Jodie Andrefski is the author behind The Society, the book that inspired The Society Community.
Jodie Andrefski lives in a tiny town in PA that no one has ever heard of with her teenage daughter. She also has an adult son. Andrefski received her BS in Secondary Education-English from Penn State University, then taught for several years before changing focus and going back to school to pursue her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Andrefski has worked as a crisis worker and county mental health delegate. In this capacity, she’s met with individuals in crisis in schools, hospitals, homes, police stations, coffee shops, or anywhere that someone was in need, to perform mental health assessments and help connect the individual with appropriate treatment and services. She’s hosted workshops at area hospitals on mental health law, and taught self-esteem workshops at an area residential home for teen mothers.
Andrefski has also recently volunteered to be a crisis counselor for the newly developed #YouAreNotAlone campaign developed by Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles, partnered with RandomActs.org and ToWriteLoveOnHerArms.org
THE SOCIETY is her second YA novel through Entangled Teen. She is an avid reader, an unapologetic coffee fiend, and she’s even happier if her java comes with pie. She is a firm believer in the magic of a first kiss, and insists that you should never, ever give up on your dreams.
Note from the Author
Positive mental health and mental health advocacy is something I feel very strongly about. It is my goal to bring awareness to the issue of bullying and the effects it has on young people in the form of depression, anxiety, self-harm, physical and sexual abuse toward others, increased rates of drug and alcohol abuse, suicidal ideation, suicide, and more. This is a very real problem, and we can all take steps to change it in our schools. By promoting kindness, even starting in small ways, it will make a change. This change can start with you.
If you are being bullied, or are feeling depressed or having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, there is help out there. Please reach out.
Some websites to visit are:
If you would like to chat right away to a trained crisis counselor via text message, send a text to 741741, and a counselor will respond via text message. (Part of TWLOHA)
You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255
Counselors are available 24/7 in both Spanish and English languages.
Check out her books