10 Books That'll Teach You About Mental Health

And they'll keep you hooked on the story, too

1. Thin by Grace Bowman

This autobiographical account of living with Anorexia Nervosa is not for those who are easily upset by talk of food and weight, but it's incredibly eye-opening and you'll gives you a first hand experience of just how hellish the disorder is.

2. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

This heart-wrenching tale follows one young man as he loses his brother and subsequently loses himself. It's sad. It's hopeful. It's great.

3. Paperweight by Meg Haston

If you like a healthy dose of angst alongside your mental illness in fiction, this is book for you. The honesty about living with a mental health disorder is woven beautifully into this story of guilt and loss.

4. Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Looking for something unique? Then look no further than Ellen Hopkins. Her novels written in verse will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

5. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Are plays more your thing? Give this one a read if you want to see how mental health can affect a family as well as an individual.

6. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Louise Gornall manages to capture the essence of OCD and agoraphobia and condense it into this little gem, creating an absolute masterpiece.

7. The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

Perhaps something a big more thrilling is your cup of tea? The Masked Truth offers an intense story full of violence and uncertainty, and realistic, relatable characters who also happen to be mentally ill.

8. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

This modern classic deals with mental health in a much more subtle way, focusing more on building suspense and making you fall in love with Merricat and Constance. But be careful, these girls aren't as harmless as they seem...

9. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

You probably already know the film, but do you know the book it's based off? All your favourite scenes are still present, but Kaysen also shares facts about boderline personality disorder and how it affected her life.

10. The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Don't be fooled by how short this story is, it will still leave you chilled and questioning eveything. And you'll probably walk away from it with the desire to never put yellow wallpaper in your house.
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