Grade 7 Up-Cobain, a psychiatric nurse who works with teens, provides facts, clears away misconceptions, and conveys support and understanding to young adults who are feeling depressed. She discusses warning signs and urges readers to act upon them. The book is arranged in two parts, the first of which gives statistics and covers the causes and types of depression, the dangers of addictions and eating disorders, and the relationship between depression and suicide. There is also information on the effects of depression on the brain. The second section deals with treatment options and offers suggestions for positive mental and physical health. Moving accounts of young people who have considered or attempted suicide lend a note of urgency to the author's message. Cobain's style is passionate, but is at times overwrought. There are many references to her cousin, Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the group Nirvana, who committed suicide in 1994. The celebrity link should attract attention; however, as the author and her famed cousin didn't know one another, this aspect seems overdone. Thumbnail black-and-white photographs and sketches illustrate the text. Toby Axelrod's Working Together against Teen Suicide (Rosen, 1996) deals with teens helping their troubled peers, and Nikki Goldman's Teen Suicide (Benchmark, 1995) is less personal in tone. Without question, Cobain has compiled a fount of information, and she is articulate. However, while useful for consultation and reports, the book is wordy and repetitious.
Libby K. White, Jewish Vocational Services, Baltimore, MD
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Its honest, anecdote-filled treatment of the subject (apart from the book’s telling origins) make it a no-brainer buy.”—Youthworker
Suicide Prevention\Voices of Education (SA\VE) Reading List Selection
Excellent resource for parents and teens. Filled with good information and advice. Written in plain language for the non-medical professional to understand.Published 7 months ago by Susan F
My daughter read this book while in an acute psychiatric care facility and she really connected with it. I read it at her request and I am very thankful that I did. Read morePublished 10 months ago by James D. Weatherly
I liked the book, the supportive and easy-to-read style, but some of the values it expressed were not consistent with my own. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kris Crowther
An uplifting book for teens and parents on how to treat depression in their teens. Parents should always stay one step ahead on their teens feelings/thoughts/actions.Published on June 10, 2013 by U_2
Came in perfect condition with super fast shipping. Very helpful and easy for teens to understand. Also has a lot of stories from teens with real life scenarios that make it easy... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Geri R
The book is good and exactly what I expected, I will use this as a reference in my work. Very helpful.Published on April 28, 2013 by Pamela Coleman
I am concerned with what I believe to be letting depressed teens decide for themselves what is best for themselves in their treatments. Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by Beverly C. Norelius
Perfect book as a guide for my niece. She and her mom loved the book/workbook so much that they shared it with the other girls in my neices inpatient. Read morePublished on November 21, 2010 by Donna Hazen
This book provides an excellent "insider's" view of how it feels to be without hope. There is no worse place to be in life. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by CalicoCat