And then there's Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I think I have four or five copies of this, and all of them but one are signed. I know, it's great, they just fall into my possession. Anyway, main character Cath suffers from anxiety. Now, despite having anxiety myself, I didn't actually realise when I read it. It was so subtle. If you're looking for a book that does mental illness subtly instead of making it a big deal, then this one might be for you.
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella are again about anxiety, but on different levels to Fangirl which is why I've included them. In Girl Online, Penny has crippling anxiety that always strikes when she's least expecting it. One of the things that has stuck with me since reading this is that, despite her issues, Penny jetted off to New York and even though she had a couple of panic attacks, she dealt with them and was fine. I think that's important for people to see - it gives hope.
Finding Audrey was slightly more technical, and by that I mean Audrey sought treatment and did all kinds of things to make herself better. This is the only book I've read about anxiety specifically where actual, real treatment is involved - in this case it was mainly CBT and exposure therapy.
Other brilliant books I recommend but which aren't pictured include Amy & Matthew by Cammie McGovern, which is about Cerebral Palsey and OCD; Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne which includes Generalised Anxiety Disorder and OCD; Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, a non-fiction book on how he overcomes his anxiety and depression on a daily basis, and Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard, a wonderful book about friendship and a girl in recovery after attempting suicide.
Which books on mental health do you recommend? I'd love to know!