Challenging The Black Dog is a creative journal specifically designed for Young Adults (15-25) dealing with depression by someone who has 25 years of “been there, done that” lived experience with mental illness.
Actor, Supernatural and 13 Reasons Why
Brian R. Little, PhD.
Fellow, Well-Being Institute
Associate Professor James Scott
Child and Youth Psychiatrist
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research
Patrick McGorry AO MD PhD FRANZCP
Professor of Youth Mental Health
Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the University of Melbourne
Dr Ted Cassidy MB BS FRANZCP
Psychiatrist & CEO TMS Australia
Professor Jane Burns
University of Sydney
Founder. Chair. Strategic Advisor.
DID YOU KNOW…?
increase in teen depression in the last 25 years
of teens experience depression before adulthood
of teens with depression aren't being treated
of teens with depression can be successfully treated
This means 1 in 5 teens are wrestling with depression, and most of them aren’t getting treatment that could be helping them.
And it’s only getting worse.
WHAT IS THE BOOK FOR?
Challenging The Black Dog aims to provide a safe, private place for you to get to know your personal Black Dog—to explore and tackle your depression—through a combo of therapy techniques in a 6x9, softcover first edition, including:
– 234 pages
– Artwork by Patmai De Vera
– 37 art prompts
– 54 writing prompts
– Monthly trigger log
– Daily mood doodle log
– 22 colouring pages
– Mental health resource lists + MORE!
Created under the guidance of a qualified psychologist, the journal was specifically designed for young adults in a style that would appeal to them and address age-specific issues. It can easily be used as a form of guided self-therapy for those unable (or unwilling) to access other medical interventions, or in conjunction with other medical resources, such as psychologists and counsellors.
With use and time, Challenging the Black Dog can help you transform yourself into an active participant in your personal journey towards recovery from depression. Start the challenge of leashing your Black Dog and reclaim control over your psychological well-being.
Isn’t it time for #ChallengingTheBlackDog?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
VJ Cast is a first-time non-fiction author, introvert, and co-parent of a home-schooled tween on the spectrum.
She’s spent over two decades struggling with depression, social anxiety, trichotillomania, disordered eating (EDNOS), and bipolar II. Fibromyalgia enjoys kicking her ass, so she’s close friends with numerous hot water bottles.
She likes poking her dog when he’s sleeping, comfy pants with pockets, layering silver bracelets, and making a mess with numerous DIY projects.
She dislikes (most) social media, having to wear makeup, photographs of herself, running low on iced coffee and watching her child grow up.
She lives on a small island off the coast of Queensland, Australia with an abundance of wildlife and far too many friendly mosquitoes.
Her hair colours, like her medications, are subject to change.
FOREWORD BY DR TRAVIS GEE, PhD
“…Like a Bill Bryson travel book, it’s more a guided hike in a dark forest, than a trip to the mechanic to have something fixed for you… a personal project that can get you started on a new approach to your life as a whole…”
Dr Travis Gee, PhD (Psychology, Carleton, 1998) is a psychologist practising in Queensland, Australia, with nearly two decades’ experience helping people from around the world. He has sat on the Executive Board of the Australian Counselling Association for many years, where he has edited journals and consulted on policy, and he has recently joined the Executive Board of the Black Ribbon Foundation of Australia.
Dr Gee has experience with a broad range of clinical issues, ranging from depression and anxiety through schizophrenia, bipolar disorder with psychotic features, drug and alcohol addiction, phobias, Asperger’s Disorder, grief and trauma.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Patricia “Patmai” de Vera is an illustrator and artist from the Phillipines who graduated from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde with a degree in Multimedia Art.
She aspires to become a character concept and storyboard artist in the hopes of creating and molding the childhoods of future generations. She currently works as a freelance illustrator with numerous, varied clients and curates her works-in-progress on her Instagram, Tumblr, and website.
Patmai has worked creatively on Challenging the Black Dog as illustrator and concept artist for nearly two years after meeting VJ online.
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