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my happy sad mummy (HC)

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My Happy Sad Mummy fills a major gap: explaining to a young child the impact of living with a parent of a major mental illness such as bipolar disorder. Arising from Michelle Vasiliu’s own experience of bipolar disorder, her book uses easily understandable images and words as we see “mummy” through the eyes of the child.

My Happy Sad Mummy is an engaging and sensitive picture book. It fills a major gap: explaining to a young child the impact on a parent of a major mental illness such as bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder affects between 1 and 2% of the population. It is characterised by dramatic swings of mood between exuberant happiness (‘mania’) on the one hand, and marked despondency (‘depression’) on the other.

Arising from Michelle Vasiliu’s own experience of bipolar disorder, her lavishly illustrated book portrays cleverly and humorously the emotional roller-coaster of this illness as it may be perceived by a young child.

Using easily understandable images and words, we see “mummy” through the eyes of the child.

This book is an invaluable resource for parents, guardians, teachers and mental health workers.

For young families in particular, who are adapting to a parent developing bipolar disorder, it will be a precious gift. For other young children, it will be an attractive and sensitive introduction to understanding and destigmatising this common mental illness.

Michelle Vasiliu is recognised for her serious stories about sad things that sometimes happen, like someone close to us being severely ill. Over the years, she has written both Junior Fiction chapter books and non-fiction books for 10-14 year olds. Michelles book, Fire Ready, has sold over 28,000 copies worldwide. My Happy Sad Mummy is her first picture book. Drawing on her own experience of having bipolar disorder, this unique book has been written in response to a need for quality childrens books about mental illness. It is the first in a collection of such books to come.

  • My Happy Sad Mummy fills a major gap in the market for quality children’s books about mental illness.
  • From Michelle Vasiliu’s own experience of bipolar disorder, her book portrays the nature of this illness as seen through the eyes of a child.
  • For parents with a mental illness, this book will be an invaluable resource in helping to explain to their children the nature of their illness.
  • Arising from Michelle Vasiliu’s own experience of bipolar disorder, her book uses child friendly language as we see “mummy” through the eyes of the child.
  • This book is an invaluable resource for parents, guardians, teachers and mental health workers.
  • For young families in particular, who are adapting to a parent developing bipolar disorder, it will be a precious gift. For other young children, it will be an attractive and sensitive introduction to understanding and destigmatising this common mental illness.

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