Books I Recommend / Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Mental health is something I really struggle with, and coincidentally this week has been quite a rough one for me. I wasn’t too sure what to post about MHAW as I’m fairly open all year round (especially on my twitter), until the idea popped into my head to post about some books I’ve read and appreciate that speak about mental health!

A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind by Emily Reynolds

This one I hold very close to my heart – I read it last year (in one sitting, late at night, of course) but I wish more than anything it would’ve been available a few years ago to help me navigate my weird brain. I’m ever so thankful for this book.

The Space Between by Meg Grehan

A stunning in-verse take on mental illness and the inability to leave your house. Featuring f/f love and a beautiful dog, this book captured a piece of my heart.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Little & Lion is very important to me, mostly because it’s the first (and only) novel I’ve read that mentions Cyclothymia, which is what I’ve got. This mentioning of it helped me come to terms with the fact that what I have is real, and other people have heard of it.

… And a Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne

This series as a whole is super wonderful in regards to mental health, but I read this one a few months ago and I’m still in awe of how brilliant of a job it does at displaying post-school life, the different routes people can go and how mental illness doesn’t just disappear.

Night Shift by Debi Gliori

Night Shift is one I’d consider a hidden gem, reasoning for this is it was amongst my local library’s shelves and it’s size (or lack of) caught my eye, and then the beautiful cover. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered it’s about depression, and contains dragons as a way of representing the depression. This book has stunning illustrations also.

It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot

Using humor as a way of dealing with mental health struggles, Ruby has created a fantastic, relatable, literal laugh out loud graphic novel that’s an absolute joy to read.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and decide to check out these books! Of course there are plenty more books with mental health themes running through them, but these are some that have really stuck with me. Please feel free to recommend me some books, and remember that while reaching out about mental health issues can be scary – it’s likely worth it in the long run! Georgia 🙂

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