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Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health is the go-to guide for teenagers and young adults who want to know about mental health, mental illness, trauma and recovery.

HEADS UP features the moving, real-life stories of young people who have found hope and meaning in the midst of their struggles.

It walks through the major mental health diagnoses and provides ideas and resources to support those who are suffering. It considers the latest science that shows how trauma and social inequality impact mental health. And it includes diverse perspectives and voices, including the voices of Indigenous people who share a more holistic way of thinking about wellness and the importance of balancing mind, body, heart and spirit.

HEADS UP 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 also features the latest youth-driven initiatives in mental health, such as trauma-informed yoga and hip-hop, mobile crisis teams, and peer support for youth.

HEADS UP is available from Orca Books or your local bookstore.

Winner of the Lane Anderson Award for best science writing for young readers

“Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health is a relevant, inclusive book that speaks directly to today’s youth.”

“An excellent tool for teachers, libraries and support groups. The usefulness of this book cannot be overstated.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “Informative, diverse, and highly engaging; a much-needed addition to the realm of mental health.”

School Library Journal

“[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 Connection

“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.”

Canadian Children’s Book News

“A wonderful introduction to society’s ever-evolving relationship with understanding mental illness.”

National Council for the Social Studies

A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People