The Best YA Books About Mental Illness

If you’re looking for books to increase your own understanding of mental health issues, these books can get you started.

Turtles All The Way Down

Azza Holmes, a 16-year-old, suffers from OCD whilst investigating the disappearance of a billionaire. The author John Green based the book from his own experiences making it very personal and realistic.


Stevie is dealing with an eating disorder, guilt, and anxiety. She gets treatment for her eating disorder and learns to find hope.


Cath just moved in to university and struggles with social anxiety. She is sticking to her own comfort zone but soon however, she learns to adjust to the new life.

Finding Audrey

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It’s about a 14-year-old girl who suffers from social anxiety as a result of being bullied. With the help of her boyfriend, she starts to recover step at a time.

Delicate Monsters

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After being expended from a boarding school, Sadie returns to her family’s estate. However, she falls into more trouble.The readers actually get to see inside Sadie’s head causing feelings of sympathy towards her.