Listen: Isabelle, a young woman mission, to help kids feel its OK to talk about mental health, hopes that by opening discussions with younger children.
With beautiful words and playful illustrations, Cookie is both a heart-warming tale about the love between a dog and their person, and a sensitive exploration of depression and anxiety. From dog-lovers to children who share Girl’s feelings, everyone can learn something from this inseparable pair.
First time author of Cookie, rural teenager, Isabelle Duff, now 19, joins Morning with Fee to speak about her journey and share her story of a girl and her dog with Salt 106.5 this Mental Health Month.
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During Isabelle’s last two years of school, she was so debilitated by anxiety and depression she rarely set foot in a classroom. Nothing her concerned parents did seemed to help and the whole family rode the mental health rollercoaster.
Until, on her 18th birthday, Isabelle was given a pup, Saffy. That pup, little by little, wiggled its way into her heart, and slowly, one tail wag, one wet-nosed cuddle at a time, Isabelle began to recover her mental health.
Today Isabelle is studying science and commerce at University in Sydney. She hopes one day to return to help run the farm. And her story, the story of her struggle and the pup whose unconditional love helped nurse her to health, has been transformed into a book, Cookie. Isabelle, who is on a one-woman mission to help kids feel its OK to talk about mental health, hopes that by opening discussions with younger children it will be possible to break down barriers caused by stigma and give children the language and understanding they need to ask for help.
“Cookie loves Girl more than anything – even chasing balls and smelling smells! Sometimes Girl is too sad to play with Cookie, but that’s okay because Cookie is good at sad. You can lick it off, you know.” – extract from Cookie.