Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health
ISBN: 145981911X
EAN13: 9781459819115
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 21, 2020
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.7874016" H x 8.503937" L x 6.102362" W
Weight: 1.073651 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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★ Informative, diverse, and highly engaging; a much-needed addition to the realm of mental health.--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Featuring real-life stories of people who have found hope and meaning in the midst of life's struggles, Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health is the go-to guide for teenagers who want to know about mental health, mental illness, trauma and recovery. For too long, mental health problems have been kept in the shadows, leaving people to suffer in silence, or worse, to be feared, bullied or pushed to the margins of society where survival is difficult.

This book shines a light on the troubled history of thinking about and treating mental illness and tells the stories of courageous pioneers in the field of psychiatry who fought for more compassionate, respectful and effective treatments. It provides a helpful guide to the major mental health diagnoses along with ideas and resources to support those who are suffering. But it also moves beyond a biomedical focus and considers the latest science that shows how trauma and social inequality impact mental health. The book explores how mental health is more than just in our heads and includes the voices of Indigenous people who share a more holistic way of thinking about wellness, balancing mind, body, heart and spirit. Highlighting innovative approaches such as trauma-informed activities like yoga and hip-hop, police mental health teams, and peer support for youth, Heads Up shares the stories of people who are sparking change.

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