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I normally enjoy Anna Bentinck's readings but she used a really irritating voice for the child. Kate was quite a sympathetic character but seemed unable to deal with her revolting child - no challenge over the discovery of little blue pills in the child's bedroom was just preposterous. The investigation, however, was really interesting and the way the author dealt with the emotions of the bereaved families was very well written. This is not the most original of stories, nor does it have the best narrator in Anna Bentinck, but it kept me amused for 16 hours, although there are rather too many irritating silences that should have been edited out, and if Anna could remember to speak normally ALL of the time that would have reduced the duration too, much of the narration is extremely stilted but other times the speech flows quite normally, it is irritating yes, but it's not the worst narration on Audible by a long chalk.
The story itself was not bad at all, not ground breaking but interesting and it had me jumping to the wrong conclusion twice. Seriously, this Is supposed to Be a Birmingham Accent? Not only is it more like a combination of Yorkshire and Liverpool with a slight dash of Devon. Staccato way. Still carrying on but feeling frustrated. Well narrated and tense thriller actually listen to it twice. Great for long car journeys. The plot is drab and uninteresting and the narration a disgrace.
I shall be asking for my money back. By: A. Narrated by: Anna Bentinck. Series: Dr. Kate Hanson Series , Book 1. Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins. Kathryn Eisman sits down with Olivia Wilde and the stars of 'Booksmart' in this extended interview. Is an extended warranty really worth it?
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Dora The Explorer is coming to the big screen - here's your first look! Threads that emerge include; humour, curiosity, being with family, connecting with people, whakapapa, travel and adventure. The book is sprinkled with family photos from the family album, eulogies and insights from his children and you get a real sense of the unity of his family despite some difficult times. Colegate describes his wife Ann as the rock of the household through difficult times and we learn she also brought this strength to community work for which she received a Civic Award for her contribution to the Like Minds, Like Mine public awareness programme.
Even though this is more a memoir than a book about bipolar, that in itself shows that mental illness does not need to define you or limit your ability to lead a rich life. My understanding is Colegate is in his eighties and still giving presentations and advocating that people talk about mental health issues and seek help. I'm sure the work Colegate and his family have done over the years to advocate and encourage others as a result of their life experiences has impacted positively on many. Turnbull, G. These words from someone who had experienced traumatic stress piqued my interest in reading it.
At over pages, it's not a book for the time poor. However, it's very easy to read and holds your interest. Among others, he treated first responders involved in the Lockerbie air disaster in Scotland in , the Kegworth air disaster in , returning soldiers from the Falklands, RAF pilots who had been shot down in the Gulf war, hostages freed from Lebanon, and later in his career, civilians suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD at the Ticehurst Centre in England.
They, by and large, saw PTSD as a psychopathology — as an illness. This was why Lockerbie had been so life-changing for me. It was difficult — impossible, actually — for me to believe they had developed a psychopathology. Unresolved trauma is often an underlying cause of a range of symptoms that can, if not treated, be debilitating. The book outlines numerous forms of therapy that are helpful and healing for PTSD. It can be dipped into for different aspects of understanding trauma and its effects and the modes of treatment now available.
The book is available for loan from the Skylight library. Phone to arrange for it to be sent out to you. For information about other books available in the Skylight library and all their services, visit www. Porr, V. Oxford University Press. The book is written to support the families of loved ones with borderline personality disorder BPD. My second thought is that the book takes a very compassionate approach. The book focuses on two things; increasing your understanding of the disorder and giving you skills to handle the situations that arise.
Knowledge is power Understanding BPD is a crucial first step to increasing the compassion you feel for what your loved one is going through. Porr explains the science behind the disorder — how brain scans show heightened emotional reactivity in the amygdala, slower recovery from these reactions, and impaired working of the executive functions of the brain that perceive, reason, and plan actions.
She paints a picture of the impact of these changes and what it must be like to live with the disorder. The rest of the book gives you tools and techniques for responding to and helping your loved one. These are grounded in two effective therapies for BPD — dialectical behaviour therapy and mentalisation therapy. Dialectical behaviour therapy is based around a set of skills which can help tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and improve communication and relationships. While aimed at those with BPD, these skills can equally help families communicate and successfully navigate their own relationships with their BPD loved one.
