13 Books About Teens Facing Depression

In the toughest time, know that you're not alone

In years past, depression, suicide and mental health were matters spoken of in hushed tones, or not at all. This had (understandably!) damaging consequences for many. But recently there's been a push to bring these matters out into the open, to remove the stigma and start conversations. The world of YA fiction has seen an explosion of novels featuring teens facing their darkest moments, grappling with powerful demons, and making difficult, life-changing decisions that impact not only themselves, but those closest to them as well. These are just a few of the excellent books on offer.

For more excellent reads on this subject, see our lists of 10 Teen Books About Mental Health and 19 More Teen Books that Deal with Mental Health.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, there are some excellent resources to turn to:

World Mental Health Day: mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day

Samaritans in Scotland – anyone of any age can call for confidential and anonymous support. For emotional support please call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. samaritans.org/your-community/samaritans-work-scotland

Papyrus: prevention of young suicide. papyrus-uk.org/help-advice

Childline: anyone under 19 can call on 0800 1111 to speak confidentially and anonymously to trained counsellors. childline.org.uk

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9. I Was Here

Gayle Forman
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10. Night Shift

Debi Gliori
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11. Girl in Pieces

Kathleen Glasgow
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13. Our Chemical Hearts

Krystal Sutherland

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust