May is Mental Health Awareness Month—a time dedicated to educating the general public about mental health. Adults and kids alike can help fight the stigma of mental illness by listening to audiobooks. For adults, explore educational, historical, and personal perspectives with nonfiction. For kids and teens, we’re recommending fiction titles with representative characters to help young listeners approach mental health (others’ and their own) with empathy and kindness.
When Matt Haig developed panic disorder, anxiety, and depression as an adult, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health. Notes on a Nervous Planet takes a look at how the world we now live in can actually hinder our happiness.
A surreal and timely novel about the effects of isolation and what it means to be connected to the world from the Printz Award-winning author of Dig.
“Poignant, propulsive, and profound.”â€”Publishers Weekly
Aza Holmes never intended to pursue the disappearance of a fugitive billionaire, but thereâ€™s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake. Aza is trying to be a good daughter, friend, student, and maybe even a good detective, while within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
â€śRudd offers poignant pictures of Aza’s struggles through vivid portrayals of other characters.â€ť–AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
Darius has never fit in at home, and heâ€™s sure he wonâ€™t in Iran. His clinical depression doesnâ€™t help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab and everything changes.
â€śHarris brings out all of Sohrab’s earnest sweetness, and his sensitive narration emphasizes the connection between the boysâ€¦â€ť–AudioFile
How it Feels to Float is a story about inter-generational mental illness, and how living with it is both a bridge to someone loved and lost. Helena Fox explores the hard and beautiful places loss can take us, and honors those who hold us tightly when the current wants to tug us out to sea.
For Tweens & KidsÂ
When Misty the Cloud wakes up feeling stormy, nothing seems to make her day better! And Mistyâ€™s grumbly mood affects everyone when her big emotions cause a thunderstorm to rumble across the sky. But with help from friends and family, Misty accepts that sometimes sheâ€™s just going to be a little stormyâ€”and it will always pass.
Moving to a new town is supposed to be a chance for Josh to leave behind problems. Problems like Big Brother, his best and imaginary friend. But Big Brother reappears–and he’s not alone. Only this time one of Josh’s imaginary friends seems to be interacting with another boy at school. Can Lucas see them, too?
â€śBerman immerses listeners in the ambiguous, atmospheric settingâ€ť–AudioFile
A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. Having struggled with anxiety for as long as she can remember, Nadiya Hussain has written this heartfelt story to ensure that no child suffers in silenceâ€”no matter what shape their worry monster may take.