Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bell Let's Talk Day 2016

It's that time of year again.  I know I mentioned this last year but this cause is so incredibly important to me and it should be to you too.

Bell Let's Talk Day is about raising awareness about mental illness and ending the stigma. It is also about raising funds for mental health services in Canada.  The money is so needed in order to get people the help that matches their needs.  So please, on January 27th spread the word about it.

Bell Let's Talk Website


I am also going to list four books that have characters suffering from mental illness. These are not self-help books so don't take them as such.  These reading suggestions are fiction. Also, take care with these books, they will have intense subject matter.

A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki

In Tokyo, Nao has made-up her mind about how to end the endless bullying from her classmates and her own painful loneliness.  But before this, she has one thing she wants to do.  She wants to record the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun.  Her diary is the only place where she finds comfort.

Across the ocean, an author living on a small island finds a lunchbox washed up on the shore.  Could it be debris from the 2011 tsunami?  Slowly, the mystery surrounding each item is uncovered, including their connection to sixteen-year-old Nao.

She's Come Undone
by Wally Lamb

After experiencing heartbreak and trauma, Dolores Price eats food to cope. By the time she reaches her 17th birthday, she is 257 pounds.

Despite setbacks and the harshness of the world, Dolores strives to keep trying.

The Nature of Jade
by Deb Caletti

Jade knows she isn't going to die, but when a panic attack hits her and she can't breathe or think straight, it feels like she just might.  She tries her hardest to stay calm.  One thing that seems to help is watching the elephants at the zoo on a live webcam feed.

It is through this that she notices a boy in a red jacket, holding a baby. Sebastian is young and raising his son on his own.  Jade admires his strength and his heart. However, Sebastian has had a hard life and he still has some secrets.



by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

Fig's mama is sick.  She lives in a dream world where fairies exist and feral dogs wait in the woods.  Fig wants to save her and bring her back.   As her mama falls deeper and deeper into her own world, Fig risks losing herself too.

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