Real Talk About Teen Substance Use & Mental Health in a Post-Pandemic World

May 27, 2021

Real Talk About Teen Substance Use & Mental Health in a Post-Pandemic World

David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy, which was made into a major motion picture starring Steve Carell, about his struggle as a father trying to help his son as he falls further into addiction.

Father and son David and Nic Sheff wrote their book High as a resource for kids and their caregivers, based on their lived experience — David, as a father, and Nic, as a person in recovery reflecting on his teenage-early adult years and time in active addiction.

Through the lens of the book, they’ll share their truths and what they’ve learned about teens, mental health, substance use, and how what we already know about kids can inform how we help them navigate their world post-pandemic.

“The pandemic has exponentially increased the demand for our mental health services with all ages,” says Terri Bonoff, CEO, JF&CS Atlanta. “David and Nic will provide critical information to parents and teens about mental health, and substance abuse.

The event is the second in the JF&CS Mental Health Series for the Atlanta community.

The first event featured Gary Gulman, star of the HBO Comedy Special, The Great Depresh, who shared about his personal struggle with depression and anxiety to a crowd of more than 450 registered attendees on May 7 and was produced by The Wellness Institute, a division of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI).

JF&CS expanded clinical services for mental health throughout the COVID-19 crisis, utilizing Telehealth phone and video sessions, and providing support groups for teens and families. JF&CS offers counseling for all ages and accepts most forms of insurance. Visit to learn more.

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David Sheff is a bestselling author and advocate on U.S. drug crisis, prevention, and treatment of addiction. Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, a number one New York Times bestseller; the book was adapted as a feature film starring Steve Carrell and Timothee Chalamet in 2018. Nic Sheff is the author of two memoirs, including the New York Times best seller Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines and We All Fall Down: Living With Addiction. He has also written several novels for young adults and is a writer, story editor, and co-producer for the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.