mental health awareness week 2019: reading recommendations

Welcome to Mental Health Awareness Week 2019! This is a week where people are:

…bringing more attention to mental health problems so that people can better understand mental health issues in themselves and others.

Since 2001, Mental Health Awareness Week has focused on a different theme each year.

This year’s theme is body positivity.

I personally think this is an amazing topic that has been chosen. Body image and the increased need for body positivity is a topic that really resonates with a lot of people. Almost everybody feels some sort of shame or distress that comes with their particular body. We think we know what an ‘ideal body’ looks like – and it usually isn’t ours. I’ve talked about this more on my personal blog, what the log had to say.

If you’d like to help out with Mental Health Awareness Week, here are some resources, including posters and mental health booklets, and here’s a link to a free supporter pack. And even though it is only the second day of the week, there are already some really great posts on Twitter on #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

For today, I thought that I would chat about some books that look at bodies and how they can affect mental health.

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

This is a young adult novel that follows Darius, an Iranian boy who has depression. He is also fat (go to this link which explains why we should reclaim the word fat), and this has an affect on his mental health. Throughout the book he has to deal with fatphobia from both his peers and his family.

Read my full review of Darius the Great is Not Okay here.

The Time in Between by Nancy Tucker

“By documenting, honestly and unflinchingly, my painful descent into post-anorexia bulimia nervosa, not only have I drained my story-self of all vestiges of secret, but I hope I have communicated the foul reality of eating disorders – the fact that one can so easily morph into another, and that it may be the second which hurls you, broken, to the floor.” —Nancy Tucker

Some other books to read include: 

I am hoping to post every day of this week in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week. See you tomorrow, when I’m going to be talking about 5 classic books that look at mental health!

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