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Every May is dedicated to raising awareness for mental health. We have assembled a list of both fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adults that are accurate portrayals of mental health. If you are looking for mental health resources in Hudson County please click here. For more information, please check out the New Jersey Department of Human Resources page on Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services here


Broken by Jenny Lawson

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

I’m Telling the Truth but I’m Lying Bassey Ikpi

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Be A Triangle by Lily Singh

Maybe You should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath*

The only novel written by Syliva Plath, The Bell Jar is influenced by Plath’s own attempt at suicide and her recovery. The novel follows Esther Greenwood as she experiences a depressive episode during a summer internship and returns home to Massachusetts. It is a great novel to listen to as an audiobook. Recommended by Jane.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman*

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Young Adult

How it feels to float by Hester Fox

Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

(Don’t) call me crazy : 33 voices start the conversation about mental health edited by Kelly Jensen

The Art of Starving by Sma J. Miller

Upside of unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Challenger deep by Neal Shusterman

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L Sánchez*

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I recommend listening to the audiobook. Our main character Julia struggles with finding out more secrets about her sister Olga while dealing with the expectations placed on by her mother. Through Julia, we get a glimpse of her anxiety and depression and her journey to be in a better space. Recommended by Jane.

Life inside my mind : 31 authors share their personal struggles edited by Jessica Burkhart


Silver Lining’s Playbook

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Girl, Interrupted

Black Swan

Fight Club

A Beautiful Mind

Inside Out

Donnie Darko

Ordinary People

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Touched with Fire

*Staff Favorite

All branches of the North Bergen Library will be closed on Sunday, March 26th and Monday, March 27th. The Guttenberg Resource Center will close at 2 pm on Friday, May 24th.