They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun—and tried to end it all. Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Terribly sad , Reblogged this on Jo Danilo and commented: 2. Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act—suicide. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying. Then there’s a voice in his head. Well done. Now her father’s sober (again) and Kira is returning home, determined to get her life back to normal…exactly as it was before she was sent away. Hanna simply wants to be loved. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. But is it really Robyn who needs rescuing? We … He’s also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn’t remember how he got there. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. Steal back ex-boyfriend from best friend…. Macy’s school officially classifies her as “disturbed,” but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her. And somewhere between 1 and 12, realize that when your parent’s an alcoholic, there’s no such thing as “normal.” Many of these authors experienced mental illness themselves firsthand, and their work reflects some of their own personal struggles. Well worth a read and a share. But this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety. Sometimes it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situations often causing physical side effects such as panic attacks. 29 YA Books About Mental Health That Actually Nail It. I don’t know if I’d ever feel confident sharing stories on such a sensitive subject in case I didn’t handle it right. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. It’s all like a game to him. Best of luck with your WIP!! In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. Mental Health in YA Literature ~ Part II ... We can find so many examples in literature, both old and new, of this root of a problem that has caused so much mental distress. Grace, in turn, does her part, interning at the lab in the gene sequencing department in hopes that one day they might make a breakthrough…and one day they do. Something really, really bad. How are you approach, Writers, do you use a particular app or program fo, What do you have on for the week ahead? Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms—complete with gritty characters and outrageous endeavors. Could her discovery just be a cruel side effect of the schizophrenia finally taking hold? I stare right back. Here is a brief guide to my favorite YA novels of mental illness and what makes each story special: On Bipolar Disorder In All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven (2015) , Finch and Violet take turns telling us the story of how their relationship develops alongside Finch’s illness. I look out my window, and I see him. Alternating between reality and magic, past and present, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a luminous debut novel about finding oneself through family history, art, bravery, and love. One who is unafraid of kissing. All Rights Reserved. He’ll get everyone dancing. An eating disorder is a type of mental disorder where an individual has abnormal eating habits that negatively influence their physical and/or mental health. Her once lively father has become depressed and quiet. But mental illnesses, even those understood fairly well by the mental health community, don’t play out in nice, conventional, and easily-understood ways. Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit—fast, strong, inseparable. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life. With his parents checked out, Ronney is left tending to his sister’s mounting fears of roaming lions, stopping his best friend from going on a suburban safari, and shaking loose a lonely boy who follows Ronney wherever he goes. I hate when “love” solves everything. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong. I am that girl. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia. Consumed. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofía, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she’s never had. *, Thanks for commenting! After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature by Kia Jane Richmond - Libraries Unlimited - ABC-CLIO Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature Mental illness affects approximately one in five American teens, and according to recent surveys, one quarter of young adult literature features characters with mental or psychological disorders. It was there but we were told to look the other way. SUTTER KEELY. Thanks for sharing Bryan I’m glad the times are a’changing, because ignoring a problem certainly doesn’t make it go away. And as Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofía, he must decide whether to face his demons head-on or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves.