“This book is a hopeful and essential guide that promotes emotional health and mental fitness in young people. The authors address mental illness and offer models for prevention, treatment and recovery. A must-read for parents, educators and clinicians.”
– Patrick J. Kennedy, former congressman, author of the best-selling book, A Common Struggle, and sponsor of Paritytrack.org

Help is Here:  The Stressed Years of Their Lives backstops parents as it imparts social, emotional and life-management skills their kids will need to thrive in college and beyond.  It provides failure inoculation for the top three mindset barriers of Not Belonging, Not Making It, and Mental Health Problems. The Stressed Years presents resources and ideas to help both generations handle mental health problems if they occur.


“This wonderful book defines and explores the many, varied minefields of the college years with candor and compassion, and provides parents with practical advice and support about what to look for, what to ask and say, and when and how to intervene.
It should be required reading for all parents.”
— Judith Rodin, Former Provost, Yale University, President Emerita, University of Pennsylvania

The title says it all. For many, the teen years have become a high-stakes, time-starved pressure cooker of stress, fear, perfectionism, over-achievement, overdoing and, for many parents, over-involvement. The Stressed Years of their Lives is destined to become a well-thumbed handbook to help families cope with this modern age of anxiety.”
— Brigid Schulte, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of Overwhelmed and director of the Better Life Lab at New America

This book is a must-read for college administrators, high school counselors, policymakers and above all, parents of students of all ages, who (if they’re like me) will start implementing its insights long before they reach its end. A truly great contribution.”
— Judith Warner, author of Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

“Hibbs and Rostain have done a great service for parents trying to guide their kids through the transition to adulthood and college life in this high stress world. They’ve written an engaging and accessible book full of common sense guidance and tremendous clinical wisdom.”
— Victor Schwartz, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at The Jed Foundation and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

“The Stressed Years of Their Lives is an informative, thought-provoking and—perhaps most importantly—conversation-starting curation of mental health information that all parents need to read.”
— Alison K. Malmon, founder & executive director of Active Minds

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