Gizmo’s pawesome guide to mental health

A tiny therapy dog named Gizmo provides a path for elementary students to talk about something adults often find unthinkable: children experiencing thoughts of suicide. Gizmo takes an upstream approach to support the mental health and wellness of youth.  It is data-driven and evidence-informed. The Guide seeks to introduce mental health and wellness, and how[…]

Goodnight Mr. Vincent van Gogh

How do we talk to our young children about suicide? This book offers a gentle way of explaining a loved one’s suicide without sweeping it under the rug. By starting an open and honest conversation with our youth, we can help break down the stigmas and start raising mental health awareness. We need to teach[…]

The day Morty’s face fell off

Morty Monster was having a bad day. His face kept falling off. Has that ever happened to you? When Morty left his Hollow in the Big Tree that morning it had seemed like the perfect day for a walk. Then things started going wrong. Morty is a character from our Big Tree Therapeutic Dolls Set that[…]

A terrible thing happened

Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous and had bad dreams. Then he met someone who helped him talk about the terrible thing, and made him feel better.

Go show the world: A celebration of Indigenous heroes

Celebrating the stories of Indigenous people throughout time, Wab Kinew has created a powerful rap song, the lyrics of which are the basis for the text in this beautiful picture book, illustrated by the acclaimed Joe Morse. Including figures such as Crazy Horse, Net-no-kwa, former NASA astronaut John Herrington and Canadian NHL goalie Carey Price, Go[…]

Beyond the rough rock: Supporting a child who has been bereaved through suicide.

Explaining to a child that someone has died by suicide is possibly one of the most difficult situations that a parent or carer might ever face.  This booklet offers practical advice for families in the immediate days and weeks when suicide has been the cause of death.  It is a useful booklet aimed at giving[…]

Luna’s red hat: An illustrated storybook to help children cope with loss and suicide.

Charmingly-illustrated, this storybook follows a girl called Luna, whose mother died a year ago. It is designed to be read with children aged 6+ who have been bereaved by suicide to help them cope with their difficult feelings. The book also includes a guide for parents and professionals by grief expert, Dr Riet Fiddelaers-Jaspers.

Project: Kids, let’s talk: A special edition of ‘Iris the Dragon’ book for military families.

In “Project: Kid’s Lets Talk”, a young boy named Luc experiences loneliness, worry, and anger. His parents work for the military and the family often experiences change, like moving to a new base and deployments. With his dad away, Luc must now take on more responsibility and he is feeling stressed. Luc meets Iris the[…]

I can fix it! A tale from the Iris the Dragon Series.

In “I Can Fix It!” a young girl named Josie experiences teasing and bullying from her classmates. To others, Josie appears shy or not friendly and she often gets angry when something confuses her. She meets Iris the Dragon and learns how to relate to others and develop resilience in her life with the support of[…]

He shoots! He scores!: A tale from the Iris the Dragon Series.

In “He Shoots! He Scores!” a young boy named Fish turns 13 and it is discovered that he has Bipolar Disorder. Despite getting help, Fish realizes that his new high-school community isn’t as understanding and supportive as when he was young.  He calls on Iris the Dragon for help after realizing that negative stereotypes and attitudes about people with[…]