January 5, 2013

Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge 2013

Challenge Summary: I (Opinions of a Wolf) started the Mental Illness Advocacy (MIA) Reading Challenge in December 2010 in an effort to raise awareness, knowledge, and acceptance of mental illness.  Reading, both fiction and nonfiction, is an excellent way to broaden one’s horizons and expose one to new ideas and ways of thinking and being.  Many reading challenges already exist in the book blogging community to address racism, sexism, and homophobia, but I could not find any to address the stigma faced by those suffering from mental illness.  In spite of mental illnesses being recognized by the scientific community as diseases just like physical ones, many still think those suffering from one are at fault for their own suffering.  I hope reading and reviewing books featuring characters struggling to deal with mental illness, whether their own or another person’s, will help remove the stigma faced on a daily basis by those with a mental illness.  They already have to struggle with an illness; they shouldn't have to face a stigma too.

Challenge Levels:

Acquainted–4 books
Aware–8 books
Advocate–12 books

Hosted by/Link: Opinions of a Wolf. Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge 2013

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

My Progress: 9/12

My List:

1) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
2) The Age of Hope - David Bergen
3) The Earth Hums in B Flat - Mari Strachan 
4) The Girl Who Fell From the Sky - Heidi Durrow
5) Away From Everywhere - Chad Pelley
6) The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
7) Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
8) Bone and Bread - Saleema Nawaz
9) The Empty Room - Lauren B. Davis

One response to “Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge 2013”

Terri Morgan said...

If you'd like to read a novel about schizophrenia may I humbly recommend my novel. Playing the Genetic Lottery is a fictional memoir of a young woman who grew up with two schizophrenic parents. It's available in paperback and as an ebook. You can get the links, read excerpts, ect. at http://terrimorgan.net

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