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The Author: Heidi Bartle

The Author: Heidi Bartle

Heidi's relationships and activities are colored by bipolar disorder. She is constantly learning how to manage symptoms and appreciate stability. Through the challenge of accepting and embracing her illness, she has learned to advocate for mental health issues and support others in their personal struggles.


Heidi graduated from Brigham Young University, where she studied and worked in the health science field. She and her husband, Garry, run a nonprofit organization called For the Love that supports foster children and underprivileged families in their city. They have five children.

Read her story to learn more about her experience with bipolar.

Heidi Bartle writes children's books about depression.

I advocate for mental health education and open communication through children's literature.


As a society, we must start having conversations about the tough mental issues that children and adults face. 


My ongoing struggle with depression and bipolar disorder influences When Mommy Feels Sad and other books in progress.

Author Q&A:
Why write
children's books about mental illness?

The Illustrator: Nathan Allred

Nathan Allred illustrated When Mommy Feels Sad

Nathan Allred grew up in rural southern Idaho as the third of eight children. At a young age he found that he could create worlds by drawing them, and often did so. For two years he lived in Victoria and Tasmania, Australia, where he met many strange animals. 

Nathan graduated from BYU-Idaho in 2013 with a BA in Illustration. He worked as a farmhand, maintenance worker, welder, and cook before finding his profession as an illustrator and graphic designer. Nathan has worked on projects for BYU-Idaho, Home Care Pulse, HealthCare Resort, EchoStar, and Dish Technologies. 


Nathan currently resides in Burley, Idaho with his wife and four children

You can contact Nathan at

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