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Books as a Mirror for Attitudes toward Mental Health

Reblogging because of the wonderful content!

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For Mental Health Awareness Month I wanted to make a list of books about mental health. I was done with a rough draft when I realised I didn’t like it: I hadn’t read that many YA about mental health and some pretty voracious readers are sure to post some fantastic lists.

What I do want to talk about is how YA portrays mental health issues, even when it isn’t necessarily focused on mental health.

mental health books

The first time I thought about this was when I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Now, despite some problems, I liked that book. It gave me the creeps in a delicious way. Even though it is a paranormal story, there is a lot of alluding to mental health issues. Apart from the fact that Mara obviously suffers from some pretty serious PTSD, she is also being worked up for a possible diagnosis…

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