(Don't) Call Me Crazy
A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2018Who’s Crazy? What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when a label like that gets attached to your everyday experiences? To understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. Because there’s no single definition of crazy, there’s no single experience that embodies it, and the word itself means different things—wild? extreme? disturbed? passionate?—to different people. In (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, thirty-three actors, athletes, writers, and artists offer essays, lists, comics, and illustrations that explore a wide range of topics:their personal experiences with mental illness,how we do and don’t talk about mental health,help for better understanding how every person’s brain is wired differently,and what, exactly, might make someone crazy. If you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages . . . and let’s get talking.
LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Gay/Lesbian; Gender Nonconformity; Transgender; Addiction; Developmental Disability; Learning Disability; Mental Illness; Neurological Disorder; gay; transgender female; gender variance; gender expression; autism; autism spectrum disorder; attention deficit disorder; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; migraines; depression; anxiety; panic attacks; obsessive compulsive disorder; bipolar disorder; borderline personality disorder; schizophrenia; eating disorder; anorexia; bulimia; binging and purging; post traumatic stress disorder; suicidal thoughts and/or tendencies; misophonia; body dysmorphia; trichotillomania; paranoia; grandiose delusions; therapy; alcoholism; drug addiction; substance abuse; smoking; cosmetic surgery addiction
Cybils Awards, 2018, Nominee, Non-fiction (Junior/Senior High )
Schneider Family Book Award, 2019, Honor, Teen
support; patience; affliction; relief; pride; compassion; variety; survival; identity; compromise; medication; struggle; tranquility
Jensen, Kelly, "(Don't) Call Me Crazy" (2018). Diverse Families. 2021.