“Henry’s Happy Heart” is a tale of two friends, Ruby and Henry, that tackle both physical and emotional hurdles.
Author: JJ Maldonado
TYLER, Texas — An East Texas native is trying to address children’s #mentalhealth with the help of two fictional friends.
“I actually started writing Henry’s happy heart at the beginning of the #pandemic, and I had some free time on my hands,” Mallory Fuller, author and East Texas native, said.
Henry’s Happy Heart is a tale of two friends, Ruby and Henry, that tackle both physical and emotional hurdles. Together they overcome obstacles and achieve their big dreams.
“The message about the book is you should be treating your feelings and your emotions just like you would if you have a question about your homework or you’re not feeling well, and you go see the nurse, it’s okay to go see your counselor,” Fuller said.
Fuller has been an advocate for #suicideprevention since she was 15 years old.
“I lost one of my friends to #suicide when I was in high school,” she said. “I’ve been able to do a lot of work with educating people on the warning signs of #suicide, what to do if you think somebody may be thinking about #suicide, but I was really seeing a disconnect between the #mentalhealth of #kids and #suicideprevention.”
Fuller says she wanted a way to reach #kids.
“Henry comes to school one day, and he is just not himself,” she said. “He’s having a lot of #anxiety and a lot of self-doubt. And it’s making him really sad.”
Like #adults, #children are also dealing with ways to manage #stress, #depression and #anxiety amid the #pandemic.
VonGretshun Smith-Gross is a certified holistic life coach and vocational nurse. She’s also a local advocate on #mentalhealthawareness and #suicideprevention.
“Through the #pandemic, #anxiety has increased with our #children, #depression has increased with our #children,” Smith-Gross said.
Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.
Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.
Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space. #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle
Smith-Gross says she’s seen an increase in #teens needing help as well.
“I would say the age group I dealt a lot with is our 14, 15-year-olds and it’s because they are right there in the freshman stage,” she said. “Where they’re leaving middle school and going to high school. So they have a lot of pressure on them.”
Both Smith-Gross and Fuller say one of the most important ways in dealing with #mentalhealth needs is by reaching out and asking for help.
“The thing I always tell the #children and the #teenagers is don’t ever be afraid to talk to someone,” Smith-Gross said.
Available on Amazon now, Henry’s Happy Heart, addresses the emotional #mentalhealth needs of #children.
For more information on how to reach VonGretshun Smith-Gross you may visit her website by clicking here.
For more information on Henry’s Happy Heart you may visit the Amazon website.