This month it is Mental Health Awareness Month in Australia. I wanted to publish a post relating to mental health every day of the month so that I can personally raise awareness. You can find all posts, posted & upcoming on my schedule. In this post, I wanted to share the 5 fiction books that were focused around depression that I really appreciated. Depression fiction does not cause people to be depressed but it can give people a better understand of how depression can make a person feel in the comfortable distance of a fictional character.
Depression Fiction Top 5 Countdown
I love the quote “you saved my life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I’m yours. The me that’s me right now is yours. Always.”
A noteable quote includes “it always shocked me when I realised that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange & awful thoughts.”
One of my favourite quotes is “it’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.”
One of the most relatable quotes in this book for me was “sometimes I just think depression’s one way of coping with the world. Like, some people get drunk, some people do drugs, some people get depressed. Because there’s so much stuff out there that you have to do something to deal with it.”
I have so many favourite quotes from this book! One of my favourites is “so, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” I also love “I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they are upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.”
Benefits of Depression Fiction
There are many benefits for reading depression related fiction. It can be beneficial to both those who suffer & those who don’t. If you face depression and you struggle to communicate how you feel, having something relatable can give you comfort. If you know someone struggling with depression, reading about a fictional character with similar struggles can give you a better, more distanced understanding.
Sometimes it’s hard to know that the people we love are struggling so having a fictional character to give you more emotional distance can actually improve your clarity and give you a wider perspective. You can tolerate hearing their darkest thoughts because it’s just a character, but knowing someone may feel similarly, you can think pragmatically on how you could help.
Fiction in general is a wonderful part of life so when people can write characters going through very real struggles, it bridges the gap between the two worlds. Sometimes when you are depressed, it can be hard to focus on reading, especially happy, positive books where the characters are having a great time. Fiction that includes characters with depression does not often make people feel worse, but in turn, gives people hope that someone somewhere understands & that they’re not alone.
What is your favourite depression fiction book?