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Farmington Hills father releasing book to raise awareness about child mental health

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Nov 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-24 11:02:21-05

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) — Farmington Hills father Erik Bean and his wife Stacey lost their 17-year-old son, Ethan, in August 2018 to suicide. One year later, they started the Ethan Bean Mental Wellness Foundation.

The foundation aims to increase awareness about mental health challenges in children, to examine the efficacy of mental health treatment and drug intervention, and to help remove the social stigmas associated with mental illness.

Erik has co-authored a new children's book, "Ethan's Healthy Mind Express," that teaches kids how to deal with their emotion and shows them a new world.

"The way that we treat kids today and each other isn't okay," said Ethan's sister Blair. "It's a life or death sort of thing...kids are literally dying."

Erik says the book shows kids that it's okay to be scared and to be different, there is always hope in the future.

"Ethan's Healthy Mind Express" is now available on Amazon. For more information, click here.