Social media resources

Reading resources

"Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-In World," by Julie Smith; Smith also is available to give presentations to schools.

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"American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers," by Nancy Jo Sales

"I Live in the Future and Here's How It Works," by Nick Bilton

"Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age," by Sherry Turkle

"Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business," by Neil Postman 

What is mental illness? Definitions and resources for mental illness

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

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