May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here is a list of books that deal with mental illness by addressing things like depression, anxiety and OCD, and more.  








Juvenile/Middle Grade

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look | anxiety, first grade, funny, being afraid 

Ghost by Jason Reynolds | PTSD, running, teams 

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson OCD, mystery, neighborhoods  

Guts by Raina Telgemeier | anxiety, friendships, school, graphic novel

Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty OCD, genius, comfort zone, middle school  

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller | parental depression, science project, hope  

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand feeling blue, separation, reality and fantasy  

Stanley Will be Fine by Sally J. Pla | anxiety, scavenger hunt, friendships comics trivia  

Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington | parents with mental health issues, small town, summertime, secrets, angst  

Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff anxiety, friendship, grief, community

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin | parents schizophrenia, family farm, friendships, summertime 









Young Adult

All the Right Places by Jennifer Niven | depression, escape, heart wrenching, witty  

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman | schizophrenia, recovery, delusions, mutiny  

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia | anxiety, online communities, webcomics, introvert 

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman | social anxiety, artist, toxic relationships 

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin depression, gender fluid, punk, new kid 

Turtles all the Way Down by John Green | OCD, mystery, friendship, resilience 

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge | anxiety, creatives, mountain towns, graphic novel 



Teen Link helpline for teens by teens 866.833.6546 

Frontier Behavioral Healthlocal behavioral health clinic  509.838.4651 

Regional Crisis Line: 1.877.266.1818   

National Alliance of Mental Illness 

Teens and Young Adults 


National Suicide Hotline 1.800.273.8255 (TALK)    


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