May Is Mental Health Month: Resources for Children’s Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month. Parents and caregivers help support children’s mental health year-round. Our expert authors provide helpful stories on a variety of topics that can bring insight and understanding. Here are eight Magination Press titles related to children’s mental health including books about anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and therapy. Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler's Guide to Understanding Death by Bonnie Zucker, PsyD When a loved one dies, it can be hard to know how to explain it to a young child, particularly if you are grieving the loss yourself.  Sensitively written and gently illustrated, Something Very Sad Happened explains death in developmentally appropriate terms for two- and three-year-old children. It reassures the child that it is okay to feel sad, and that love never dies. A Note to Parents and Caregivers provides more information about how to talk about death, answer your child's questions, and maintain your connection throughout the grieving process. “Essential, powerful, and psychologically researched resource to equip adults to model healthy grieving and help children at this age with loss.” —Booklist A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma by Margaret M. Holmes Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got him in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better. This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. An afterword by Sasha J. Mudlaff written for parents and other caregivers offers extensive suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of other sources that focus on specific events. Hear A Terrible Thing Happened read aloud. What to Do When Fear Interferes: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Phobias by Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, and Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD Lots of kids are a little afraid of some things, like heights or spiders. But some kids are so afraid that it stops them from having fun. Does this sound like your child? What to Do When Fear Interferes guides children and their parents through overcoming phobias using strategies and techniques based on cognitive-behavioral principles. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to overcome their fears — so they can blast off to new adventures! “The straight forward approach in this book helps children identify their triggers, false beliefs and how to face the fear those beliefs cause.” —Oregon Coast Youth Book Preview Center You Are Your Strong by Danielle Dufayet, PhD Soothing and empowering, You Are Your Strong reassures kids that

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May Is Mental Health Month: Resources for Children’s Mental Health 2021-05-05T21:38:25-04:00

Pockets Full of Rocks: Interview with the Author

Mental illness impacts every member of the family, and if the children in your life have questions, you will need answers. In the new book, Pockets Full of Rocks, the author helps readers understand the experience of a parent with depression. As a young girl gently questions her depressed father, the story offers direct answers that help her understand what her dad is going through. Author Yair Engelberg shared his experience creating Pockets Full of Rocks with us in this interview. Magination Press: What inspired you to write Pockets Full of Rocks? Yair Engelberg: Regarding my own personal experience with my daughter in the shadow of depression: As having experienced this, I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with other families in a similar situation and hopefully help them. MP: Why do children need books about parental mental illness? YE: Depression in the eyes of children is not something tangible or concrete that can be seen. I think it is important to explain depression to children in a way that they will understand. In addition, it is important not to shy away from speaking about depression and rather, understand its impact in families in which a parent is suffering from it. MP: Why did you decide to tell the story through a conversation between Ella and her father? YE: My personal story with this topic began when my daughter began asking me questions about what I was going through, and I didn’t have any way to explain it to her in an age-appropriate fashion. The goal is to initiate a dialogue with children and not fear starting a conversation on the topic. MP: The whole world is under increased stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and families are feeling the impact. How do you think Pockets Full of Rocks could be especially helpful right now? YE: Due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, there is a sharp increase in depression both in adults and children, as there is an increase in stressors and complex situations. Thus, using this book as a tool to discuss depression is all the more currently relevant. MP: This was your first picture book. What was it like to create it? YE: The writing process allowed me to discover writing as a therapeutic tool which allowed for an internal journey. Working with the illustrator was incredibly important in that it was key in creating a book that could introduce children to the topic in the best possible manner. MP: What was it like to see your illustrator MacKenzie Haley’s interpretation of your words? YE: When I first received the illustrations, I immediately understood that the illustrator had understood the meaning of what I wanted to get across in my words, and the pictures were fully able to capture the writing. MP: Do you have plans to write any more books? YE: Writing this book lit within me a passion to continue writing. I greatly enjoy the process and there are more books in the pipeline. MP:

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Pockets Full of Rocks: Interview with the Author 2021-01-20T18:45:17-05:00