This picture book was produced in Canada, but is just as relevant to Australian audiences of 7 to 12 years of age.
The story focuses on Anna, who is unable to talk with anyone about her unhappiness that her mother is ill. However she comes across an unconventional friend (Gustav the crab) who helps her to better understand this difficult situation that so many children experience.
It's a touching narrative that aims to inform and support children around the compexities of mental illness.
Accompanying the picture book is 'Welcome to Anna's World', a workbook that features educational activities for children aged 7 to 12 years of age.
It includes a vast array of colourful, innovative materials for both health professionals and families, with reports of positive impacts for the children who have used them.
The kit helps to:
This vibrant workbook is for young people aged 8 to 12 years of age who have a parent or family member with a mental illness.
It has just been updated to include illnesses such as anxiety and borderline personality disorder. The workbook includes information on treatment options, how to cope with feelings and self-care.
The resource can be used in a group setting (such as the SMILES program or with young people individually.
The cost is only $10 to have posted within Australia.
More information and order form here.