Learning these skills, particularly validation, together with a new appreciation and understanding of what was in front of me, was the turning point in restoring some hope to our family relationships. Helpful, practical skills Porr is not a believer in the tough love approach for BPD. Developing and using the skills she teaches tends to reduce the levels of confrontation and conflict in and of themselves, but she does also address ways a family member can set limits if they feel abused. Mentalisation is the skill of intuiting what other people are thinking, and Porr devotes the last chapter to why misunderstandings occur so often, and what you can do about it.
This is a book I have gone back to again and again, for information, for skills, and to feel my experience is validated. Reviewer chose not to be named to protect her privacy. Edited by Slade, M. Cambridge University Press. In recent years interest has been growing in how positive human traits and environments can be an intervention for creating better personal and population mental health.
Despite this, relevant theory, models and evidence have been limited. This is probably largely due to wellbeing interventions in mental health being a new field, and the inertia of current research agendas focussing on deficit approaches to mental distress. The area of wellbeing for mental health research is gaining momentum however, and Wellbeing, Recovery and Mental Health provides a good overview of areas of current inquiry.
For wellbeing enthusiasts who are excited about the possibility of wellbeing and positive mental health approaches becoming part of mainstream mental health policy and services, this volume will be a useful resource providing up-to-date evidence and thinking on the benefits of approaching mental health holistically. Wide range of topics The book also gives a good sense of the diversity of research and inquiry around mental wellbeing being an agent in reducing mental illness and assisting in recovery from mental illness.
The range of topic areas covered across the 26 chapters includes:. There are many examples of Australian and New Zealand wellbeing research in the book, reflecting the location of the editors, and this should make the text more attractive to readers in this country. Wellbeing, Recovery and Mental Health shows that incorporating wellbeing and positive mental health into mental health policy and future service design will continue to provide opportunities for more engaging and strength based mental health service practice. As a result there will be challenges for the mental health system as wellbeing broadens the scope of how we view mental health in our public health service systems.
Suicide postvention is the support of those left behind after a suicide. This approach was developed by Edwin Shneidman and Norman Farberow, pioneers of suicide prevention in America in the s. I think they would be cheering for this book which carries on their work. Expert contributors. Contributors are researchers and clinicians, also leaders and experts in postvention.
Topics covered include current demographic and clinical issues, coronial processes, mental health, support groups, support for youth, therapy, counselling, online support, indigenous healing practices, spirituality, cluster suicides, murder-suicides and development of postvention guidelines.
As each chapter stands alone, these can be read in any order or as suits. Part 1 looks at current knowledge and what this implies for support. Part 2 covers suicide bereavement support in different settings, while parts 3 and 4 look at different populations and countries.
New Zealand is located in the Asia- Pacific section and is represented by Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, who writes on her work to develop postvention guidelines for Pacific communities. Her approach involves keeping voices of Pasifika suicide bereaved central, allowing communities to identify their own issues and ways forward. Informative and inspiring From a work perspective, I find this book valuable. It prompts action. On a personal level, as someone bereaved by suicide, I find it validating and reassuring to be able to dip into a book like this and learn that my experiences matter, while finding out more about current research and initiatives in suicide bereavement and postvention.
Wealth of information This book holds a wealth of information that supports goals related to developing effective postvention supports. Postvention is prevention. Postvention is action. It inspires. It educates. It leads. I really enjoyed this book. The author takes us through a journey of the six key principles which drive things to catch on.
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These are Social Currency we share things that make us look good , Triggers top of mind, tip of tongue , Emotion when we care we share , Public built to show, built to grow , Practical Value news you can use and Stories information travels under the guise of idle chatter. He uses really interesting examples to guide the reader through each of these steps, such as the telephone booth that was in fact a door to a secret restaurant and why a NASA mission boosted sales of chocolate bars, so it's a really interesting and fun read.
It's described on Amazon. The worlds of these two young men collide through a chance encounter, and as a result, they begin to question their life situations. This connection sparks a shared journey of self-development; one which brings about necessary changes for both men. I found their relationship very interesting, what was perhaps not so plausible was that Tyson was a drug dealer and yet he was also a leader and teacher, although ultimately he gave that lifestyle away.
The book is great in that it clearly describes a type of mindfulness practice which we know can be very helpful for many people both with mental health problems and those without. Reviewed by Janet Peters, registered psychologist and writer. Cuddy, A. Orion Publishing Group Ltd. When she was a teenager she was involved in a car accident that left her with a serious head injury. Doctors told her she may never fully recover and to not expect to graduate high school. This is the mantra that sets the tone for her book.
