Mental Health Month is almost over, but these book recommendations are good reads any time of the year! Here are just a couple "Staff Picks" of books that touch on mental health from NAMI Seattle for May and beyond. 

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Perhaps the funniest, most relatable work on life with depression to come out in the last decade, Hyperbole and a Half is the full publica-tion of Allie Brosh's web-based comics. Not all of the comics have to do with mental health, some are simply about dogs or other forms of mayhem. Regardless of subject, be prepared to laugh-out-loud at the stories in this book!

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam
David Adam, renowned scientific journalist, balances the history, sci-ence, treatment, and other aspects of obsessive-compulsive disorder while weaving in the story of his own experiences with OCD. And he does it all with clarity and a touch of humor!

Young Adult Fiction
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Best-selling novelist John Green's latest work tells the intimate story of what a life with obessive-compulsive disorder can feel like through the voice of Aza Holmes: Best-friend to a fearless adventurer, daughter of a high school math teacher, possible romantic interest of a billionaire's son, reluctant amateur detective, host to microbiota, and, just maybe, her own person.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Written in prose that feels almost like poetry, Last Night I Sang to the Monster deals with addiction, grief, physical and sexual abuse, and de-pression. Told through the experiences of a just-turned-eighteen-old going through recovery for substance abuse, it is a tale of overcoming written with devastating clarity.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
"I am both happy and sad, and I am still trying to figure out how that could be." Now a major motion picture, this book by Stephen Chbosky is a beautifully written series of letters from a high school student to an anonymous "friend" that tell of a life moved by trauma and one teenage boy's attempt to navigate through it. The book's popularity is easy to understand with its heartbreaking relatability and fresh, often humorous voice.


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