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And so it begins...

When it comes to working with teenagers, you either got it or you don't. Whether you are a teen librarian, mentor educator, or parent, teens don't come with an instruction manual that come with the standard troubleshooting advice when they malfunction. If you don't work directly with teens, you're in for a wild ride that will make your head spin in a good way. While adolescence can be a very trying time for both teens and adults, it has a huge affect on their development. However, for some teens, they can experience small or huge bumps in the road that can temporarily set them back or prevent them from leading a normal life. While there is no definitive cause as to why people develop mental disorders, there are factors that can contribute, or exacerbate, this serious condition. While you may not know a whole lot about mental health challenges, I am happy and relieved to know that you would take them time to learn how you can make a huge impact on the lives of teens simply by learning about mental health challenges and how you can assist a teen in crisis and advocate for services and programs to benefit the well-being of teenagers everywhere. While this book is geared towards teen librarians, and staff, I hope this book can inspire you to lead from wherever you are to advocate for those who can't or don't know how to ask for help. Thank you for taking this important step and I am so glad that you are joining me and many others on this journey.

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