Charlie & The Black Dog

by Ruth Spence in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th June 2020 we successfully raised £2,985 with 73 supporters in 34 days

A story about a girl named Charlie. A book to help children who have symptoms of depression and their families.

by Ruth Spence in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

A massive thanks to all those who have already supported Charlie & The Black Dog. We've been totally amazed by the positive response.

  • We'd like to use any extra money to help children with depresion so if you think your local school, library or children's centre would benefit from some copies, please send us a message.
  • We will also use any extra money for marketing - for example sending the book to get reviewed so more people can learn about it

The Book

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Charlie is a fun loving girl, who likes riding her bike, reading books and playing games. That is until she makes friends with a black dog....

The book contains information about symptoms of depression and simple techniques based on cognitive behavioural therapy that can help. At the end there are some discussion questions and activities to try.

About the author & illustrator

Ruth is a mental health researcher and although she's published academically about problems like depression it tends to only get read by other academics! Using feedback from clinical psychologists, she's written a picture book for children with symptoms of depression so she can reach a wider audience and do it in a practical way that can help those who might be affected.  

Kimiya is an amazing illustrator from Canada, check her out on instagram @_kimii__ This is her first children's book.

What's the money for?

I will use the money raised to get the book professionally edited, produced and published by a firm that specialises in mental health books and distributed to retailers. In addition, I will use a company that ensures 50% of the proceeds from book sales go to Shaw Mind, a mental health charity.  

Why is the book important?

Common mental health problems are on the rise in children and getting help early can prevent a problem from getting worse or lasting for a long time.  Picture books are a great way to educate, normalise and start discussions around mental health with children for parents, carers, teachers and other professionals.

There are children's books out there addressing mental health but often they talk about parental mental health - there is a lack of books about low mood and other symptoms of depression in children, for children.  My book also offers some simple techniques that children can try based on cognitive behavioural therapy so they can learn something that might help too.

Please help us and spread the word!

We'd be incredibly grateful if you could share the crowdfunder link on Facebook/Twitter or email it on to anyone who might be interested.

Thank you so much for your support. We hope you love the book!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Eternal Gratitude

You will get the warm glow that comes with having done something amazing with your day and our eternal gratitude.

£10 or more

18 of 25 claimed

Eternal Gratitude & The Book

Not only will you get that great feeling of having done something worthwhile but you will be one of the first people to get a copy of the book posted to you. (If you live outside the UK you will need to add extra to your pledge to cover postage)

£20 or more

The Book, Colouring In Sheets & Pencils

You will also get my eternal gratitude but the titles were getting too long... Not only will you be one of the first people to get a copy of the book posted to you but you will also get illustrations from the book to colour in and some coloured pencils. (If you live outside the UK you will need to add extra to your pledge to cover postage)

£25 or more

Book & Colouring In Package

I hope by this point you realise my eternal gratitude is a given. You will also be one of the first people to get a copy of the book posted to you and some illustrations from the book, both simple ones and mindfulness ones, to colour in and some coloured pencils. (If you live outside the UK you will need to add extra to your pledge to cover postage)

£30 or more

Book, E-Book & Colouring In Package

You will get my gratitude, a copy of the book posted to you, an e-book version and you will also get illustrations from the book (simple ones and mindfulness ones) to colour in and some coloured pencils. (If you live outside the UK you will need to add extra to your pledge to cover postage)

£50 or more

Book, Colouring In Pack & Mindfulness Activities

You will get my gratitude, a copy of the book posted to you, an e-book version and you will also get illustrations from the book (simple ones and mindfulness ones) to colour in, some coloured pencils and a pack of 'mental health' activities for kids.

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