Today we take one day out of the year to recognise mental health issues. If only the general populace could recognise them on the other 364 days. Mental health issues commonly begin during the teenage years and often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
For me, the above quote from Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story aptly describes the ups and downs of depression. Ned Vizzini struggled with the illness for years before taking his own life in 2013.
The Young Minds website has a great list of YA books that raise some light on various mental health issues. They can be found here. These books may be able to help young people struggling with mental illness or, at least, help them become aware of the issues that are out there, so our next generation can be more enlightened and more able to help or cope with illness.
Illustration by Jim Kay from A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd