Beneath the Surface
A Teens Guide to Reaching Out When You or Your Friend is in Crisis
“Teens today experience some complex issues, all of which may be caused by or may contribute to depression or other mental illnesses,” writes Kristi. “Beneath the Surface which speaks candidly to today’s youth - and the parents, teachers, and coaches who love them - and offers information on eating disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harm, bullying, technology addiction, peer and academic pressures, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”
While growing up has never been easy, today’s teens face unique challenges. In addition to dealing with cliques and peer pressure, they live in a fast-changing social media world that exposes and makes vulnerable as much as it connects. Factor in mass shootings, daily reports about climate change, and the prospect of crippling debt from college loans, and it’s no wonder that rates of teen depression, anxiety, and, tragically, suicide are soaring.
“A depressed person might think they’re ‘going crazy’ or feel embarrassed to share with others what they are thinking. Or they might try to talk about how they feel but others don’t take them seriously. Or maybe the people they talk to don’t know what to say, so they just say nothing,” writes Kristi. “If this is happening to you, don’t give up. Talking about depressive or suicidal thoughts and feelings with the right person makes all the difference in the world.”
Each chapter of Beneath the Surface addresses a different cause or aspect of depression and suicidal thoughts, many of which are a normal aspect of growing up. The book includes real-life examples of young people who have suffered depression firsthand to help readers recognize the risk factors and warning signs and offers practical exercises to help them quickly and confidently identify whether they or someone they know are in need of help, and if so, what to do and where to go for it. Depression can strike anyone and does not discriminate. This book can save lives.
“Throughout my career, I’ve had the honor of working with, talking to, and teaching teens. I am constantly in awe of their ambition, creativity, positivity, passion, and kindness. My hope for all the teen readers of this book is that, as you continually learn, grow, and evolve, you find ways to harness these characteristics for your own benefit and the benefit of others,” writes Kristi. “When you recognize and address whatever is lurking beneath the surface, it loses power over you, allowing you to become the person you were always meant to be: simply incredible.”
About the Author: Kristi Hugstad is a certifIed grief recovery specialist and a grief and loss facilitator for recovering addicts at South Coast Behavioral Health, Kristi frequently speaks at high schools. She is also the host of The Grief Girl podcast and lives in Orange County, California. Visit her online at https://www.thegriefgirl.com.
Beneath the Surface by Kristi Hugstad
• 184 pages • $15.95 • ISBN 978-1-60868-635-3
Book Release from New World Library