Content warning: Suicide, mental health
For Mental Health Month, Rebecca Laffar-Smith shares her lived experience of mental illness. She talks about how it inspires and informs her novels, and why it’s vital we are open and proactive about mental health in teenagers and young adults.
Join us for an afternoon with Rebecca, to explore how you can understand mental health, learn the warning signs that someone may need help, and know where to go for support. Register for this free event at https://mentalhealthforyoungadults.eventbrite.com.au
For more information contact the Zone Youth Space on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9236 4550 or the Community Programs Team on email@example.com or 9236 4320.
In a high school classroom, four students are experiencing serious mental health challenges.
Two may be considering suicide.
In fact, 75% of mental health conditions begin before the age of 25.
That’s why it’s important young adults understand mental health, learn the warning signs that they may need help, and know where to go for support.
On the surface, Rebecca Laffar-Smith's new book, Spirit Talker, is about a girl who sees ghosts. Beneath you find a sympathetic look at real life mental illness. About the dangers of not having your voice heard. And the importance of self-advocating, with medical and mental health professionals, or with loved ones. Inspired by her own lived experience, Spirit Talker was written to inspire, give hope, and save the lives of teens facing challenges today.
Rebecca Laffar-Smith lives with her young adult children and their service animal pup. She also lives with chronic pain and mental illness. Those lived experiences drive her to write young adult sci-fi and fantasy novels that star diverse characters. As a presenter and coach, Rebecca loves to write and speak about the challenges of living with disability. She also loves to chat about all things writing related! Her books and talks inspire people to experience possibility and discover wonder. Check out her TEDx Talk!