November Teen Book Club: Mental Health and Self Care

November 13, 2020 | By Baltimore County Public Library

On Monday, November 30, at 6 p. m., we are hosting our second installment of a series of book discussions on our Teen Discord server, focused on topics that are important to teens. The topic for November is "mental health" and aims to use open discussion to promote greater understanding. This discussion is open to all teens.  

Book List 

Our librarians have curated a list of seven young adult titles that address the topic of mental health. 


The first four of the books listed below are fiction titles that authentically portray characters living with mental health challenges: 

  1. "Challenger Deep" by Neal Shusterman
  2. "Darius the Great Is Not Okay" by Adib Khorram
  3. "Anger Is a Gift" by Mark Oshiro
  4. "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" by Erika Sánchez
  5. "One Year Wiser" by Mike Medaglia, a practicing Zen Buddhist, is agraphic novel and guide to mindfulness 
  6. "(Don’t) Call Me Crazy" by Allie Brosh is an anthology featuring 33 unique voices.
  7. "Hyperbole and a Half" also by Allie Brosh is a graphic memoir that candidly addresses the author’s own experience with depression.  

Mental Health Resources 

Explore the following mental health resources:

  • and You Are Not Alone are available for blogging and sharing experiences.  
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization and offers information about mental illness and online discussion groups. 
  • Active Minds supports mental health education for young adults and offers ways for teens to get involved. 
  • Bring Change to Mind aims to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and has several features on its website, like the Talk Tool, that promote positive discussion about mental illness. 

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