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YA Books Featuring Characters with Mental Illnesses

Posted 06/09/21 by Joyce S.

Struggling with mental illness is a resounding theme of young adult fiction. Our teenage years are often very complicated, especially when mental health issues arise. There are so many factors that young adults face (besides growing up) that can push anyone over the edge.

As we continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19, teens are experiencing mental health challenges more than ever.  If you’re worried about a friend or family member, contact the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation by texting ‘4Hope’ to 741-741, or calling 1-800-273-8255.  You will be connected to a trained crisis counselor within five minutes.

While there’s no easy resolution to mental health issues, there’s always room for understanding. Increase your awareness with the books in this collection.

A Library card and PIN will be required to access many of the resources listed.  Need help with your card or PIN?  Contact your nearest location or call 419-259-5200. Need a new card?

Cover of The Art of Starving

The Art of Starving

hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudiobook
Cover of Bruised

Bruised

Cover of Charm & Strange

Charm & Strange

Cover of Verona Comics

Verona Comics

eBook
Cover of Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

eBook   |   hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudiobook
Cover of Elena Vanishing: A Memoir

Elena Vanishing: A Memoir

eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of The Fall of Butterflies

The Fall of Butterflies

hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudiobook
Cover of Finding Audrey

Finding Audrey

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Highly Illogical Behavior

Highly Illogical Behavior

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of History Is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Me

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla
Cover of Hush

Hush

eBook
Cover of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Audiobook   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Last Night I Sang to the Monster

eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of Made You Up

Made You Up

eBook   |   hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudiobook
Cover of My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and Other Black Holes

Playaway   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudiobook
Cover of The Place Between Breaths

The Place Between Breaths

Cover of The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudiobook
Cover of That’s Not What Happened

That’s Not What Happened

eBook
Cover of Starfish

Starfish

eBook
Cover of A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

Cover of Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

Large Print   |   Playaway   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla eAudiobook
Cover of Bronx Masquerade

Bronx Masquerade

eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of We Are the Ants

We Are the Ants

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of A World Without You

A World Without You

hoopla
Cover of A Breath Too Late

A Breath Too Late

eBook
Cover of The Memory of Light

The Memory of Light

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla
Cover of The Weight of Our Sky

The Weight of Our Sky

Cover of Witches of Ash and Ruin

Witches of Ash and Ruin

eBook
Cover of The Edge of Everything

The Edge of Everything

eBook
Cover of Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudiobook
Cover of The New David Espinoza

The New David Espinoza

hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudiobook
Cover of Miss You Love You Hate You Bye

Miss You Love You Hate You Bye

Cover of Gabi, A Girl in Pieces

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudiobook
Cover of Little & Lion

Little & Lion

Cover of For a Muse of Fire

For a Muse of Fire

hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudiobook
Cover of Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters

hoopla
Cover of The Quiet You Carry

The Quiet You Carry

hoopla

Are you an educator interested in a digital classroom collection list for your classroom on a different topic?  Complete our teacher collection request form.

Don’t forget that we also have the following services available:

  • Book Bundles Collections for readers, educators, and licensed childcare providers.
  • Book and Movie Picks Personalized recommendations just for you.
  • Book Kits Pre-selected book collections that are great for small book groups or clubs.

If you have any questions about any of our services, feel free to contact a staff member at any location for help.

As always, thank you for your continued support!

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