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Can I Catch It Like a Cold?: Coping With a Parent's Depression Hardcover – April 28, 2009
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“In simple, straightforward language, this book explains what depression is, how it’s treated, and prepares a child for working with a counselor. Research shows that if [children] understand their parents’ depression, [they] do better later in life. According to this excellent book, good communication within the family helps children develop healthy coping skills, and make positive choices in difficult situations. Encouraging children to start talking is one of the most important things you can do for them.”
About the Author
Joe Weissmann was born in Austria. He grew up in Israel and then moved to Montreal, Quebec, with his parents. He studied art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Concordia University and has been freelancing ever since. Joe has illustrated a number of books including Mummies, Magic, Three Tales of Adventure, and Mom, The School Flooded. He has taught illustration at Sheridan College and is now living in Millbrook, Ontario, with his wife, two dogs, and three cats.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest health sciences centre devoted to mental illness and addiction. CAMH is a teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
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Highly recommended for grades 1-6.
Other good books about mental illness in family members:
The Color Thief: A Family's Story of Depression, Andrew Peters
Sad Days, Glad Days: A Story about Depression, DeWitt Hamilton
My Sister, Then and Now (schizophrenia), Virginia Kroll
Please Stop Smiling– A Story About Schizophrenia (sibling), Richard Carlson
Wishing Wellness: A Workbook for Children of Parents with Mental Illness, Lisa Clarke
Turbo Max: A Story for Siblings and Friends of Children with Bipolar Disorder, Tracy Anglada
Homesick (OCD- hoarding), Kate Klise
How to Be a Real Person (In Just One Day), Sally Warner (parent with mental illness)
This story can help others coping with a depressed parent and offer solutions for families in need of help.