Reading for Good Health

We know that many of you rely on the nonfiction books at Patten to answer your health questions. Since our books are inaccessible and most of you are homebound due to COVID-19, we want to make sure you have a few phone numbers and online resources where you can access reliable support and information in the meantime.

Remember, if you need immediate help, there are many hotlines available 24 hours a day. Here are some of the most important:

Maine Crisis Hotline 1-888-568-1112

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project Lifeline (for LGBTQ youth and allies) 1-866-488-7386

NAMI Teen Text Support Line  1-207-515-8398 (social support offered every day from 12-10 pm by staff ages 19-23)

New Hope for Women Hotline 1-800-522-3304  (for anyone affected by domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking)

2-1-1 (operators at 2-1-1 can direct you to appropriate health, safety, shelter, and food services)

If you’re looking for info about fitness, nutrition, emotional health, sexual health, and self care, these two lists created by federal health agencies are excellent and well-curated:

“General Health Resources for Teens” from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)

“Teen Health” from MedlinePlus

If you’re looking for reliable data and FAQs about COVID-19, turn to our federal and state public health institutes:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Maine Center for Disease Control

Health Nonfiction in the Cloud Library
There are many YA memoirs and nonfiction resources currently in the Cloud Library which provide a window into common health experiences. Here are some of the most popular:

Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson (audio and ebook)

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health edited by Kelly Jensen

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones (ebook)

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (audio and ebook)

Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration by Rose Brock, Angie Thomas, Jason Reynolds, Nicola Yoon, Marie Lu, and others (ebook)

I Have the Right To by Chessy Prout and Jenn Abelson (ebook)

Mindfulness for Teen Worry by Jeffrey Bernstein (ebook)

Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over by Amy Bleuel (ebook)

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson (audio and ebook)

You Do You: Figuring Out Your Body, Dating, and Sexuality by Sarah Mirk (ebook)

Take good care of yourselves! We hope to see you soon.

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