Mummy's Got Bipolar - Children's Book & Animation

by sonia-main-cot in Bath, England, United Kingdom

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To publish a children's storybook and animation 'Mummy's Got Bipolar' explaining Bipolar disorder in a way 3-7 year olds can understand.

by sonia-main-cot in Bath, England, United Kingdom

Our Project

 Our aim is to publish an illustrated full colour children's storybook 'Mummy's Got Bipolar' which explains Bipolar disorder in a gentle way appropriate for young readers. We will also make the story available free online as a five minute, full colour animated short, so that it can be accessed by anyone working with children and families affected by Bipolar disorder. 

Our Rewards

We have some great rewards to offer our supporters; copies of the book, postcards and prints of Jon's illustrations, and even toy guinea pigs - perfect to use at storytime! (see above)  We've included options to allow you to gift books to libraries, schools, nurseries or other settings if you don't want to receive them yourself. See the rewards boxes on the right for more details.

We're passionate about working to reduce the stigma of mental illness so we want to see these books distributed as widely as possible! Why not gift one to your child's school or your local library?

Sketch for Carved Guinea Pig Reward

Pledge £750 and sculptor Iain Cotton will carve you a stone guinea pig!

 Our Vision

We want families, schools, children centres, nurseries, libraries, mental health units and GP practices to have access to this book and animation, to use as a resource to support children and families affected by Bipolar. We want children and parents to be able to sit together and read the storybook or watch the animation and then be able to talk about the subject. 

Sonia's Story

"I wanted to use books with my own children to help them learn about Bipolar

- but was unable to find any" 

"My Mum has bipolar, I grew up knowing that sometimes she was very ill, but I didn't know that other Mums were like that. I didn't understand about her illness but I did notice that some of her family didn't like to talk about it. When I had my own children I wanted them to understand about Granny’s illness, and understand that they didn't need to be scared - that sometimes she would be unwell and other times she would be fine.  I wanted to use books with my own children to help them learn about Bipolar but I was unable to find any books that were suitable for my daughters when they were young. This is why I have written the book Mummy has Bipolar. To help families and professionals explain and talk about Bipolar. To help young children begin to understand about the illness, that it is nothing to be afraid of and they can talk about it."

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Sample character development sketches for the book - copyright Jon Birch

Why a Book? 

"As an early years consultant I love using books with children to help them understand and find out about things.  Young children are curious, interested and want to know things. If we can help children from a young age to understand that Bipolar is an illness and that it is good to talk about it, and it's OK to ask questions; my hope is that the stigma and taboo around mental illness will begin to go."

The story is about a family with a mum, a dad, 2 daughters and 2 guinea pigs. The story gently introduces Bipolar, and is aimed at children aged 3-7 years. 

Why an Animation? 

We want to reach as many people as possible, and we are aware that all kinds of families are affected by Bipolar. By making the animation available free online, we hope that it will be shared in places where our book might not be easily available or affordable. 

Our Project Team

Sonia Mainstone-Cotton - Writer

I worked for a UK national children’s charity for 20 years. During this time I managed participation work for a local authority, managed Gypsy and Traveller play work and led on participation training across the country. My background is in early years, I started out with an NNEB and then went on to achieve a BA honours in Early Childhood Studies and an MA in Early Years Education. I have a wide range of experience working with children and young people across the ages; from working closely with nurseries and children’s centres advising them on their practice to working with older teenagers around issues of mental health. 

Since 2014 I have been a freelance trainer and consultant and a nurture support worker with young children transitioning into school.

My website with more details of my experience and what I offer is http://soniamainstone-cotton.com

Jon Birch - Illustrator/Animator

I am an independent multimedia artist with over 30 years professional experience. I have made many animations and illustrations over the years, winning awards with Paperhorse for the creation of cowforce.com. My 'Asbo Jesus' cartoon blog  had over 2 million visitors and sparked many conversations. I have produced work for entertainment, health and education. You can see more of my animation work at https://vimeo.com/jonbirch/videos

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Iain Cotton - Marketing & Support

I am a professional artist, letter cutter and carver. You can see my work at www.iaincotton.co.uk

I am Sonia's husband and on this project am using my creative and financial managment skills to support the successful delivery of the book and animation. 

