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(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 30+ Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health
(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 30+ Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health | Kelly Jensen
(Don't) Call Me Crazy is a conversation starter and guide to better understanding the ways our mental health affects us every day. A diverse range of essays, art, and other creative work explore personal experiences with mental illness, how we do and do not talk about mental health, help for better understanding how every person's brain is wired differently, and what, exactly, might make someone "crazy." This highly designed, scrapbook-like guide provides an opportunity to get up close and personal with mental health. Let's get talking.
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cinestress
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I loved the comics within. Some of the essays were hit or miss, but I really felt understood and seen by the authors in this book. It really helped me come to terms with some of my own issues.

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Kelly
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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I‘m giving away a copy of my book. Details to enter are on my Instagram @ veronikellymars ❤️❤️

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jmtrivera
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Some of the essays really resonated w/me, and others not so much. A lot of the art made even more of an impression, especially Gemna Correll's. I might recommend it more for older teens or college aged adults, based on the essays. Reading this did help my perspective on certain mental health issues in my life, so I do think there are interesting topics here for most, if not all. And it's always worth having conversations about mental health.

FeministBookClub Kelly is the best. She curates beautiful essay collections! 2mo
jmtrivera @FeministBookClub This is the only one I've read. I came across it sort of accidentally, but I'm glad I did. I appreciated it! 2mo
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megnews
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Another great #dedication

Chrissyreadit 👏👏❤️👏👏 2mo
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Kaylamburson
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This was my book club pick, & this felt like the first time we had a substantial conversation all night. The essays are powerful & raw, but some are also humorous or inspirational. I appreciate the range of topics covered. Even if you don't struggle with mental health, it's likely you know someone that does, or some experiences will resonate. It's intended to get teens talking, but it's just as important to get adults talking, too.

MrBook Wonderful review! 2mo
Kaylamburson Thanks! It's a great book! @@MrBook 2mo
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Kaylamburson
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First gorgeous spring day letting me read outside!!

Zelma Goodness, I loved this book so much. ❤️ 3mo
Kaylamburson I'm really loving it, too! I picked it for my book club since I figured there would be a lot of great discussion around it. If you have any great discussion questions, I'd love to hear them! @Zelma 3mo
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elizabethlk
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Today's #riotgrams prompt is a current read. This is one of the many books I am reading right now, and I'm so far enjoying it as much as I did the previous book Kelly Jensen edited. I wish this book had been available when I was a teen, but I'm glad I get to read it now.

Zelma So far this has been my favorite book read this year. So good. 4mo
elizabethlk @Zelma it is definitely way up there for me too. The format is great and the essays are just what I need right now. 4mo
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cinestress
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Picking this up while I take a break from Reading Lolita in Tehran. I'm dealing with some of my own mental health issues right now and I hope this book helps in some way.

Caroline2 I‘m reading this at the mo and I‘m finding it really helpful! 👍🏻 4mo
Zelma I absolutely loved this book. I know I will go back it to in the future. 4mo
Kaylamburson I just started reading this, too, and picked it for our next book club read! 4mo
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CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're enjoying Litsy so far 📖💙 4mo
BridgetteM Welcome to Litsy! 4mo
Bookladylinda Welcome to Litsy!!!! 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4mo
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jmtrivera
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My #FebruaryTBR is kind of ambitious, but I'm almost done with two of them already, so I feel good about it. #LiteraryLove

vkois88 I want to read the tagged book as well, you'll have to let me know how it is! 5mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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I‘ve wanted to read this one since I heard about it coming out.

CareBear Me too! Thanks for the heads up! 5mo
OrangeMooseReads @CareBear you‘re welcome 5mo
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Zelma
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This was absolutely perfect at this point in time for me. A huge thank you again to @Kaylamburson for this awesome gift. Some essays didn‘t totally work for me but others poke to me soul. Overall this was a powerful, life-affirming, emotional read. Those of us with mental illness are not alone and this is just one resource to show that. Perfect for reading a little at a time and savoring the voices here.

Purrsistently I'm on page 163 of this right now, it's so good! It's also featured on kindle today for $1.99! 5mo
Kaylamburson I'm so glad it was a helpful read!! A giant virtual hug to you @Zelma 5mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

Short essays from some well known voices about mental health. Some were great and insightful. Others were a little trite or old hat.

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Zelma
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It chilly and rainy outside so I am battling the gloom with coffee, the two books I am in the middle of, and my twinkly tree. Super cozy but I may change to flannel pajamas and complete the hygge. 😁

JennyM Hope snuggling inside did the trick 😘 6mo
Zelma Still snuggling and playing on Litsy instead of reading. 😳😉 @JennyM (edited) 6mo
monkeygirlsmama Looks cozy. 6mo
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actualdisneyprincess
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This is an incredible collection so far. That‘s all I can even begin to say. #dontcallmecrazy #mentalhealth #personalstories

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Zelma
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Yaaaaaaaasssssss! @Kaylamburson I am so in love with this gift! I wanted this book so badly and the chocolate? Perfection! That kitchen sink bar literally made me squeal when it read off the ingredients. There was a lot of hooting and hollering when I opened this. Thank you so much!

