Resources for Supporting Families Dealing with Parental Mental Illness Daughters & Sons of Parents with Mental Illness Working Group June 2009 BOOKS – For Elementary School Age Youth Fiction (stories, picture books): Andrews, B. (2002). Why are you so sad? A child’s book about parental depression. New York: Magination Press. Brindamour, L. (2001). Someone in my family has a mental illness: A workbook. Family Services of the North Shore, British Columbia. (ages 7-13). Campbell, B. (2003). Sometimes my mommy gets angry. New York: Penguin Young Readers Group. Fensham, E. (2005). Helicopter man. Bloomsbury USA (ages 5-12; short story about a dad who has schizophrenia) Miller, D. (2008). Big and me. Victoria, Australia: Ford Street Publishing. (a picture book for children ages 7+ that is a metaphor for a child living with a parent who has a mental illness) Peterson, L. (2008). Meeting Miss 405. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: Orca Book Publishers. (ages 8-11: short story about a young girl whose mother is hospitalized for depression). Sessions, D. (1994). My mom is different. New York: Sidran Press. (ages 4-8; short story about having a mom with dissociative identity disorder) Sobkiewicz, T (1994). Our special Mom and Our special Dad. Children of Mentally Ill Parents, P.O. Box 7272, Pittsburg, PA 15213 Nonfiction (informational): Clarke, L. (2006). Wishing wellness: A workbook for children of parents with mental illness. New York: Magination Press. Kelbaugh, G., & Nault, C. (2002). Can I catch it like a cold? Toronto, Canada: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (over) BOOKS - For Teenagers Fiction (novels): Fischer, J. M. (2004). An egg on three sticks. St Martin’s Press. (a teenage girl whose mother deals with psychotic depression) Jensen, K. (1989). Pocket change. New York: Macmillan Publishing. (a 16 year old whose dad has PTSD from Vietnam trauma) Marchetta, M. (2006). Saving Francesca. Random House Children's Books. (a teenage girl whose mom has depression) Warner, S. (2001). How to be a real person (in just one day). Knopf Books for Young Readers. (Ages 12-15; a teenager whose mom has bipolar disorder) Nonfiction (informational): Sherman, M.D., & Sherman, D.M. (2006). I’m not alone: A teen’s guide to living with a parent who has a mental illness. www.seedsofhopebooks.com Sherman, M.D., & Sherman, D.M. (2005). Finding my way: A teen’s guide to living with a parent who has experienced trauma. www.seedsofhopebooks.com BOOKS – For Parents Beardslee, W. (2003). When a parent is depressed: How to protect your children from the effects of depression in the family. Little, Brown & Company. Nicholson, J., Henry, A.D., Clayfield, J.C., & Phillips, S.M. (2001). Parenting well when you are depressed: A complete resource for maintaining a healthy family. New York: New Harbinger Publications. Sheffield, A. (2001). Sorrow's web: Hope, help, and understanding for depressed mothers and their children. Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. BOOKS –For Professionals (Academic issues) Beardslee, W. R. (2005). Out of the darkened room: Protecting the children and strengthening the family when a parent is depressed. DIANE Publishing Company. Cowling, V. (1999). Children of parents with mental illness. Australian Council for Educational Research, Ltd. Ebook available at: http://www.ebooks.com/ebooks/book_display.asp?IID=242659 Gopfert, M., Webster, J., & Seeman, M.V. (2004). Parental psychiatric disorder: Distressed parents and their families. Cambridge University Press. Hetherington, R., Baistow, K., Katz, I., Mesie, J., & Trowell. J. (2002). The welfare of children with mentally ill parents: Learning from inter-country comparisons. New York: John Wiley & Sons. WEBSITES Institute of Medicine report: Depression in Parents, Parenting and Children (June, 2009) http://national-academies.org/morenews/20090610.html Parenting Well Project http://www.parentingwell.info/index.html Helping Children Understand Mental Illness: A Resource for Parents and Guardians (A project of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania) http://www.mhasp.org/coping/guardians.html Invisible Children’s Project http://www.nmha.org/children/invisibleinfo.cfm COMIC - Children of Mentally Ill Consumers http://www.howstat.com/comic/ COPMI: Children of Parents with a Mental Illness www.copmi.net.au National Network of Adult and Adolescent Children who have a Mentally Ill Parent/s – Australia www.nnaami.org Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York http://www.mhaofnyc.org/gmhany/index.html Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Healthy Aging: A New Hampshire Guide for Older Adults and Caregivers http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Home4/Home_Page_Spotlights/Spotlight_1/Guidebook.pdf VIDEOS/MOVIES Out of the Shadow – Susan Smiley www.outoftheshadow.com I love You Like Crazy: Being a Parent with Mental Illness by Mental Illness Education Project Videos, www.miepvideos.org Canvas (2007) www.canvasthefilm.com Falling Angels (2003). When a Parent Has a Mental Illness (2008). 16-minute video clip by Alan Cooklin, MD, and children. Royal College of Psychiatrists. Available to view online for free: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfo/youngpeople/caringforaparent.aspx Compiled by Michelle Sherman, Ph.D.
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