Have you ever had a stressful day and just wanted to put your head on the desk and sleep? Have you ever had a friend who didn’t understand why you needed time alone to relax? Mental health can be one of the hardest things to navigate. It’s been proven that there are tons of benefits when it comes to our mental health, but it’s also hard to cope with sometimes.
Books are a wonderful way to travelling without having to move an inch. Isn’t that convenient? Let’s learn about mental health and journey through characters, situations, mishaps, strategies and a little fun by reading something aside from textbooks.
Mental health touches all our lives directly or indirectly. You can choose to learn about it through different media including books. As teenagers you can become more aware and sensitized about different issues which prevail around you. Reading not only brings you closer to this but also adds another activity for you during a regular day.
Here are some recommendations we have for you. Check them out!
- 13 Reasons Why – The books talks about a teenage girl’s struggles with life which result in suicide.
- Clean – Book tackles lives of two people combatting addiction.
- The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary – This book tells the tale of a young girl who is going through a troubled family life and acts out due to all the unfortunate events which occur in her life.
- (Don’t) Call Me Crazy – A wonderful starter book to read to begin a conversation about mental health and understand its meaning a little better.
- Girl, Interrupted – This is a beautiful narration of a girl’s experience in a mental health institute.
- Finding Audrey – This novel is about how a girl finds it hard to leave her house or even take her sunglasses off inside the house. However, at some point, with new found support, she believe she can try going out again.
- Challenger Deep – This book touches the mental illness of schizophrenia.
- More Happy Than Not – It touches the concept of sexuality and the struggles of teenagers with mental health.
- Impulse – A story is about three different people in one psychiatric hospital, tied together with the common act of suicide
Reading is a healthy habit and reading about mental health can make is interesting and a learning process. It’s natural for all of us to gravitate towards films and TV shows, but take some time out during your day and pick up a book, curl up in a blanket and just read.