Why mental health awareness (besides May being Mental Health Awareness Month)? It’s important for people to understand mental illness; otherwise, we risk situations that aggravate a condition, and/or making life more stressful for both the person and their loved ones.

Yet, despite a need for understanding, mental illness is still surrounded by stigma and it’s still hard to live openly with an illness. It makes life with mental illness about 1000% better to know that 1) you’re not alone, 2) that someone gets you, and 3) that you don’t have to suffer in silence, pretending to be “normal”; that’s why it’s important to me to keep fighting the good fight for awareness.

So, where do we turn when we want to get into someone else’s head and find out what life is like for them? Books. Naturally.