To turn my back around from COVID – 19driving me up the wall, I decided to pour my time and energy into a project that I have been wanting to start for a long time. Which is to write a children’s book on introducing mental illness with a gentle approach and write a book to parents – from a perspective of a child who struggles with a mental illness.
As a child, I struggled with OCD. I had intrusive sensations of having aluminum foil in my mouth for the longest time, where my parents thought I was making excuses from not wanting to study. I had a hard time focusing as different obsessions would come to my head over the years.
It was masked as my lack of discipline, lack of motivation or at times even attention deficit.
As an adult getting appropriate treatment, studying these disorders in-depth and working alongside young children, I started to feel the sincere need to advocate for the younger ones that can’t eloquently describe what they are feeling, or going through.
If there is a “no child left behind” for school, I want to make sure no child is left behind to get adequate mental (and physical) health care.
When I first got into the field, I never thought of working with young children.
While I always loved working with children in an informal setting, I just couldn’t see myself working with the little ones, as I would get impatient and frustrated. But in the past year – the more I engage in working with the little ones, I feel more drawn to advocate on behalf of their needs if they need the support.
I don’t want to rule out any population/setting out of my career, but the general flow seems to be going in a direction that I never expected before.
While I have some ideas on how to approach this, I am looking for ideas and suggestions from my audience.
Any suggestions? Ideas?