Did you know that: 

  • Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults−6.1 million people−live with bipolar disorder
  • Mood disorders such as depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults ages 18 to 44
  • About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders
  • Although military members comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent 20 percent of suicides nationally. Each day, about 18 veterans die from suicide (x)

Mental illnesses are still highly stigmatized. Whether you chose to share your story or just offer to listen and help another, spread the word. We are people too and we deserve to be heard. 


This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week in Canada.

Mental illness affects 1 in 5 youth in Canada, and in tragic instances, may lead to suicidal thoughts or behaviours. Every year, there are over 700 young Canadians who die by suicide, making it the second leading cause of death among 15 to 25 year olds. 

Partners for Mental Health (PFMH) has put together a guide for parents on how to talk to teenagers about mental health. The Right by You campaign offers a free guide and toolkit that parents and caregivers can download at

Sometimes, books can help start difficult but essential conversations.

We’ve put together a reading list with some of our best and most compelling reads about teens struggling with mental illness. 

Counting Backwards

The Murmurings


The Treatment


Lovely, Dark and Deep

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. We decided to put together a list of YA novels featuring a variety of mental illnesses, from depression to multiple personality disorder. While some of these books are “issue” books - focusing on the mental illness and the subsequent effects - some are books that just happen to feature characters with mental illness.

For obvious reasons, these books may be a trigger to those suffering from mental illnesses. If you feel depressed or feel an urge to self-harm, we encourage you to reach out to the people around you who care about you - or, if you don’t feel like that is an option, you can call 1-800-273-TALK (a 24-hour crisis hotline), 1-800-SUICIDE (a 24-hour suicide hotline), 1-800-334-HELP (a 24-hour self injury hotline) or contact any of these excellent resources.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher • Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown • Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Doller • Something Like Normalby Trish Doller • These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green • OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin • Impulse by Ellen Hopkins • Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo • Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn • Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price • Scars by Cheryl Rainfield • Crazy by Amy Reed • Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos • The Unbound by Victoria Schwab • Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught • Cracked by KM Walton

Which one of these books - or characters - is your favorite?


Reblog to raise awareness - I created all of these for people to COPY and UPLOAD/USE - extra copies are on

This Child Abuse Awareness ones are Very hard to find for modifying online - they all seem copyrighted so I made this for people. Mental health awareness is similar, and I’ve never seen a Complex PTSD or DDNOS ribbon or badge anywhere before.

REBLOG everyone! Let’s help these images get out there to bloggers, websites, writers and social networking


So in honor of this week being mental illness awareness week, I’m going to become the most annoying person on your news feed. Why, you might ask? Because instead of posting pictures of parties or obnoxious selfies, or posting updates on Breaking Bad or updating everyone who doesn’t actually care about my relationship status, I’m going to make a post a day about mental illness, mental health, or stigma. Let’s start off this week with an article on stigma, and educate ourselves on what that means, and why that’s important. I’ll also be posting a mental health word of the day. Today’s word is “stigma”

stig·ma noun \ˈstig-mə\: a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something.

I made a post on Facebook about Mental Illness Awareness Week. Oopsies.

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week

But as we are talking about mental illnesses and spreading the word, we all need to remember:

a person is not a mental illness. 

Mental illness may be a part of who we are, it may affect how we act and feel, but it does not define us.

Please don’t forget this important distinction. 

I think it’s an important part of recovery to be able to separate yourself from your mental illness.

After all, would you blame someone who had a fever? Would you think of them as the person with a fever? No. That’s ridiculous. You help them get through it, you give them time to take care of themselves, you are patient with them.

Now of course this analogy isn’t perfect– mental illness isn’t something that can be as easily or quickly cured as a fever. But just because it affects us for longer doesn’t mean it becomes us


It’s Mental Illness awareness week. I wrote this song for anyone who deals with any form of mental illness and the overwhelming frustrating feeling it can come with. Just know you’re not alone. Sometimes I feel Like I’m crazy and the darkness almost swallows up everything I see, all the good, and all the light, and that’s why I wrote this song, because I know others feel the same.