Often times mental health is not spoken about enough. It is a closed off, taboo subject that so many do not want to encroach on. Due to this, so many people go unnoticed, unheard, and unwavered in their ability to overcome the mental illness they are dealing with. They are silenced into thinking that this is something that is bad. It is something that no one wants to hear about or think of.

As World Book Day approaches, taking a look into some of the best books from authors that understand such a deep topic is ideal. Taking a look into the depths of these people’s experiences on a topic that is so controversial, it is good. Mental health is much more than what others say it is. It cuts so much deeper than those that have never experienced mental illnesses could imagine.

With one out of every five teens under the age of 18 having a mental illness, this topic is one that needs to be understood and revisited again and again. Being able to help those going through them, and standing with them, not shaming them can help bridge the gap and uplift generations of those who always felt defeated by their mental illnesses.

Learn more about the top five best-selling mental health books that might just help, or be the best read you’ve ever picked up.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Susannah Cahalan

Those that do not understand the troubles and trials of someone who suffers from a psychosis can get a deeper look into someone that has suffered from them with the help of this book. It takes you on a journey to learn more about a young woman’s troubles. Waking up strapped to a hospital bed, unable to speak, she fights her way back to mental clarity with doctors unable to find out what is wrong with her.

She is fighting the urge to lash out, because she can no longer control her actions and due to this, the doctors have to continue to sedate her. While no longer being in control, they try to free her mind and put her back to where she started. It is a chilling tale, but one that will have you interested in the moment the book is opened.

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy

Kelly Jensen

This book is the top of the list because it is edited by Kelly Jensen, not written by her. It is a collection of over 30 people and their stories regarding mental health issues. This brings more light into the perspective of just how deep this type of mental health issue is. It is a struggle that is ongoing, and one that many people fail to recognize as a real issue, or that those dealing with the issues actually have something happening within them.

The title of the book sums up the feeling that so many that have mental illnesses have to deal with. They don’t want to be known as being crazy, and they don’t want others to call them crazy, either.

The Beauty That Remains

Ashley Woodfolk

The main character has panic and anxiety that triggers a lot of people’s inner experiences on their own. This book visits three different characters, all struggling with something different. Reading true to their word, smoothly, and on balance; this book is highly recommended for teens that either are struggling with their own mental health or know someone who is and wants to learn more about their experiences with it. It is a recommended book by my educators.

It is also a recommended book for those that are also dealing with anxiety, as it can show her struggles that are relatable to those that have gone through this. You are not alone and this book shows everyone just how she managed to cope with her mental illness and get back to a life worth living.

My Heart and Other Black Holes

Jasmine Warga

The dark humor in this book is a must-read for so many that want to inject something a bit more playful into something that is pretty twisted. There are teens in this book that work out a suicide pact together. The humor within it is what makes it pleasant to get through, even though the book itself is grim and depressive, making it sometimes hard to swallow. It is a satisfying book that is good to the very last drop, and assures that you learn much more than what you thought you would when you pick the book up from the beginning.

If you’re wondering just how much depression can hurt from the person dealing with it to every person they touch, this is the book that will teach you more about it.

Alice and the Fly

James Rice

This entertaining, yet upsetting book is one that focuses on a teen dealing with schizophrenia. The YA book invites teens to take a look inside a mind that is dealing with many turmoils, twists and turns that they are unable to control on their own. The thoughts he has are unreliable, and he doesn’t know what is real or fake, making the reader question everything that is happening in the book only to be brought back around. His delusions and obsessions are what brings the book together to really make it work and hook the reader to want to read more. It is a must-read on those that love a good mental illness tale, one that weaves and winds in the most unexpected ways.

With so many books that teach and educate us on mental health, raising more awareness about it is great. Reading these books can give everyone a glimpse into just how much a mental illness can rob from a person, while removing everything that was once them. They are something so many are dealing with silently, that they feel they are not alone. These books bring more closure to those, and they can bring closure to those that know someone dealing with a mental health illness by understanding it more.

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