Thematic Reading List: Teen Mental Illness


There is something comforting when we see others facing the same challenges and illnesses we are facing. These 8 titles geared towards teens take a look at dealing with mental illness and the courage it takes to deal with its challenges.

9781368023962 All Our Broken Pieces
By: L. D. Crichton

Musically gifted seventeen-year-old Kyler and his new neighbor Lennon, who is crippled by her OCD, discover that the strength to survive, live, and love can be found in unexpected places.
0525428186 Highly Illogical Behavior
By: John Corey Whaley

Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that–and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.
0062331752 Fans of the Impossible Life
By: Kate Scelsa

At Saint Francis Prep school in Mountain View, New Jersey, Mira, Jeremy, and Sebby come together as they struggle with romance, bullying, foster home and family problems, and mental health issues.
9781492667247 A Danger to Herself and Others
By: Alyssa Sheinmel

After her best friend, Agnes, goes into a coma as a result of a game of Truth or Dare, rising senior Hannah’s secrets begin to escape while she is locked in a psychiatric hospital.
9780525554295 How It Feels to Float
By: Helena Fox

Sixteen-year-old Biz sees her father every day, though he died when she was seven, but when Biz’s almost-normal life turns upside-down and her father disappears again, she tumbles into a disaster-land of grief and depression from which she must find her way back.
9781492642282 Before I Let Go
By: Marieke Nijkamp

Returning to her small Alaska home town after her bipolar best friend’s death, Corey uncovers chilling secrets about the townspeople and their treatment of Kyra prior to her drowning.
9781616204631 If You’re Lucky
By: Yvonne Prinz

Determined to clear the fog from her mind in order to uncover the truth about her brother’s death, seventeen-year-old Georgia secretly stops taking the medication that keeps away the voices in her head.
9781582348995 Georgie
By: Malachy Doyle

With help from a sympathetic fellow resident, a patient teacher, and other staff at a school for emotionally disturbed teenagers, fourteen-year-old Georgie begins to find his way back to sanity.


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