Hello fellow bookworms! This week is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, which is so important for everyone to develop a deeper understanding of the various mental illnesses that exist. Society is becoming a lot more aware of mental health as something that can affect anyone and everyone at different times in their lives, and I think it’s crucial to upkeep the understanding of the many different illnesses there are, and to identify the signals so we can help those people around us who may be suffering. In this post, I wanted to explore those books which I found effectively communicated different mental health problems which you can read this week to expand your awareness and hopefully give you hope if you are suffering, or the confidence to know you can help someone who needs it.
5 Books That Will Make You More Aware of Mental Health
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
John Green is such an incredible writer and having suffered with OCD for many years, his detailed account of the illness is told in an emotional and shocking way which really opens your eyes to what it’s like to live with OCD and experience the thought spirals and compulsions that can consume every thought to the point were it becomes difficult to do the things you want to do.
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
Tackling: Social Anxiety
The story of the new(ish) musical that has captured this hearts of so many people, Dear Evan Hansen not only tackles social anxiety, but also explores depression through beautifully created characters. The songs in the musical deeply resonate inside you, while the book translates everything you feel while listening the cast recording. The book perfectly describes what it’s like to live with severe social anxiety, and how it can hinder you going for what you really want in life.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Tackling: Depression, PTSD, Social Anxiety
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a raw, heartbreaking story about one women’s life which she lives the same way every single day. Suddenly, a strange turn of events sends her life into upheaval and, as Eleanor learns how to cope with changes to her regimented routine, we see even the small changes in life can have a bug affect on your mental wellbeing.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I read this book quite a while ago now, but it’s definitely one I still think about when the topic of mental illness comes up. Two teens are united through the idea of ending their life due to traumatic events in their lives, and the closer they get to each other, the more hope builds in their lives. It’s got a sad ending though, so you’ll need some tissues.
Do you have any books to add to this list? Leave them in the comments below, I’d love to have some more recommendations!
Happy Mental Health Awareness Week, take care everyone.
Until next time…