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