Information for Teenagers:
Adolescence is an important time of physical, social, emotional and educational development. It can be exciting but confusing. Sometimes it can feel like we don't have any control over what we think or how we feel.
But by making simple changes to our lives, we can make a real difference. Young people have unique needs when they experience mental health problems. Sometimes young people need professional help in how they manage their thoughts, feelings or behaviours so that they can cope better with everyday stress.
Resources and Reading Lists
Reading Resources - try your local library for these.
"Freaks Geeks and Asperger Syndrome" by Luke Jackson. Written by a 13 year old boy about his personal experiences of living with Asperger's Syndrome.
“Al Capone does my shirts" by Gennifer Choldenko. the story of Moose Flanagan and his family's move to Alcatraz in 1935 including his severely autistic sister Nat.
“Coping with Depression in Young People" Carol Fitzpatrick & John Sharry. Easy to ready, explains symptoms and types of depression, explains treatments available and how parents can help.
“Depression is the Pits, But I’m Getting Better : A Guide for Adolescents” by Jane Garland. APA 1997
“Recovering from Depression : A Workbook for Teens” by ME Copeland. Paul H. Brookes Publishing 2002
“When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens” by Bev Cobain. Free Spirit Publishing 1998
"Go Ask Alice". Anomymous. When a teenager girl is served a drink spiked with LSD, she finds it takes the edge of her loneliness and self-hate. But as she continues to experiment with drugs her life begins to unravel.