Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge (MIA)

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."  This Reading Challenge is an excellent way to discover new literature on a subject that can be quite difficult to find.  Opinions of a wolf has carefully curated a comprehensive reading list because only books with a balanced, respectful discussion are allowed.  (The list is also arranged by subject for easy use.)  Hopefully this will raise much needed awareness in a positive manner. 

I have enjoyed many books with characters with mental health in the past (most notably, Addition by Toni Jordan, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simons and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon - also an amazing play) and I am looking forward to reading some more!  

Challenge levels:

Acquainted - 4 books
Aware - 8 books
Advocate - 12 books
So far: 2 books read

Books for my challenge: 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Caisson
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (review)
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (review)

The MIA also has a GoodReads group which notifies you of new additions to the reading list.  They also use hashtag #miarc

Thank you to Amanda for all your hard work with this excellent challenge. 

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