'This beautiful story at last provides answers and support to children who have a parent suffering from mental illness.   It is a book that should be read by all children, especially those dealing with mental illness in the family, but also teachers, counsellors and adults...'

- Dr. Johanne Piché
 Child Psychiatrist, Centre Hospitalier du Centre-de-la-             Mauricie
This narrative is a  touching  story for children that deals with the complexities surrounding mental illness.  The characters in the book mesmerize, all the while  telling a story that informs and offers support to its readers, the children. Thanks to the generosity of Alcoa Foundation, Anna et la Mer was published in February 
2005.  It is one of the first books written in French aimed at children dealing with a mental health problem in the family.  This book, which responds to a pressing need in the community, is now available to thousands of children in Quebec, to help them break their isolation and receive the help they need.   
Author: Rebecca Heinisch
Rebecca Heinisch is originally from the United States and began her studies in English.  She graduated from Université de Sherbrooke with a Bachelor's Degree in primary education.  She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree, concentrating in the field of mental health.  The program is the result of 4 years of extensive research in the subject matter.

Illustrator: Claire Bellerive
Claire Bellerive is a graduate from Université de Québec à Trois-Rivières with a Bachelor's Degree in plastic arts. She holds a certificate in education for children with special needs.  She also has a certificate in art therapy, and has incorporated its fundamental principles within the progam Les Ateliers Anna.
Anna and the Sea is now available.  Please click here to order your copy.