“My name is Moira and I have worked as a nurse in mental health for 32 years. I have always advocated to rid society of the stigma that surrounds mental health. Kristin has given an honest and real depiction of how it feels during an episode and the process of recovery. A good read and teaching tool for youth and adults alike.”
– Moira Nichols, psychiatric nurse,
former Regional Mental Health Care, St. Thomas, ON
“Kristin Legault-Donkers has eloquently written a series of stories dealing with mental health issues geared towards school-age children. She has skillfully tackled the most common conditions affecting our youth today: depression, anxiety, and ADHD, amongst others. Kristin's ability to describe a child's inner experiences, fears, and thoughts is impressive. Her literary style instils tenderness, compassion, and hope. She details positive coping strategies, which are in line with contemporary practice in mental health. Her collection of stories will benefit many of us touched by children with mental health conditions.”
– Dr. Janice Van Kampen, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Psychiatrist, Niagara Health System, St. Catharines, ON
"Stories help to humanize mental illness. Reading about Zoey and Zack, children with anxiety and mood concerns are given a narrative that they can relate to. In particular, the books by Ms. Legault-Donkers emphasize that no child should be defined by their illness and that they are always going to be 'bigger and stronger' than the problems they face."
- Dr. Javeed Sukhera, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry,
Senior Designate Physician Lead, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, London Health Sciences Centre
“Kristin Legault-Donkers has written a wonderful series of educational and thoughtful stories focused on mental health. The author succinctly describes symptoms, treatment options and feelings associated with each diagnosis in a language that children will understand and relate to. A must for children’s mental health professionals and for any child coping with mental health issues themselves or who has someone in their life that is struggling.”
– Jane Everitt-Walker, M.S.W., RSW,
social worker and equine-assisted psychotherapist,
Heart of the Horse, Springfield, ON