12 great books about cutting and depression


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12 great books about cutting and depression

This article will center on showing 12 great books that have a theme of cutting and depression. The article will briefly discuss each of the books. 

12 great books about cutting and depression 

Many books center on themes such as cutting and depression. Let’s discuss what they are.

Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher

This book, which later was turned into a tv show, tells the story of Clay Jensen. He is a teenage boy that will need to cope with the suicide of the girl he had a crush on, called Hanna. And he will discover that she sent him, and other people in town, thirteen tapes explaining why she decided to end her life, and that he is one of them.

This moving book put the reader through all that Hannah went through, showing traumatic events in life that lead her to depression, and suicide. It will show how sometimes, even though someone seems okay, they may be dealing with a lot of pain. 

And how our actions sometimes, without any intention, can harm others. The book also puts into question how you can know your friend is struggling and leads the reader to think about how to support their loved ones through dark moments.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This beautiful coming-of-age book shows how Charlie has been dealing with his teenage years. He writes letters to share his thoughts and experiences. And what is seen is his dilemma between distancing himself from others, or making great friends in high school.

It shows how it is possible to have positive relationships in that time of your life, but that this period is also a roller coaster. The book brings how mental illness, especially depression can impact a teenager, and how they can cope with this moment in their lives.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This book centers around an overachiever teenager called Craig Gilner. He spent his life mostly focusing on paving his life for professional success. He tried to get to the best high school, so then he could get the best job. 

But somewhere down the road, the pressure becomes overwhelming. He becomes depressed, stops eating, sleeping, and almost ends his own life. After the suicide attempt, he is taken into a psychiatric facility. There he will be in touch with many other patients that are also going through emotional problems.

This book brings a positive outlook on what it is possible to take from a bad situation, and how sometimes your path to happiness lies in places you had never imagined.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

In this movie two people with completely different views on life meet. Theodore Finch is a boy that is fascinated with death and is always thinking of ways to end his life. 

As for Violet Market, she can’t wait for her life to begin again. She can’t wait for her life to begin. She just wants to finish high school and get out of her little town because dealing with the death of her sister has been too much.

When they meet and start to work on a school project together, they will realize how they can take more out of life. They realize they can be themselves around one another, and discover a new world.

12 great books about cutting and depression

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

This incredibly tense boom shares the story of Melinda. She is a high school girl that is isolated, doesn’t have many friends, and is an outcast. At some point, she becomes so closed off that she is not able to speak anymore.

And it is during the art lessons that she starts to manifest her emotions. And through art, she shows that she was raped by an older student in her high school. 

This book shows how people cope with traumatic situations, how they need to shut off at times, and how important it is for them to deal with what went on and stand for themselves in any way they can.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The book centers around the main character called Miles. He lives a very safe life and is tired of it. He always wondered what could happen in the not knowing part of his life. And it is in the Culver Creek Boarding School that he will find out.

There he meets a girl called Alaska Young, who lives with the unknown. She takes him through a life with so many new things that he is quickly captured. She is that perfectly sexy, screwed-up girl, and after he meets her, his life will never be the same.

Cut by Patricia McCormick

This book centers around a girl called Callie. It shows how she has developed a habit of cutting herself. It shows that she does so not to end her life, but just enough so she can feel the pain and scream inside. 

At some point, she is taken to a facility to get the treatment she needs, and there she doesn’t want to meet or talk to anyone. But there is a moment when she will need to share how she feels.

My heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Aysel is the main character of this book. She is a girl that feels utterly alone in the world and is constantly thinking about ending her life. But she feels like she doesn’t have the courage of doing it alone. 

When she discovers a website on which people find partners to suicide with, she thinks she has what it takes. But she and her partner Roman start to fill each other’s lives more positively, leading her to consider that there may be more to life than death. Her problem will be to convince Roman of the same.

Impulse by Elle Hopkins

An impulse tells the story of 3 people who are in the same facility, Aspen Springs after they have tried to end their lives. Vanessa, Tony, and Conner tried to end their lives, but now they have a second chance. And maybe they can be better now that they are in each other’s lives, and fight all the negative things that have brought them there.

Willow by Julia Hoban

This book talks about Willow who was driving her parent’s car one night but lost control over it, leading them both to death. When that happens, she goes to live with her older brother who can’t even speak to her. And starts to cut herself as a way to deal with the pain. 

But when she meets Guy, and he learns her secret, she starts to consider having a new outlook on life. This is a touching book about reaching rock bottom and finding a new way.

By the Time You Read I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

This book talks about Daelyn, a 15-year-old girl that struggles with suicide. She considers herself worthless and has tried to end her life in many ways. But it is through her friendship with a 17-year-old boy, that she may find a new outlook on life. But will she open herself to the possibility that there is more to life than ending it?

The Bridge by Bill Konigsberg

This book talks about mental health and suicide. Two young people, Tillie and Aaron, meet on the New York Bridge as both of them are considering jumping. And there are four possible outcomes to that story. Both of them can jump, neither of them will jump, or only  Aaron will jump, or even just Tile will jump.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) What are great books about cutting and depression? 

What are suicidal thoughts? 

Suicidal thoughts are ones in which the person considers ending their own life. That can happen in two ways, a more passive one, in which the person has fleeting thoughts about how it would be to end their life. But they don’t have a plan for it.

As for the most active form of suicidal thought, it leads people to plan how, when, and where they would do it. When a person is in this stage, it is important that they are not left alone, and that it is taken out the reach things they can use to harm themselves.

What are the signs that someone is having suicidal thoughts?

If someone is considering ending their life, they can start to show it in some ways. The first thing is that their mood will change more often, and they can become more irritable and agitated. They will also have difficulty sleeping and may have insomnia.

Aside from that, they will begin to say goodbye to their loved ones and may even start to give away their belongings. People that are thinking of suicide can also develop a curiosity about violent events, death, and even suicide in itself.

How can I help a friend with suicidal thoughts?  

If you have a friend that you think is having suicidal thoughts, the first thing you can do is talk to them. Asking them if they are thinking about it will allow both of you to have an open and honest conversation. Suicide is such a taboo that they most likely felt they couldn’t talk to anyone.

And even after this talk, offer them your support and make yourself present. Be by their side, be it physically or even virtually. And if you realize that they are not only thinking about suicide, but they are already planning it, get in touch with other people that are a part of their support network, so you don’t leave them alone.

You should also get in touch with the professional that has been caring for them, and see how they can help. Aside from that, take away from the things they may use to harm themselves.

Does depression have a cure?

Depression doesn’t have a cure. What happens is that it will go into remission, and when that happens, you will be able to feel joy again, get a better handle on your emotions, and will regain interest in things.

Will people cut themselves to end their lives?

Not necessarily. Some people may cut themselves in a suicide attempt, but other people can cut themselves as a way to deal with their pain, or the numbness they are feeling. It can be a symptom of depression as well.


This article centered on showing 10 books that discuss cutting and depression. The article also gave a brief description of each book. 

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