Bob Rich reviews Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka

I have reviewed several other therapeutic children’s books published by Loving Healing Press, so my expectations were high. I was not disappointed by Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka

Aimed at 5-8 year old children with diagnosable depression, this little book has two components: first the illustrated story with rhyming couplets simple enough for a Grade 3 child to read, and for all to enjoy when read by an adult; then a section for parents that is scientifically accurate, in plain language. This part addresses several myths without lecturing, and lists relevant resources within the USA.

The illustrations are delightful, and will be enjoyed by any kid. The characters are a wise raven (with a Ph.D. no less), and several Australian native animals who interact in a very human way that should a raise laugh by both parents and children.

Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka is not actually a therapeutic book. Rather, in both the story and the parents’ component, it educates about depression, destigmatizes mental illness, and encourages people to seek professional help. It informs the reader about the symptoms, and motivates parents to act.

I can thoroughly recommend this fun little book.

Crisis in the American Heartland -- Coming Home: Challenges of Returning Veterans (Volume 2)

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Veterans in rural communities face unique challenges, who will step up to help?

Beginning with a brief scenario of a more gentle view of rural life, the book moves through learned information about families, children, and our returning National Guard and Reserve civilian military members. Return experiences will necessarily be different in rural and frontier settings than they are in suburban and urban environments. Our rural and frontier areas, especially in Western states with more isolated communities, less developed communication and limited access to medical, psychological and social services remain an important concern. This book helps provide some informed direction in working toward improving these as a general guide for mental health professionals working with Guard and Reserve members and families in rural/frontier settings.
An appendix provides an in-depth list of online references for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Specific areas of concern include:
  • Morale, deployment abroad, and stress factors
  • Effects of terrorism on children and families at home
  • Understanding survivor guilt
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicide
  • Preventing secondary traumatization
  • Resiliency among refugee populations and military families
  • Adjustment and re-integration following the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
  • Vicarious trauma and its effects on children and adults
  • How rural and remote communities differ from more urban ones following war experiences in readjusting military members
  • Characteristics important in therapists/counselors working with returning military



    Doherty's second volume in this new series Crisis in the American Heartland explores these and many other issues.
    Each volume available in trade paper, hardcover, and eBook formats.


    Learn more at www.RMRInstitute.org



    PSY022040 Psychology : Psychopathology - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    SOC040000 Social Science : Disasters & Disaster Relief

    HIS027170 Military - Iraq War (2003-)
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