I really enjoyed Jackson by Lynn McLaughlin. This is a story of Jackson, who suffers from anxiety and suicidal ideation, and his mother who would do anything to help him. This poignant novel looks at mental health from the viewpoint of someone who is affected and those who love him. It helps readers consider the right ways and wrong ways to help, and gives voice to the fear of letting an adult child fight their own battle.
I had to opportunity to chat with the author on Online for Authors. We discussed the difficulties of parenting a child with mental health issues, whether to "label" a child with these problems, how to best help, and what isn't helpful. Although the novel is fiction, Jackson is based on several people she's worked with over the years. Her hope is to give kids the mental health tools they need before it becomes a crisis. You can listen to the entire podcast here: https://onlineforauthors.org/lynn-mclaughlin/
Teri M Brown, author of An Enemy Like Me and Sunflowers Beneath the Snow connects readers with characters they'd love to invite to lunch.
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