What do I say? When do I say it?

Children’s Book Author Irene Buchine and John Broderick, Sr. Director of External Affairs for Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital are both children’s mental health advocates who have come together to offer their personal perspectives on children’s mental health. Irene’s shares her perspective as a mother, who raised a child with depression and authored the children’s book, “Celia and the Little Boy.”

John is an advocate who has traveled throughout NE for the past 6 years to share his personal experience with mental health to Middle and High School Students. John has talked to and hugged thousands of children, tirelessly comforting them. John will share some of those confided conversations and his perceptions on the social/emotional challenges kids are facing in childhood, today.



Irene is available for speaking as both an author and an advocate for children with depression. Irene would like to think of this not as a presentation but as a conversation: a shared experience that includes dialogue, questions, and perhaps even some answers. These engagements typically include a short reading of the book to serve as the starting point for this important conversation. We owe it to our children to do whatever it takes to help them through the darkness. With the rise in childhood depression and suicide, we need to do more as caregivers, friends, and communities. Engaging in conversations and speaking out is one way we can spread light on children who are hiding in the darkness and give them hope. Audiences include people of all ages.

If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please contact: irene@irenebuchine.com