Zoey Has Very Glum Days

 

Zoey has very glum days. She doesn’t want to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, even when it is her favourite meal: grilled cheese. She doesn’t sleep well. She doesn’t even want to play with her friends. After talking to her mom about how she is feeling, Zoey goes to see the doctor and a counsellor. With their help, Zoey learns how to manage her sadness and turn her frown upside down.

 

This book is intended to:

 

  • Describe the symptoms of depression
  • Normalize depression by comparing it to a physical illness (like diabetes)
  • Stress the importance of medication and counselling
  • Suggest ways of explaining depression to family members and friends
  • Suggest ways family members and friends can help
  • Suggest various kid-friendly coping strategies and self-care activities
 
 
 
Zoey Has Worry Thoughts

 

Zoey has worry thoughts. She worries about doing well at school. She worries about her family. She worries about every day life. But sometimes, worry gets in her way. After talking to her mom about her worries, Zoey goes to see the doctor and a counsellor. With their help, Zoey learns how to manage her worry thoughts and feelings.

 

This book is intended to:

 

  • Describe the symptoms of anxiety
  • Normalize anxiety by comparing it to a physical injury such as: a broken leg
  • Stress the importance of counselling
  • Suggest ways of explaining anxiety to family members and friends
  • Suggest ways family members and friends can help
  • Suggest various kid-friendly coping strategies and self-care activities
 
 
 
Zack’s Moods Are Like a Rollercoaster

 

Zack’s moods are like a rollercoaster. When Zack is on the down-swing, he feels extremely glum. When Zack is on the up-swing, he is extremely happy, giddily, and fun to be around. Zack’s parents notice that Zack’s moods are like a rollercoaster for no reason, so they take Zack to see the doctor. With the help of Zack’s doctor and counsellor, Zack and his family learn new ways to manage the rollercoaster, and the rollercoaster eventually flattens out.

This book is intended to:

 

  • Describe the symptoms of bipolar disorder
  • Stress the importance of medication and counselling
  • Suggest various kid-friendly coping strategies and self-care activities
 
 
Zack, The Very Busy Kid

 

Zack is a very active kid, always on the go. But because of A.D.H.D., his excitement and his energy sometimes gets in his way. And when it does, Zack’s room is a pig-sty. Zack struggles with understanding and remembering instructions. Zack forgets to take things home from school. But most of all, Zack can’t sit still, no matter how much he tries. Zack cannot concentrate, especially at school. With the help of Zack’s doctor and counsellor, Zack learns how to control his impulses and emotions so that he can be the good kid he knows he is inside.

 

This book is intended to:

 

  • Describe the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.)
  • Stress the importance of counselling and accommodations
  • Suggest various kid-friendly coping strategies and self-care activities
Educational Package

 

In addition to the Children's Mental Health Series books, the author has partnered with a Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) teacher to develop an educational package that can be used in the classroom. 

The educational package includes:

  • Letter to the educator

  • Letter to parents/guardians 

  • Vocabulary (for each book)

  • Questions for before, during and after reading (for each book)

  • Activities and lesson plans

  • Curriculum links (The Ontario Curriculum)

  • Resources for educators, students and parents

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