Mental Health

All the Broken Pieces: A Novel In Verse by Ann E. Burg, Y Fiction Burg
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.

Ball Don't Lie by Matt de la Pena, Y Fiction Pena
Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives to play basketball at school and at Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles and is headed for the pros, but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream.

Black Box: A Novel by Julie Schumacher, Y Fiction Schumacher
When her sixteen-year-old sister is hospitalized for depression and her parents want to keep it a secret, fourteen-year-old Elena tries to cope with her own anxiety and feelings of guilt that she is determined to conceal from outsiders.

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, Y Fiction Shusterman
Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.
Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images.
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.

Crash Into Me by Albert Borris, Y Fiction Borris
Four suicidal teenagers go on a "celebrity suicide road trip," visiting the graves of famous people who have killed themselves, with the intention of ending their lives in Death Valley, California.

Cut by Patricia McCormick, Y Fiction McCormick
While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.

The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff, Y Fiction Adoff
In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide.

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, Y Fiction Schantz
Fig's world lies somewhere between reality and fantasy. But as she watches Mama slowly come undone, it becomes hard to tell what is real and what is not, what is fun and what is frightening. The problem is that in the process of a daily sacrifice, Fig begins to lose herself as well, increasingly isolating herself from her classmates and engaging in self-destructive behavior that only further sets her apart.

Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern, Y Fiction Halpern
When her parents confine her to a mental hospital, an overweight teenage girl, who suffers from panic attacks, describes her experiences in a series of letters to a friend.

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, Y Fiction Hopkins
Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada's Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide, connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.

Inside Out by Terry Trueman, Y Fiction Trueman
A sixteen-year-old with schizophrenia is caught up in the events surrounding an attempted robbery by two other teens who eventually hold him hostage.

Invisible by Pete Hautman, Y Fiction Hautman
Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends--one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and theater--who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, Y Fiction Vizzini
When Craig Gilner gets into Manhattan's exclusive Executive Pre-Professional High School, it's the culmination of a year of intense focus and grinding hard work. Now he has to actually attend the school with other equally high-performing students. Oops. And so the unraveling begins, with a depressed Craig spending more time smoking dope and throwing up than studying. Although medication helps his depression, he decides to stop taking it. Soon after, he makes another decision: to commit suicide. A call to a suicide hotline gets him into a psychiatric hospital, where he is finally able to face his demons.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman, Y Fiction Forman
When her best friend, Meg, drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything;so how was there no warning? Suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend's death gets thrown into question.

Kissing Doorknobs by Terry Spencer Hesser, Y Fiction Hesser
Fourteen-year-old Tara describes how her increasingly strange compulsions begin to take over her life and affect her relationships with her family and friends.

Law of Loving Others by Kate Axelrod, Y Fiction Axelrod
After Emma returns home from boarding school, she realizes her mother's suffering from a schizophrenic break, and suddenly Emma's entire childhood and identity is called into question, pushing her to turn to her boyfriend Daniel for answers--but perhaps it's the brooding Phil who Emma meets while visiting her mother at the hospital who really understands her.

Lizard People by Charlie Price, Y Fiction Price
While visiting his mentally ill mother at a psychiatric hospital, high school junior Ben Mander starts talking to a young man who claims that he travels back and forth between the present and the year 4000, searching for a cure for mental illness.

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia, Y Fiction Zappia
Alex fights a daily battle to figure out what is real and what is not. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8 Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She's pretty optimistic about her chances until she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Can she trust herself? Can we trust her?

Magic or Madnessby Justine Larbalestier, Y Fiction Larbalestier
From the Sydney, Australia home of a grandmother she believes is a witch, fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino is magically transported to New York City, where she discovers that friends and foes can be hard to distinguish.

Multiple Choice by Janet Tashjian, Y Fiction Tashjian
Monica, a fourteen-year-old perfectionist and word game expert, tries to break free from all of the suffocating rules in her life by creating a game for living called Multiple Choice.

Not As Crazy As I Seem by George Harrar, Y Fiction Harrar
As fifteen-year-old Devon begins mid-year at a new prestigious prep school, he is plagued by compulsions such as the need to sort things into groups of four.

Opposite of Music by Janet Young, Y Fiction Young
With his family, fifteen-year-old Billy struggles to help his father deal with a debilitating depression.

Princess Mia (Princess Diaries) by Meg Cabot, Y Fiction Cabot, Y Books on CD Cabot
When Mia tries to get over breaking up with her boyfriend, she struggles with depression. But then she discovers a diary kept by a former princess of Genovia from the 1600s, the contents of which could change the fate of her country forever.

Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson, Y Fiction Thompson
In this debut novel, Thompson chronicles the life of a young college freshman who decides to major in psychology. However, the heroine has a tendency to overanalyze things, particularly when the opposite sex is involved.

Purge by Sarah Darer Littman, Y Fiction Littman
When her parents check sixteen-year-old Janie into Golden Slopes to help her recover from her bulimia, she discovers that she must talk about things she has admitted to no one--not even herself.

Schizo by Nick Sheff, Y Fiction Sheff
A teenager recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown is driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother and becomes wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing.

Sister's in Sanity by Gale Forman, Y Fiction Forman
When a family trip to the Grand Canyon turns out to be a trick to take her to a remote, all-girl, residential treatment center for unstable teenagers, sixteen-year-old Brit, devastated by her father's duplicity, comes to realize that only through inner strength and the help of other inmates who become her friends can she endure the harsh conditions of the prison-like institution and plan a way to escape.

So B. It: A Novel by Sarah Weeks, Y Fiction Weeks
After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is.

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford, Y Fiction Ford
Brimming with sarcasm, fifteen-year-old Jeff describes his stay in a psychiatric ward after attempting to commit suicide.

Target by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson, Y Fiction Johnson
After being brutally raped, Grady finally goes to a new high school where he meets an outgoing African American and several other students who try to help him deal with the horrible secret that is robbing him of his life.

Total Constant Order by Crissa-Jean Chappell, Y Fiction Chappell
Resentful and upset when her family moves from Vermont to Miami, Florida, and her parents' fighting escalates, high-schooler Fin develops OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and becomes consumed with numbers, counting, irrational worrying, and avoiding germs.

Trigger by Susan Vaught, Y Fiction Vaught
Having spent the better part of his last years of high school in a hospital and rehabilitation center, Jersey Hatch recovers from the brain damage inflicted by a gunshot to his head, by his own hand. Through a hazy series of flashbacks, memories, dreams, and scenes from the present–often coded in what will appear to many readers as haphazard gibberish–he reaches inward to uncover the lost pieces of his memory and to figure out why he might have shot himself.

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin, Y Fiction Griffin
When a celebrated New York City teenager, known for her subversive street art, mysteriously dies, her life is examined in a series of interviews with her parents, friends, boyfriends, mentors, and critics.

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti, Y Fiction Colasanti
Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Marisa, who has an anxiety disorder, decides that this is the year she will get what she wants--a boyfriend and a social life--but things do not turn out exactly the way she expects them to.

Where I Want To Be by Adele Griffin, Y Fiction Griffin
Two teenaged sisters, separated by death but still connected, work through their feelings of loss over the closeness they shared as children that was later destroyed by one's mental illness, and finally make peace with each other.

Willow by Julia Hoban, Y Fiction Hoban
Sixteen-year-old Willow, who was driving the car that killed both of her parents, copes with the pain and guilt by cutting herself, until she meets a smart and sensitive boy who is determined to help her stop.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Y Fiction Anderson
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

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