ACU Master of Education graduate Sue Hueston is the author of Bipolar Bears
ACU Master of Education graduate Sue Hueston is the author of Bipolar Bears – a storybook for children who have a mum or dad with Bipolar Disorder.
Bipolar Bears was published during the ACT Mental Health week in 2009 and is supported by the Mental Health Foundation of Australia. Sue wrote the book after the birth of her first child when she was hospitalised with a bipolar episode.
Sue and her father have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder type II. Although a serious mental health condition, they have both been able to lead busy, successful and happy lives.
Writing the children’s book on mental illness was something Sue believed could help other parents in her situation. After contacting the Mental Health Foundation (ACT) about publishing the book, she collaborated with local artist Shena Hayden to produce Bipolar Bears. Sue revised the book and self-published the second edition in 2011.
"I share my story with high school students in a bid to reduce stigma and increase help-seeking behaviours for mental health problems in teenagers. A highlight has been presenting Bipolar Bears during Book Week. This was a highly rewarding experience as an author, especially being able to provide a copy of Bipolar Bears to one student who shared his own mother’s experience of the mental illness," said Sue.
Sue completed her Masters in Education at ACU in 2012, with a specific research focus on mental health education programs. She is currently teaching part-time and volunteers with Mental Illness Education, ACT (MIEACT).