Reviews

Behind Happy Faces removes the stigma surrounding mental disorders, and stimulates dialogue about these issues among high school and college students. Szabo is a dynamic advocate for young people everywhere.”

~Prof. Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D.                                                                               President of the Child Mind Institute

“As Szabo so clearly states, mental disorders are treatable and don’t have to define one’s life. Behind Happy Faces provides young people with an intimate glimpse into what it means to have an emotional disorder – and empowers them to overcome the stigma – to get the help they need.”

~ Donna Satow                                                                                                  Co-Founder, The Jed Foundation

An inspirational read for all young adults, parents, teachers, family and friends, Behind Happy Faces provides tools for seeking help and gives hope for recovery.  Ross Szabo is living proof that with treatment, young adults with mental health issues can be highly functional and lead fulfilling, productive lives.”

 ~ Tipper Gore                                                                                                          Photographer, Author and Advocate

“Mental illness among young people is epidemic.  Too often, those who are afflicted are ashamed, and too often, they isolate themselves, and too often—the results are catastrophic.  Frank, honest and informative, Behind Happy Faces will mitigate that shame and isolation, and so head off those dark results.”

~ Andrew Solomon                                                                                                        Author, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

“Ross Szabo has reached more than one million young people with crucial information and inspiration about mental health. He has a true gift for getting through, and Behind Happy Faces now allows him to communicate beyond the walls of a full school assembly. His book will most certainly reach you, and it will help you reach others. If it’s understanding and compassion you seek, look no further.”

~ Lizzie Simon                                                                                                            Author, DETOUR: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D

“With its real human characters and expert guidance, Behind Happy Faces has the potential to bust through the stigma and ignorance that have too long precluded access to effective treatment and understanding.  Szabo’s enthralling narrative draws its strength from the power of his personal story, and the honesty with which he—and the other young people represented in the book—challenge the myths and stereotypes surrounding mental illness. This powerful book deserves the widest possible audience.”

~ Gail Griffith                                                                                                                 Author, Will’s Choice: A Suicidal Teen, a Desperate Mother, and a Chronicle of Recovery