Power pose your way to confidence Presence has six key elements — being confident, passionate, enthusiastic, captivating, comfortable and authentic. Instead of approaching an opportunity with anxiety, power posing can help you feel more confident and help you be your true self. At times, the ideas are overshadowed by her own research findings and personal stories from people who have been using power poses.
So, before my next big challenge, you might find me in a corner somewhere doing my two minutes of power posing before bringing my true presence to the situation. In this harrowing book, New Zealand academic and writer Aimee Inomata tells the story through the unfolding narrative of her own relationship with Holden — first as a neighbour and friend, now as his partner. She invites us to join her in coming to terms with his horrific crime, his long and painful journey through the forensic psychiatric system, and his rebuilt life in the community.
Holden's is a story of simmering trauma, systemic neglect, substance abuse, despair, noncompliance, ever more blurred boundaries. Is a person in forensic mental health care in fact imprisoned, or simply there to get well? The answer is fraught with conflict, and its management is a perilous dance between legal precedent, public opinion, clinical judgment and risk assessment, and human intuition. In a realm that has always been mysterious, it's a relief to hear a voice of experience.
Is it really possible for mentally unwell offenders to recover? Is the experience of psychosis inherently dangerous? Is there life after the most terrible loss? How should we treat those of our community whose lived experiences encompass such devastating violence? The Special Patient will be a thought-provoking read for clinicians, and an ultimately challenging and hopeful one for people living with the effects of mental distress and substance dependence. For the general public willing to understand more about a frightening and mysterious corner of human experience, this dense and well-researched book will be worth careful reading.
American Ruby Wax is best known as a comedienne, actress and writer, but who knew she had a Masters in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford University? She believes mindfulness is the answer to the modern-day problem of stress and feeling frazzled. I was just a front; and, behind the front, no one was home.
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Mindfulness for everyone The book covers everything from what mindfulness actually is, to mindfulness for parents, teenagers, children and even babies. In this chapter, I show off how smart I am, giving neurological evidence as to why mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is so effective when dealing with stress. There is also a six-week mindfulness programme in the book that you can try out. Wax injects her trademark humour into the book, which at times gives it a light, readable feel. The book definitely could have done with a good edit — more practical information and less of Ruby talking about Ruby would have been better.
Saw Woom Tor Charitable Trust. Self-published and supported by the Mental Health Foundation. Mental health is still a taboo subject in many Asian cultures. This booklet addresses sensitive issues with a gentle approach that has been well received by the Korean community in New Zealand. The booklet is written in Korean and provides a lot of information about mental health. It helps members of the community learn about mental health and the professional support services available to them.
Many people in the Asian community are prejudiced towards people with experience of mental illness, and their families. The booklet can significantly help Korean people have a better understanding of mental illness and the mental health system in New Zealand. It focuses on Asian-specific mental health service providers and stakeholders, which is relevant to new migrants with limited English skills. It also addresses a diversity of views, ethnicities, acculturation levels, values and cultural beliefs. The booklet is very interesting and inviting — it also uses plain language making the information easy to read.
This is not an academic booklet. However, it contains a wide range of useful clinical information, resources and evidence-based information with references to studies and original sources in a way that readers can understand. It also contains mental health service information and contacts. I was drawn to read this book as I live with depression. I have read many medical books on depression which often only give an impersonal explanation of what depression is and how to manage it.
I wanted to read about the experience of others and was hopeful of finding some commonalities and perhaps some new information and ideas for treatment. She started to write down what she felt and through sharing her writing, it signalled a turning point where her family began to understand her depression and it helped them also.
Tolkien quotes are featured throughout the book and I initially wondered what the relevance was. The author explains at the end of the book that when she was low with depression she watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy hundreds of times. She likened the fights between the Middle Earth characters to the fight between light and darkness in her own life.
I thought this was an excellent analogy. The book is an easy page read and features a contents page which provides good structure. It flows from what depression feels like for those who live with it, to tips and advice for managing depression, how to help your loved ones when you have depression, how to support a loved one with depression, stories from family members, triggers and warning signs, success stories, through to a conclusion and topics for discussion resource.
I certainly felt less alone in my depression by having read this book. I found myself relating to many of the feelings expressed such as cancer of the feelings, and not being able to snap out of it. I learnt about the Zentangle Method a relaxing way to create images by drawing structured patterns , which I checked out and am keen to try. And I thought some of the ideas around how to support a loved one with depression were particularly valuable as often family and friends are at a loss as to how to support someone with depression.
