Welcome

Behind Happy Faces is the most comprehensive book about mental health issues for high school and college students. It’s a compilation of the most common questions and concerns about mental health that were asked by over half a million young people, teachers and parents. We use personal stories, statistics and facts to provide hope on how to help yourself, friends, family members and loved ones. It’s a first hand account about how to navigate some of the most difficult issues in life. If you’re looking for a book to help you deal personally with a mental disorder or want to help someone else, this is the book for you.

It’s far too common for people to hide their true feelings, go through the motions and put on a happy face to make others think everything is OK. At times it seems there’s a competition in our society to see who can be more stressed out. Who can sleep less, drink more or have tons of drama. Emotions can only be hidden for so long before they come out in negative ways.

Throughout life everyone deals with tragic events like death, divorce, or break-ups. Others deal with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders or other types of mental disorders. You may not always know how to cope, who to tell or what you should do. You’re not alone.

It’s time to stop hiding behind a happy face and start talking about these issues. Check out the links and the book to take your first steps to positive mental health! You deserve it!