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Deborah K. Takahashi is a librarian who specializes in Youth Services. She received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Education from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and her Master of Library Information Science (MLIS) from San Jose State University.

Deborah has been working in libraries and teens since 2005. She is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Serving Teens with Mental Illness in the Library: A Practical Guide is her first book. 

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April 30, 2019

This book provides readers with 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 in this endeavor, how to advocate for mentally ill teens, and how to 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.

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"As a teen librarian, you don’t have to be a licensed social worker or clinician to help teens with mental disorders. In fact, all you really need is an understanding of mental illness, the know how to provide teens with information, and the skills to assist a teen in crisis."

Excerpt from "Serving Teens with Mental Illness in the Library: A Practical Guide"

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Get in touch with me for more information about my book or to chat about teen mental health services in the library.

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