And they certainly don’t want to share their darkest secrets and most desperate fears with a room of strangers. Mental Health in YA Literature ~ Part II ... We can find so many examples in literature, both old and new, of this root of a problem that has caused so much mental distress. The first half of the book leaves the audience questioning if the plot is real, but it ends up being about mental illnesses. Two girls who will find out just how many ways there are to lose a friend…and how many ways to be lost. And as she spirals out of control, Willa can feel Remy spinning right out of her grasp. I don’t know if I’d ever feel confident sharing stories on such a sensitive subject in case I didn’t handle it right. Now things are rough at home, and they’re getting confusing at school. HE’S the guy you want at your party. We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. Her mother struggled with schizophrenia for years until, one day, she simply disappeared—fleeing in fear that she was going to hurt herself or those she cared about. Remembering sucks and being alive—well, what’s up with that? I’m trying to think if I ever read a YA that deal with these issues and I can’t come up with one. I think this would be a great subject for a story. M But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, one out of every five teenagers has a mental health disorder. 2. The Suicide of Claire Bishop, 2015 novel by Carmiel Banasky. Macy’s school officially classifies her as “disturbed,” but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her. You’re right about the love thing. I haven’t read We Were Liars but I have heard about it and stumbled across it on Goodreads too many times to count! Adam immediately knows that he has to save Robyn, must save Robyn, or die trying. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. 29 YA Books About Mental Health That Actually Nail It. Savitri fears Holly’s just running wild—and leaving her behind. 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. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister. And Norah likes what he sees. YA novels are a great way to raise awareness and kick-start the conversation on this important issue. Alternating between reality and magic, past and present, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a luminous debut novel about finding oneself through family history, art, bravery, and love. 1. Learn to forgive Dad. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. They were for my eyes only. Challenger Deep, 2015 young adult novel by Neal Shusterman. Matt hasn’t eaten in days. 8. Because there’s no single definition of crazy, there’s no single experience that embodies it, and the word itself means different things—wild? The books listed below center on teens from a multitude of socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and sexual and gender identities. What if you’re like Mikey? Audrey can’t leave the house. Some of the 4. One who isn’t so screwed up. Research is key and I am happy to see you supplied it. I think books are a great way of reaching young people in distress, showing them they’re not alone, and giving them hope. Books can be an excellent medium through which to explore diverse and sometimes serious issues—but only when it’s done in an honest, educated, and responsible way. Other mental illnesses include eating disorders, OCD, and alcohol abuse. Didn’t she imagine him? Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world. Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. 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. Thank you Not only do books reach young people in distress, as you say, but if done well they can help those who have not experienced mental illness better understand those who do! He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. You scribble down the address. There are a lot of debates regarding … 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 It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. And it’s all pretty much random. Trigger Warning: This book features mental illness stigma, self-harm, several suicide attempts, and suicide. 6. And he understand that sometimes, best friends don’t have to talk. Of course, I want a happy ending, but love like that is pretty fairy tale! Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…. Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him. 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. More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that’s holding him back. To figure out who he is again. Psychosis is a mental condition that results in the distortion of reality due to delusions, hallucinations, and disordered patterns of thought. © Copyright 2017-2021 Rebecca Alasdair. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she’s not actually dead. ... One in 10 teenages has a diagnosable mental illness (1) One in six experiences anxiety. 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. Perfect: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. YA novels are a great way to raise awareness and kick-start the conversation on this important issue. *, Thanks for commenting! No problem. EXAMPLES: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman | Made You Up by Francesca Zappia | A World Without You by Beth Revis | Mosquitoland by David Arnold. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), What is a series that has been on your #TBR for a, What are your goals for 2021? And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself. There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. One impossible heist. Random House, 2014. include YA literature and we discuss some ways to help stu-dents reduce the stigmatization of those with mental illness. It’s not really about mental illness, but I think it showcases how the mind is a huge part of the story *tries to sidestep spoilers. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. 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. And being able to recognise the signs in others is so important. 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. EXAMPLES: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley | Sound of Silence by Mia Kerick & Raine O’Tierney | Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. Great post Rebecca. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. One of them will attempt suicide. 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). It’s certainly not an easy thing to read about (or write about! 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. But this increasingly educated society was eager to separate fiction from fact. But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. HarperTeen, 2014. Get normal. She’s eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature by Kia Jane Richmond - Libraries Unlimited - ABC-CLIO Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature Mental illness affects approximately one in five American teens, and according to recent surveys, one quarter of young adult literature features characters with mental or psychological disorders. ), but then the worthwhile things often aren’t! 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!). His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal, but Matt won’t give in. Big responsibility for writers too! Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful…in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. With an honesty that’s both hilarious and fearsome, slowly Macy reveals why she acts out, why she can’t tell her incarcerated father that her mom’s cheating on him, and why her best friend needs protection…the kind of protection that involves Macy’s machete. I think we're all hopi, How to spray the edges of a paperback book // ft. INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Millions of people are going through similar things. Donovan isn’t talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn’t do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she’s been living for at risk. 5. When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: After her suicide attempt, she shouldn’t be alive. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger…and he isn’t in control of all of them. Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. Readers will be drawn into this convincing portrait of a vivacious young person who is on a path to discovering that taking on responsibility sometimes means finding the best way to ask for help. Things…get a little crazy after that. 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. Terribly sad , Reblogged this on Jo Danilo and commented: You will take detailed, accurate messages. There’s so much good information out there these days, and it’s exciting yet terrifying to work at converting it into a form that is interesting and engaging for people of all ages (hint hint – BOOKS!). Most everyone knows this timeless tale. She is smart, responsible, and contending with more than what most teens ever have to. