21 YA Books To Read During Mental Health Awareness Month

    Because taking care of your brain is important.

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    It is focused on educating the public about and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health conditions. The books listed below are all fictional, but are excellent picks for starting a conversation about mental health.

    Content Notes!

    I wanted to make note of the different mental health conditions that are part of these books, so that if you're concerned about potential triggers, you can skip reading about those books. Put your brain first!

    Depression and/or suicide: 1-7

    Anxiety: 6-8

    OCD: 9-12

    Agoraphobia: 13

    Schizophrenia: 14

    Body Image Disorders: 15-17

    Bipolar Disorder: 18-21

    1. A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen

    2. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

    3. When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis

    4. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

    5. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

    6. Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

    7. This is My Brain in Love by I. W. Gregorio

    8. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

    9. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

    10. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

    11. Witches of Ash and Ruin by E Latimer

    12. The Edge of Anything by Nora Shalaway Carpenter

    13. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

    14. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

    15. The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves

    16. The Art of Starving by Sam J Miller

    17. Miss You Love You Hate You Bye by Abby Sher

    18. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

    19. When We Collided by Emery Lord

    20. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

    21. Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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