Mental Health Awareness Month + HUGE GIVEAWAY!

Happy Mental Health Month you guys! So, as you may or may not know, in my other life I worked as a therapist, and now even though I’m writing (and being mommy) full time, advocating for mental health is still really important to me.

This month is a great time to celebrate the efforts that we all are making toward living healthy, happy lives. Ok, I know, I know, super vague. But here’s the deal, it’s just as important for us to take care of our mental health as it is our physical health, and to do that it’s helpful to do things like read, or write, or do some Jazzercise, or whatever makes you feel good. And when you’re stressed, it can help to talk to someone. A friend, a professional, someone who can help you sort through what’s going on.

Some lovely friends who have written about mental health issues, recovery, and kickass therapists are helping me spread the word this year, and because they’re so totally awesome, I’m going to give away SIGNED COPIES OF THEIR BOOKS! Here’s a bit about each:


This is the story of a young Marine’s struggle with PTSD after Afghanistan.

Something Like Normal

From Goodreads:
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.


The Downside of Being Charlie

In The Downside of Being Charlie, Charlie struggles with understanding his mother’s deteriorating mental health as he himself deals with body image and bulimia.

Charlie is handed a crappy senior year. Despite losing thirty pounds over the summer, he still gets called “Chunks” Grisner. What’s worse, he has to share a locker with the biggest Lord of the Rings freak his school has ever seen. He also can’t figure out whether Charlotte VanderKleaton, the beautiful strawberry lip-glossed new girl, likes him the way he likes her. Oh, and then there’s his mom. She’s disappeared—again—and his dad won’t talk about it.

Somewhere between the madness, Charlie can at least find comfort in his one and only talent that just might get him out of this life-sucking place. But will he be able to hold his head above water in the meantime?

CRACKED by K.M. Walton


 Victor hates his life. He’s relentlessly bullied at school and his parents constantly ridicule him at home.

Bull is angry. He’s sick of his grandfather’s drunken beatings. And he likes to take out his rage on Victor.

Determined to end it all, Victor takes a bottle of his mother’s sleeping pills—only to be disappointed when he wakes up in the psych ward. And his roommate? None other than Bull, whose loaded-gun effort at self-defense has been labeled as a suicide attempt. Things go from bad to worse—until the boys discover they might just have something in common: a reason to live.

A message from Kate: If you’re being bullied or if you are a bully, you are in pain. Seek help immediately. Only you can make the decision to heal your heart and mind.


Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Echo and Noah begin Pushing the Limits as very broken individuals but through the help of a caring therapist they become whole by the end.


And because I want to share in all the book love, every winner will get a signed copy of BREAKING POINT and a signed copy of ARTICLE 5 (paperback)!

Sorry, this contest is only open to US and Canada. It closes on Sunday, May 19th. Winners have 24 hours to respond with their address by email, otherwise another winner will be chosen. Thanks for entering, and good luck!

Enter here:

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If you are looking for national mental health resources for yourself or someone you care about, click here, or check out my previous posts on common mental health diagnoses. (Suicide Prevention Website – also call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you are in emotional crisis or need to talk.  This service is free and confidential.)


39 Responses to Mental Health Awareness Month + HUGE GIVEAWAY!

  1. Andreaya says:

    Thanks for the AMAZING giveaway. I’ve recently had my own personal experiences with mental health and I agree that it’s something that needs more attention and less of a stigma. I’m enjoying my free time relaxing and writing before I graduated next weekend. I hope you are loving life as an author and a mom! Some day I hope to join your books among the shelves with my own:) Congrats on all of your success!

  2. Daisy says:

    :D What a brilliant giveaway! Oh my god I’m just going to go spam everyone I know with this now XD Good luck to everyone

  3. Randi Flynn says:

    Love these books!

  4. Esperanza says:

    Wow! This is awesome Kristen! Thanks for posting this giveaway! Your always so generous!

  5. Diana Medina says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and for helping and spreading awareness.

  6. Crystal says:

    Awesome giveaway and great cause awareness!

