All of Kristin's books in the series have been reviewed for clinical accuracy and are endorsed by a registered social worker and two psychiatrists. The series describes the manifestations of mental illnesses, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, suggest various kid-friendly coping strategies and offer suggestions of what family and friends can do to support their loved ones.
Each book emphasizes the importance of community care, including empirically supported treatment plans. A major goal of the publication is to liken mental illnesses to physical illnesses and injuries to destigmatize mental health.
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About the Author
Kristin Legault-Donkers pulls knowledge from her experience with mental illness in collaboration with a number of mental health professionals in the Children's Mental Health Series, a set of educational children's books on mental health. She writes about mental illness at a child-centred level to encourage mental health literacy for individuals, families, and communities.
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