AMANDA MACGREGOR

Mental Health Representation in Young Adult Literature webinar

On March 8, I was part of a panel that presented a webinar on Mental Health Representation In Young Adult Literature for the International Bipolar Foundation. Together with author Karen Fortunati, psychiatrist Dr. Frank Fortunati, and librarian Jaina Shaw, we talked about teen mental health statistics and why seeing compassionate and accurate representations of mental health issues in young adult books is so important. Our webinar has now been archived, so if you have a spare hour, and have anything at all to do with teenagers, you may want to check it out.

Mental health depiction in YA is one of my main interests and I never get tired of talking about it. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, here are a few things I’ve worked on that you can check out:

#MHYALit: Anxiety Disorder, My Son, and Me

Sunday Reflections: Mental health medications are not your enemy

#MHYALit: Talking about mental health-related books and issues with teens

#MHYALit Sunday Reflections: The hard work of getting help and getting better