongside Finch’s illness. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email! For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. ADAM’S GOALS: And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy. 4. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Consumed. But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. EXAMPLES: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson | Paperweight by Meg Hatson | A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger | Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum. What happens when such a label gets attached to your everyday experiences? Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything”—at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store. Well worth a read and a share. Too long? Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. YA lit can showcase authentic symptoms of mental illness Language In many books that feature characters with mental disorders such as schizophrenia or depression, readers will notice a variety of terms for someone who has a mental illness (used by an individual with the disorder to refer to the self as well as by those who are talking about others). She’s eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. I analyze the limitations of popular YA novels such as Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Jennifer Niven's All the Bright One impossible heist. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else—more responsible, more capable. Richmond’s 2018 ALAN Review article analyzes the language—from medical jargon to slurs and everything in between—that one YA novel and the characters in it use to describe mental illness and to what Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. It seems to be a *relatively* recent theme in YA literature. Now her father’s sober (again) and Kira is returning home, determined to get her life back to normal…exactly as it was before she was sent away. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy is a conversation starter and guide to better understanding how our mental health affects us every day. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. This post contains affiliate links. One of the pieces of advice I’ve come across from writers who have themselves experienced mental illness is (1) do your research, but (2) remember that not everyone’s experience is the same. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. I'v, Happy New Year one and all! YA novels are a great way to raise awareness and kick-start the conversation on this important issue. Aimee’s clueless. 1. Writers have a lot of power and this is a huge power. Her family has been forced to move to a new place and change their identities. After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. This review discusses the self-harm and attempted suicide in this book. When it came to my turn, he wrote Sad. Without it I’m afraid to think what I would have done. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave. It’s impossible to separate the two, and yet, it happens all the time. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. In this intense novel, Swati Avasthi creates a gripping portrait of two girls teetering on the edge of grief and insanity. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. It’s a harrowing portrait—but not one without hope. Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. Actually, she meant to do something right. mental illness using young adult (YA) literature. Great post Rebecca. He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. Friends should stand by each other in times of crisis. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. Like, you can tell when an author is including something as a one-off plot point instead of giving it the love and care it needs. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life. Again. In addition to featuring mental health stories written by those who have personal experience with mental illness, the world of YA mental health representation is enriched by its inclusivity. There is so much opportunity to explore these issues in new, interesting and sensitive ways in fantasy and sci-fi etc, especially since there is scope to present the characters simply as human beings without having to put labels on them. *Note: I haven’t read most of the books listed above, so can’t really speak as to whether they give a good representation of mental illness. Ah, a classic. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, I have composed a list of several pieces of literature, mostly fiction, that examine the topic of characters suffering from mental illness. Get normal. From heart-wrenching and honest to lighthearted and funny, these 12 books accurately portray mental illness and help break the stigma that envelops our world today. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he— This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia. But for Remy, having everything comes at a price. You make an excellent point of mentioning treatment, which is complex in its own right. But with the rise in diagnoses of mental health challenges—in part because of a better understanding of how these illnesses can work—comes the crucial need to talk about mental health in a bigger way. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. *also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas. It takes aim at ending the shame of mental illness. Even more proof that you can’t trust adults to do the right thing. Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. Something bad must have happened. HE’S the guy you want at your party. It is promising, however, to see this number increase in the last few years. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. None of them wants to confront the truths about their pasts. Not the occasional morning, but every single day? No problem. ... One in 10 teenages has a diagnosable mental illness (1) One in six experiences anxiety. Keep an eye on your inbox. But I believe writers also have a responsibility when exploring mental illness: a responsibility to depict it in a realistic and non-glorified way. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to? Basically, I’m allergic to the world. But helping teens better understand their mental life, as well as better fostering the language to communicate about it, are YA books about mental illness. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. But that’s not all that has changed. Mental health is crucial to our overall health. A friend, who’s trying to help him get control again. Soon Laila is hiking through the Catskills during a thunderstorm in March and discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, temporary flings, and instability. One of the heaviest themes is mental illness. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince. Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Unable to see her friends. 9. Sohrab makes sure people speak English so Darius can understand what’s going on. God. Caden Bosch is torn. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun—and tried to end it all. I know because I was with her when she died. Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death, whereas self-harm is the deliberate and direct injury of one’s own body tissue without suicidal intent. 7. But Vicky’s newfound peace is as fragile as the roses that grow around the hospital. There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. An excellent article. Um. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. And he understand that sometimes, best friends don’t have to talk. Mad for Madness. Sounds like I need to take the time to read it . First off, Snow White. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. Aza is trying. Sofía helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. Mental Illness written correctly can be a big part of the story and really help readers to learn empathy for those in their lives struggling with these things (or even for themselves!). * We have the ability to help and possibly heal a person dealing with major issues. Until she meets Owen Armstrong. Keep courage. She’s got more pressing problems: her mom can’t move off the couch, her dad’s in prison, her brother’s been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn’t speaking to her. Or was there more to her sister’s story? When it’s time to go home to America, he’ll have to find a way to be Darioush on his own. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. I am a 26-year-old Australian writer and book hoarder, who loves dogs and coffee, and has a tendency of staying up all night! All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. I look out my window, and I see him. Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him. All Rights Reserved. You’re not alone. Or the time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life. yes. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. I haven’t read We Were Liars but I have heard about it and stumbled across it on Goodreads too many times to count! For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. Grow immediately. Millions of people are going through similar things. Her only sister is making secret plans to leave. Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. 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