And a big thanks to @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing a fun swap! 👏👏👏

Kaylamburson Yayyyyyy!!!! I'm so glad it's such a hit!! The sales guy really sold the kitchen sink bar well, so I hope it tastes as good as it looks! Happy Holidays and enjoy!!! 🎁🎄 6mo
Zelma @Kaylamburson I will let you know how it tastes when I finally dip into this chocolate; we have a kitchen overflowing with sweets right now. But I may have to open it tonight for hr #Jolabokaflod tradition! 6mo
Kaylamburson Haha, I'm sure! We have so many cakes, cookies, and pies to eat. But #Jolabokaflod should be celebrated everywhere! 6mo
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Beatlefan129
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An important book, especially for teens. There are essays and illustrations that cover a wide variety of mental health issues. I don‘t read enough YA to recognize most of the authors, but I applaud everyone who contributed their voice to this collection.

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Daisey
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This is an important book in that it provides very personal perspectives on mental health, and I can easily see readers making connections with one or another of those perspectives.

I‘m having a cup of tea and a cookie for an evening snack with this book, but I think after a few more pages I‘ll be getting some sleep.

#Readathon #NetGalley

Daisey Book 2 finished for readathon this morning. An interesting anthology that emphasizes openness about and acceptance of mental illness in order to encourage and help each person find what best works for them. 8mo
Maria514626 The book sounds very good! 8mo
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Allietaylor16
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I started this book on my Kindle last night, and I just ran to the bookstore to buy a physical copy. It is fantastic so far!

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tjwill
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I‘m buying this book for my #classroomlibrary, and I‘m wondering if anyone has more suggestions of books appropriate for middle schoolers about #mentalhealth. I have several students suffering from depression, some who have attempted or contemplated suicide. I really don‘t know how to help them, but I thought books might be a good way. Some of the students have very low reading levels, so easy reader suggestions are welcomed as well.

DivineDiana I don‘t have any suggestions, but thank you for caring! ❤️ 8mo
tjwill @DivineDiana Thanks. Caring for them is the easy part! They are sweet kids who are dealing with a lot. I spend a lot of time worrying about my students. 😢 8mo
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DivineDiana “There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.” You are concerned and working to solve the problem. 👏🏻👏🏻❤️ 8mo
tjwill @DivineDiana Thank you for that. 💕 8mo
tjwill @4thhouseontheleft Thanks for the recommendations! I‘m purchasing them now. 8mo
Bibliogeekery Not sure what age your students are but I use this with teenage clients. It's edgy but good 8mo
tjwill @Bibliogeekery They are 13-14. This looks good! Thanks. 8mo
Daisey I don‘t have any recommendations, but I‘ll be coming back to check this post for the recommendations you collect! 8mo
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Liberty
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Day 10 of the @bookriot #Riotgrams challenge: mental health books! This is a brand-new book about an important subject. And just LOOK at all those amazing contributors! Sooooo many wonderful voices in one place. ❤️❤️❤️

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HeatherBookNerd
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Day 10 of the #RiotGrams Challenge:
Mental Health Books

Just got this great new book that is comprised of essays by artists, actors, athletes, and writers sharing their own personal experiences and information about mental health. The editor and some of the contributors are some of my fellow Rioters, so you know it‘s good! A great book to start conversations with the young people in your life.

@bookriot #riotgramsday10 #mentalhealthbooks

Linsy Stacked! 8mo
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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I was inordinately lucky to win a signed copy of this book. As someone with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression, having books like this out there means so much to me. My plan for today is to snuggle with my dog and read this book cover to cover.

Ava_Black I am always looking for books like this and appreciate the post. Thank you. ❤ 9mo
TheBookkeepersApprentice @Ava_Black I‘m always looking for books like this too, so I totally get it ❤️ 9mo
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abbylibrarian
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Yessssss look at what is in my hot little hand!

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Kelly
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Available today ❤️

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Kelly
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My new anthology comes out Tuesday and I hope you pick it up. If you preorder, email proof to kelly@stackedbooks.org for a sweet "mental health matters" enamel pin (US only). If you want a signed copy, you can grab one through my indie Read Between The Lynes in Woodstock, Illinois. If you do that, I'll also enter you to win $25 to your indie of choice. Just search the title on their site! ❤️❤️

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shelf-improvement
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Pickpick

This is a vital book. It's going to save lives. Read it and share it and talk about it.

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Leftik
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Two of three of #alaa18 hauls: the signed books!

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Matilda
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Awesome giveaway on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiSF995lICV/

JPeterson Thanks for sharing! (edited) 14mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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