Reviews Elsewhere – The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva

Reviews Elsewhere – The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva

Caught this 5-star review of a novel by Emma earlier this week and wanted to share, as it may be of interest to some of you. In Emma’s words:

5*s for this beautiful insight into Amy’s life, and how she copes with OCD and mental health issues.  I found it a kind, interesting and beautiful novel about the lives of people we all meet everyday, who we may not realise are facing such challenges, and how the actions of others can make a  positive difference. 

Reviews Elsewhere – Bi The Way by Lois Shearing

Reviews Elsewhere – Bi The Way by Lois Shearing

I came across this review on the Scene website, and I wanted to share it with you because one of the things we know is that LGBTQ+ folks are more likely to deal with mental health issues, and also suffer a higher rate of suicide. So while the book is about being Bi, and not directly about mental health, during Suicide Prevention Week I think it’s important to share resources for groups who often struggle with seeing their own stories told. Based on the review, I think this book seems like exactly that type of thing, a voice of an underserved group.

Sharing – New children’s book uses sea creatures to teach kids ages 4 to 8 how recognize and talk about abuse
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Sharing – New children’s book uses sea creatures to teach kids ages 4 to 8 how recognize and talk about abuse

No, it isn’t fair that we have to have books to teach children how to protect themselves, but it’s reality. I don’t want small children to have to learn about the possibility of being abused, but leaving them uneducated and more vulnerable is not an option.

Oh, the other thing I appreciate about this book? It is focused on the danger from people the child already knows. Our “stranger danger” approach to child abuse has been terribly lacking for decades. I’m glad to see someone taking that on.