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Serving Teens with Mental Illness in the Library A Practical Guide

by Deborah K. Takahashi

Part of the Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians Series Series

Serving Teens with Mental Illness in the Library A Practical Guide Synopsis

As a teen librarian, you are more likely than not to encounter teens with mental health issues. Will you know how to help them? This guide explains what to do and what not to do. Mental illness among teens has risen to epidemic levels. When mental health issues come to the library, what is the librarian's role? This book asserts that you don't have to be a social worker or mental health professional to provide guidance to teens with mental health issues. By creating collections that contain mental health resources, working with community partners, and initiating dialogues with library patrons that de-stigmatize mental illness, you can serve a positive and proactive role in helping teens to get help. This book provides readers with practical guidelines for building collections, programs, and services that support teens experiencing mental health challenges and explains how to create a supportive, welcoming environment in the library. In addition, it shows how to forge partnerships with other community agencies in this endeavor, how to advocate for mentally ill teens, and how to teach them to advocate for themselves. Lastly, it discusses how to evaluate these programs and services, and how to take care of your own needs while serving others. * Addresses a growing need for librarians who can lead teens to mental health resources * Provides a broad perspective on the many things librarians can do to help teens with mental health issues * Gives practical guidelines for improving services, programs, and collections to support this population

Serving Teens with Mental Illness in the Library A Practical Guide Press Reviews

Takahashi's evident expertise and experience provide a useful starting point in understanding how libraries can assist teenagers experiencing issues relating to mental health. - The Library Quarterly A solid addition to a professional collection where an introduction to teen mental wellness issues is needed. - School Library Journal This clearly and compellingly written guide is a well-considered and practical volume that offers a one-stop resource on this important topic in teens' lives and the lives of the library staff who serve them. - Booklist

Book Information

ISBN: 9781440862762
Publication date: 10th April 2019
Author: Deborah K. Takahashi
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited Inc an imprint of ABC-CLIO
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 149 pages
Categories: School libraries & young reader services ,

About Deborah K. Takahashi

Deborah K. Takahash is branch librarian for Pasadena Public Library. She specializes in Youth Services. Certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid, she writes for ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) blog.

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