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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today I’d like to talk a bit about books featuring characters with a mental illness. Even today, mental illness is still stigmatized, judged and misunderstood. I think it was only last week when I saw a Twitter discussion where someone was saying depression was a choice and people suffering from depression should just ‘get over it’. And sadly, thoughts like this are not an isolated event. We need to talk more about mental illness. People need to be educated and there needs to be more understanding.
Though it of course can’t solve everything, I do believe that literature can play a big part in helping overcome that stigma and misunderstanding. Not only could it help educate people, but it could also help people with a mental illness in seeing that they are not alone.
So for today I’d like to spotlight some books featuring characters with a mental illness. I would like to say that I am no expert, so while I do think these have some good representation, they might not be 100% accurate or could potentially be triggering in some cases. Also, I know this is only a small selection and I am always looking for more stories with great mental health rep, so feel free to comment with some recs!