Using Young Adult Lliterature to Help Students Break Stereotypes and Confront the Stigma of Mental Illness

Date of Presentation


Name of Conference

National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention

Date of Conference


Location of Conference

Boston, Massachusetts

Document Type

Conference Presentation




Young adult literature texts such as Kissing Doorknobs, Wintergirls, and Thirteen Reasons Why can help English teachers to address issues of mental illness (e.g., OCD, anorexia/bulemia, depression, etc.) in the secondary classroom. Asking students to discuss vocabulary often associated with mental illness and to explore how characters with psychological problems are treated by peers in young adult literature can help motivate students to become aware of the power of language choices and to become empowered to break stereotypes and confront bullying of those struggling with depression, anxiety, etc.

This document is currently not available here.