I’m the spirit of mental health awareness,
I wanted to write a post sharing some of my favourite reads that have mental health themes in them.
1. Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Reasons To Stay Alive is a wonderful first-hand account written by Matt Haig. (I also recommend following him on Twitter.) He is a brilliant spokesperson for mental health in men, and his book is a funny recount of his own journey with depression – and how he made it out the other side.
2. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Known for her recent Furyborn release, Legrand actually wrote Some Kind Of Happiness for a much younger audience. It was recommended to me by bookish pal, and follows the story of a young girl suffering from anxiety and how she combats it when faced with grown-up problems. I only wish I had read this when I was in primary school.
3. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this book is a heart-breakingly bleak and realistic story about the depths of depression and the eternal struggles it brings. A devastating read, you can’t put it down but every page rips out your heart. You don’t read this to enjoy it, you read it to experience it, and the story follows Jude and his three best friends, Malcolm, Willem and JB as they grow old and try to stay together through all life throws at them.
4. Playing With The Grown-Ups by Sophie Dahl
I picked this up at a £1 bookstore without realising Sophie was the grandaughter of Roald Dahl. (More fool me.) It’s a very dark book in a very light cover – not to be underestimated. It follows the story of a young girl with a beautiful, eccentric and mentally unstable mother. It’s a very sad story told through the eyes of the girl who doesn’t quite understand everything and sees her life and her mother through rose-tinted glasses.
5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Known for the lighthearted Shopaholic series (who doesn’t love Becky Bloomwood?), Finding Audrey is for a younger audience and is a modern-day romance story between Audrey, who suffers from extreme panic attacks and anxiety. It’s charming, it’s cute, and it comes bearing hope.
Everyone can enjoy this, even if they can’t relate with Audrey’s anxiety.
Have you read any good mental health books recently? Let me know!
I can’t wait to see your lists.