We Grow Together: Children's Book about Mental Health

The purpose of this project is to increase awareness about mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Our book will also be inclusive to racial or ethnic minorities. The relevance of our project becomes evident when looking at literature–access to information about mental health, especially when recipients are at an early age, helps mitigate stigma and the chances that children will later develop serious mental health conditions that are left untreated. This is why having three simple stories about these topics is useful, so local children can see themselves reflected in the characters and identify their own experiences. The stories each take place in a setting that is relevant to young children, such as in a classroom or on the bus, to further help them connect with the characters.