Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is mental health awareness week, so in honour of that, here are my recommendations of books that deal with mental health, whether as the main plot point, or as a side plot.

Today is also IDAHOT, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, but I actually don’t read that many books with LGBTQI+ main characters, so that’s something I’m going to try and change before this day next year..



They Both Die At The End – Adam Silvera

The Astonishing Colour of After – Emily XR Pan

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah – David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard

The Taste of Blue Light – Lydia Ruffles

Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – Krystal Sutherland

Nothing Tastes As Good – Claire Hennessy

Countless – Karen Gregory

All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven


Taking care of your mental health is every bit as important as taking care of your physical health. If you’ve been struggling, please, please reach out and talk to someone. You can always talk to me here, or on twitter (@aislinnoc) and there are lots of services available for people who are struggling. There is nothing more important than your health, so don’t let yourself struggle unnecessarily. There are people and organisations out there that can help you.

If you are feeling suicidal, depressed, or down, or just want to talk, please reach out. Talk to a friend, a family member, a counsellor, a doctor, a professional. Talk to someone.


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