Finding My Way and I’m Not Alone are the first of their kind focusing on teenagers living with a parent who has a mental illness or who has experienced trauma. These books provide more than just the facts by encouraging readers to reflect on their experiences through interactive writing exercises.
The clinical and educational expertise of the mother/daughter author team brings forward well-grounded, accessible books that support, educate, and empower the family members whose needs are so often overlooked.
These unique, timely books are invaluable resources for all professionals working with teens and families because:
1. Mental illness and trauma are common…and many children’s lives are touched:
2. When a family member has a mental illness or has experienced trauma, everyone in the family is affected:
3. Seeds of Hope Books™ provides much-needed hope for families:
Over 1.8 million children have a parent serving in the United States military, and 25% of them are teenagers. Being a military kid has its own unique set of joys and challenges, such as pride in parental service, frequent geographic moves, and long and repeated separations from their deployed parents. During this time of war in the Middle East, military families are facing even greater challenges with the high operational tempo, repeated deployments to dangerous war zones, and considerable rates of emotional and reintegration difficulties among military personnel upon homecoming. Not surprisingly, all family members are being affected.
Importantly, most military youth are resilient and do not develop long-term emotional difficulties. Bolstered by their friends, the military community, compassionate adults, and a caring circle of supporters, many children navigate the challenges surrounding parental deployment effectively.
However, a growing research base is documenting that today’s military youth are at higher risk for experiencing abuse and neglect (usually by their at-home caregiver). Further, many military kids—from preschoolers to high school students—are experiencing:
Notably, military youth are seeking mental health treatment (both outpatient care and psychiatric hospitalizations) at considerably higher rates than at the start of the war in Iraq.
Compelled by the stories we hear, the military youth/families we are privileged to meet, and the emerging research documenting teens’ struggles, we wanted to create a helpful resource specifically for military youth. My Story is a source of support and education for all military teens and pre-teens that honors their unique joys and sacrifices, addresses their fears and hopes, and explores how parental deployment affects their lives.
Who Will Benefit from Seeds of Hope Books™?
Our books are invaluable for teens, parents, and relatives dealing with emotional problems in the family, as well as those professionals and organizations supporting them, including:
Despite the trials often involved in dealing with deployment, mental illness, or trauma, going through difficulties can bring families closer. The family unit can actually become stronger by facing the challenges together. Both parents and children may discover strengths, resilience, and courage in themselves and in each other that never would have surfaced otherwise. Families can grow by communicating openly, adjusting to a new normal, and supporting one another – so that they can navigate future difficulties more effectively.
Our books can serve as a resource or curriculum for an educational series, support groups, military youth activities, and mental health services, and in the following settings: