We know a lot of people deal with depression, but often times we don’t think it affects children.
When it comes to mental health issues; especially with adolescents, there’s a new norm for us to not only accept, but now to also read.
‘A New Norm’ is an inspirational story intended to touch the lives of children who suffer from depression and other related mental health conditions.
It was written by local author, Tom Roberts.
“A New Norm is a poetic tale that is intended to reflect the feelings of those who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, anger, doubt, shame, fear and more but it is also a tale that offers encouragement that difficulties such as these can be overcome,
The book was published thanks to a partnership between Children’s Home Society and Avera Health — two organizations that see firsthand the devastating affects of behavioral health problems.
“Rates of these disorders are on the rise, in fact suicide is the second leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5-14 as well as young adults 15-24 in South Dakota,”
‘A New Norm’ is one way to raise awareness and reach out to those hurting. The book encourages children to seek out and get help.
‘……inside his head was a terrible storm…’
6th grader James Shea can relate to the book and that storm.
“Yeah a little bit, sometimes when you’re angry and you feel empty inside, a lot of times you just have to shake it off, however you do that and get back to being normal,” Shea said.
Shea thinks the book will be a big help to those dealing with depression or other mental health issues.
“I think kids are going to learn that sometimes you feel down but when you get up it’s going to be a lot better and life will get better,” Shea said.
Like the book reads….call anytime day or night 1-800-273-8255.
Children’s Home Society and Avera Health are raising funds to place the books in area schools.
If you’re interested in buying the book, click here.