Novels have the ability to transport us to different people and experiences. They can show us what life was like in 2nd century Rome, 14th century China, or 1990s Chicago. They can let us feel the experiences of different races and genders Similarly, novels can open the door to issues of mental wellness. We can read a story from a completely different point of view - like someone who experiences the world very literally, or who feels emotions quite strongly, or is struggling with drug addiction, an eating disorder, or their own gender identity. These books can help us better understand ourselves and others, by not treating mental wellness issues as a list of causes and symptoms, but by showing us people going about their lives. Of course, novels are no replacement for real mental health resources. Those are further down below.