About this project
Hortensia and the Magical Brain introduces a therapeutic poetry technique that helps parents, caregivers and health care professionals lovingly talk with a child and create an open and healthy conversation around early onset mental health disorders. The poems cover the mean and nasty, scary and suicidal, angry and elated, sad and over the top thoughts and behaviors children with mental health concerns regularly experience.
Let's shine a light on these NORMAL mental health symptoms and teach kids that they are often a result of brain chemicals that can be fixed though lifestyle changes and if needed, medical help.
This is a beautifully crafted, hard back book that was created for kids whose brains aren't always on track. Just like mine!
Meet the Hortensia Crew!
Meet Hortensia, she's a lot older now, but when she was a kid in London who happened to have bipolar disorder, watch out! Her mind was magical. And wonderful B. He lives with psychosis, anxiety, aggression and depression, but he's an awesome kid! Lucida Leggasick, Furious Andrew, the Cat and the Mental Health Brain Disorder Brigade crew all stop by to create real life poetry stories that unlock the brains of kids who simply don't have the words to explain what they experience.
The book offers hope and a plan for parents and caring adults who simply have no idea what to do when a beloved child says, “Mommy, I'm scared. There is a face coming out of the wall!" "Daddy, I don’t want to live anymore." or "I'm the world's greatest kid and I don't need to sleep... ever!"
When a child has a mental health disorder, there often is something scary under the bed. Hortensia and the Magical Brain brings these fears into the open where they can be discussed with ease.
And wow, the illustrations by Kaytie Spellman are spectacular!
I now devote my life to helping the world understand and end the ignorance around mental health disorders in children. They are illnesses. When we catch them early, we change the world! I hope you will join me, Kaytie, Hortensia and B. and of course don't forget the Bipolar Witches Three!
Stretch Goals: We reached our first goal and are ready for the next phase.
- The first $5000 raised will pay for the illustrator Kaytie Spellman and editing for Julie's poems.
- Our next goal of $7500 is a book layout designer and a final edit.
- The total cost to create, publish and print the book is $20,000.
The difference between what we earn here and what is needed comes from Julie A. Fast.
Fear in the heart of a child who can't speak. Pain in the heart of the parents who weep. A light on the thoughts, kids can't share, giving strong hope and a plan everywhere
To children who hear things that go bump in the brain. Who have sadness and fear and those nasty thought trains. For health care providers with gentle heart gloves. For the boys and the girls who want nothing more than our love.
I have a dream that can come true. We can teach children to manage their moods from as early as age two!
Look what just arrived. A new drawing from the amazing Kaytie!
Risks and challenges
My biggest challenges are my bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychotic symptoms. Work is always a challenge! Up front financial backing allows me to put my coaching work on hold to fully focus on this book. I always finish my projects, but I have to take care of myself at the same time. I have written six mental health management books while dealing with a mental illness. I know how to make it work. Hortensia flew from my mind onto the page and Kaytie Spellman visualized the poetry with such perfection, I was propelled towards finding a way to make this project come alive. Thank you Kickstarter!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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