In February 2019 at Northgate we recognised ‘Time to Change, Time to Talk’ week, focussing on mental health. As part of this the school held a bake sale to raise money in order to purchase books on the theme of mental health.
LIFE INSIDE MY MIND EDITED BY JESSICA BURKHART
Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t get out of bed? Not the occasional morning, but every single day? Do you find yourself listening to a voice in your head that says “you’re not good enough,” “not good-looking enough,” “not thin enough,” or “not smart enough?” Have you ever found yourself unable to do homework or pay attention in class unless everything is “just so” on your desk? Everyone has had days like that, but what if you have them every day?
You’re not alone. Millions of people are going through similar things. And many of them are people you know—you know them because they write the books that you’re reading.
Life Inside My Mind is an anthology of true-life events from writers of this generation, for this generation. It takes aim at ending the shame of mental illness.
BLAME MY BRAIN: THE AMAZING TEENAGE BRAIN REVEALED BY NICOLA MORGAN
Contrary to popular (parental) opinion, teenagers are not the lazy, unpleasant louts they occasionally appear to be. During the teenage years the brain is undergoing it’s most radical and fundamental change since the age of two. Nicola Morgan’s carefully researched, accessible and humorous examination of the ups and downs of the teenage brain has chapters dealing with powerful emotions, the need for more sleep, the urge to take risks, the difference between genders and the reasons behind addiction or depression. The revised edition of this classic book contains important new research, including information on mirror neurons and their effect on the teenage brain.
POSITIVELY TEENAGE BY NICOLA MORGAN
Positively Teenage gives you tools to approach your teenage years with optimism and understanding and to develop real wellbeing for life.
Full of practical, proven strategies for physical and mental health, Positively Teenage will show you lots of ways to flourish physically and mentally – from doing things you enjoy to learning new skills; looking after your diet, exercise and attitude to being healthy online; getting great sleep to understanding your personality – allowing you to take control of many areas of your life. With these new strengths and skills, you can survive any storms and thrive on the challenges of your exciting life. Scattered throughout are POSITIVE BOOSTS: quick ideas for actions you can take to build positivity and well-being. Add them into your life and use your imagination and your new understanding to invent others.
Positively Teenage gives you the power to let yourself flourish, achieve and be who you want to be. Use your powers well! Be truly, positively, teenage! Stand tall, stretch your arms wide, take a deep breath and say, loudly (or in your head), ‘I can do this!’
THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B BY TERESA TOTEN
A beautiful, funny and heart-wrenching story of love, brokenness and the purest form of bravery: giving in and asking for help.
Understated and heart-warming, this is a story of love and determination that shows how everyone can be a superhero in their own way. When Adam meets Robyn he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He’s determined to protect and defend her, to play Batman to her Robin, whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH BY ALICE JAMES AND LOUIE STOWELL
The mental health of children and teenagers hits the headlines on a regular basis, with more and more young people reporting mental health difficulties. This book provides a gentle guide to good mental health, with input from experts in both psychology and psychiatry. Learning to protect your own mental health is an important skill for all young people, and this book offers practical tips and information about relationships, body image, social media and many other issues that children and young teenagers face. A helpful book to empower children to take care of themselves, emotionally, and navigate the tricky problems of puberty. A book children can share with friends, ideal for adults and children alike.
SELF-ESTEEM AND MENTAL HEALTH BY ANNA CLAYBOURNE
Growing up isn’t always easy – your brain is changing and there’s many things to cope with from new emotions to stress. This book explores what is self-esteem and mental health and why it’s important and looks at topics such as mental illness, phobias, eating disorders and self-harm. It looks at techniques to deal with issues including stress reduction, mindfulness and assertiveness. It is part of the series Healthy for Life, which gives factual information on a range of health issues so teens can get the information they need to be healthy.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH: HANDBOOK FOR TEENS BY CLAIRE EDWARDS
This illustrated teen’s guide to surviving social media will offer handy tips on what platforms are out there, outline how and why social media can affect your mental health, and give you tips on how to keep yourself safe online. In an illustrated, easy-to-read format, this book will help you use social media in a way that’s fun, without hurting you or your mental health.
I WAS HERE BY GAYLE FORMAN
Cody and Meg were inseparable – best friends for life. They knew everything about each other. Or Cody thought they did. But how well do you ever really know your best friend? And what do you do when they choose to leave you behind?
As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE BY GAIL HONEYMAN
Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.
One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?
EVERY LAST WORD BY TAMARA IRELAND STONE
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humour and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
Caroline introduces Sam to Poets Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more normal than she ever has as part of the popular crowd… until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.
THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE BY LEILA SALES
All her life, Elise Dembowski has been an outsider. Starting a new school, she dreams of fitting in at last – but when her best attempts at popularity fail, she almost gives up. In a cry for help, she self-harms, and when news of that gets around school, things get even worse for Elise. But then she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party. There, at night, Elise can be a different person, making real friends, falling in love for the first time, and finding her true passion – DJing. But when her real and secret lives collide, she has to make a decision once and for all: just who is the real Elise?
An irresistible novel about hope, heartbreak and the power of music to bring people together.
These books are available to borrow from the Learning Hub from June 2019.