It is already the fourth day of the MIAW week. I have just finished reading one book with a mental illness in it, The Upside of Unrequited and I really liked it. Have read any books with a mental illness in it this week? I would love to hear your progress.
So today I am going to talk about what I look for in a book with mental health in it. This can mostly be related to depression since that is the only mental illness I have experience with, but I think these things can also apply to every mental illness which is talked about in books.
- Friends and family: this has always been a thing for me when it comes to YA, that there isn’t that much talk about the family. The main focus is on the romance and sometimes the friendship. But to me family and friends are so important! And certainly when I was in the beginning stage of my mental illness, I had so much support from my family and friends. And nothing can help me more than crying on my mother’s shoulders.
- The main character is more than her mental illness. I haven’t read a book yet where this is happening, but I have read reviews about this. And that is certainly something I don’t want to read. Because every person is more than their mental health. I am more than a person with depression, I was someone before I even had a depression. So that is what I really want to see, which is done well in The Upside of Unrequited.
So those were my things. Which things would you like to see in mental health books?