One of these stories is about a year-old named Shannon.
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Her world was rocked by the death of her paternal grandmother, which she was not prepared for. She descended into drugs and alcohol. I read this book and had to gather my thoughts around partnerships and indigenous wellbeing. Yes, there is room for us to practice our cultural practices within mainstream but my thoughts will be always, how will our Treaty partners accept this?
I highly recommend this book. Please read it. Mauri ora. It is a feeling of being warm, safe, comforted and sheltered. It can be anything from cuddling your hot water bottle in bed, relaxing in your favourite chair with a good book or enjoying a drink with friends. Denmark is well known for its high standard of living and often outranks other countries in education, healthcare, gender equality and equitable distribution of wealth.
At the heart of Danish life, and at the core of hygge, is the deeper stability of contentment. I particularly liked the Wellbeing chapter. Hygge stresses, among other things, the importance of being in the moment and giving things your full attention, which is similar to the idea of mindfulness. Appreciating tastes, textures, sounds and moments in time are all central to feeling contentment. I would highly recommend this book. I found it easy to ready. I like the idea of taking pleasure and comfort in small, ordinary things.
A lovely book to read in winter snuggled up under a blanket with a glass of wine, or in any spot you can find hygge. Hall begins his self-published memoir by throwing you in the deep end, seeing if you will sink or swim through his story. If you choose to be a pro-sailor, turn the page. Author takes you on voyage Hall takes you on a voyage with him, starting at Brown University in the United States in his twenties when everything changed in his life. Within a year he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and bipolar affective disorder, but those are just the hard facts.
Hall makes you feel the fear, hypersensitivity, confusion and lack of control. You travel with him through the ever-changing split second decisions, ill health, family drama, and the overwhelming challenges he faces. He writes with raw honesty and humour about his personal story. He wrestles with the concept of being a parent, what health is, understanding self-stigma and trying to find acceptance. And from that, everything else follows. Johnson is asking city dwellers to try a simple exercise — zero in on a bit of your surroundings. Notice, observe, and look for nature.
In this easy to read urban ramble, Johnson redefines what wilderness means to the modern world. So began his quest, and along the way they discover nature previously unseen; the beauty and intrigue, the everyday and ordinary. Learning to see the world like a child, Johnson argues, is a shift in thinking about nature.
This kind of casual shared experience is the foundation of friendship and, ultimately, of community. Johnson sets the goal of learning about one new species per month. Universal ideas While this book is a window into middle-class North America, the ideas of building community and growing great families through spending time in nature are universal and timeless.
Perhaps there is less divide between nature and people in New Zealand, but as we become one of the most urbanised countries in the world, a reminder to notice nature, to explore and wonder and to make time to get out with the family could be the foundation to growing strong communities and a sense of kaitiakitanga. After all, even in cities, trees trap carbon improving air quality. Green spaces are places to move and breath, exercise and play together and green views help decrease stress, improve mental health, and make us more productive.
Johnson argues, "Instead of glorifying only untouched wilderness, we might build an environmental ethic that allows humans and nature to live together". To me, Johnson attempts to build an environmental ethic that sees, values and respects nature. Jake and I have two young boys, Rawiri 8 and Tamati 6. There's parenting gold in these pages! The authors, who have a blended family with four kids, have key roles in the boys mentoring organisation Big Buddy.
They clearly know a lot about boys and have thoughtfully laid out the chapters in stages relating to age, eg, 1. Stepping Out: 4 to 7 Years, 3. The Explorer: 8 to 11 Years etc. A book full of parenting gems There are so many gems in this book, but there are two points that really stuck with me. Attachment is where it's at! Be with your boy as much as you possibly can, do stuff together, talk about that stuff then do more stuff.
Watch who your little guy is, learn what he loves and get comfortable with who he is becoming. He needs your full acceptance. But I get it Boys learn to be good men from watching and being with men, so surround them with good-hearted men and trust that while you might not understand the value of farting on cue or dad jokes, something mystical is at play here. Oh and relax, you won't be on the bench forever. This is a useful introduction to how trauma affects the brain and nervous system and what people can do to overcome the effects in everyday life.
My knowledge was updated e. The tone is encouraging and optimistic.
The graphic nature is inviting and the style is modern and although there are characters with dark and light skin, the main character is white and male. I was also disappointed to find small font text at the foot of most pages. This text made unhelpfully brief references to other ideas and research. The references are cunningly concealed inside the cover flap.
