Although we live in the age of information and everyone is bombarded with potential sources of help, sifting through those possibilities can be a chore. This is where Help Yourself comes in! With this useful reference, author Jan Yager provides an overview of the various situations that most people have to navigate, from calling customer service or reporting a crime to finding credible and reliable information about a business, health, or legal concern.
Each chapter includes a brief discussion of an issue, potential scenarios, and listings of relevant national and international organizations. Yager also instructs readers on researching state agencies, so they can contact appropriate organizations closer to home. Important topics of discussion include:
"Yager (When Friendship Hurts) asserts that there is direct help available for every kind of life issue, if one only knows where to seek it out. This reference gives readers a head start on that search, listing more than 100 agencies that deal with everything from addiction and financial assistance to pregnancy and eating disorders. In a more positive vein, Yager lists resources for people interested in volunteerism and travel. The entries in all 30 categories are annotated with informative descriptions, contact information, and instructions on how to handle an immediate situation. VERDICT An excellent reference for all libraries and counseling centers." —Library Journal starred review