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Heads Up
Changing Minds on Mental Health
By (author): Melanie Siebert Illustrated by: Belle Wuthrich
9781459819115 Paperback, Trade, Flaps English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Depression & Mental Illness North America Apr 21, 2020 Print Run: 5000
$24.95 CAD
Active 6 x 8.5 x 0.68 in | 500 gr 192 pages 85 , 25 Colour illustrations, 1 , 1 Index FSC certified – mixed sources C106973 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2020, Commended
It's time to open up about mental health.

? “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.

Key Selling Points

  • It's time to open up about mental health. One in five children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness right now. And less than half of the youth who seek services get the help they need. This is the one book every kid, family, teacher and youth counsellor should have on their shelf.
  • This is a unique book geared toward youth who need the complete lowdown on mental health, mental illness, trauma and recovery.
  • This book showcases the candid and courageous real-life stories of young people's experiences with mental health struggles and their amazing resilience.
  • In Heads Up, the histories, mysteries and latest science of mental health are explored with intelligence and heart by the author, who is a youth and family counsellor.
  • This book moves beyond the biomedical approach to mental health and considers the effects of trauma, poverty, racism and social inequality.

Melanie Siebert is a youth and family counsellor in Victoria, British Columbia. She works with people to transform depression, anxiety, trauma and inner conflict into meaning, purpose and hope. She also specializes in suicide intervention and prevention. Melanie has a Master of Social Work and a Master of Fine Arts. She has also worked as an emergency medical technician, a river guide and a creative writing instructor. Her first poetry collection, Deepwater Vee (McClelland & Stewart), was a finalist for Canada's Governor General's Literary Award.

Belle Wuthrich is an illustrator and designer specializing in books for young readers. Based in Vancouver, Belle has contributed to more than a dozen books for kids, a number of which have won awards or been republished internationally, including the Montaigne Medal Award–winning Eyes and Spies: How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know and the Silver Birch Award nominee Eat Up: An Infographic Exploration of Food.

Marketing and Promotional Plans
  • Local and national media initiatives
  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution
  • Author interview on blog and social media promotion
  • Featured promotion for Mental Health Awareness Month in May

? “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

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