Non-Fiction

Runyon, Brent
The Burn Journals
JUV 362.28.R8767b  
YA Brent Runyon was fourteen years old when he set himself on fire, and an intense retelling of that
suicide attempt followed by a year of physical and psychological recovery conveys with a terrible
clarity what it means to want to commit suicide. 2004

Irwin, Cait
Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression and Won, and How You Can, Too
JUV 616.8527.I722c
One teenager tells her inspiring story. 1998

Zucker, Faye
Depression
JUV 616.8527.Z8343d YA
The many forms of depression -- The signs and symptoms of depression -- Treatment for depression
Suicide: the most serious outcome of depression. 2003.

 

Silverstein, Alvin
Depression
JUV 616.8527.S587d
Discusses the causes, symptoms, and treatments of depression, examining the different types of
depression and their effects on the individual and on society. 1997.

 

Hyde, Margaret O.
Stress 101
JUV 616.98.H992sYA
Discusses stress, what it does to your body, how to manage it, and how it affects your life. 2008

 

Fields, Terri
After the Death of Anna Gonzales
JUV 811.54.F4607a
Poems written in the voices of forty-seven people, including students, teachers, and other school staff,
record the aftermath of a high school student's suicide and the preoccupations of teen life. 2002.
 

Fiction

Antle, Nancy
Lost in the War
JUV A5782.l
Twelve-year-old Lisa Grey struggles to cope with a mother whose traumatic experiences as a nurse in Vietnam
 during the war are still haunting her.1998.

 

Asher, Jay
Thirteen R3asons Why
JUV A8293.tYA
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded
by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing
their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.  2007.

 

Caseley, Judith
My Father the Nutcase
JUV C25725.mYA
When her father becomes clinically depressed, fifteen-year-old Zoe worries that his illness will engulf th
entire family. 1992.

 

Cohn, Rachel
You Know Where to Find Me
JUV C665.yYA
Antisocial and overweight, Miles has always dreamed of being like her perfect and popular cousin Laura,
but when Laura commits suicide, Miles turns to her family for much-needed support to get through her
overwhelming feelings of devastation, confusion, and loss. 2008.

 

Connelly, Neil O. 
St. Michael's Scales
JUV C76254.s YA
Keegan Flannery, feeling responsible for his twin brother's death and his mother's mental illness, believes
he must atone by committing suicide before his sixteenth birthday, but he gains new insights when he joins
his school's wrestling team. 2002.

 

Fritz, April Young
Waiting to Disappear
JUV F918.w YA
Two years after her brother dies in a car accident, thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Mullens watches her mother
slip into an emotional breakdown, and Elizabeth must find the courage and strength to bring her mom back
to reality. 2002.

 

Holeman, Linda
Mercy's Birds
JUV H6946.m
As her mother sinks into depression and her aunt turns to alcohol, fifteen-year-old Mercy tries to
keep up with school and her job, until help comes for them from an unexpected source.1998.

 

Holt, Kimberly Willis
Keeper of the Night
JUV H7427.k
Isabel, a thirteen-year-old girl living on the island of Guam, and her family try to cope with the death
of Isabel's mother who committed suicide. 2003.

 

Jenkins, A.M. 
Damage
JUV J4113.d YA
Seventeen-year-old football hero Austin, trying to understand the inexplicable depression that has
drained his interest in life, thinks that he has found relief in a girl who seems very special. 2001.

 

Marchetta, Melina
Saving Francesca
JUV M3194.s YA
Sixteen-year-old Francesca could use her outspoken mother's help with the problems of being one of
a handful of girls at a parochial school that has just turned co-ed, but her mother has suddenly become
severely depressed. 2004.

 

Miller, Mary Beth
Aimee
JUV M6184.a
Zoe and her family move to a new town after she is acquitted of helping her friend Aimee commit
suicide where she must overcome the loneliness, guilt, and anger in her new life in order to save
herself from the same fate. 2002.

 

Peters, Julie Anne
By the Time You Read This, I'll be Dead
JUV P42923.byYA
High school student Daelyn Rice, who's been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once
attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy
to draw her out. 2010.

 

Rapp, Adam
Under the Wolf, Under the Dog
JUV R18127.u YA
Sixteen-year-old Steve struggles to make sense of his mother's terminal breast cancer and his
brother's suicide. 2004.

 

Vaught, Susan
Trigger
JUV V454.tYA
Teenager Jersey Hatch must work through his extensive brain damage to figure out why he
decided to shoot himself. 2006.

 

Wilson, Jacqueline
The Illustrated Mum
JUV W6947.i YA
Ten-year-old Dolphin is determined to stay with her family, no matter what, but when her sister goes
to live with her newly-discovered father, sending their mother further into manic-depression, Dolphin's
life takes a turn for the better. 2005.