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26 May 2014

This is being hosted by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts and Ula @ Blog of Erised to spread awareness of Mental Health Issues and how it effects people and their family and friends. I think it's definitely something which needs to be brought to a much wider attention in society. In my line of work sadly I see a lot about the devastating effect mental health problems can have on people and their families / friends. I also feel that the perception of mental health issues needs to be changed and books can play a very important part in that. 

My daughter and me will read The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (fresh purchased yesterday) for MH Awareness months and both post a review here on my blog. 

Head over to Leah's or Ula's blog to sign up. And thank you Cynthia @ Jellyfish Reads for bringing it to my attention :) 

Here is what Leah tells us about Mental Health Awareness Months in her blog:

Hey guys! Mental Health Awareness Month is something I've been tweeting about quite a lot lately and I'm really excited to share with you guys what I've got planned. MHAM is a month in which myself and Ula @ Blog of Erised  want to spread awareness about mental health issues and how they affect people. We're really excited to be hosting this MH month; it's something which is close to both of us and I hope you guys want to take part! Here's some information about the month on the blog:

What is Mental Health Awareness Month?
It's an idea that me and Ula came up with to draw attention to all things MH. It doesn't get enough attention and there's still far too much stigma attached to it! I thought the best way for us book bloggers to do this was to dedicate June to reading and reviewing/ discussing books that discuss Mental Health. There's going to be a variety of things going on on mine and Ula's blogs, as well as others. There will be guest posts, interviews, giveaways, challenges and all sorts of events going on as well as reading books that explore issues of MH!

When is MHAM happening?
It starts June 1st and runs through until the 30th of June.

What are the rules?
There aren't any rules really! Whether you're a blogger, vlogger, on Goodreads, an author or anything feel free to take part! The more the merrier. The aim is to spread awareness about Mental Health!

What books are there on MH that I can read?
I've been preparing a shelf on my Goodreads profile especially for this month! Here's a little list to get you guys started. Just follow the link for more :)

Playing Tyler - T. L. Costa
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock - Matthew Quick
Girl, Interrupted - Susanna Kaysen 
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
Amy & Matthew (Say What You Will) - Cammie McGovern
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini 
The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer

We're going to be using the hashtag #MHAMJune on Twitter when talking all things MH!