Parent of a Young Child with a Mental Health Disorder?

I’m looking for three families who want to be a part of the team for my new book Hortensia and the Magical Brain: Poems for Kids with Bipolar, Anxiety, Psychosis and Depression.
Hortensia and the Magical Brain is a book of therapeutic poems for kids with symptoms of mania, depression, anxiety, psychosis, ADHD, irritation, violent behavior and so much more.
The book will be a conversation starter for parents and health care professionals to help kids talk about their symptoms when they don’t have the words to explain what is happening in their brains.
Parents on the editing team will receive poems to read to their kids to see how the child responds and what suggestions the child has for changes to the poems.
Here are the requirements for participation in the project:
1. You have a child between the ages of 4 and 12 who has diagnosed mental health symptoms that need treatment.
2. You are open to reading poems to the child and reporting what suggestions the child (and you!) have on the content. This has worked really well so far with the parents who helped me with the Kickstarter for the book. 
3. You are looking for a comprehensive plan for your child that includes medications if needed, as well as management modalities such as occupational therapy, drawing, movement, singing, writing, meditation and working with a wide range of health care professionals on a plan the whole family can use.
ALL participants in return for helping with the poems and the book will receive coaching sessions from me at NO CHARGE. I am not taking on new paying clients so that I can focus on Hortensia and the Magical Brain. The three new families I work will become my clients. I want to give as much as I receive.
The book will come out in the fall. Before writing, please make sure you have a few hours a week for the next three months to devote to the project.
For more information, please e-  mail      Julie Fast Books  at G-mail dot com with a bit about yourself and I will be in contact.
 Thank you!


Illustrations are by the incredible Kaytie Spellman.

1 comment to Parent of a Young Child with a Mental Health Disorder?

  • Pixie

    I am also a patient of Bipolar Disorder. I have gone through overwhelming pain before I was diagnosed a Bipolar Patient. Now the disorder is under control. Thus I have written a novel about a dear friend of mine, who also has the same disorder. We met at our rehab centre. Please check out my blogs at and comment.