Serving Teens with Mental Illness in the Library: A Practical Guide, 1st Edition

  • Deborah K. Takahashi
  • ISBN-10: 144086277X
  • ISBN-13: 9781440862779
  • DDC: 027.6
  • 172 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Available September 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019
  • Price:  Sign in for price



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 help teens get help. This book provides 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, advocate for mentally ill teens, and 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.