Erik Bean, Ethan’s Healthy Mind Express: A Children’s First Mental Health Primer
Presented by the Detroit Jewish Book Fair and JFamily.
Erik Bean discusses his book, Ethan’s Healthy Mind Express: A Children’s First Mental Health Primer, and how to talk to your kids about mental health with child psychology Professor and Director of the Family Resilience Lab at Wayne State University, Erika Bocknek.
The Healthy Mind Express by Erik Bean 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 (neurodiverse) in our culture and embrace meeting their needs. The book is a tool for parents and teachers to help introduce early readers to the idea of mental health and the neurodiversity they will encounter in the world.
Sponsor: We Need to Talk, a youth mental health initiative of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
Co-sponsor: Kadima Mental Health Services
Promotional Partner: The Well
About the Author:
Erik serves both industry and academia. He is an engagement expert and a recognized thought leader in strategic communication. Erik holds a doctorate in education with sanctioned research interests in cultural competence, immediacy, leadership, meditation, and mental health. He is the section editor of Leadership Perspectives, The Journal of Leadership Studies, John Wiley & Sons. He also is the executor of the Healthy Mind Express Mental Health Foundation, a Michigan 501(c)3 public charity and co-authored with Emily Lane Waszak, Ethan’s Healthy Mind Express: A Children’s First Mental Health Primer book.
About the Moderator:
Erika London Bocknek, PhD, LMFT, is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Wayne State University, the Principal Investigator of the Family Resilience Lab, and a licensed Family Therapist. She studies early childhood mental health in the context of parenting and family processes. Dr. Bocknek serves the community on the boards of Brilliant Detroit and the Coalition for Jewish and Black Unity and serves as a mental health consultant to the City of Detroit.