The Color Thief: A Families Story of Depression

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Sharing this book for Mental Illness Awareness Week and National Depression Screening Day today, October 10th. The Color Thief: A Families Story of Depression did a great job of exposing children the concept of depression. Depression affects one in four people at some point in their lives. Even if you don’t experience depression, your child someday might or will likely know someone that does. My hope is that by teaching my children what depression is, if they or someone they love experiences it, they have a better chance of recognizing it and getting the help they need. In this heartfelt book written by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters, the story is told from the perspective of a child that watches the color drain from his father’s life. His father is depressed and stops doing things he used to find joy in. His dad is sad all the time, but he reassures his son again and again that he hasn’t done anything wrong. Finally, as the depression grows, his dad gets the help he needs and color slowly returns to his life. The artwork by Karin Littlewood beautifully depicts the emotions of the story. It gives a clear visual idea of what depression can feel like. This book could be an amazing tool if you or someone in your child’s life is currently experiencing depression. But even if you don’t, consider reading it anyway. Many people don’t talk about their depression and suffer alone, which only makes it harder to get the help needed. This beautiful book does a wonderful job of starting the discussion.

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