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May is Mental Health Month
More than one in five Americans experiences some form of mental illness every year, from depression to schizophrenia.
Teen books that deal with mental health issues:
Med Head: my knock-down, drag-out, drugged-up battle with my brain by James Patterson & Hail Friedman
"...Here is the harrowing and heroic true story of Cory Friedman, an ordinary teenager whose courage and determination to climb out of a lifelong medical turmoil and personal suffering enabled him to ultimately survive and thrive against all odds."--P. of cover.
Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford
Brimming with sarcasm, fifteen-year-old Jeff describes his stay in a psychiatric ward after attempting to commit suicide.
The Death of Jayson Porter by Jamie Adoff
In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide.
Skim by Mariko Tamaki
"Skim" (Kimberly Keiko Cameron) is a not-slim would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school. When her classmate Katie is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. The popular clique stars a club to boost school spirit, but Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression.
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper
Whether through their own self-destructive behavior or the suicide of a friend, the characters in these books are forced to deal with effects that suicide has on their lives.
You by Charles Benoit
Fifteen-year-old Kyle discovers the shattering ramifications of the decisions he makes, and does not make, about school, the girl he likes, and his future.