May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Check out these fiction and nonfiction YA titles that depict people coping with mental illnesses, and help reduce the stigma associated with these health issues.

  • Obsessed: a memoir of my life with OCD (BIO)
    Allison Britz

    A brave teen recounts her debilitating struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder--and brings readers through every painful step as she finds her way to the other side--in this powerful and inspiring memoir.

  • Project Semicolon (NF)
    Amy Bleuel

    Project Semicolon began in 2013 to spread a message of hope: No one struggling with a mental illness is alone; you, too, can survive and live a life filled with joy and love. In support of the project and its message, thousands of people all over the world have gotten semicolon tattoos and shared photos of them, often alongside stories of hardship, growth, and rebirth.

  • Turtles All the Way Down
    John Green

    It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tua tara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

  • Finding Audrey
    Sophie Kinsella

    Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum.

  • Challenger Deep
    Neal Shusterman

    Caden Bosch lives his life in between two worlds. In his real life, he is a teen dealing with his family, friends, and attending high school. In this world he struggles with symptoms of his mental illness - he is paranoid for no reason, thinks people are trying to kill him, and demonstrates obsessive compulsive behaviors. But in a different world that exists in Caden's mind, he is part of the crew for a pirate captain on a voyage to the Challenger Deep , the ocean's deepest trench.

  • History Is All You Left Me
    Adam Silvera

    Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But when Theo dies in a drowning accident, the future he's been imagining for himself is gone. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. As Griffin loses himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, the secrets he's been keeping are tearing him apart.

  • Words On Bathroom Walls
    Julia Walton

    Adam has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren't there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who's unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

  • Highly Illogical Behavior
    John Corey Whaley

    Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that-- and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.

  • A World Without You
    Beth Revis

    After the unexpected loss of his girlfriend, a teenage boy suffering from delusions is convinced that he can travel through time to save her.

  • Reality Boy
    A.S. King

    An emotionally damaged seventeen-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell.

  • Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles (NF)
    Jessica Burkhart ed.

    Popular YA authors including Ellen Hopkins, Maureen Johnson, and more recount their own experiences with mental illness in this raw, real, and powerful collection of essays that explores everything from ADD to PTSD. Participating writers include E.K. Anderson, J.L. Armentrout, Cyn Balog, Amber Benson, Francesca Lia Block, Jessica Burkhart, Crissa Chappell, Sarah Fine, and Kelly Fiore.

  • Elena Vanishing: A Memoir (BIO)
    Elena Dunkle

    Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.