But even more so than that is my College Girl. She had to grow up with my disability and bear a great burden. I wish I had had this book for her as a preteen and teen. I'm Not Alone: A Teen's Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has a Mental Illness by Michelle D. Sherman and DeAnne M. Sherman would have been a great asset for her. It was awared ForeWord Magazines Book of the Year Award Finalist. And I can see why. To have an interactive book to help a teen:
- understand the causes, symptoms and treatments of mental illness
- learn coping skills
- sort through complex feelings
- deal with friends
- identify resources and find hope
I know in talking to my College Girl, that she has tried to work her way through my illness. And the strongest part was when we opened up about it at her high school. She was in a health education class. When it came time to study mental illness we allowed a question/answer period from her teacher for the class to witness. It was hard for me to sit and try not to feel shame for my ill brain. But was great for my then School Girl to be able to allow her questions be answered for all around. And she lost shame that day.
I would greatly encourage anyone living with mental illness or with someone who has mental illness to share this book with their families. You can only find at SeedsofHopeBooks.com. or by calling 1-800-901-3480. I would like to thank Synergy Group for sending me a review copy.