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YA Mental Health Non-Fiction Books in honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

For teen readers looking for books on mental health. This list was created by a librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library for a reader. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit BKLYN BookMatch here: bklynlibrary.org/bookmatch

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In Light Filters In, Caroline Kaufman--known as @poeticpoison--does what she does best: reflects our own experiences back at us and makes us feel less alone, one exquisite and insightful piece at a time. She writes about giving up too much of yourself to someone else, not fitting in, endlessly Googling "how to be happy," and ultimately figuring out who you are.

Light Filters in : Poems

Kaufman, Caroline/ Bryksenkova, Yelena (ILT) | PRINTED MATL

In Light Filters In, Caroline Kaufman--known as @poeticpoison--does what she does best: reflects our own experiences back at us and makes us feel less alone, one exquisite and insightful piece at a time. She writes about giving up too much of yourself to someone else, not fitting in, endlessly Googling "how to be happy," and ultimately figuring out who you are.

Depression

by Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD and Claire A.B. Freeland, PhD. |

A guidebook for teenagers who are depressed or at risk for depression. This guide discusses depression and provides guidance on cognitive behavioral therapy principles to help teens take a problem-solving, strategy-based approach to deal with depressed moods, thoughts, and behavior. Intended to serve as an adjunct to therapy, this is a very practical and easy-to-read book that is not overwhelming for teens.

Lost Soul, Be at Peace

Thrash, Maggie/ Thrash, Maggie (ILT) | PRINTED MATL

Describes the author's struggles with teenage depression and how a search for her missing cat becomes a search for herself.

Everything You Need to Know About Stress and Depression

Parys, Sabrina | PRINTED MATL

Anger, sadness, and helplessness are feelings that are often difficult for teenagers to identify, let alone cope with. Consequentially, they often struggle to find the help they need to deal with their emotions. This book expertly describes this universal topic for an adolescent audience, continually engaging the reader with eye-catching call-outs and fun ways to gain a different perspective. It equips modern teenagers with an accessible understanding of the mechanics behind stress and depression and gives them practical yet compassionate advice for dealing with these issues.

The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens : Strategies to Overcome Trauma, Build Resilience, and Take Back Your Life

Raja, Sheela/ Ashrafi, Jaya Raja | PRINTED MATL

In this compassionate guide, you'll find skills based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you tackle anxiety and harmful avoidance behaviors; manage negative emotions; cope with flashbacks and nightmares; and develop trusting, healthy relationships--even if your trust in others has been shaken to the core. You'll also learn more about the diagnosis and symptoms of PTSD and understand what kind of help is available to you.

(Don't) call me crazy : 33 voices start the conversation about mental health

Jensen, Kelly | PRINTED MATL

To understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. This collection explores a wide range of topics, from the authors' personal experiences with mental illness and understanding how our brains are wired, to exploring the do's and don'ts of talking about mental health.

Brave face : a memoir : how I survived growing up, coming out, and depression

Hutchinson, Shaun David, author, narrator. |

At nineteen, Hutchinson was struggling to find the vocabulary to understand and accept who he was and how he fit into a community in which he couldn't see himself. Convinced that he couldn't keep going, that he had no future, Hutchinson followed through on trying to make that a reality -- an attempted suicide. Over time, he came to embrace life, and to find self-acceptance. In his deeply honest memoir, he takes readers through the journey of what brought him to the edge, and what has helped him truly believe that it does get better.

Brave face : a memoir

Hutchinson, Shaun David, author. |

At nineteen, Hutchinson was struggling to find the vocabulary to understand and accept who he was and how he fit into a community in which he couldn't see himself. Convinced that he couldn't keep going, that he had no future, Hutchinson followed through on trying to make that a reality -- an attempted suicide. Over time, he came to embrace life, and to find self-acceptance. In his deeply honest memoir, he takes readers through the journey of what brought him to the edge, and what has helped him truly believe that it does get better.

Superhero therapy : mindfulness skills to help teens & young adults deal with anxiety, depression & trauma

Scarlet, Janina, author. | PRINTED MATL

This fun, unique, and "outside-the-box" self-help guide provides everything you need to begin your very own superhero training using evidence-based ACT and mindfulness skills. Within these colorful pages, you'll team up with a group of troubled heroes - inspired by both fictional characters and real-life people - enlisted at the Superhero Training Academy. By learning to face up to their inner villains and monsters, these characters will inspire you to overcome your problems as well. When you're finished, you'll have a slew of new tools you can use - like mindfulness, self-compassion, and values - to help you conquer whatever life throws your way.

Zen Teen: 40 Ways to Stay Calm When Life Gets Stressful

Richardson, Tanya Carroll |

In the last decade, studies have reported a drastic rise in teens who experience anxiety, panic, and an inability to cope with the pressures of daily life. As mental health challenges become less stigmatized, young people are more likely than ever before to know how to identify their feelings and ask for help. Even celebrity teen icons like Selena Gomez are "coming out" as anxiety sufferers. Zen Teen addresses this epidemic with powerful coping mechanisms and creative tools-including two fun quizzes, tons of engaging exercises and a cool playlist-designed for the teenage mind.

The Stress Survival Guide for Teens : Cbt Skills to Worry Less, Develop Grit, and Live Your Best Life

Bernstein, Jeffrey |

Between school pressures, friends, dating, social media, and planning for the future--is it any wonder today's teens are stressed out? In The Stress Survival Guide for Teens, clinical psychologist Jeffrey Bernstein offers practical and easy-to-learn tips based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and positive psychology to show teens how to keep stress and worry from taking over their life so they can overcome setbacks and set themselves up for success.

Beneath the Surface : A Teen's Guide to Reaching Out When You or Your Friend Is in Crisis

Hugstad, Kristi/ Guerra, Nancy (FRW) |

Depression and mental illness don't discriminate. Even in the most picture-perfect life, confusion and turmoil are often lurking beneath the surface. For a teenager in a world where anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses are commonplace, life can sometimes feel impossible. Whether or not you or someone you love is suffering from any of these issues, it's important to be able to recognize the warning signs of mental illness and know where to turn for help.

Understanding suicide

Connie Goldsmith. |

What causes people to take their lives? How can suicides be prevented? Looking beyond common myths and misconceptions, Understanding Suicide examines common risk factors including mental illness, substance abuse, domestic abuse, and bullying.