I thought that since May is Mental Health Awareness month I would share with you a few books for young adults that discuss mental illness, suicide or abuse.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Impulse Ellen Hopkins
Looking for Alaska John Green
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Parents be sure to read these titles along with your kids to encourage discussion. Most kids know someone who has had suicidal thoughts or is struggling with mental illness. These titles will also qualify for the Diversity Reading Challenge.