Friday Fast Picks: Emotional Wellness Month

Brave Face: A Memoir
 by Shaun David Hutchinson
At nineteen, Hutchinson was struggling to understand and accept who he was and how he fit into a community in which he couldn’t see himself. Convinced that he couldn’t keep going, that he had no future, Hutchinson followed through on trying to make that a reality– an attempted suicide. Over time, he came to embrace life, and to find self-acceptance. In his deeply honest memoir, he takes readers through the journey of what brought him to the edge, and what has helped him truly believe that it does get better.

My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic 
by Michael A. Tompkins and Katherine Martine
Anxiety can make everything seem unmanageable – from dealing with family and friends to managing schoolwork and extracurricular activities. My Anxious Mind helps teens take control of their anxious feelings by providing cognitive – behavioral strategies to tackle anxiety head-on and to feel more confident and empowered in the process.

Freaking Out: Real-Life Stories about Anxiety by Polly Wells
Presents thirteen true accounts of teenagers with varying levels of anxiety disorders, exploring how they addressed their anxiety and dealt with such issues as peer pressure, perfectionism, grief, and self-mutilation.

Superhero Therapy: Mindfulness Skills to Help Teens & Young People Deal with Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma by Janina Scarlet
Presents a superhero-based introduction to acceptance and commitment therapy, offering guidance on conquering such “super-villains” as anxiety, depression, and shame, and providing advice on finding one’s unique superpower

Depression: A Teen’s Guide to Survive and Thrive by Jacqueline B. Toner and Claire A.B. Freeland
Depression: A Teen’s Guide to Survive and Thrive is a guidebook for teenagers who are depressed or at risk for depression. This guide discusses depression and provides guidance on cognitive behavioral therapy principles to help teens take a problem-solving, strategy-based approach to deal with depressed moods, thoughts, and behavior. Intended to serve as an adjunct to therapy, this is a very practical and easy-to-read book that is not overwhelming for teens.

Rewire Your Anxious Brain for Teens: Using CBT, Neuroscience & Mindfulness to Help You End Anxiety, Panic, & Worry by Debra Kissen, Ashley D. Kendall, Michelle Lozano, and Micah Ioffe
Anxiety is a huge problem among today’s teens-that’s why teens need tangible tips and tools they can use every day to manage fears, stress, and worry. In Rewire Your Anxious Brain for Teens, four anxiety specialists offer practical and essential skills grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), neuroscience, and mindfulness to help teen readers “rewire” their anxious brain and get back to living their lives.

Out of Order: Young Adult Manual of Mental Illness and Recovery by Dale Carlson
Out of Order is a manual for teens and young adults to help them understand mental illness and recovery. It covers such topics as mental illnesses, suicidal thoughts, personality disorders, learning problems, intellectual disabilities, treatment, and recovery.

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health edited by Kelly Jensen
Who’s crazy? What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? To understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. Because there’s no single definition of “crazy”, there’s no single experience that embodies it, and the word itself means different things–wild? extreme? disturbed? passionate?–to different people. In (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, thirty-three actors, athletes, writers, and artists offer essays, lists, comics, and illustrations that explore a wide range of topics.