Top 5 YA Books About Mental Health

By: Taylor

Let’s talk about mental health! Mental health is so, so important. Representation of mental health and how to deal with it is also so, so important. We’re slowly getting out of the era where different medias are not using stereotypical mental health characteristics anymore, instead they are getting more and more real and relatable, which can be so helpful. Like, I did not know I had OCD until I read a book and related so hard to the main character who had OCD. I had been so caught up in the stereotypical characteristics that movies and shows portrayed for years (like OCD just means you want everything to be clean or that you’re just a really anal retentive person) that I didn’t think my obsessive thoughts and actions could possibly be OCD. Less than a year after reading that book, I was diagnosed with OCD. Real representation of mental illnesses in movies, tv, and books are so important to help us through our own struggles and to make us not feel so alone. And today we’re going to explore my top 5 YA books that represent mental illness super, super well. Let’s go!

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3 Things to Love About How I Met Your Mother and 3 Things to Hate

So I re-watch a lot of shows. Always in rotation are The Office, Friends, Parks and Recreation, Bobs Burgers, and How I Met Your Mother. I’ve watched these shows a million times over many years. And while I love these shows because I think they are smart and funny and bring me joy and comfort, I have also learned over watching and re-watching over so many years that some things have not aged well in these shows. Sometimes it’s characters, a storyline, or jokes. But some things just did not stand up over the test of time. So I decided to pick one of my favorite shows and explore some things that I love about it and some things that didn’t age well and could honestly be removed altogether. Let’s go!

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5 Reasons to Love The Handmaid’s Tale

By: Taylor

It’s that time of year again, where we go back to the hellish world of Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale. The Handmaid’s Tale is not for everyone. This show tackles triggers such as rape, violence on women and LGBTQIA, and sexual assault. This show is hard to handle and hard to stomach. There are many scenes, I am unable to watch and have to look away from the screen until it’s over. This show does not hold back, it’s very graphic and while it’s an excellent show, extremely well written and well acted, it is not for everyone. If you have any triggers related to rape or sexual assault of any kind, either don’t watch this show or watch with extreme caution. Now, let’s talk about 5 reasons to love The Handmaid’s Tale.

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