I’m so excited about stumbling across this book titled “When My Mommy Cries” today via an article titled “There’s no one to blame: children’s book explains depression” in the Post-Standard. Check out the article for more detailed information about the book, author, and upcoming book events.
Written by Crystal Godfrey LaPoint, it’s a book about a child living with depression…mommy’s depression, to be exact. The book comes with a CD that includes a recording of the book set to music, sheet music so young musicians or their parents can play the song themselves, and links to online mental health resources. In the book, a little girl tries to understand her mommy’s sadness and the mommy reassuring her that it’s not her fault but it’s because of a condition called depression. The mommy also reassures her child that she will always be there for her no matter what. The age group this book is intended for children ages 6 to 12.
Crystal was inspired to write this book from her own experience both as a child of a depressed mother and a mother to 3 children while struggling with depression and anxiety. Thank you, Crystal, for publishing such a lovely book and joining the growing number of voices speaking up and breaking the silence that has existed around mental health. We absolutely need to continue to hammer away the message that there is nothing to be ashamed about in terms of seeking help for depression. It’s especially important to note that children of depressed parents are more likely to develop depression themselves. In fact, this message is conveyed all throughout my own book.