For Teens

  • Depression: A Teen's Guide to Survive and Thrive by Jacqueline Toner
    This guide discusses depression and provides guidance and tools based on cognitive-behavioral therapy principles to help teens take a problem-solving, strategy-based approach to deal with depressed moods, thoughts, and behavior.
  • Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide Through Cognitive Therapy by Thomas Ellis
    In an empathetic nonjudgmental tone, the authors provide tools to help readers assess the risk and understand the factors that reinforce suicidal talk and behaviors. A step-by-step program for change shows how to replace negative beliefs and develop alternative skills for solving problems.
  • The Truth about Suicide by Facts on File
    In a straightforward and nonjudgmental manner, The Truth About Series tackles a range of current issues that affect teens. This book is designed to help teens understand such topics as the risk factors and warning signs for suicide, the role of mental illness in suicide, self-injurious behavior, suicide prevention, and much more.
  • Life, in Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice by Kristen Anderson
    This is a true story of the author’s suicide attempt and recovery. It’s about facing one’s own choices, self-forgiveness and the discovery of faith in her life.
  • The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens by Judith Galas & Richard Nelson
    This book gives teens the information and insight they need to recognize the risk and respond appropriately. It spells out the warning signs, guides teens through the steps of reaching out to a friend, and explains when and how to seek help. It also suggests ways for teens to help themselves when they're feeling stressed or depressed.
  • When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Beverly Cobain
    Written for teenagers with depression, as well as those who feel despondent, dejected or alone, this book offers help and information about depression and how to cope. Bev Cobain is the cousin of Kurt, the rock star who took his own life in 1994.
  • Positive by Paige Rawl with Ali Benjamin
    This book is about a young lady that was bullied in middle school due to her HIV status, which she was born with the disease due to her dad passing the disease on to her mom. A powerful story about overcoming obstacles and turning something negative into a positive!
  • Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself by Anneli Rufus
    This is a great read for both teens and adults. The author uses real life experiences, supported by research, to point out a very important fact: We are our own enemies. No one is born with low self-esteem but we all can be exposed to situations throughout life that can lead to questioning if we are enough.
  • How to Like Yourself: A Teen’s Guide to Quieting Your Inner Critic and Building Lasting Self-Esteem by Cheryl Bradshaw
    This book is a practical guide to building self-esteem and overcoming negative self- talk.
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens by Richard Carlson
    The author provides advice on the challenges of being a teenager and he shares tips/thoughts on how to deal with these issues.
  • Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens: A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life by Ann Bailey
    This workbook provides skills for dealing with various emotions that cause stress. The books perspective is based on the ACT model, which is a model used in therapy to help others live more mindful lives.
  • Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kid’s Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self- Esteem (Revised Edition) by Gershen Kaufman, Lev Raphael and Pamela Espeland
    This is a book with various skill building topics such as: building self-esteem, assertiveness skills, relationship building, managing anger, problem-solving, setting goals, and dealing with feelings. A plethora of guidance for both youths and adults to utilize in helping kids deal with some of the difficult topics of being a kid.
  • Communication Skills for Teens: How to Listen, Express, and Connect for Success by Michelle Skeen, Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning
    This book teaches essential skills to becoming an effective communicator. Practical exercises are provided.
  • The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: CBT Skills to Help You Deal with Worry and Anxiety by Michael Tompkins and Jonathan Barkin
    This workbook is an evidence-based guide for developing a plan to reduce stress.
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
    This book is a novel about a young man struggling with depression, which led to him being admitted to the hospital for a suicidal episode. The story shares the factors that led to his struggles and how he came to accept them.
  • The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time by Dzung Vo
    This book provides a mindful approach to dealing with stress. The author provides tips for teens to deal with difficult situations.
  • A Set of Directions for Putting and Keeping Yourself Together by Robert Wubbolding
    The authors share various activities to help make effective decisions and process through choices to develop an effective plan. This book is based on William Glasser’s “Choice Theory.” 

For Parents

  • Coping with Depression in Young People: A Guide for Parents by Carol Fitzpatrick and John Sharry
    This book shows parents how to tell the difference between the ordinary ups and downs and true depression, helping them better understand clinical warning signs and the various approaches to treatment. 
  • The Truth about Suicide by Facts on File
    In a straightforward and nonjudgmental manner, The Truth About Series tackles a range of current issues that affect teens. This book is designed to help teens understand such topics as the risk factors and warning signs for suicide, the role of mental illness in suicide, self-injurious behavior, suicide prevention, and much more.
  • A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression by Gary Nelson
    The author, with experiences as a pastor and pastoral counselor, uses the story of his own son's journey through depression to weave together insights into the spiritual, emotional, cognitive, biological, and relational dimensions of teen depression.
  • Life, in Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice by Kristen Anderson
    This is a true story of the author’s suicide attempt and recovery. It’s about facing one’s own choices, self-forgiveness and the discovery of faith in her life.
  • Wise Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens and Teens by Laura Kastner
    This down-to-earth, practical guide, you’ll learn how to tap your “wise mind” to calmly navigate even the stormiest of parenting moments. You'll learn how to preserve your loving relationship while encouraging progress towards the 7 essentials of happy, healthy teens.
  • Warning Signs: A Parenting Guide for Discovering if Your Teen is at Risk for Depression, Addiction or Suicide by Judy Davis
    This book is a resource for parents to examine concerns on various topics involving teens. Also, it serves as a guide to help parents differentiate typical behaviors from destructive behaviors.
  • Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide by Rebecca Eanes 
    The author is a popular parenting blogger that shares insights for connecting with kids at each stage. A guide to support solutions and to avoid conflict between the parent and child relationship.
  • Stress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children by Lori Lite 
    This book offers tips on coping strategies to navigate demands in technology, bullying, academics, and family dynamics.
  • Dear Mallory: Letters to a Teenage Girl Who Killed Herself by Lisa Richards
    A mother’s personal account about her daughter that she lost to suicide. The book offers valuable insights and encourages others who suffer to look beyond the pain. A book for everyone for it provides guidance, support, and reference for practice.
  • Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers by Deborah Serani
    This book offers an understanding of pediatric depression such as: current research, treatment, and trends. Also, the author shares personal experiences of being a depressed child.
  • Crazy-stressed: Saving Today's Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience by Michael Bradley
    The author looks at the teenage psychology that drives adolescent anger, depression, and negative behaviors and offers tips for helping teens regain a balance via coping strategies.
  • How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen so Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
    The authors offers both innovative, easy-to-implement suggestions and proven techniques to build the foundation for lasting relationships. From curfews to sex and drugs, it gives parents the tools to help their children safely navigate the often stormy years of adolescence.
  • Breaking Through to Teens: A New Psychotherapy for the New Adolescence by Ron Taffel
    The author covers how to build relationships with teens and how to provide effective support in the process.

For Teachers

  • Crisis Prevention and Intervention in the Classroom: What Teachers Should Know by Victoria Damiani
    Because of their education, experience with children, and community awareness, teachers are in a special position to help children understand and learn effective ways to cope with trauma. With appropriate guidance, they can observe signs indicating a student's need for more intense intervention for suicide, aggression, or depression.
  • Youth Suicide: What the Educator Should Know by Eleanor Guetzloe
    This book is intended to aid educators in understanding the phenomenon of suicidal behavior among youth and in developing programs for intervention within the school setting.
  • Youth at Risk: A Prevention Resource for Counselors, Teachers, and Parents (6th Edition) by David Capuzzi and Douglas Gross
    Written from a systemic perspective, this book offers guidance in helping teens who are struggling with the complex challenges that can be brought on by peers, family members, and difficult social environments.