Friday 25 May 2018

Some YA Books about Mental Health

Ο Μάιος είναι ο Μήνας Ευαισθητοποίησης για την Ψυχική Υγεία (Mental Health Awareness Month), γεγονός που βοηθάει στο να αυξηθεί η συνειδητοποίηση για το πόσο σημαντική είναι η ψυχική υγεία, ανεξάρτητα από το αν αντιμετωπίζεις την ασθένεια ή όχι. Η ψυχική υγεία είναι πολύ σημαντική για όλους και ιδιαίτερα για τους νέους. 

Παρακάτω θα βρείτε ορισμένες προτάσεις για βιβλία που ανήκουν στην κατηγορία του YA και τα οποία έχουν ως θέμα τους την ψυχική υγεία και την παρουσιάζουν με τρόπο προσεγμένο και συγκινητικό. Είναι απαραίτητο να γνωρίζουμε ότι καμία περιγραφή για την ψυχική υγεία σε οποιοδήποτε μέσο όσο καλή και αν είναι δε μπορεί να ανταποκριθεί απόλυτα στο τι περνάει και αντιμετωπίζει ο καθένας ατομικά. Δεν υπάρχει ένας μοναδικός τρόπος για να αναπαρασταθεί σωστά και κάτι που σε έναν φαίνεται σωστό σε κάποιον άλλο μπορεί να φαίνεται λάθος. Διαβάζοντας όμως μπορούμε να καταλάβουμε λίγο καλύτερα τις προκλήσεις που αντιμέτωπίζουν όσοι έχουν προβλήματα ψυχικής υγείας.

Ας περάσουμε τώρα στα βιβλία.
Οι περιγραφές είναι από το Goodreads και τις άφησα στα αγγλικά μιας και τα βιβλία δεν έχουν μεταφραστεί στα ελληνικά, κάτι που ελπίζω να γίνει.

The Art of Starving  - Sam J.Miller

More Happy Than Not meets Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future in this gritty, contemporary YA debut about a bullied gay teen boy with an eating disorder who believes he’s developed super powers via starvation.

Matt hasn’t eaten in days.
His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal. But Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away.

A darkly funny, moving story of body image, addiction, friendship, and love, Sam J. Miller’s debut novel will resonate with any reader who’s ever craved the power that comes with self-acceptance

The Astonishing Colour of After - Emily X. R. Pan

Leigh Chen Sanders is sixteen when her mother dies by suicide, leaving only a scribbled note: 'I want you to remember'. Leigh doesn't know what it means, but when a red bird appears with a message, she finds herself travelling to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time.
Leigh is far away from home and far away from Axel, her best friend, who she stupidly kissed on the night her mother died - leaving her with a swell of guilt that she wasn't home, and a heavy heart, thinking she may have destroyed the one good thing left in her life.
Overwhelmed by grief and the burden of fulfilling her mother's last wish, Leigh retreats into her art and into her memories, where colours collide and the rules of reality are broken. The only thing Leigh is certain about is that she must find out the truth. She must remember.

With lyrical prose and magical elements, Emily X.R. Pan's stunning debut novel alternates between past and present, romance and despair, as one girl attempts to find herself through family history, art, friendship, and love

Eliza and her Monsters - Francesca Zappia

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

History is All you left me - Adam Silvera

OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin's own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means...

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