19 Teen Books That Deal with Mental Health

Stories that shine a light on mental health difficulties

We need to be able to speak openly about mental health, and the world of YA fiction is opening doors for us to better understand a wide range of issues. This is an honest and powerful collection of books that shine a light on characters experiencing mental health difficulties.

The marvellous Juno Dawson talked about mental health and her book, Mind Your Head, at an Authors Live event in June. Watch the whole event on demand here.

Cover of Ostrich Boys

9. Ostrich Boys

Keith Gray
Hold Still cover

10. Hold Still

Nina LaCour, Mia Nolting (Illus)
Hyperbole and a Half cover

11. Hyperbole and a Half

Alexandra Brosh
Red Tears cover

12. Red Tears

Joanna Kenrick
Saving Daisy cover

13. Saving Daisy

Phil Earle
Mind Your Head cover

14. Mind Your Head

Juno Dawson, Dr Olivia Hewitt, Gemma Correll (Illus)
Panther cover

15. Panther

David Owen
Am I Normal Yet cover

16. Am I Normal Yet?

Holly Bourne
Wintergirls cover

17. Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson