Because Everything Is Right But Everything Is Wrong (secondary age)
An accessible and thought-provoking debut novel following Caleb in his last year of high school, and his experiences going through and coming to terms with mental illness. It’s a raw and at times unexpected journey, yet it manages to connect on a level that feels incredibly relatable and authentic. Set mostly at his high school, there’s an early sense of familiarity to Caleb’s world and the fears and challenges he faces.
I Had a Black Dog: His Name was Depression
There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel. It was Winston Churchill who popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.
When Life Gives You Lemons (secondary age)
When Life Gives You Lemons is a beautifully written and illustrated creative book for young people experiencing, or wanting to understand and learn how to manage, depression and anxiety. The two young female authors share their experience and support other young people to develop an understanding of depression and anxiety. This book is short and easy-to-read, serving as a great self-help resource packed with helpful and clearly presented information. The illustrations are bright, colourful and expressive for readers who learn visually. It is an inspirational read filled with tips and quotes, with a continuous thread of hope woven throughout. Facts, experiences and practical ideas are presented from a young person’s perspective, therefore creating a tool to support other young people to recognise they are not alone in their experiences.