Experts share essential YA reading list of books that tackle mental health in a great way

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Mental health is something that affects a HUGE percentage of us, and despite the fact we live in actual 2016 aka. basically the future, its still a topic that's often avoided. 

Thankfully, the book world is grabbing the subject by the balls, swinging it round by the ankles and giving it a whack across the chops, with more and more authors tackling creating characters and storylines which deal with all sorts of real issues.

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Books are a great place to start if you're wanting to find out more about mental health, and this week a team of experts have compiled the ultimate reading list to help you out with some great recommendations in the area.

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Reading Well For Young People is a brand new scheme created to help provide young people with high quality info, support and advice on a huge range of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm and pretty much anything else you can think of.

It's all about book-based therapy to help people understand and manage their condition, so today they've launched a whopping list of 35 brill books selected by mental health experts and young people, which are perfect for the job.

It's a huge mix of self help and information books, as well as graphic novels, memoirs and of course fiction, so if you need some inspiration for your next read then check out the list below.

  1. Stuff that Sucks: Accepting what You Can't Change and Committing to What You Can by Ben Sedley (Robinson, Little Brown)
  2. Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson (Hot Key Books)
  3. The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs!! By The Self-Esteem Team (John Blake Publishing)
  4. Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed by Nicola Morgan (Walker Books)
  5. Quiet the Mind by Matthew Johnstone (Robinson, Little, Brown)
  6. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Walker Books)
  7. Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari (Macmillan Children's Books)
  8. House of Windows by Alexia Casale (Faber)
  9. Every Day by David Levithan (Electric Monkey, Egmont)
  10. Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern (Magination Press, American Psychological Association)
  11. My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael Tompkins and Katherine Martinez (Magination Press, American Psychological Association)
  12. The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry and Panic byJennifer Shannon (New Harbinger Publications, Little, Brown)
  13. The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Jennifer Shannon (New Harbinger Publications, Little Brown)
  14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Simon & Schuster)
  15. The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (Sceptre, Hodder)
  16. Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User's Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
  17. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (Vintage)
  18. Teen Life Confidential: Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies by Michele Elliott (Wayland, Hachette Children's)
  19. Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying Ed. Hope Vanderberg (Free Spirit Publishing)
  20. Banish Your Self-esteem Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self-esteem for Young People   by Kate Collins-Donnelly (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
  21. Teen Life Confidential: Self-Esteem and Being You by Anita Naik (Wayland, Hachette Children's)
  22. Face by Benjamin Zephaniah (Bloomsbury)
  23. Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About it? by Shirley Reynolds and Monika Parkinson (Robinson, Little, Brown)
  24. I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone (Robinson, Little, Brown)
  25. Can I Tell You About Depression? by Christopher Dowrick and Susan Martin (Jessica Kingsley)
  26. Can I Tell You About Eating Disorders?  By Bryan Lask and Lucy Watson (Jessica Kingsley)
  27. Banish Your Body Image Thief by Kate Collins Donnelly  (Jessica Kingsley)
  28. Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield (Walker Books)
  29. Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens  by Sheri van Dijk (New Harbinger Publications, Little, Brown)
  30. Touch and Go Joe by Joe Wells (Jessica Kingsley)
  31. Breaking Free from OCD: A CBT Guide for Young People and their Families by Jo Derisley, Isobel Heyman, Sarah Robinson, Cynthia Turner (Jessica Kingsley)
  32. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (Walker Books)
  33. The Truth About Self-harm by Celia Richardson (Mental Health Foundation)
  34. Fighting Invisible Tigers: A Stress Management Guide for Teens by Earl Hipp (Free Spirit Publishing)
  35. Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan (Walker Books)

Gonna try any of these out for yourself? Read any of them and wanna recommend? Oooh, let us know will ya - we're on Twitter @Sugarscape.


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