6 Powerful Reads for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is national Mental Health Awareness Month, and these six reads are powerful portrayals of only a fraction of the issues countless people face every day, in ways that are often invisible to the naked eye…


Cover_Challenger DeepChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

This book follows one teenager’s descent into mental illness aboard a ship headed for the deepest point on Earth, called “The Challenger Deep.” It’s no surprise that this novel won the National Book Award for YA Literature last year.






Cover_Forgive Me Leonard PeacockForgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

On the day of his 18th birthday, Leonard Peacock goes to school with a gun in his backpack. This is an intense, heartbreaking portrayal of one teen’s troubled mind, and as a reader, you will root for him to seek help every step of the way.






Cover_Still AliceStill Alice by Lisa Genova

When an accomplished Harvard professor of psychology is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, no one is prepared for the devastating effects of the disease. This is a moving and terrifying novel that was recently adapted into an award-winning movie.






Cover_Furiously HappyFuriously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

The Internet-famous Blogess explores her lifelong battle with mental illness in this follow up to her New York Times bestseller Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.






Cover_Its Kind of a Funny StoryIt’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

When a teenage boy buckles under the pressures of surviving in an elite high school, he considers suicide—but checks himself into the local psychiatric hospital instead.






Cover_Hyperbole and a HalfHyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

Allie Brosh masterfully balances darkness and comedy in this collection of illustrated short stories that hilariously illustrate her childhood foibles as well as living with depression as an adult.






Is there a book we missed that you think people should read for Mental Health Awareness Month? Share with us in the comments below!

    Natalie Hallak

    Natalie Hallak is an Editorial Assistant for Park Row Books, Harlequin’s literary fiction imprint. She loves reading whip-it smart, emotional literary fiction with commercial appeal, as well as speculative fiction, psychological suspense, and narrative nonfiction/memoir. She has a particular interest in underrepresented voices and loves books that fearlessly blend genres. When Natalie’s not reading, she’s either traveling, playing the French Horn, experimenting with photography, or watching cat videos. You can find her on Twitter: @NatalieHallak.

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