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"What a wonderfully poignant book for a time in which those who are truly most vulnerable could benefit so greatly. The simplicity of the story's moral, plus the catchiness of the rhyming message is the perfect tandem for teaching our youth that it's O.K. to sometimes be scared or act differently, but still never give up hope for what the future may ultimately bring."
-- Michigan State Senator Michael MacDonald, MBA, DHA
Grades K-5: ***Rhyming with Brilliant Illustrations***
The Healthy Mind Express is the First Children's Mental Health Primer. It was created to take readers on a journey that will promote better mental health. Its lessons teach us how to accept Atypicals in our culture and embrace meeting their needs. Atypicals are the fastest growing demographic within the U.S. educational system. Come aboard Engine 403 with Rena, Evan, Leah, Jesse, Hannah, Josh and Max who struggle with various mental health challenges as they travel through the social spheres of influence including family, faith, friends, school and community. The book also provides tips to avoid the dark web and areas of the Internet that can lead to isolation or danger. With Ethan's Engine 403 Express guiding the way, the journey takes them safely to their final destination, a world where they are encouraged to keep moving positively forward without looking back because it’s not just the train, it’s really the track.
Editor: Sherry Wexler
Illustrations by Gail Gorske
Jacket Design by Chris Calabrese
© 2019 Ethan Bean Mental Wellness Foundation
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"Ethan's Healthy Mind Express is a great mental health primer for elementary school children. It introduces the concepts of social support, seeking help from others with confronting challenging thoughts and feelings, and avoiding pitfalls such as internet sites which provide incorrect or malicious information. Ethan's Healthy Mind Express will help teachers, parents, family and friends start the conversation with children who may be struggling, helping them to stay 'on track.'"
-- Ryan Rominger, Ph.D., LCPC-PIT
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"Ethan’s Healthy Mind Express invites us to ride a train pulled by Engine 403. Why Engine 403? The double entendre of '403' is meaningful, potentially disturbing, and yet hopeful. 403 is the Internet code for 'Forbidden access' – blocking or warning us from entering sites that may be disturbing or may take us to our own darkest places. Conversely, 403 has been referred to as an 'Angel number' that encourages and reassures us we can cope with the difficulties we face, others will help us, and we should help others as well. Ethan’s Healthy Mind Express is timely for many people – children and adults -- in light of the staggering, recent rise in youth suicide and mental health problems. Sadly, it is not timely enough for Ethan, the talented and unique individual whose premature death inspired this important book.
The authors have created an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand children’s book to help us realize we need to be sensitive to each other and to reach out to one another, asking, giving, and receiving social support and kindness. The rhyming scheme provides a gentle, melodic foundation for Engine 403 and its passengers to travel smoothly along. Each page of the book can be a mini-story itself to help readers and listeners connect with the varied characters. The authors deserve our gratitude for this unique book. We all need to get aboard Ethan’s Healthy Mind Express.."
-- Neil E. Grunberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Military & Emergency Medicine, Medical &
Clinical Psychology, Neuroscience
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
“Kids who are anxious, depressed, or who have the characteristics of ADHD or ASD (autism spectrum disorder) can really struggle. It can be hard growing up with the accompanying feelings and experiences. I'm pleased to see a children’s book addressing mental health, and reminding kids that there are safe people to talk to when their feelings are too big for comfort.”
Judith E. Lipson, M.A., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Former Special Educator
They say it takes a village to raise a child
And how did he respond to treatments and medications?
While no child's symptoms are identical, Ethan's uniqueness provides one view on how mental illness can be difficult to treat.
While Ethan had many positive characteristics, such as creative, innovative, smart, inquisitive, and passionate, he struggled to make friends and he also exhibited:
Ethan accomplished quite a bit in 17 years. Aside from his saxophone playing, including earning his freshman letter in band, he also contributed to a local rap music initiative. At age 10 Ethan performs two break dances in this 2012 rap music video at 1.42 and 2.44. The message, bullying comes in many societal forms.
Ethan Bean Mental Wellness Foundation does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, gender identification, color, religion (creed), age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its operations and/or activities.
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