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INSPIRATION

Helping kids with anxiety I recently had a chat with Award-winning children’s book author Nicky Johnston of Happy Hero to find out more about anxiety in children and how parents can help to support their children through this. Peace: Tell us about yourself and your business?

Nicky: I am a busy mum to four boys, an educator, an artist, a speaker and a children’s book author and illustrator. My business ‘Happy Hero’ has a vision of providing support and education to those who are touched by a ‘little worrier’. Anxiety in children is a lot more common that we realise, with 14% of Australian children experiencing anxiety, depression and behavioural problems with only one in four receiving professional help.

professionals raising awareness of mental health issues in children. The hardest thing for parents dealing with a ‘little worrier’ is the sense of isolation and lack of available support – this is where Happy Hero steps in. Peace: What inspired you to write your first book?

Nicky: My eldest son was just five years old when he was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. When I went in search of some children’s books to help him understand what he was experiencing, I was surprised as to how few there were. So, I wrote Through Happy Hero, I write and and illustrated one just for him. “Go illustrate children’s books, produce Away, Mr Worrythoughts!” was resources and provide valuable released in 2008, “Happythoughts are information that has touched the lives Everywhere...” in 2009 and in August of thousands of children. I work with this year “Actually, I Can” will be parents, teachers and mental health launched. www.connect2mums.com.au

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