Clare Birch - Marketing & Support

I have many years experience of working with young people and those with mental health issues. I am Jon's wife and on this project am lending my administrative skills to help with organising delivery of the book and animation. 

How You Can Help

We need to raise £13,000 to cover our costs. Here's a breakdown: 

Story writing & creation £1044

Illustration of book  £2000

Animation of 5 minute film (to be made available free online) £4200

Publishing/printing 500 colour copies of softback book 'Mummy's Got Bipolar'  £1426

Delivery of campaign and fulfilment of rewards £2905

Crowdfunder & payment admin fees £1425

 

We'll be posting regular updates if we are successful to keep you in the loop about where we are up to. You'll be able to see previews of the illustrations and animation, and we hope to have the physical books ready to despatch by late October  - in plenty of time for Christmas. 

Please help us make this happen! Thank you! 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A big thank you from the Mummy's Got Bipolar team, and the knowledge you have helped to reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

£8 or more

£8 Reward

Set of 4 full colour art postcards with illustrations from the book 'Mummy's Got Bipolar'

£10 or more

40 of 200 claimed

£10 Reward

A copy of the full colour soft back children's storybook 'Mummy's Got Bipolar'

£20 or more

29 of 100 claimed

£20 Reward

Receive one copy of the book for yourself and one to gift. You can choose to gift your book to a school, library or other recipient of your choice. If you do not specify where you would like your gift book to go we will allocate it to a children's setting where it will be appreciated.

£40 or more

5 of 40 claimed

£40 Reward

A high quality Giclee art print of one of the original illustrations from the book. Supplied unframed.

£50 or more

14 of 25 claimed

£50 Reward

One copy of the full colour soft back book 'Mummy's Got Bipolar' and one high quality Giclee art print of an original illustration from the book. Print supplied unframed.

£100 or more

6 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

One copy of 'Mummy's Got Bipolar' and one high quality Giclee art print for you, and one book and one print for a school, playgroup or library of your choice. If you do not specify where you would like your gift items to be sent we will donate them to a setting where they will be appreciated.

£150 or more

2 of 20 claimed

£150 Reward

One full colour soft back copy of 'Mummy's Got Bipolar' and a set of four Giclee art prints featuring original illustrations from the book. Prints supplied unframed.

£250 or more

3 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward

Education Champion Reward 4 x books, 4x sets of postcards, 4x Giclee art prints and 2 beautiful plush guinea pig toys to use during story time. Ideal for schools or nursery cluster groups to share.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Nurture Champion Reward - 5 books plus a classroom sized version of Sonia's Stress & Anxiety Toolkit and session plan for use with children or young people experiencing stress

£750 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£750 Reward

Guinea Pig Lover's Reward - A carved stone guinea pig made especially for you by sculptor Iain Cotton.

£1,000 or more

2 of 3 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Corporate Champion Reward In recognition of your support we will feature your company logo in the book credits. You will also receive a signed copy of the book and a set of four Giclee art prints signed by the artist.

£1,500 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£1,500 Reward

Meet the Author Reward - Sonia will deliver up to 2 hours training or workshop for up to 10 people in your early years/education/health setting. You will also receive 4 copies of the book. (UK only - Pledger will have to cover travel expenses)

£2,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£2,500 Reward

Animation Partner Reward In recognition of your support, your company logo will be featured in the opening and closing credits of the animation as our partner. You will also receive a signed copy of the book and a set of four signed Giclee art prints.

£25 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£25 Reward

Receive one copy of the book for yourself and one to gift and one set of postcards. You can choose to gift your book to a school, library or other recipient of your choice. If you do not specify where you would like your gift book to go we will allocate it to a children's setting where it will be appreciated.

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