  7. Shar Simms says:

    What a great idea! I hadn’t thought of doing a giveaway to bring awareness to mental health. I work full time as a LCSW. In my spare time, I’m a mom and blogger.

  8. Caroline says:

    What a great giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  9. Sam says:

    These raffles are so nice of you! :)

  10. Mental health is so very important! Thank you so much for being such a great advocate of mental health and for throwing this great giveaway!

  11. Christine says:

    Awesome giveaway! I love how many books I’ve seen lately highlighting mental illness in a realistic light. As as psychology major, I am all too aware of the abundance of mental illness in society and the horrible stigma placed on it compared to other bodily illnesses. And when there’s such a stigma, people can feel ashamed to reach out for the help they need, which is an absolute tragedy because, like you said, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. So to me, having authors raise awareness and help people better understand mental health is such an amazing step in the right direction. Thanks for showcasing this! :D

  12. Jen Connelly says:

    OMG, this is so awesome. I’ve read a couple of those books and they are amazing. As someone that deals with mental health issues every day and somehow managed to get through high school without professional help I love these kinds of books. It makes you feel less alone while trying to battle through the bad times.

  13. Alyssa says:

    I think this is a really great cause! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  14. Kayla DeGroote says:

    All these books sound really good! You’re so nice to give these away plus two signed books of yours! <3 Thanks so much!! :3

  15. Carl says:

    Great idea Kristen, thanks for all the wonderful books.

  16. Love this giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to win, and all these books look great!

  17. Amber Hsu says:

    Thanks for this giveaway! All these books seem really great! I think that not only are these books great reads, they also raise awareness in a way for mental illnesses.

  18. Liza @ Reading with ABC says:

    Thanks for the giveaway “

  19. Natasha Ward says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  20. Rachel Smith says:

    OMG. This is an AMAZING giveaway!!!

  21. Jaime says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!!!


  22. Ava says:

    This is so awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to win!


  23. Kay says:

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks! I really enjoyed Article 5 and I can’t wait to read Breaking Point. It is great what you are doing to raise awareness for mental illness. I feel like it is such a taboo subject even today in our society.

  24. Such an awesome giveaway idea! This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart, and I love that more and more great YA books are coming out to raise awareness.

  25. Desiree Sanchez says:

    As an adolescent mental health worker, these books would rock to have!

  26. Aimee says:

    MY EXCITEMENT IS ON ANOTHER LEVEL. IM GOING ON MY VIRTUAL KNEES. PLEASEEEEEE LET ME WIN. But seriously I’ve been waiting to get Breaking Point forever! No one understands. I NEED it.

  27. Kayla C says:

    They all look fantastic! All are now on my TBR list :)

  28. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

  29. Susan Light says:

    Thanks for the heads up on some great books about the topic. I cannot wait to read some of these.

  30. Beth F says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I love your books, Kristen.

  31. Lucille Palma says:

    This is a wonderful idea!

  32. Amanda says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and spreading awareness!!

  33. Heather62981 says:

    What an awesome giveaway!

  34. Felecity says:

    This is such a cool giveaway. It was surprising, after finishing Article 5 and googling up Kristen Simmons to find out what she was doing. I’ve had first hand experience with mental illness, as my mom, aunt, and other family members have it, although for different reasons. I find that for the most part that my mom and aunt do better on their medication, although my mom used to refuse to take it, since she thought it labeled her as “crazy”. I know that mental illness is a serious thing, and how it affects people is really scary. Not only the people suffering from it, but those around them. I’ve met a lot of people and they asked me how I deal with it. They also mentioned that they wouldn’t be able to handle living with someone like that. So after reading this it makes me really happy and inspired to know that there are people out there helping out and fighting for this cause. It’s extremely important. Thanks Kristen!

  35. Kim L. says:

    Awesome giveaway! So many books, thanks you!

  36. Karina A. says:

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway! :))

  37. Madison says:

    This is an amazing opportunity!

  38. sarah k. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, and supporting mental health awareness month.

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