Good introduction to trauma The introduction to trauma which follows is good; wide-ranging and thought-provoking. It has three sections: trauma exists, we can heal from its effects, and healing involves the way our brains manage our bodies so our bodies have to get involved talking therapy is not enough. The second half examines how the brain and nervous system respond to threat. However, the three-stage response to threat orient, mobilise, immobilise was well done.
The next section uses helpful similes to explain the working of the amygdala and hippocampus, and how a neutral object or situation becomes a conditioned stimulus evoking unconditioned inborn anxiety responses. The final quarter describes techniques and principles for healing. There is a useful summing up. This book provides simple, practical advice to allow people to make changes in all areas of their lives. Emotional Agility walks you through why you can become stuck, and steps you can take to rectify this and truly flourish.
The author carefully balances real life examples with academic research to back up her methodology for a new way of living, which she says can enhance your life greatly. David writes about becoming aware of your true nature, accepting and facing your emotions and acting in accordance with your deepest values. She provides anecdotes and examples to help you understand how you can make these changes. For those specifically looking for help raising children or in the workplace, there are separate chapters dealing with both of these. There are no set exercises to work through so if that's what you're looking for this is probably not the right book for you.
But for everybody else, this makes for an accessible and easy to read book on the topic of emotional agility. The words and illustrations in this story come together beautifully to tell the story of little Yoshio who lives in Tokyo, Japan. As he moves through the hustle and bustle of the day, Yoshio eventually becomes aware that silence is always there too, if only you learn how to notice it. The story encourages children to be curious, to contemplate, to get out and explore, connect with others, and to be respectful of the passing of knowledge between generations.
My seven-year-old son got fully involved in the story trying out the ever-changing sounds with Yoshio and asking questions about Japanese culture and customs. Important values are portrayed through the story — respect for elders, rituals, music, the environment and studying.
One thing that left me wondering was that even though Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology and use, in the beautifully detailed and busy illustrations of people, there is not a device in sight. Children get to experience this story through multiple senses, and they come away perhaps a little curious to reflect on their own lives to see if they can find pockets of silence among all the noise. Electronic gambling machines also called pokies or slot machines are considered the most harmful form of gambling in New Zealand and around the world.
The fast-paced play, sensory stimulation, and never-ending cycle of betting and chasing losses have been proven time and again to be associated with high rates of problem gambling. One of the most eye-opening books on electronic gambling machines in recent years comes not from a problem gambling counsellor or mental health professional, but from an anthropologist.
While a punter betting on a horse race or roulette wheel might be seeking the excitement of a big win, a pokie player is after a numbing escape from their troubles. Finally, the book discusses the psychology of the players, with several interviews revealing how the forces at work in their lives led them to the pokies for escape. I found the section on "the double bind of therapeutics" to be very interesting.
Clients of problem gambling counselling services in Las Vegas describ the anxieties of living in constant close proximity to pokies, something many New Zealanders can identify with, especially those who live in areas where pokie venues are densely clustered. Counsellors must understand the effects of the zone to truly understand the difficulties their clients face.
When getting trapped in the zone produces the same calming effects as anti-anxiety medication or other therapies, the line between addiction and treatment can become blurry and their recovery efforts can work against them. The Problem Gambling Library has a a range of resources from NZ and around the world available to the public. Sarina Dickson and Julie Burgess-Manning are the pair responsible for the very popular Worry Bug resources Maia and the Worry Bug and Wishes and Worries brought about as support for children after the Christchurch earthquakes.
This book appeals to any child with worries, and includes excellent strategies to help. Everything about it screams 8—12 year olds — the physical size of the book, the cover page illustration, and the use of minimal illustrations throughout. The book centres on nearly ten-year-old Ari who lives with his parents and two sisters. The hooks come quickly — Ari has secrets. What captured me were the skills and strategies both Ari and his Dad use to manage and cope with things.
The back of the book is filled with creative lesson plans for school use. I was impressed by the immediate connection Dickson makes between home and school and the extension of activities from interpersonal relationships to communities and environments. A part of this focus is brought to self-fulfilling prophecies — our beliefs that we are the way we think we are, and how this relates to worry. This is of course challenged, and looks to embed a growth rather than fixed mind-set understanding.
