Adaptations of "My Hero is You!" - Country level Initiatives
My Hero is You is a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG).
This book has been translated in many languages, dialects and in Braille - transcript in English, as well as adapted in different ways to reach as many children across the world as possible.
Highlights: one year on from the release of the IASC MHPSS RG children’s storybook on COVID-19 in April 2020. A report documenting the impact and country reach of an IASC resource on COVID-19.
A team, led by Stanford Medicine’s Maya Adam, adapted the story into a short animated film, with input and oversight from the IASC Mental health and Psychosocial Support Reference Group, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO). The film aims to convey messages of hope, resilience, solidarity, and empowerment to children and their caregivers around the world.
Faculty at Stanford Medicine, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine served as advisors on this film. The animations were done by Chaz Bottoms, Matt Torode, and Monica A. Young. To learn more about this project: https://stan.md/2EhQNRF
You can download this video and share it with your family and friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdO7MHlCkys&t=161s
Get a digital copy of the book, My Hero is You (available in more than 125 languages): https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-reference-group-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-emergency-settings/my-hero-you
Created by Child Protection Area of Responsibility
Created by the Norwegian Refugee Council in Gaza
- Arabic with the narrated story and descriptions of book illustrations
Created by Kids For Kids Story time
Story read by Brazilian actress, Carol Castro
Created by the Youth Union of Uzbekistan. Story read by the actress.
Created by Translators Without Borders and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Technical Working Group in Maiduguri Nigeria
Created by UNICEF South Sudan
Created by Dolen Cymru Wales Lesotho Link
Created by the Center for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. An inter-tribal workgroup convened to re-write this story and create illustrations that represent indigenous peoples, values, and communities.
This short animation explains the development and global impact of the children’s storybook: My Hero is You: how kids can fight COVID-19! The story book, aimed at children of 6-11 years, explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality. At the time of the video’s production there were more than 120 language translations available, making it one of the most translated stories in history. Numerous adaptations are produced based on the story, such as: podcasts, radio broadcasts, educational materials, readings, braille transcripts and sign language videos.
We wish to express gratitude to the following people and organizations for their contributions to this video, in order of appearance:
- Zimbabwe Blind Women Trust
- Norwegian Refugee Council
- Center for American Indian Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Maya Adam (MD) and Stanford School of Medicine
- WHO Country Office in Mongolia
- WHO Country Office in Suriname
- By Kids For Kids Story Time
- Department of Child Psychology and Education, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul
- Humanity & Inclusion Middle East Regional Program
- Asma Shalayel
- WHO/PAHO Country Office in Brazil
- Mochamad Ariyo Faridh Zidni