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May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month

This month the Santa Clarita Public Library is raising awareness about mental health, and, more specifically, the conditions that can threaten that health. Eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and depression are well-known examples, and the library offers a wide selection of books exploring these topics in depth.

From the adventures of an adolescent facing mental disorders on top of the usual teen angst, to edifying self-help books, there are numerous and varying titles available for checkout.

Many of these titles are currently on display in the Teen Area, and a number of them are listed below. By immersing yourself in these pages, you can learn from a personal perspective what it’s like to experience these mental disorders, and, more importantly, how to deal with them properly.

Danah’s writes in her journal just as her struggle with her demon, an eating disorder named Ed, begins.
Having experienced compulsive behavior all her life, Lo’s symptoms are getting her into trouble when she witnesses a murder while wandering dangerous quarters of Cleveland, Ohio, collecting things that do not belong to her, obsessing about her brother’s death.
 A seventeen-year-old suffering from bipolar disease wants to commit suicide, but a meaningful relationship and the care of a gifted psychiatrist alter her perception of her diagnosis as a death sentence
 A sixteen-year-old girl living with bipolar disorder learns to balance romance, friendship, and grief
A hilarious and inspiring memoir about one young woman’s journey to find a better path to both physical and mental health.
With some help from her siblings and friends, Molly is able to face her OCD and be strong enough to get help for it.

Be sure to take care of yourself this May with Mental Health Month!

Solid Reads for Shaky Times: Mental Health in YA

Solid Reads for Shaky Times: Mental Health in YA

The truth is it’s not always easy to talk about mental health. If you’re worried about a friend, it can be hard to find the words. And if you’re struggling yourself, you may not always know where to look for support.

No matter what your experience with tough times, we believe that books with characters going through real issues like depression, anxiety, and eating disorders can be a great way to start the conversation around mental health – with yourself or someone close to you. These stories are also powerful reminders that no matter what you’re going through, you are not alone.

In the spirit of May as Mental Health Month, take a look at the books below or seek them out at your local library.