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A Teen’s Guide to Reaching Out When You or Your Friend Is in Crisis

While growing up has never been easy, today’s teens face a landscape that might be unrecognizable to their parents. In addition to cliques and peer pressure they live in a fast-changing social media world — Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook — that exposes and makes vulnerable as much as it shares and connects. Factor in high school and mass shootings, terrorism, daily reports about climate change, and the prospect of life-changing college loan debt and it’s no wonder that rates of teen depression, anxiety, and, tragically, suicide are soaring. Kristi Hugstad writes in a way that talks with, rather than down to, teens. The issues covered, including depression, eating disorders, PTSD, anxiety, and substance abuse, are accompanied by the stories of real teens who have experienced and come through these challenges. Testimonials from teens who have been depressed, attempted suicide, and survived highlight ways that kids can recognize danger signs in their own lives, help a friend in trouble, and find nonjudgmental, empathic help. While Hugstad is an adult and a mental health professional, she powerfully connects with kids by sharing the story of her husband, Bill, whose depression and substance abuse ultimately led to suicide. A fellow survivor of grief and trauma, Hugstad is able to show the hopeless that there is hope, the lonely that they aren’t alone, and that life can be much, much easier than seems possible in moments of crisis.



Praise for Kristi Hugstad and her previous books:

“I wanted to reach out to thank for everything you do to help our teens. Coming to speak to our students at San Clemente High School about it being ok not to be ok. That there is SO much hope and help. Powerful message for those feeling scared of what’s in their head. You are making a difference! Thank you for all you do!”
— Angie Tisdale, San Clemente High School Health

“Kristi Hugstad’s presentation to the health students at Dana Hills High School was very moving and informative. She brought her firsthand expertise and personal insight when living with a person who is experiencing the ill effects of substance-related disorders, specifically steroid use. Her story demonstrates the importance of recognizing the signs of mental illness; including paranoia, depression and suicide. Kristi’s natural ability to interact and connect with high school students was inspiring to witness. Our health students were captivated with her story and many students expressed that her message was heard loud and clear. Thank you, Kristi, for sharing such a painful event and turning this personal tragedy into a lesson to be remembered.”
— Jeanette Boyle, DHHS Health Educator, Dana Point, California

“Like many of us, I’ve lost friends and family in the last few years and reading What I Wish I’d Known, I discovered new and significant ways to cope with grief. Kristi Hugstad’s advice about sleeping on a lost spouse’s side of the bed so you don’t feel as alone, making sure you have adequate electrolytes such as vitamin D and telling yourself, “I have suffered enough, and now it is time to be free,” are just a few of the hundreds of ideas she offers in her unique book about finding your path to healing. Kristi’s honesty, courage and insight offer truths that can lead all of us to dance in the light.”
— David Whiting, Metro Columnist, The Orange County Register

Author: Kristi Hugstad
Product Code: 86353
ISBN: 978-1-60868-635-3
Pages: 184
Package: 1 Paperback / softback
Size: 5.50 X 8.50
Your Price : $15.95