Feature: Mental Health Awareness Month ft. Anything but Okay by Sarah Darer Littman

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Feature: Mental Health Awareness Month ft. Anything but Okay by Sarah Darer Littman

All this month, we are featuring mental health topics and book recs in partnership with Scholastic (thank you for focusing on it every year!). Today we are here with a variety of media that helps destigmatize help seeking behaviors every day. Kicking off the list is Anything but Okay by Sarah Darer Littman, which address PTSD, stigma, and bullying. Check out our recs below and help destigmatize by support media featuring mental health in an appropriate and authentic manner!


Feature: Mental Health Awareness Month ft. Anything but Okay by Sarah Darer Littman

Anything But Okay

by Sarah Darer Littman
Published by: Scholastic Press
on October 9, 2018
Pages: 352
IndieBound
Goodreads

Stella and Farida have been best friends forever, but lately things have been tense. It all started when Stella's brother came home from his latest tour with the US Marines in Afghanistan paranoid and angry. But Stella won't talk about it, and Farida can tell she's keeping something from her.Desperate to help Rob, Stella thinks she just needs to get him out of the house. She definitely didn't expect going to the movies to end with Rob in handcuffs for assaulting one of her classmates after his anger spiraled out of control.When a video of the fight goes viral, everyone has an opinion of Stella and her "violent vet" brother.The entire school takes sides, the media labels Rob a terrorist sympathizer, and even Farida is dragged into the mess despite not being there. As the story continues trending, Stella will have to decide just how far she's willing to go for the truth, even if it means admitting her own failures.



Media Recs Featuring Mental Health Topics

Movies

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Silver Linings Playbook (bonus, it’s also a book!)
  • Inside Out
  • Audrie & Daisy (Netflix exclusive)
  • Angst (shown in select areas by invitation)

TV

  • This is Us
  • BoJack Horseman
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Books

I decided to focus on books I’ve read more recently but there are many more fabulous reads out there!

  • How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox
  • (Don’t) Call Me Crazy edt by Kelly Jensen
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletii
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • The Fallen Isles triology by Jodi Meadows
  • Shaun David Hutchinson’s entire catalog (read ALL OF THEM)

Music

Check out the playlist below for a variety of picks!

What would you add to this list?

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