Book Review: My Mother Has Depression

My Mum has Depression

Hi. My name is Nina Mitchell. I am the mother of three boys, a qualified primary school teacher and now a first-time author. I have also suffered from depression for several years.

While being treated for depression, I have found it challenging to explain to my sons the highs and lows of this illness and what it means to them. My association with fellow sufferers has led me to the conclusion that like me, most adults also have difficulty explaining what depression is to their children.

My answer was to write and self-publish my picture book, My Mother Has Depression. It explains depression in simple words and pictures suitable for children of all ages. The purpose of my book is to provide a tool to adults so they can start the conversation with children. It would be an excellent resource for families, teachers, school guidance officers, public libraries, social workers, community aid centres, and similar aid organizations.

I have kept the price at a low $15 per copy (plus postage). This barely covers the cost. The purpose of the exercise is not to make lots of money but to offer a service to others with a similar affliction.

I am not in a position to embark on expensive publicity campaigns so I seek assistance from organizations which are concerned with the support of people with depression.

The more people recognize what depression is, the more they will hopefully try to understand the condition. Explaining it to our offspring is a good start.

I’m asking for your assistance and advice in marketing this new resource to the people who it will benefit the most and advertising where they can purchase a copy (at my website

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Baby Carrots

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Baby Carrots
500 grams Brussels Sprouts
2 bunches baby carrots
Olive Oil
Fresh herbs, thyme is good
Sea salt and pepper

Trim the Brussels sprouts and drop into a large pot of salted boiling water for 3 minutes.
Remove and refresh in cold water
Pre-heat oven to 220C, peel or scrub the carrots.
Heat the olive oil and butter in a roasting pan, drop in the carrots to brown a little then place into the oven.
After 6 or 8 minutes, drop in the drained brussel sprouts, giving the veggies a toss.
Cook a further 5 or 6 minutes until the carrots are browned and tender. Remove from the oven and season, sprinkle with the fresh thyme, and serve with grilled chicken or red meat.

Ways to cook Kale

Buy kale that has a nice, dark green color and doesn’t feel too floppy. Wash it thoroughly in your kitchen sink. If your kale is especially large, you may want to cut out the thick stems. Otherwise, just chop the kale into large pieces. You can steam the kale on the stove or in the microwave.

Steaming Kale on the Stove:
Place the chopped kale in a steamer basket. Bring 1-2 inches of water to a boil in a large pot then carefully place the steamer basket into the pot. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes, until kale is just wilted.

Steaming Kale in the Microwave:
If you don’t have a steamer basket, put the kale in a microwave-safe bowl with about 1 teaspoon of water (the water in the kale itself will be enough to do most of the steaming). Cover the bowl with a paper towel or microwave-safe plastic wrap. If using plastic wrap, make a little hole in the top to allow some of the steam to escape. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes for every 2 cups of kale. (Cook time may need to be adjusted based on your kale and/or microwave.) Cook until kale is just wilted then drain off the water.

Spending time walking on streets lined with trees

Spending time walking on streets lined with trees, bushwalking or in gardens boosts wellbeing according to researchers in Toronto. People who share their lives with trees enjoy multiple benefits including better mental health, reduced incidence of asthma and improves health perception in ways comparable to being ‘seven years younger’, the study stated.

Researchers looked specifically at how exposure to trees affects health variables such as health perception and conditions including hypertension, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Mental health issues like major depression, anxiety, and addiction were also assessed.

The findings state, “ people who live in areas with higher street tree density report better health perception and fewer cardio-metabolic conditions compared with their peers living in areas with lower street tree density.” Residing in a tree-lined street provided benefits the equivalent to being seven years younger.

Some of the positive effects were found to be partly related to the mere visual exposure to trees and to the dry deposition of air pollutants.

That has to be enough to get moving.

Water: How much should you drink every day?

Water: How much should you drink every day?

Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual.

These guidelines can help ensure you drink enough fluids.

How much water should you drink each day?
It’s a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.
Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.

Health benefits of water
Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

How much water do you need?
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need?
The adequate intake for men is roughly Three litres of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about Two and a half litres of total beverages a day.