When a parent gives their health

Sam’s story is for families where a parent has returned with physical and mental health issues. The story is not for use with other families.

Sam’s story explores concepts of sickness, health, recovery, transitions, acceptance and new ways of operating in the household after his mother returns home from service with physical injuries and a mental health issue.

The story centres on these lovable characters as they adapt and learn to understand and cope with the changes that occur in their lives.


The book also features lovable pets such as Woof, Poppet and Fluffy. Research shows pets can be a major source of comfort to children from defence families to help them cope with change. There is also a resident possum who lives inside the roof of Sam’s house who makes frequent appearances in the book.

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