Books to support understanding of mental health

The lives of a huge proportion of children and young people will be touched by mental health issues, whether directly or indirectly. As many as one in ten children and young people aged five to 16 have a diagnosable mental health disorder - that is three in any one classroom.


By adulthood, the figure rises to one in four, meaning many children will come into contact with relatives or other adults who are affected.


Books that acknowledge and explore mental health problems can help to increase awareness, encourage dialogue, reduce stigma and develop real understanding. Such books are still fairly rare, but the following teen/young adult reads offer a range of different perspectives and are well worth seeking out.