Words Can Work E-books

These Words Can Work evidence-based guides, written by Jeanne Blake, help young people, families and communities talk about the mental and public health challenges kids face growing up - from substance use to depression. Our advisors are experts from Harvard Medical School, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and other leading institutions.

Words Can Work: When Talking About Depression

In this collection of poignant true stories young people candidly discuss living with depression,  anxiety, suicidality and other mental health issues. Parents, siblings and peers describe their roles in supporting a loved one. Leading experts offer insight, strategies and the actual words to help young people and families start and continue potentially lifesaving conversations. Recommended for young people, parents and other caregivers.

 

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What People Are Saying

“… very effective, common sense, low key approach that genuinely opens the door for someone with depression to speak and ask for help. Also, it guides someone around a person that is depressed to get help for that individual who may be suicidal.”

Peggy Moses

NAMI Massachusetts

Words Can Work: When Talking About Drugs

In this collection of poignant true stories young people tell how illegal drugs impacted their lives. They openly discuss opioids, marijuana and other drugs, addiction, and the benefits of making healthy choices. Leading experts offer insight, strategies and the actual words to help young people and families start and continue potentially lifesaving conversations about drug use. Recommended for young people, parents and other caregivers.

 

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple Books

 

 

 

What People Are Saying

"… vitally important messages for parents and kids. We are so grateful for this valuable resource. Jeanne Blake is gold!”
Brian Johnson, MD

Words Can Work: When Talking About Alcohol

In this collection of poignant true stories young people tell how alcohol impacted their lives — from drinking and driving, binge drinking and alcohol poisoning, to addiction and other consequences. Leading experts offer insight, strategies and the actual words to help young people and families start and continue potentially lifesaving conversations about underage drinking. Recommended for young people, parents and other caregivers.

 

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple Books

 

What People Are Saying
"... a whole world of valuable information in a deceptively small package."
Karen Friedman, FNP

Middlesex School

"... shows a thorough and careful understanding of teen-parent relationships, and of current research in the field of prevention."
Anara Guard

Director of Information & Marketing, Join Together

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