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May 2018 Related Resources: Mental Health

Wanting to dig deeper into one of our selections? We research related resources -- articles, videos, and more -- to help you expand your knowledge beyond the pages of our selections.

Wanting to dig deeper into one of our selections? We research related resources -- articles, videos, and more -- to help you expand your knowledge beyond the pages of our selections.


As we jump into Sparrow, let's take a look at some of the music mentioned throughout the book.  We also feature ways to promote positive mental health. 

Sparrow and her mother watch The Life of Birds to relax on BBC. Check out this fun program! 

If you’re looking for a playlist to listen to as you read, look no further than the artists mentioned by Sparrow, herself! Below is a sampling of some songs and playlists she may have recommended.

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“When we talk about health, we can’t just focus on heart health, or liver health, or brain health, and not whole health. You have to see the whole person, and make use of the tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together.” That's why this year, Mental Health America has created a resources for Mental Health Month with the theme of Fitness #4Mind4Body. You can check out the entire toolkit here

“Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. In 2018, NAMI will promote the theme of "CureStigma" throughout all awareness events, including Mental Health Month.” has resources to learn how to talk about mental health and how to get help. Check out their website for more information. 

The Mighty has several first hand accounts of mental health struggles and victories. You can read so many wonderful and insightful stories on their website as they support Mental Health Awareness Month. You can also submit a story for publication!


For Challenger Deep, we're jumping in with a look topics and themes mentioned in the book.  We also feature resources found at the end of the book for help, further information, or ways to support mental health awareness.

What’s up with the title? Learn more about the deepest point on earth, Challenger Deep, in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. Dive in and explore with James Cameron and National Geographic. 

Neal Shusterman won the National Book Award in 2015 for Challenger Deep. Check out his acceptance speech and his reading of an excerpt here

Caden painted seven dolphins in his sister’s doorframe, each one representing Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai , a 1954 Japanese epic samurai drama film. Check out the original trailer here!

Caden spends many chapters on a ship. Learn more about some of the ship-specific terms he and the Captain use throughout the book. 

One of the songs that plays while Caden is on the ship is “Orange Colored Sky.” Listen along with this version by Nat King Cole. 

Caden remembers a family vacation to Las Vegas, particularly an event involving the Stratosphere Tower. See this attraction in action in this highlight reel!

In 2016 the U.S. Treasury Secretary wanted to scrap the penny. Caden compares the loss of this coin to the loss of his own thoughts, but what would really happen if we didn’t have the penny? Check out this pro and con list about the topic. 

Caden uses his artwork to “push his thoughts out” of his mind. This kind of therapy is commonly used around the world. Check out these eight artworks inspired by mental health conditions or this art show that showcases the reality of mental illness. This artist explains why art helps her illustrate her anxiety. 

If you need help dealing with mental illness, or you know someone who needs help, here are some resources for featured at the end of the book for you to utilize: