In Australia this week is Mental Health Week. This is to raise awareness of mental health issues. It also encourages people to reach out to one another and to get help.
Mainly, though, Mental Health Week is to help people understand mental health issues and to take away the stigma around things like depression and anxiety.
I believe that we, as a community of readers and writers, can help to take away some of that stigma. As writers of YA we need to write about this issues and write them well. This means research. Lots and lots of research to really write these issues properly. As readers we need to support authors who show mental health issues well and discuss why they did write them well. We should also discuss books that got it wrong so we can say that the author did not portray the issue properly.
If people are able to read about issues like depression and anxiety they will understand them better. If mental health issues are written properly, people who suffer from them will be able to use these books to help them get through tough times.
So, tell me: what is your favourite YA book on a mental health issue? Let me know in the comments.
Anjulie Te Pohe
Founder of Koru Mag | Mookychick contributor | Avid reader and writer of YA | Takatapui (Maori & bi/queer) | She/Them | Contact: email@example.com