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About Karen Tyrrell
Karen Tyrrell is an award winning Australian resilience author, teacher, speaker and workshop presenter.
★★★★★Her award-winning memoirs, ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness and ME & HIM: A Guide to Recovery reveal her triumph over parent-teacher harassment and mental illness.
★★★★★Bailey Beats the Blah picture book empowers children with resilience skills, boosting self-esteem.
★★★★★STOP the Bully Bully prevention skills in a heart-warming story showing perspectives from the bully AND the victim. "Eleven year old Brian is hiding something. His life is falling apart. Dad abandoned the family. Brian hates his new school. And now an aggressive bully attacks him every day. Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his secret?" Endorsed by Kids Helpline
★★★★★ Harry Helps Grandpa Remember. Can Harry help his Grandpa remember? "Uplifting, hopeful, reclaims lost memories" -- Buzz Words. The special love between a little boy and his grandpa, who was Alzheimer's.Guaranteed to make you giggle, touch your heart and raise HOPE. Winner of a RADF grant
★★★★★ Jo-Kin Battles the It (Super Space Kids #1) Jo-Kin is a hilarious, illustrated space adventure for kids with STEM science and Kids Matter Australian curriculum. "Can Jo-Kin save Captain Astra and the galaxy from the It ... before it's too late?" "Brilliant, action-packed, humorous, creative" -- Buzz Words
Download FREE Teacher Notes and FREE Kids activities
Learn more about Karen at www.karentyrrell.com
A Teachers journey into madness, mayhem and mania AND out into recovery and wellness.
FINALIST in Mental Health Week Achievement Awards, Won Mentorship: Society of Editors (QLD)
*5 STAR Reviews from Mental Health CEOs, Mental Health Association Aus, ABC Radio, Psychologists,
Appeared on TV Today Tonight, in Courier Mail, The Reporter, Al Watan newspaper, Healthline USA
"Brisbane teacher who cared too much, ended up in psychiatric facility. A warning to all. Make a great movie!" Spencer Howson: ABC Radio
"Karen’s story of courage and inspiration. The impact of mental illness and the joy of recovery." Richard Nelson, CEO of Queensland Alliance of Mental Health
ME AND HER: A Memoir Of Madness reveals how Karen Tyrrell, a dedicated Australian teacher repeatedly harassed by parents at her school to breaking point and beyond. In a fit of desperation, she escapes and runs. Police and medical professionals discover her hiding in a lonely motel, forcing her into the frightening world of the psychiatric system.
The reader is taken back to the classroom, discovering how the harassment affected Karen as we journey through her gradual decline and disintegration leading to her incarceration. Later Karen performs an ‘experiment’, purposefully stressing over a disturbed student, keeping herself awake at night – all in order to kick-start the creative ideas she craves.
Karen reveals her psychic relationship with her psychologist, her pitch-black manic dreams and her two personas. ME ─ wife, mother, writer and teacher. HER ─ manic, psychic, healer to the living, telepathic to the dead, and she’s very psychotic.
Why did she become so crazy?
How did she claw her way back from Insanity?
Animals are dying, water’s disappearing, dinosaurs are stampeding,
… and now Aunt Matty’s kidnapped.
Is Destructo behind the devastation?
Song Bird follows a secret map to unlock a mystery.
Can Song Bird rescue the outback before it’s too late?
Winner of an Arts Queensland grant
Rosie aka Song Bird, superhero must save the Great Barrier Reef. Something weird is happening on Green Turtle Island. Marine creatures have been dying, and now her friends are disappearing. Rosie travels through a time portal to unlock a secret.
Can Song Bird rescue the Great Barrier Reef before it’s too late?
Valuable resource to empower children to become eco warriors and reef defenders caring for the Great Barrier Reef and marine creatures. Three protagonists, one bullied, one with a disability, one nerdy use STEM science to solve problems. Great Barrier Reef Rescue supported by Australian Marine Conservation Society and Brisbane City Libraries. Kid’s activities at www.karentyrrell.com. Kid’s activities. Aligned with Kids Matter & STEM science. In consideration for NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge and other awards
Ready. Set. Discover Logan! is an inspiring guide for children and families to explore the City of Logan. It promotes pride, awareness and recognition of Logan City.
The book characters, Yana and Bunji, bring Logan to life with pro-active themes of innovation, technology, urban green environment, literacy, assimilation, multi-culturalism, resilience, health, diversity, and acceptance.
Karen has dedicated Ready. Set. Discover Logan! to the children and families of Logan, our new arrivals and the original people of Australia, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She hopes that we all thrive in our urban green community. Free Teacher notes and kids activities. KarenTyrrell.com
"Ready. Set. Discover Logan! is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Ready. Set. Discover Logan! is sponsored by Logan City Council.”
Or stay home and save her family?”
Can Jo-Kin defeat Lord Terra face to face?
Blast off with gadgets, robots and funky food in a hilarious outer space adventure showing kids the power of teamwork, problem solving, and resilience.
Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his shameful secret?
STOP the Bully is a riveting junior novel to empower girls and boys with assertive solutions. The mystery reveals the bullying dilemma from all perspectives.
Endorsed by Kids Helpline to Help Kids in Crisis 1800 55 1800
'STOP the Bully offers specific strategies for dealing with bullying at school.'
— Kids Book Review
Download FREE teacher notes and FREE kids activities. www.karentyrrell.com
Teacher reveals her step by step guide to recovery, wellness and resilience... from the CARERS perspective.
*5 STAR Reviews from Mental Health CEOs, Mental Health Association Australia, Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, ABC Radio, Psychologists,
Appeared on TV Today Tonight, 4BC Radio, in Courier Mail, The Reporter, Her Canberra, Healthline USA, South City Bulletin, Interviewed by Natasha Tracy and Julie Fast.
“Practical framework of experience wrapped around an inspirational story of struggle and success.” Richard Nelson CEO QLD Alliance for Mental Health
“We can all benefit from Karen’s insights into wellness skills promoting good mental health.” Terry Kirkpatrick Manager Mental Health Association Australia
Sequel to Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness, Karen's recovery from INSANITY< Bipolar Disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and parent-teacher abuse. Reveals shock discoveries from carers perspective and resilience skills.
In this self-help memoir, Karen shares practical mental wellness coping skills, explaining how to beat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, stress and sleep problems.
Karen discloses the dreaded secrets Steve finally revealed to her.
'On that fateful blue-sky day, my life as I knew it fell apart'.
What secrets did Steve finally divulge six years on?
What impact did those revelations have on their marriage and Karen’s recovery?
‘This is a book to turn to when life threatens to overwhelm us. Generous with practical life tips we can all use to maintain our mental happiness.’
– Wendy Johnson, South City Bulletin
'The husband who will stop at nothing to help his wife recover …
a touching story about love and the resilience of the human spirit.'
– Belladonna Took, writer for HerCanberra
FREE Teacher resources & FREE children's activities available from www.KarenTyrrell.com
Supported by National Education Kids Matter program, Kids Help Line,
*5 STAR Reviews from Mental Health CEO: QLD Alliance Mental Health, Psychologists, School, Counselors, Teachers, Speech Therapists, Schools, Pre-schools and libraries
Kids Book Review...
"Show building friendships and taking an active part in school activities can make a world of difference, both for the child and those around him"
‘The power of friendship can achieve remarkable things even when you’re feeling blah. A must have story for your library shelf, even if you don’t have kids.‘Richard Nelson CEO QLD Alliance Mental Health.
‘Does a great job of pinpointing what mood disturbance in young children look like. And best of all, there is a happy ending with practical ways parents and schools can help … Simple is best.’ … Karen Li, Psychologist