Heads Up

  • Illustrated By: Belle Wuthrich
  • Pages:192
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:youth mental health, anxiety, recovery, ending stigma, indigenous youth
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  • Pub Date:04/21/2020
  • Age Groups:Nonfiction Ages 12+
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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.
★ “Informative, diverse, and highly engaging; a much-needed addition to the realm of mental health.”
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“[A] helpful handbook...In easy-to-read chapters, Siebert skillfully breaks down what mental health is...An informative and nonintimidating work; a suitable addition for libraries needing to add to their mental health collection.”
– School Library Journal
“A sense of respect imbues every page…Everything in this book reassures the troubled teen that they are not alone, need not suffer in silence, and can forge a unique pathway to wellness. The value of this book cannot be overstated or underestimated.”
– School Library Connection
“A wonderful introduction to society's ever-evolving relationship with understanding mental illness.”
– Canadian Children's Book News
Lane Anderson Young Reader Award 2019-2020   |   |  Winner
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2020  |  Commended
OLA Best Bets Top Ten   | 2020  |  Commended
BC and Yukon Book Prizes, Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize   | 2021  |  Short-listed
Notable Social Studies Trade Book   | 2021  |  Commended

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