MHAM | My favourite books with a mental health representation

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Dear reader,

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

If you know me then you know that mental health is something very close to my heart and that I try to bring awareness towards it every day. I talk a lot about it on my Instagram and always try to be honest in order to help others realising that they aren’t alone. Obviously I had to write a few posts dedicated to it this month.

Today I wanted to present to you all my five favourite books which deal with mental health.

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I WAS BORN FOR THIS BY ALICE OSEMAN

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I Was Born for This was my first Alice Oseman’s book and I immediately fell in love with it. Despite the fact that I could really see myself in Angel I also ended up loving to death Jimmy Kaga-Ricci who suffers from an anxiety disorder and paranoia. During the whole book he has several panic attacks but decides to hide it from his band mates, and seeing him suffer in silence really moved me. Unfortunately anxiety is something many people suffer from today, and I think anyone could really see themselves in this character. The book itself was amazing, but Jimmy really made it what it was.

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❥ WE ARE YOUNG BY CAT CLARKE

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We Are Young is a very hard book to read. I received it from the publisher and immediatly loved it because all of the subjects it talked about. Please be careful with it if depression, suicide, drugs, emotional abuse and alcoholism is a trigger for you. That being said, it deals with everthing so well. I personally suffer from depression, and have been for many years, and really felt myself understood while reading. Though this book is really sad it has also a powerful message: to listen to teenagers and to acknowledge their pain, their struggles.

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EMERGENCY CONTACT BY MARY H. K. CHOI

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Again, Emergency Contact is amazing because of its anxiety representation. At the beggining of the novel Sam suffers from its first panic attack and feels like dying. Though it was endearing and funny to read about when you too suffer from it, it felt real and really made me feel good about myself. This book isn’t deeply sad but it does deal with heavy subject, such as rape (so please be careful with it, but as someone you is extremely triggered by it this book didn’t harm me and actually made me feel seen). I highly recommend this one, mostly because of the amazing characters and sweet story, but also because of its representation of mental health.

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❥ AM I NORMAL YET? BY HOLLY BOURNE

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I feel as if I only talk about this book online, but I can’t stress enough how amazing the OCD representation is in it. It was the first book I read after my diagnosis and it made me feel so much better about myself. It truly helped me see that I wasn’t broken and that I could actually deal with everything life was throwing at me. If you ever feel like it, I wrote a whole review about this book.

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QUEENS OF GEEK BY JEN WILDE

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Queens of Geek isn’t perfect – it has a very simple storyline and writing style. However I did gave it 5/5 stars because of how happy it made me feel. Obviously I related a lot to Taylor because of her fangirl side, but I also really saw myself in her because of her anxiety and how she reacts to pretty much any social interaction. She also suffers from autism spectrum disorder and I have only seen people being happy about the representaiton in it. If you are looking for a quick, cute and funny book to read, consider this one. It’s more than it really is.

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And that’s it! I hope that you loved this first blog post for Mental Health May!

What are some of your favourite books with a MH representation? Have you read any of those?

Love always,

Clara

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5 thoughts on “MHAM | My favourite books with a mental health representation”

  1. This is such a great list, Clara! I have read and adored all of these books, well… I still have that Cat Clarke book to read, but it’s going on my TBR right away, it sounds incredible. Thank you for sharing this lovely list and these very important books ❤

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    1. I’m so glad you loved it, Marie, and to see that we agree on many of those reads! The one written by Cat Clarke is honestly heartbreaking to read but I thought the message delivered was brilliant – I hope you’ll love it if you ever pick it up! Again, thank YOU for your kind words ❤

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  2. This is such a great list! A lot of these books have been on my tbr for a while, including Queens of Geek, Emergency Contact, and I Was Born for This. It seems like everyone really loves Alice Oseman and especially IWBFT, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it as well. Thanks for the list 🙂

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