Our Mom, Our Superhero - A Mental Health Journey is a children's mental health book based on a true story and focuses on siblings dealing with societal stigma while seeking treatment for their mother's mental health challenges. It's a great conversation starter for adults to start talking about mental health with kids (primarily ages 6-12). The focus of the book is comparing physical health to mental health to take on stigma head-on. It has great definitions, activities, exercises, illustrations, and supported by a strong mental health clinical team.
Whether you are a parent, mental health professional teacher, or are interested in the mental health cause, we hope our story resonates with you and has underlying messages and learnings for us all.
Ravi is a mental health activist, investor, entrepreneur, and alumni of the University of Southern California. He has lost two family members and a dear friend to suicide. After navigating the fragmented healthcare system for years, Ravi decided to build OOTify, a platform that he hopes will solve the structural and systemic problems in the mental healthcare landscape.
Nicole has dedicated her career to public service and leadership specifically in the realm of K-12 public education policy and management. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and her Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University.
Metta World Peace, Former NBA All-Star, entrepreneur, and Mental Health Advocate, shares his thoughts on our book.
"This is a great teaching tool for both parents and practitioners. The very calm and easily digestible illustrations keep children's attention while helping to tell the story in a very non-judgemental and non-threatening way. I will be using and recommending this book in my own practice!"
Michael Lindo, LCSW MSW
Psychiatric Social Worker at LA County Department of Mental Health
"An engaging and well-spun out story that will help children understand what their mom is going through when depressed. It points out concerns around stigma that can serve as barriers to getting care and it helps the reader to understand that it is OK—good even—to ask for help. Truly a must read for those interested in mental illness in parent/child relationships."
Elyn r. saks
Associate Dean and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School
"Understanding mental health issues can be tough, especially for children. Now, this beautifully written and illustrated book helps to dispel myths, bring understanding, remove stigma and shame, give children language to manage their emotions, and learn to ask for help. This timely book should be in every child’s bookshelf at home, school, or library."
President & CEO of Families In Schools
Purchase your book today and know that proceeds will be used to donate books to schools, community centers and carry forward the mission of de-stigmatizing mental health and illness through technology, content, and community.