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. “Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star who wants to help her break her unlucky streak. Aimee is a social disaster. But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. 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. You are dead right about anyone approaching this in their novels needs to do their research. YA books dealing with issues relating to mental health and clinical psychology, first published in 2000 or later. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun—and tried to end it all. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. The instant Adam Spencer Ross meets Robyn Plummer in his Young Adult OCD Support Group, he is hopelessly, desperately drawn to her. Um. 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. It’s the end of the world. But can you hold on too tight? Can Ronney figure out a way to hold it together as all his worlds fall apart? Her mother leaves teaching behind and clings to a new-found religion. Thank you for signing up! Addicts who have hit rock bottom and been stuck together in rehab to face their problems, face sobriety, and face themselves. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. And when a crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe. 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. I would never touch this subject unless I had a clear plan on how I was going to handle it. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. However, since it wasn’t so long ago I was a teenager myself, I am very aware of the fact that today’s youth don’t take well to having the curtains drawn over their eyes. It doesn’t work that way! One of the heaviest themes is mental illness. 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. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. But keeping quiet might be worse. Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms—complete with gritty characters and outrageous endeavors. 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. Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Worth noting: finding YA books about mental illness that feature characters of color at the forefront is still lagging. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually. Common types include anorexia nervosa (AN), where people eat very little, bulimia nervosa (BN), where people eat a lot and then purge the food, and binge eating disorder (BEN). 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. 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. Grace, in turn, does her part, interning at the lab in the gene sequencing department in hopes that one day they might make a breakthrough…and one day they do. 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. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. 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. 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. 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. This number is staggering. Was Olga really what she seemed? So true! Our 2020 Prezi Staff Picks: Celebrating a year of incredible Prezi videos Go figure. Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present. We live in a much better time. You get on your bike and go. That was Olga’s role. I hate when “love” solves everything. Blog. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. When it came to my turn, he wrote Sad. Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. But that’s not all that has changed. Her only sister is making secret plans to leave. Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. Over the last decade, the growth in YA books about mental illness is hard to overlook. Now she must find a path to recovery – and perhaps rescue some others along the way. Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. It really is the perfect YA for anyone looking for a male main character dealing with mental illness in a very non-preachy way." Also included are books where the teen main character lives with or is close to someone who struggles with their mental health. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Without it I’m afraid to think what I would have done. Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. 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. 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. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year. Once she had a best friend, a happy home and a loving grandmother living nearby. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up…. But mental illnesses, even those understood fairly well by the mental health community, don’t play out in nice, conventional, and easily-understood ways. Aimee’s clueless. Evie Thomas is not who she used to be. I have used them purely as examples of the breadth and variety of YA novels currently out there which explore these issues. But Morgan can’t move on. So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe? Aza is trying. Him. What a brilliant, informative post! He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. At first, Nazarenko’s eccentric assignments seem absurd. 5. For being aware that mental illness is a big part of life for people in my community as well as in the world in general, I haven’t thought about it much in the extent of books. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself. If you or someone you know struggles with their mental health, please seek professional help. I am that girl. Sohrab calls him Darioush—the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab. But she’s learned how to forget. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. All Rights Reserved. Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit—fast, strong, inseparable. None of them wants to confront the truths about their pasts. I know because I was with her when she died. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. It takes aim at ending the shame of mental illness. 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. 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. What happens when such a label gets attached to your everyday experiences? When I saw your post come into my inbox, I knew I needed to take the time to read it. Sofía helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. Writers have a lot of power and this is a huge power. It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy is a conversation starter and guide to better understanding how our mental health affects us every day. dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t. I remember turning to music when I was a boy. If you’re writing a YA book, or thinking about writing one, that has a character(s) grappling with mental illness of some variety, good on you! The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince. There is no single way to “do it right” when it comes to depicting mental health or mental illness. He makes her feel almost normal. When it’s time to go home to America, he’ll have to find a way to be Darioush on his own. But Alex is used to being crazy. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. Young adult fiction sometimes deals with heavy themes, like death and violence. Six dangerous outcasts. When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Mental illness is one of the most pressing health concerns of the modern age. In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. Mental health is crucial to our overall health. 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. 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.”. For much of the Victorian era (1837–1901), science and pseudo-science were thickly entangled. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever. A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then herself. mental illness using young adult (YA) literature. 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. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. It is a responsibility nobody should take lightly. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. And as Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofía, he must decide whether to face his demons head-on or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves. What does it mean to be crazy? Thanks Lorraine! Commonly mentioned types include generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, panic disorder, and selective mutism. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftops to rooftop. 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. As we watch Nic plunge into the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. This, too, is a reality of teen life today. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world—and his pain—be destroyed forever. 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