Books about suicide and depression
Suicide Book Lists
Powerful and Authentic Teen Books About Depression to Better Understand the Illness
Just three days later, on June 8th, we learned that iconic host and travel writer Anthony Bourdain was found dead in Paris, where he was filming another season of his iconic docu-series Parts Unknown. Both deaths are confirmed suicides. The devastating news reminds us that suicide awareness is more important now than ever before. Depression does not discriminate; it can affect anyone. The World Health Organization reports that close to , people die by suicide every year. And that number does not include those who attempt suicide or have suicidal thoughts. These books offer perspectives from both individuals living with suicidal thoughts and their loved ones.
But that's not the case for everyone, and there's still a lot of work to do. Below are some of my favorite books which offer a refreshing perspective on mental health conditions, breaking through the cultural, social, and political barriers that can keep people from speaking openly. A mix of fiction and non-fiction, these books show what it's like when your brain seems to be working against you. The descriptions of mania are gripping, all-consuming, and so intimate you feel like the pages have absorbed you completely. McDermott is extremely candid about how his disorder tests his relationships, in particular with his mother. Lots of mental health memoirs end on a happy ending but McDermott is honest in saying that his mania and psychosis might return, no matter how stable his life seems. Stephanie Wittels Wachs is the sister of Harris Wittels, the comedian, writer and producer who died of a heroin overdose in
If you experience suicidal thoughts, the following post could be potentially triggering. If you are one of the millions of people living with a mental illness, you may spend a lot of time feeling lonely. You may struggle with a depression that has stripped all the joy from your world. You may have intrusive thoughts. While you wait for help to arrive, you should read one or all of these books. Disclaimer: these books are not intended to replace medical advice, but they should make you feel less alone. Writing lists is one of my favorite pastimes.
The recent suicides of two prominent American figures have devastated the world. Kate Spade, a year-old fashion designer, reportedly struggled with depression for the past six years and was seeking treatment. Anthony Bourdain, a year-old chef, author, and TV personality, was in France filming his popular show, Parts Unknown , when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room. A close friend said Bourdain had been in a dark mood, but he never would have thought that he was planning to end his life. Read about their personal struggles in the following eight books. In the summer of , severe depression left William Styron hopeless and suicidal.
Mental illness in teen books has become more abundant in the last few years, in part because of how discussion of mental illness has grown more mainstream culturally. Teen books about depression in particular are offering a space for seeing the myriad shapes and forms that the illness can take. Although I myself was not diagnosed with depression clinically until I was an adult, I struggled with it throughout my teen years. Depression, despite having a few markers that are common among those who struggle, is not a universal experience. For some, depression is all-consuming. For others, it can be more of a background noise in the day-to-day of their lives.