Mt. Maunganui (New Zealand) psychologist Janet Peters, who has been involved with the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation's Like Minds Like Mine programme for over 13-years, has published her first children’s book, Jemma’s Journey.
This beautifully illustrated book was written to help children who have a parent with mental health issues and is dedicated to Janet’s mother, Marie Peters. Janet says: “When I was a child and mum ‘disappeared’ to Tokanui hospital, my brother and I were told very little and we were both confused and missing our mother so much. I always thought it would be good to help other kids in a similar situation. Hospitals are now closed (a good thing!) but parents can still get unwell and can need respite. The great thing that came out of this is my real passion for communicating mental health info for people”.
Janet, New Zealand Liaison for the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership and a member of ACEsConnection, says that the book's been featured in a couple of newsletters and reviewed by the New Zealand Herald. The rest of the review, above, with reader's comments from Facebook can be found in the Books group.