A Therapeutic Book To Help Kids Cope With A Traumatic Death.
“An excellent first step for children on the journey of healing.” —M. Crowe, M.A. Child Development, Institute for Public Health, San Diego State University.
The Family Psychologist, Fall 2016 (American Psychological Association), shares important information on Where Did My Friend Go? The Family Psychologist interviews Dr. Maker on Where Did My Friend Go?
Where Did My Friend Go? is a therapeutic, coping picture book to be read by an adult to a young child (3-8 years old), who has witnessed or survived gun violence, with therapeutic questions and child-based interventions provided at the end of the book.
The purpose of the book is to help the child understand and cope with his/her trauma, loss, confusion, and fears. Process, therapeutic, and support questions and interventions are presented at the end of the book for the adult to work through with the child. Where Did My Friend Go? begins a dialogue, addresses what happened, identified feelings, explores fears, confusion, and loss, helps the child cope with the trauma and grief, and identifies safe mechanisms and adults in the child’s existing environment.
Where Did My Friend Go? is a first step, cost-effective, and immediate mental health intervention for the youngest survivors and witnesses of gun shootings.
DONATE NOW to print and distribute 1,000 free copies to shelters, schools, ERs, libraries, and mental health centers to make a difference!
The Brady Campaign reports that there have been 160 school shootings in the U.S. since Sandy Hook.
The Brady Campaign reports that everyday, 7 children and teens die of gun violence, and everyday 40 children are shot and survive in the U.S.
It is hard to believe that American kids die by guns 11 times more often as children in other high income countries.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified gun shootings as the second leading cause of death for children and teenagers, and a national health crisis. More than 1 in 5 U.S. children and teenagers report having witnessed a shooting, with PTSD, depression, anger, withdrawal, and desensitization to violence being some of the outcomes.
My goal for this book is to print and distribute 1,000 free copies of the book to schools, Head Start, emergency rooms, trauma centers, shelters, and community mental health organizations in Detroit, L.A., N.Y., Chicago, and other high-risk cities across the U.S.
Once published, Where Did My Friend Go? will also be readily available on Aspiring Families and Amazon for the community to purchase in the wake of another school or mass shooting. Mental health professionals, teachers, social workers, pediatric nurses, child community leaders, and other child-focused professionals can use the book with young children.
Call To Action:
I am hoping that many people will contribute to this mission by donating to the Indiegogo Generosity Community project, so that we can successfully print and deliver free copies of Where Did My Friend Go? to the kids who need it the most.
Click here to learn more about how to donate and support the distribution of this book to children who need it most.
Where Did My Friend Go? will be available for purchase on Amazon and Aspiring Families. In the wake of another school or mass shooting, anybody from the community can go online and buy the book for the children, the school, the library, and their community.
The book will also be available for purchase to donate to your local school, Head Start, shelter, community mental health agencies, and libraries via Aspiring Families.
My hope is that people come together as a community to share this project with friends, neighbors, colleagues, schools, and organizations to continue to raise funds and visibility for this cause.
It takes a village to help kids thrive.