At no stage did I consider the themes in the book as having to relate to the Christchurch earthquakes. The strategies embedded in the story are useful for any young person whether they worry a lot or a little. My daughter gave Rising Tide a solid eight out of Check out the promotional flyer. Being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult can come as a huge relief. However, More Attention, Less Deficit offers a thorough, direct and complete overview. The book is written to be ADHD user-friendly. Tuckman explains what ADHD is and how it can complicate just about every aspect of life from a personal level to work or career, meeting household responsibilities and intimate relationships.
Tuckman covers the most useful ones, how to make those strategies suit the individual and importantly, how to help other household members get on board with new strategies. ADHD may not be curable but with knowledge and use of strategies to suit the individual it can cease to feel like a deficit and more like simply a difference or even—dare we say it—a gift! As a child, some of my best memories of rural New Zealand involve salty porridge, searching for eggs in a chicken coop, picking mushrooms, bouncing around on the back of a trailer feeding out hay to hungry cows, and eating plums and extremely tart apples straight off the trees.
As a townie, farms were exciting places to spend the holidays. The Allied Press reporter looks at how farmers love working outdoors and enjoy the tangible results of their labour — but also how exposed they are to economic downturns and isolation. The four-page resource has been distributed as a newspaper supplement, and gets straight to the point by acknowledging the stress many farming families are under. Stories from educators, counsellors and specialist rural and mental health services explore the signs and symptoms of families who may be under pressure.
By discussing these experiences, readers can recognise their own family situation and begin to understand there are other people facing the same challenges — that there is no need to feel shame, and that they are not alone. Of major benefit is the practical information contained in the resource. Each page is accompanied by the names and contact details for people and organisations working to improve the mental wellbeing of Kiwi farmers, as well as information boxes on what to watch for and what you can do.
Yvonne conveys the strong sense of community in rural areas; how people watch out for each other and how neighbours, friends and professionals are prepared to step in and support families in distress. With all 39, print copies now distributed, Down on the Farm: mental health and rural families in the South is currently available in PDF format only. Wishes and Worries was written in response to the Christchurch earthquakes to help children who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety. When my partner and son brought Wishes and Worries home in their weekly pile from the local library, I could see its immediate value.
Our son has become increasingly worried about noises in the night and robbers. Even though Wishes and Worries is intended as a classroom resource, it was an easy night time read, engaging, beautifully illustrated and the content was affirming. The author is adept at being able to turn the principles of cognitive and narrative therapy into a compelling story.
The main character Dan's worries and fears are disrupting his ability to enjoy everyday activities and stopping him having fun with his mates. They learn to reflect on how these thoughts affect their thinking and their bodies, and to use their creativity to find ways to be with, or direct them. We read through some of the suggestions for class activities at the back, many of which are student-led.
The availability of this book in schools to support the curriculum would help kids realise they are not alone, that others feel the same and that their school is supportive. My son laughed out loud at the suggestion of putting a box in the principal's drawer that kids could put their written worries into. He decided he would instead send his worries into space on the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. Maia and the Worry Bug is a story and resource book to help families experiencing mild to moderate anxiety manage their worries and understand anxiety better.
The book focuses on the affect the Christchurch earthquakes had on families and the anxiety and change they brought about. But I think the book would be beneficial to any family that is experiencing any kind of difficulties that come with change. Being American, I think this book would have been wonderful for many parents after the terrorist attacks on September 11, I really enjoyed the family anxiety toolbox at the end of the book for families to see where their stress levels are and how to find ways to open up and talk about their worries.
This book also provides space to write down all those worries and lock them away. I think this is a lovely book and I plan to get two copies for my nieces and my sisters in the United States. Puppy Mind is a picture book for adults and children that follows a young boy whose mind is like a puppy — always wandering around and distracted.
The young boy in the story sets about learning to gently train his puppy mind to heel to the present moment, rather than it wandering into the future or past. He had some initial difficulty grasping the analogy that the boy discovers his mind is like a puppy. He was more interested in the relationship between the boy and puppy, and what the puppy was getting up to. However, it did start some interesting discussions that helped me understand my son better. He explained to me that he can relate to the boy feeling frustrated by all the things demanded of him and, in particular his frustration at the noisy kids in his class!
He easily picked up the concept of taking three deeps breaths and showed me how to do this, and the importance of saying kind words to himself when discouraged. Reading the book together was good as I could see how it could become a family project, with parents and children committing to practising the techniques in their everyday lives and discussing how it went. The book itself is quite simplistic but is intended to generate questions. This process is supported with a discussion guide for parents and teachers. Cognitive behavioural therapy CBT is probably the mostly widely used evidence-based therapy to treat mental illness.