RESOURCES FOR MEDIA
2020 Media kit for the eBook, Project: Kids, Let's Be Superheroes
2018 Media kits for the IncludeMe workplace mental health training program*
Study on the IncludeMe™ Workplace Mental Health Training App
The Queen's University study showed evidence of 78% of participants having an overall positive change in attitudes after using the IncludeMe app. The study was conducted by: Porpong Boonmak, PhD Candidate, and Heather Stuart, PhD Queen’s University and the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair. Download the IncludeMe Pilot Program Evaluation Report.
Study on the Iris the Dragon Book Series
The Mental Health Commission of Canada - Opening Minds in Middle School: Results of a Storybook Intervention
The Mental Health Commission of Canada's empirical study confirmed that Iris the Dragon is an effective and trusted resource for children and their caregivers. Information release summarizing the details of the study (PDF).
The study was conducted by: Judeline Innocent, PhD Candidate, Cynthia Baker, PhD, Diane Buchanan, PhD, Rosemary Wilson, PhD, and Heather Stuart, PhD Queen’s University, MHCC head researcher and the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair. Insight into Iris the Dragon's narrative formula to change attitudes about mental health; written by Gayle Grass.
Image of each book cover at 300 dpi w/6" base, RGB JPG
• Catch a Falling Star
• Lucky Horseshoes
• Hole in One
• I Can Fix It!
• He Shoots! He Scores!
• Project: Kids, Let's Talk
Please credit: © Iris the Dragon, www.iristhedragon.com
Statements from medical, subject matter experts, and Iris the Dragon
• Text - Catch a Falling Star
• Text - Lucky Horseshoes
• Text - Hole in One
• Text - I Can Fix It!
• Text - He Shoots! He Scores!
• Audio - Interview with teacher Diane Dewing during the launch of Iris the Dragon's Units of Study in Ocober of 2011
• Video - The story behind Iris the Dragon
• Video - Preview of the book "He Shoots! He Scores!"
• Video - Explanation of the Units of Study
Text, audio, and video can be clipped and re-purposed with credit: © Iris the Dragon, www.iristhedragon.com
PAST APPEARANCES & ARTICLES
Host Karen Soloman discusses children's mental health advocacy and education with Gayle and Jessica Grass, January 24, 2007.
A dragon with a healthy connection to kids
Paul Waldie, The Globe & Mail, May 2009
Walking for Brave New Minds
Laura Mueller, Perth Courier, April 2009
Iris the Dragon carries message
Kathy Rumleski, London Free Press Reporter (CNEWS), August 2007
Dragon helps kids, parents cope with mental illness
Lianne Lahie-Tysick, Perth Heritage News, July 2007
Equine Canada Endorses "Lucky Horseshoes"
Equine Canada's Horselife Magazine, May 2007
Easing the Stigma of ADHD
Denise Davy, Hamilton Spectator, April 2007
Fairytale dragon teaches about mental disorders
Gena Gibson, The Perth Courier, February 2007
Child's tale dispels ADHD myths
Helen Henderson, The Toronto Star, February 2007
Mike Gillespie, Ottawa Citizen, February 2006
Local author addresses childhood mental illness
The Perth Courier, December 2003
Raising awareness of mental illness
Bruce Peever, Letter to the Editor, The Record News EMC, January 2003
Kids struggling with mental illness
Helen Henderson, The Toronto Star, July 2001
Telling the Tale
Michael Wales, source unconfirmed, 2001
Children and Mental Health
News Canada clippings, dates unconfirmed but likely 2001-2002: What causes mental illness? • How to recognize mental illness in children • Early diagnosis improves treatment • Stigma still getting in the way of treatment • Book helps families deal with mental illness • How to keep your kid's brain healthy • Early identification key to effective treatment • Stressing solutions for stress
An Offering of Irises
Janice Kennedy, The Ottawa Citizen, October 8, 2000
Berries for Brains
Jessica Mendes, Canadian Medical Association, July 24, 2001
Heading off the Dragon
Karen Gram, Visions: BC's Mental Health Journal, Spring 2002
Understanding Mental Illness - Puppet Workshop
Angela Marley, CentrePULSE, September 2004
Gayle Grass talks on the topic of mental illness
Donna Morrow, The Perth & District Women's Club, November 2001
Ontario Association For Students At Risk (OASAR)
Miriam Silvert, OASAR Newsletter, Summer 2008
Even the youngest can learn about stigma
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 2002
Iris the Dragon Childrens' Book Series
U.S. DoD newsletter, mental health, date unknown
Children's book brings help and hope to children with mental illness
Unknown source, Winter 2001/2002
Catch A Falling Star book reviews
Greg Schilhab, unknown publication / date • CalgarysChild.com (Best Bets section), unknown date • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Advocate), Winter 2002 • World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders, October 2001 • Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Vol. 25, Issue 2, Summer 2001
Interview with the CBC Radio, Ottawa Morning
Host Robyn Bresnahan interviews Jessica Grass and Kim Hiscott, Executive Director with Andrew Fleck Children's Services, to discuss Iris the Dragon's latest book on mental health and coping during a pandemic (Oct 2020)
Interview with the CBC Radio 1, Ontario Morning
Host Wei Chen interviews Jessica Grass to discuss how the Canadian Forces and Iris the Dragon joined together to produce the book "Project: Kids, Let's Talk" (April 2012)
Interview with Just One More Book
Host Mark Blevis interviews Jessica Grass to discuss what makes "Catch a Falling Star" unique in children's books for parents, educators and health care professionals (July 2007). Please credit © Just One More Book, 2007 if you reuse this audio file.
Interview with CBC Radio, Sounds Like Canada
Host Bernard St-Laurent interviews author Gayle Grass and actor Darren Flynn who stars as the character "Fish" in the stage production of Iris the Dragon. The 13-year old actor shares his own mental health challenges and the play's message to audiences. (April 2003). Read a review of the play by Glenn Sumi & Jon Kaplan, Now Toronto
Iris the Dragon
Iris the Dragon came to life during the 2003, Workman's Theatre Project, performance of "Iris the Dragon" at the Madness & Arts World Festival in Toronto.